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  • tesral's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    I really have nothing to say here. I've seen it too. Special snowflake taken to the extreme. "But...but consequences are for other people?" they cry. Break out the worlds smallest violin. :violin:
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    Yesterday, 02:31 AM
    The ridged story arc I believe is an artifact of the ore-peropared module. By necessity they cannot be too free form. However GMs that grow up on this think that is how it should be done. Groups like the RPGA and Pathfinder Society do not help in the least as their games pretty much drag the...
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    Yesterday, 02:21 AM
    tesral replied to a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    My first speculative love was Star Trek. I found and read science fiction anthologies at school. Not so much into Fantasy per say. I read Lord of the Rings. You more or less were not allowed to leave the 70s until you did. My friends and I did role-playing before we had a system, the setting...
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    10-29-2014, 11:54 PM
    The simplest method I have found is to mirror the PCs in the army they fight with. The better they win the better the margin of victory. They worse they lose likewise. For any battle I give each PC two or three hero fights. There section of the army fairs exactly as they do. Oh and the...
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  • tesral's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 11:50 PM
    Never do, protect the PCs from themsevles of each other that is. The right to fail is inherent in the game. Players that put their character on the sideline will find that character sidelined. The game is about going and doing, not sitting in the counting house.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 10:00 PM
    so has anyone ever ran across a simplistic or simplify-able tactical system they would like to share or invent on the spot?
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 09:51 PM
    i used to hang out at animemuck a lot. still visit on occasion.
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    10-29-2014, 09:46 PM
    She shakes your hand, seemingly quite relieved. The two of you set off. Over the next day the town resolves into a sprawling mess of buildings, not really a city; it looks more like three or four small towns and maybe a village or two expanded and ran into each other, leaving oddly clumped open...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 09:51 AM
    maybe I'm just spoiled by my experiences, but I wasn't really aware that there WAS another way to run a game other than let the players, you know, participate? shared game = shared creativity, or so I thought. sure, one person may be the driving force for a particular game or campaign, but it's...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 09:28 AM
    nijineko replied to a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    well, I can't say I do fantasy gaming instead of any of the others.... for me the attraction is the same regardless of genre - posing an impossible (or implausible) problem, and then solving it within the context of given conceptual framework.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    10-29-2014, 04:49 AM
    I have noticed that the Fantasy campaign resources forum gets very little love. You go back four pages and you are back four years. Well there is some good stuff in those pages that doesn't get any attention anymore. To rectify that I have been posting in those forums to bump the material to...
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    10-29-2014, 01:48 AM
    tesral started a thread Why Fantasy? in Fantasy Discussion
    Why do you do fantasy gaming say instead of modern or science fiction? What about fantasy attracts you?
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    10-29-2014, 01:42 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    I've run into mote than few such examples including a few that were horrified and even insulted that their PCs might have to pay consequences for their actions. How dare my game have cause and effect.
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    10-29-2014, 01:39 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    Useless items are only useless to those without imagination,
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    10-29-2014, 01:37 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] More Books in Campaign Resources
    Revenge of the Necrothredmancer
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    10-29-2014, 01:31 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Gear (General)] My art objects list. in Campaign Resources
    Return of the Necrothreadmancer
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    10-29-2014, 01:28 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Bestiary] Tanuki -- Races of Thindacarulle in Campaign Resources
    Rise of the Necrothreadmancer
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    10-29-2014, 01:26 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] The Stacks in Campaign Resources
    Dawn of the The Necrothreadmancer
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    10-29-2014, 01:16 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [Campaigns / Adventures] A few Rooms. in Campaign Resources
    Return of the necrothreadmancer
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    10-28-2014, 11:21 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] Appendix B -- Other Classes in Campaign Resources
    Goulliess and ghosties and necrothreadmancers oh MY!
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    10-28-2014, 11:19 PM
    tesral replied to a thread [Bestiary] Gaming the Horse in Campaign Resources
    The necrothreadmancer strikes again. Just rrying to get this stuff back to the top form new people to see.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 11:05 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread [Gear (General)] Deceptively useless Magical "Artifacts" in Campaign Resources
    that would have been a most desirable item in this one game of robotech that i recall....
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    10-28-2014, 10:59 PM
    nijineko replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    it saddens me how many players seemed shocked by natural consequences to their actions... actually that happens a lot in real life too, now that i contemplate it a bit.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 10:50 PM
    Init: Prii, Oo, Ii, Aa Will: Prii, Oo, Ii, Aa There may be conditional modifiers depending on the nature of stuff.
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 10:16 PM
    Tala is out of magic 3rd and above, but i think everyone is still decent on health. and her highness? last i recall she was seriously grousing about not getting to have some clobberin' time.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 03:27 PM
    You can lead a horse to water as the saying goes. I have one friend that had a bunch of passive aggressive players with a tendency to derail her game. She tried to make a system that was "player proof" Much like your friend. It is called a novel. If you have a way that an encounter must...
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    10-28-2014, 09:08 AM
    nijineko created a blog entry Rule of Yes in nijineko's world
    In my various campaign rules postings, I have listed my preferences as a GM. However, I would like it explicitly stated that I believe in the Rule of Yes: if it is not forbidden or defined, it's allowable; and even if it is forbidden and/or defined, we can discuss a workaround... - and am willing...
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  • nijineko's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 09:03 AM
    ummm, i think that is a dm fault, not a system fault. my 3.x games have always defaulted to the rule of yes. and whenever they haven't, it was because of the DM. now, is 3.x a "good" system by your last bit of criteria there? 3.x does make mention of using the rules to enable the players, but the...
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    10-27-2014, 08:58 AM
    tesral replied to a thread [DM / Player Tools] It's the Law in Campaign Resources
    Well it is. Theft, assault and perhaps battery. The usual definition of an Honest Thief is one that steals without violence or fraud. Depending on the culture some theft is considered worse than others.
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  • tesral's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 12:25 PM
    tesral replied to a thread NaNoWriMo 2014 in Off Topic
    I approve of it, but I'm too busy writing to participate.
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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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