Friday, August 31, 2012

A Game I Want to Play

Here is a beautiful quote perfectly describing the game I want to play:
The PC casualties in that campaign were ridiculously high.  Just getting from the beginning to the end of the session with the same PC was an exhilarating victory.  That's why I'm all for save-or-die, level drain, zero level funnels and balanced-dungeons-my-ass.  Not because I'm enjoy forcing players to suffer the same way I did, but because I want them to experience the high of just escaping the session with your life.

from Jeff Rient's blog.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I Suck At This

I read a great slew of blogs on a daily basis...but I can't seem to find the discipline of blogging myself.

So here is a quick something something just say something.

The Relationship Between A and B is (opt. 1-4 Bidirectional; 5-6 Unidirectional)
  • 1-2: Hostile (worst)
  • 3-7: Unfriendly
  • 8-13: Indifferent
  • 14-18: Friendly
  • 19-20: Helpful (best)
How is A Related to B
  1. blood relations (roll on Family Chart)
  2. by marriage (roll on Family Chart)
  3. married to
  4. loves
  5. is intimate with
  6. childhood friends with
  7. owes money to / is indebted to
  8. knows a secret about
  9. experienced something dramatic with
  10. accused of some wrong by
  11. works for
  12. is indentured to / is a slave/servant to
  13. works with
  14. is in the same business as
  15. lives next to
  16. cheated
  17. is stalking / infatuated with
  18. there is absolutely no relationship
  19. looks shockingly similar to
  20. has a mutual friend with
  21. is well known by through some great deed
  22. frequents the same hangouts as
  23. is of the same faith as
  24. served in the town militia with
  25. has some unexplained psychic/empathetic connection to
  26. neither person will discuss it, even under pain of death
  27. parents adventured together
  28. reroll and apply to parents
  29. reroll and apply to A's sibling
  30. roll twice
Family Relations (A is a X to B)
  1. parent
  2. child
  3. sibling
  4. cousin
  5. aunt/uncle
  6. grandparent
  7. grandchild
  8. distant cousins

Here are some links to the forefathers of such thinking:

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Digital Format

The big news coming out of GenCon appears to be the WotC announcement concerning the release of all their products in digital format.


...Wait, what? Digital format? Does that mean I can pick up the Moldvay edition of D&D Basic in PDF or does that mean I can pay a monthly fee to access some version of D&D Basic on your website?

Those are two very different things - the former will create a customer whereas the latter will just espouse more bitterness and I'll just keep using the copy I have, your loss.

I don't have much faith but we'll see.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Numenera And Potential Campaign

update: it's already funded...I wonder how high it will go?

Numenera: A new roleplaying game from Monte Cook

Curse you Kickstarter!!!  I've got 39 days to come up with money...

From and Monte's blog there are a couple of hints here and there...I'm always interested in new ways to play, but I'm leary of things like "choose from a number of descriptors like clever, tough, strong-willed, or mystical."  I'm just old fashioned and biased towards what I know, so if anyone can win me over it'll be Mr. Cook.  Here's a bunch of my money.

Which makes me want to talk about FATE ladders and stuff...but not today.  I can see a D&D game in my not too unobtainable future and I need to figure out what to play!  I'm trying to decide between the following three four contenders so the next couple of posts will probably be my ramblings about the various Pros and Cons.
  1. Pathfinder
  2. pure Moldvay/Cook
  3. pure DCC RPG
  4. mish-mash of OSR gems
    1. fighter from DCC RPG
    2. thief from LotFP WFRPG
    3. Cleric & Wizard from S&W or LL
    4. house rules absconded from all over the OSR blogosphere

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Advanced Adventures Sale

I just saw that Expeditious Retreat Press is having a 50% off sale for today only - check out Joseph's Sorcery & Super Science blog for details.

Personally, if you don't already have it you should consider getting Stonesky Delve, the Shadowvein trilogy (here, here, and here), The Seven Shrines of Nav'k-Qar, or any one of another half-dozen great offerings.  As much as I love these, they are a bit expensive so a sale like this is great.  I think I'll finally pick up The Verdant Vault of Malakum.