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  • nijineko's Avatar
    02-16-2015, 05:14 PM
    1) The GM (or player who created said puzzle) will select a trait that embodies the difficulty of the puzzle and layer in references to said trait and supporting references into the puzzle's description for noetic weight. Jpat reviews his character's traits and picks the one he feels will most...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 11:40 AM
    Any other thoughts or feedback?
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  • tesral's Avatar
    02-04-2015, 03:48 AM
    I suppose I should elaborate. 3:35 AM is likely a lousy time to do it. But it never stopped me before. First you need to define "romance". Are we taking the normal interplay of men and women seeking love? The overblown drama of a bodice ripper? Or vising the brothel for a bit? Simple, I...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 02:03 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] Twelve Worlds Setting in Campaign Resources
    The link is fixed. Enjoy,.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 04:37 PM
    the conflict resolution mechanic? well, it is a tertiary mechanic in order to provide a method of resolving deadlocks and ties to the primary method, noetic combat. i have been recently contemplating making it a quaternary mechanic so as to provide a greater focus on the purposed intent of the...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 01:02 PM
    Something tells me it's a problem. Phone pile. All the phones in the middle of the table. First person to reach for one before the game is called pays for the pizza.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 12:57 PM
    Eastern culture is pretty blood soaked too. Actions have consequences. I have always played that way. If you want a low/no combat game you neeed to offer appropriate conflicts. 40 Orcs with swords are not the deal. You also need to offer your players a satsifying means for resolving...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:50 PM
    tesral started a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] Twelve Worlds Setting in Campaign Resources
    The Twelve Worlds Setting It kind of grabbed my brain, moved in, and set up shop. None of this existed two weeks ago, ships, logos, descriptions, none of it. In short an outline for a space fantasy game. Still plenty to do to make a real setting out of it.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:36 PM
    Role playing is a game, a game is a conflict. Ergo you cannot write conflict out of role playing games. If you don't have it you are writing poetry. Stories required conflict too. Now that said conflict can be resolved various ways. Combat isn't always the best. Yes, you can design and play...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:32 PM
    If your players want that sort of thing, all to the yes.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:30 PM
    Tools are as useful as you make them. Too much reliance on a given tool can flavor things and not always well. I'm all in favor of anything that make the mechanics of the game run more smoothly and not in favor it if gets i n the way. If index cards speed things up for you, do it. If a spell...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:22 PM
    The Ancient Greek aphorism "know thyself" Is I think one of the wisest ever. Once you have reached that you have a handle on everything. Congratulations on reaching the epiphany of knowing thy gaming self. Sadly it is the journey that no one can make for you. Now you can make progress...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:10 PM
    I would be concerned if it was best always wins circumstance. While yes it might for the way to bet the race is not always to the swift. If it is then why have a contest?
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  1. Wow! You have sure lived a varied life! Do you ever miss the Marines? Back in the 1980s I applied for a reserve naval commission in naval intel. I moved after first applying, and the whole thing turned into a 4-year bureaucratic mess. One day out of the blue some new Petty Officer called to say that she was cleaning out the old CPO's desk after he retired, and found my commission, signed by President Reagan, behind a drawer, and asked if I still wanted it. By that time the navy had stopped allowing officers to wear beards, so between that and the bureaucratic nightmare, I turned it down, but I've often wondered what might have been if I'd accepted it. So what led a musician to the Marines of all places? I mean, I know they have musicians, but the discipline of the Marines seems at odds with the stereotype of the wild rock percussionist! Of course the percussionists I see at the symphony don't fit he stereotype either. :-)
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    After I finished my active duty time, I came back to PA and did get an Associates in Applied Science in Accounting degree. Unfortunately online classes were not an option back when I was at Quantico. Prior to going into the Marines, I spent two semesters at Edinboro University of PA as a Music Performance major. I auditioned and was accepted into the Marine Band field. My MOS was 5563, a percussionist. I can play drums and all the other stuff too. At both units that I was stationed with, I was the Supply NCO. I have been working for the local Sears store for 17 years now. My official title it MCA (merchandise and customer assistance), but as one I am what is also known as an OOS (Out of Stock Specialist). Comes from running two unit supplies, I guess. I do still do some music with the Premier Choir at church, though.
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    Yes, Potomac Mills Mall was brand new when I was stationed there. I'm from PA. I had started to take an Accounting course on base through NOVA, but only got to attend the first three classes and the next one I got to make was the day of the mid-term exam. When I told the instructor that I had to be in different states at times with my unit, he did the paperwork that enabled me to withdraw from the class and be able to get half of my tuition back. Thing that burned me was that I had been told that there would be no problem in being able to attend the classes. After the third class, eventhough I had supplied them with my class schedule, I was slated to be doing something on everyone of the next classes until mid-terms.
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    No, I have been out of the Marines since October 1991. Was in the inactive reserve for almost 2 years after that. Once my inactive reserve time was up, I got my Honorable Discharge. Since I got some interest shown in my 2E campaign, I'm going to put some begining background info. up on it later today. Taking our 2 girls to the county fair today to see all the animals. And yes, the worst thing about that area down there is definately the rush hour traffic. Since I was not married while in the Corps, I lived on base, and didn't have to deal with it though.
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    Wow, just read the 2 teasers in the campaign invitation. A lot has taken place so far. Anyone joining your group should be sure to read this before begining to run a character, provided it is stated that the party fills them in on what has happened so far.
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    I am familiar with were you are located, due to spending 2 and 1/2 years stationed at the Quantico Marine Base. Unfortunately, I had not started gaming until after I was moved to the 2nd Marine Division down in North Carolina.
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Right now I'm just running my own campaign, which I've been running for 12 years. I've been running my campaign world for the past 30 years. I've played in many D&D games from original D&D (little white boxed set) through 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ed (including 3.5). I've played in many homebrew worlds as well as Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Eberron and a homebrew/Birthright amalgam. I've also played Star Wars d20.

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