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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby Newt » 7:15pm on 27 Dec 16

Santa bought me two RPG related books this Midwinter Festival (and First Order Tie Fighter model kit, but that's a different branch of geekery :) )

Storm King's Thunder - I asked the white bearded one to get me this one to see what an official 5th Edition adventure looks like. I've had the core books for a good two years now but I've been immersed in Old School D&D during that time. I've only really had time to skim read it due to dad duties, but I'm quietly impressed with the hard cover book. The format reminds me of the Games Workshop Enemy Within Campaign reissues, with a nice functional hard cover and a mixture of setting and adventure all sensibly laid out with play in mind. My only grumble is some of the art is on the small size, and imho should have been bigger. Whether the adventure makes any sense I will report on a fuller read, but I'm feeling good about sitting down and readling 200 + pages.

Forgotten Futures Marcus Rowland's game of Scientific Romance. This is the old Heliograph Inc printed version, and I have mixed feelings about some of the layout which is a bit drab. The art , apart from some maps of the Earth and the Channel Tunnel for the scenario, is appropriate art from the public domain. Finally I'm not a big fan of the front cover which I know is meant to be in the style of a Kandinsky painting of a Martian War machine. Art concerns aside this is a real gold mine of content. A simple D6 based system, and lots of setting material.

"It's based on scientific romances, the predecessors of science fiction that were published in the late 19th and early 20th century. Some are intelligent predictions of possible futures, others are at best wild dreams, at worst nightmares."

Well worth checking out if you are into Fantastic Historical Roleplaying or Steampunk. The book's content is also available online at Marcus's website http://www.forgottenfutures.co.uk/
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby thenovalord » 7:32pm on 27 Dec 16

The Dark Eye plus the bucketful of Adventures SJE sold to me. This is a big beast

Beyond the Wall. Like the playbook /scenario set up stuff. Very inspired to use it and Chill to make a "its a lot like Stranger Things" campaign.
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby satbunny » 7:35pm on 27 Dec 16

How was it? This is the 'read' thread...

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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby Dr Moose » 7:39pm on 30 Dec 16

I've been spending quite a lot of time getting lost in the wonderful beast that is Traveller 5. I know that it's not new, but I've been thoroughly enjoying trying to get my head around it. I love the detail of the system and the way it holds everything together. I haven't got very far in my attempts to build a starship, partly because there's just so much of tit, and partly struggling to hold focus over the family holidays, which leaves me trying to remember whether I've actually read something or whether it's a memory from previous editions (like the link between Computer model and Jump potential, or what size bridges need to be, if any).

It's stirring up my inner Traveller/OTU fanboy, and the wish that there was some appropriate T5 stuff out from FFE. (Hopefully the mojo should receive a further boost as later Christmas presents are being collected from the In-Laws over New Year, which may include MongTrav 2e). Just need to get my act together to actually play something! (Heard that one before, I know).
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby satbunny » 1:19am on 01 Jan 17

So much of tit?

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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby First Age » 2:21pm on 01 Jan 17

satbunny wrote:So much of tit?


That's what I'd heard.
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby satbunny » 2:24pm on 01 Jan 17

Any Chaffinches?

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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby satbunny » 3:14pm on 02 Jan 17

Dr Moose wrote:I've been spending quite a lot of time getting lost in the wonderful beast that is Traveller 5. I know that it's not new, but I've been thoroughly enjoying trying to get my head around it. I love the detail of the system and the way it holds everything together. ...

It's stirring up my inner Traveller/OTU fanboy, and the wish that there was some appropriate T5 stuff out from FFE.


Could I suggest picking an old Trav adventure, you must have lots, and restat it for T5 as a mind exercise? One of the old double adventures? We'd happily play it online as a one off, tweak it, then it's in the bag for a con... Or it just helped you learn the system.



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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby Dr Moose » 4:44pm on 02 Jan 17

satbunny wrote:So much of tit?


Ooops, sorry. That was the X-Rated parody version....
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby satbunny » 9:28pm on 02 Jan 17

Dr Moose wrote:
satbunny wrote:So much of tit?


Ooops, sorry. That was the X-Rated parody version....

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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby BenQ » 9:40am on 06 Jan 17

I've been spending my time delving into The One Ring and Mutant Year Zero both of which I've started running campaigns with for different groups. Both great examples of fitting the system to the genre, although getting to grips with both at once means I find myself swapping rules occasionally between them!

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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby dr_mitch » 2:54pm on 06 Jan 17

I'm getting into a proper study of Blades in the Dark ready for the game at Revelation. Fortunately I still really like the system and the general philosophy; it's like it's taken what for me are the good bits of Apocalypse World games in a way that works much better for my GM style. I'm looking forward to running it.

On a side note, it's interesting that these days I don't mind my first outing of a system being at a convention. That would have petrified me once upon a time.
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby First Age » 11:24pm on 06 Jan 17

dr_mitch wrote:On a side note, it's interesting that these days I don't mind my first outing of a system being at a convention. That would have petrified me once upon a time.


Me too. In fact conventions afford me an opportunity to actually run a wider array of games than I otherwise would.
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby thenovalord » 11:35pm on 06 Jan 17

dr_mitch wrote:I'm getting into a proper study of Blades in the Dark ready for the game at Revelation. Fortunately I still really like the system and the general philosophy; it's like it's taken what for me are the good bits of Apocalypse World games in a way that works much better for my GM style. I'm looking forward to running it.

On a side note, it's interesting that these days I don't mind my first outing of a system being at a convention. That would have petrified me once upon a time.


This is really interesting. I'm not going to Revelation because despite lots of trying I really do not like @world games. However I really like BITD which to me is quite some distance from an @world game.
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Re: What RPG have you read recently?

Postby dr_mitch » 12:35am on 07 Jan 17

thenovalord wrote:However I really like BITD which to me is quite some distance from an @world game.


It's more "inspired by the Apocalypse" than "powered by the Apocalypse", I agree. Still, I checked with the organisers if I was allowed to run it, and it's too late for them to say no now.
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