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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby ajevans » 10:00am on 10 May 17

Dom wrote:The Forest Dragon and all its expansions arrived a while ago. The boys love it, to the extent that I've had to spend the last 30 mins sleeving 150 cards... kids... sticky fingers...


Dom, how old do you reckon, kids need to be to play this?
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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby satbunny » 12:26pm on 10 May 17

Wow. Can I come yours?

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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby Dom » 12:44pm on 10 May 17

ajevans wrote:Dom, how old do you reckon, kids need to be to play this?


My lads are 10 and 6. 6 year old needs some help with what the cards say but is happy playing with me and the eldest.

10 year old can play it on his own, and the two of them have happily had games on their own together.


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Re: Unknown Armies 3

Postby Jagusti » 1:09pm on 13 May 17

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I went all in on the Unknown Armies 3e kickstarter last year. While the dice, PDFs and soundtrack materialised a few months ago, the main books turned up on the Seven Hills weekend this year.

There is no doubting they are gorgeous items, with excellent production quality, from the photographic artwork throughout to the magnetic GM screen that doubles up as a slipcase for Books 1-3. Attention to design detail is noteworthy (eg, aesthetically the three books arranged form a delightfully mysterious triptych).

I really do like the idea of the game and the setting, and there are some elegant mechanics around the shock gauges (previously madness meters) and the identities/features (like skills).

Physical readability of the books (not the dice) is not too bad - there's decent white space throughout that helps alleviate the density of the text. The imagery is all photograph-based, and hugely evocative for a modern urban fantasy horror.

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But I am finding these books almost impenetrable.

As a practical set of tools to run a game, they really do seem to be all over the place, and - especially when it comes to character creation - inconsistent and incomplete. Which is a real frustration for me as an inexperienced GM. It feels like so much has gone into emphasising the game's style over its playable substance that it's a forensic operation to make sense of it.

Little things like having PDF and hardcopy versions use the same page numbering would reduce some of the friction when you are doing the heavily-emphasised collaborative world-building / character generation, and help fans of the game get on to playing it faster. And it makes no sense to me that there are three (different) character sheets in the hard copy of Book 2: Run (geared towards the GM), and none in the PDF versions of any of the books.

I know a lot of folks love Stolze's postmodern writing style. But in the absence of rules that are coherently described and plainly, accessibly and consistently written, flavour text like the script-font marginalia scattered throughout or the throwaway definitions at the start of chapters just grate.

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For me, it's a massive shame. I want to run and play UA3 one-shots and campaigns, because it has absolute potential to utterly rock in actual play. And I hope I will. But I have to say that getting to that point feels more like work - not the kind you take pleasure in, but the miserable slog that you drag yourself through because you're too far invested.

As is often asked in Unknown Armies, is it worth it? Time will tell. If I haven't put you off and you might be interested in trying to make sense of it together in some online game sessions, please do holler. Or if you have a better handle on it than I'm getting, I'd appreciate that. In UA parlance, I'd even go so far as to say, I want it.

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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby Dom » 11:51pm on 30 Jun 17

Blades in the Dark finally arrived. (hat tip to Shane). I hope to get it read some time soon.

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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby jonnygray » 8:36am on 01 Jul 17

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Also purchased BitD. Good read so far, with a slightly different PbtA rules set.
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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby negromaestro » 1:07pm on 04 Jul 17

I remain a steadfast frontline agent of the fledgeling Modiphius Empire, so this July I had to join Starfleet with a set of Star Trek Adventures and accessories (but not the Borg Cube, I am not privileged enough to be considered Locutus of Borg).

And years ago, I purchased poker chips in red, blue, yellow, and white, so these will fit nicely on the starship deck tiles. I will just use pasted images of the crew and white for the non-crew friends and foes. The miniatures are cool but out of my budgetary reach, since I have to prepare for when John Carter of Mars comes to collect his share of my money.
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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby Dom » 8:42pm on 12 Jul 17

I Coriolis-ed.

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Not certain what it has rules wise over Traveller, but the setting seems sweet.


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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby dpmcalister » 9:22pm on 12 Jul 17

400+ pages of monsters for D&D 5e :)

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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby ragr » 10:06pm on 12 Jul 17

dpmcalister wrote:400+ pages of monsters for D&D 5e :)


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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby Dom » 10:26pm on 12 Jul 17

Isn't the Lairs book obligatory with that?


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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby dpmcalister » 10:29pm on 12 Jul 17

ragr wrote:
dpmcalister wrote:400+ pages of monsters for D&D 5e :)


:shock:

There are never enough monsters ;)

Dom wrote:Isn't the Lairs book obligatory with that?

Possibly but I've not seen it at a price I'd pay ;) I saved £25 on Tome of Beasts by waiting for it to go on sale/have a price drop. It's back up to £54 now!
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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby negromaestro » 9:57pm on 14 Jul 17

Dom, I forgot to offer welcome on the day for venturing into The Third Horizon of the Coriolis station.
Checkout the Facebook Group "The Third Horizon" for some thematic art and and other themes to inspire your Coriolis game. And the ship selection rules give the feel of that Firefly ship, the Serenity.
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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby satbunny » 12:08am on 15 Jul 17

dpmcalister wrote:
ragr wrote:
dpmcalister wrote:400+ pages of monsters for D&D 5e :)


:shock:

There are never enough monsters ;)

Dom wrote:Isn't the Lairs book obligatory with that?

Possibly but I've not seen it at a price I'd pay ;) I saved £25 on Tome of Beasts by waiting for it to go on sale/have a price drop. It's back up to £54 now!

https://wordery.com/book-of-lairs-for-5 ... Y4NmNlY2Fi

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Re: What have u just splurged on?

Postby dpmcalister » 7:35am on 15 Jul 17

I'm waiting for a sub-£15 price including delivery ;)

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