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#1    Insanity

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:04 AM

Was curious as to whom here currently plays, or has played, RPGs?  I am not referring to the online MMORPGs , which are often just simply hack-n-slash styles, but table-top RPGs, using such things as paper, a pencil, physical dice, and being able to speak directly to the other players in the group face to face.  Even using virtual tabletop software such as Fantasy Grounds counts in my opinion.

Just had a D&D 4E game go into indefinite retirement due to the DM's changing life situations.  We all hope it will return in the future.  Most of us in the group played for close to three years.

I currently run a Call of Cthulhu RPG, some of the same folks from the D&D game.  Most of them just died recently, a blunder on their part.  The setting is in 1925, and they just arrived in Cairo, Egypt following a clue concerning the murder of a friend.  No one speaks or understand Arabic, so should be interesting.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:09 AM

I played Cthulhu twice or so...Shadowrun was pretty cool. Played original D&D and 2nd ed. A friend of mine had a game Battlelords published. The Sci-fi thing didnt suit me. Then we all got married and had kids. Kinda ended all our gaming nights.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:12 AM

View PostThe Mule, on 02 October 2012 - 12:09 AM, said:

I played Cthulhu twice or so...Shadowrun was pretty cool. Played original D&D and 2nd ed. A friend of mine had a game Battlelords published. The Sci-fi thing didnt suit me. Then we all got married and had kids. Kinda ended all our gaming nights.

Battlelords, as in Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century?  Ironically I am gearing up to run a game for this.  Sometimes I get bored with the fantasy settings and need to have pulse cannons and plasma grenades in the mix.

Battlelords as a small, but dedicated following from what I know, though I have always had a hard time finding players in my area.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:17 AM

View PostInsanity, on 02 October 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:

Battlelords, as in Battlelords of the Twenty-Third Century?  Ironically I am gearing up to run a game for this.  Sometimes I get bored with the fantasy settings and need to have pulse cannons and plasma grenades in the mix.

Battlelords as a small, but dedicated following from what I know, though I have always had a hard time finding players in my area.

thats the one. Larry even gave me a play-testing credit in one of the modules.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 12:29 AM

Nifty, it's actually one of my favorites, even if I can't get a group together that often.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:02 AM

View PostInsanity, on 02 October 2012 - 12:04 AM, said:

Was curious as to whom here currently plays, or has played, RPGs?  I am not referring to the online MMORPGs , which are often just simply hack-n-slash styles, but table-top RPGs, using such things as paper, a pencil, physical dice, and being able to speak directly to the other players in the group face to face.  Even using virtual tabletop software such as Fantasy Grounds counts in my opinion.
I've been playing since 6th grade, some 32 years ago. I still play with a group of guys from college, some 6 to 8 of us in the group. We even have a Yahoo Group. We called it GPA, because we were in college and thought we were real smart.

We rotate games every couple years, mostly D&D3.5E, Champions (Hero System), and D20 Modern (Spy games and Dr. Who style).

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Just had a D&D 4E game go into indefinite retirement due to the DM's changing life situations.  We all hope it will return in the future.  Most of us in the group played for close to three years.
I hate when that happens. Someone moves away or otherwise has to quit. :cry:

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I currently run a Call of Cthulhu RPG, some of the same folks from the D&D game.  Most of them just died recently, a blunder on their part.  The setting is in 1925, and they just arrived in Cairo, Egypt following a clue concerning the murder of a friend.  No one speaks or understand Arabic, so should be interesting.

With *** it is just a matter of time, isn't it. I've played it 2 or 3 times. Once the Sanity Points start to get low the game begins to get desperate. Learning to read any ancient language iin the game is an invitation to insanity. :innocent:

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:09 AM

One of the players who died had become the Mythos expert, and had taken the time to read a few of the tomes they had come across, and learned a spell, but was too afraid to use it.  I had only told him the mechanics, and that it simply summoned 'something'.  He did not know what, and I wasn't saying.  The description of it was 'Call Forth Invisible Servant', to which one of the others, being a D&D player mostly, suggested to summon it so it can carry stuff for them.  He never did, but if he had, a Star Vampire would have arrived.  Would have been fun.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:21 AM

View PostInsanity, on 02 October 2012 - 02:09 AM, said:

He never did, but if he had, a Star Vampire would have arrived.  Would have been fun.
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The only games I've GMed are d20 StarWars and Rolemaster. Both ran for years. It is a real shame when such a long running game comes to an end.

I bought several of the D&D4E books,and made several characters, but we never actually got long term game going. :cry:

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:41 AM

I had mixed feelings with 4E, it is fun, but the combat took forever to resolve.  Too many Conditions can be applied, and need to be tracked.  It was more an attempt to get some online experiences to a tabletop I felt.

Still the game was fun with the group we had.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:36 AM

I've played an assortment of RPGs over my few years of actually liking them. I've played D&D 3.5 and 4e, the new World of Darkness (a supernatural themed RPG), All Flesh Must Be Eaten (a personal favorite, a zombie themed RPG that also has some amazing expansion books), and currently I'm learning about a homebrew RPG based around the comic Homestuck that's centered around D&D 4e rules, but has enough differences that I think of it as a different system. I've both DM'd and been a player character in each of these settings, though at the current moment I'm DMing a AFMBE game and the Homestuck RP I mentioned.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 09:48 AM

W8 w8, so you re-create the settings in the books, games etsc?
And how do you play this?
In real life?
I'm not trolling, it's just i've never come across something like this...

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:24 AM

The books have rules that everyone follows and ways to create characters by filling out character sheets. Everything in the game is usually decided by a die roll. That's pretty much the gist of it, though I'm sure someone else can describe it better.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:27 AM

That sounds interesting. So how do you like umm, do quests? :D

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:33 AM

The Dungeon Master (or DM, the person who runs the storyline) will lay out the quest, something maybe along the lines of something as simple: 'your group is looking for a rare talisman, the local baron has asked you to retrieve it for him from a cave, but this cave happens to be guarded by goblins'. Then the characters will pick it up from there. One may suggest: 'Let's hit up the shop, my Charisma score may be able to get us lower prices'. Another may suggest: 'Nah, we have enough supplies, I have my sword and shield, and that's enough'. Sometimes you can settle disputes in a group with a few die roll or none lethal combat.
Then they'd head out on the adventure, the DM will fill in the scene, people the towns and the outplaying area with none player characters, and the players will get to enjoy the story and get to adventure and struggle against the odds the DM throws at them.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:03 AM

That sounds.. awesome

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