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Sunday, 14th January, 2018

  • 01:26 AM - Morrus mentioned Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    As far as I can make out, Random Bystander, of this 21-post thread, there are 4 posts discussing your system, 5 posts discussing another system, and 11 posts discussing forum etiquette, 8 of which are yours. Or thereabouts. If you want my advice (which perhaps you don't) - if you want people to talk about your encumbrance system, I'd focus on that rather than forum etiquette. I think you've effectively derailed your own thread.

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

  • 11:52 PM - Lanefan mentioned Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    Random Bystander - it's not noted in your OP, but does your system account for two different encumbrance values for armour: one for when it is worn, and another - much higher - for when it is being carried? A simple experiment will show you what I mean. Sometime in the spring when it's a bit warmer than it is now, take all your heavy winter clothes - overcoat, snow boots, toque, gloves, scarf, sweater, etc. - and walk around the yard carrying them in your arms. Very encumbering, and very difficult to carry anything else. Then put them all on as you normally would in mid-winter, and walk around the yard again. Much less encumbering, and you have hands free to carry other stuff if needed. Armour - particularly armour in rigid pieces such as plate mail or field plate - takes this principle and dials it to 11. Lanefan

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Friday, 14th November, 2014

  • 12:51 AM - Primitive Screwhead mentioned Random Bystander in post In 3rd Edition, what's your preferred wilderness hex size?
    Random Bystander, I just dabble with the program. I don't think the propagation rules pay any attention to the elevation, just what the neighboring hex terrain is. Actually, I haven't even used the elevation feature yet as I am primarily just creating 'regional' wilderness hexes to adventure through and playing abstract combat.. so I don't drill down under the 1-mile hex size.

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Monday, 15th January, 2018

  • 10:16 AM - delericho quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    If you are not interested in the encumbrance system I posted, why are you hijacking my thread for your own encumbrance systems? You are being rude. Kindly desist. For what little it is worth, it was not my intention to derail your thread, and for that I apologise. I should probably have done so sooner, but preferred to keep quiet so as not to clutter it further.

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

  • 10:52 AM - Imaculata quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    Maybe someone should explain how a thread topic works? This forum is a market place of ideas. If you bring up a topic, people will discuss all sorts of aspects of that topic. It's not just "Yay" or "Nay". People will offer ideas for improvements, or share homebrew rules for emcumbrance that they've used, or recall stories of why they started or stopped using such a system. All of that is on topic, and may inspire you to make changes to your system. Heck, in a recent topic about the Wish spell, I brought up how I've ruled the use of a Genie that grants wishes, and how I added limitations to prevent catastrophic events. The Genie is a sidetrack for sure, but totally on topic. I don't think I've ever minded people bringing up their own systems whenever I opened a thread on a certain homebrew rule. In fact, it is what I welcome. And I think most people on this forum would agree with that. They want to share their ideas with other people. It is an idea exchange. A discussion, if you will. Now, I critic...
  • 05:03 AM - Arilyn quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    Criticism would be fine. To have the idea be otherwise completely ignored? No ideas were exchanged. A bulldozer was run over my idea, to make way for someone elses'. Thread drift is fine. I expect thread drift. I have participated in thread drift. I have drifted threads. On no forum I have ever been on, was it acceptable to drift a thread on the second post, nor even the first page. Ok. I will address your encumberance system. Mechanically, it is better and more realistic than the traditional "add up the individual weights" kind of system you find in traditional F20 games. For players who enjoy prepping their characters for adventures, and like tracking supplies, etc. I think your system is fine and will feel more realistic. I like the idea of taking a little time to pack your backpack correctly in order to get a bit of a break on the weight. Games, however, are becoming more streamlined. A lot of boring nitty gritty details are hand waved or abstracted. I think that you'll find most pl...
  • 02:38 AM - Arilyn quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    If you are not interested in the encumbrance system I posted, why are you hijacking my thread for your own encumbrance systems? You are being rude. Kindly desist. I understand that you feel frustrated that your system is not being discussed, but there is truth in what the other posters are saying about your system being too cumbersome. Kudos for putting your idea out there, but be prepared for criticism. Having the conversation branch into other people's ideas on encumberance is pretty normal and to be expected. Exchange of ideas and all that.:)
  • 01:16 AM - Imaculata quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    You might have a point, were this a thread about "encumbrance". It is not. It is about a specific encumbrance system. If you do not want to discuss that encumbrance system, feel free to make your own thread about encumbrance. If you made a thread about D&D character creation, it would then be ok for me to say "D&D character creation is stupid; this thread is now about GURPS character creation"? In other words, "This thread is of no interest to me, anyway, so I don't feel any guilt about hijacking it. My interests override the OP, and anyone who might actually want to discuss the system." Maybe someone should explain how a discussion forum works? B-)

Friday, 12th January, 2018

  • 10:17 PM - Lanefan quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    On forums I have been on before, that would be considered "off-topic", and gain mod attention. In a social situation, diverting someone's topic to discuss your own topic is widely considered rude. "Here is an idea I'd like discussed." "That's stupid. Let's discuss my idea instead."In a thread where the topic is encumbrance, I'd be off topic were I to start discussing, say, point-buy vs. rolling as a char-gen method. But discussing encumbrance and encumbrance tracking systems in a thread about encumbrance? Seems on-message from here. :) And if you were hoping for a critique of the system you propose in post 1 I think you already sort of have it from subsequent posts; namely that it - like a great many other encumbrance tracking systems - is too complicated to see consistent use at most tables. Lan-"and rather than just stop there we go on to start thinking up simpler systems"-efan
  • 07:38 PM - megamania quoted Random Bystander in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Please explain this to me: How do people sell second-hand items on EBay for equal to or more money than the item could be purchased new?? ...I am afraid I already know the answer. Greed, opportunity, easy money, and the list goes on.
  • 09:56 AM - Jhaelen quoted Random Bystander in post A simple, system-neutral encumbrance system incorporating weight and bulk
    Feel free to discuss, critique, tear apart, put together in whatever configuration(s) suit your fancy, and in general improve upon. :) If you are not interested in the encumbrance system I posted, why are you hijacking my thread for your own encumbrance systems? You are being rude. Kindly desist.?!?! Isn't it to be expected that people who think your system is (still) too complicated start discussing alternatives they consider better?
  • 05:40 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Random Bystander in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Hmm... "Even though there is an equivalent item being sold for new, I must have this exact item!" I can see that. It does not cover when that exact item is also being sold new, however. Why are you putting artificial limitations on “irrationality”?* I remember standing in the checkout line in a comic store in Austin, about to purchase my copy of “The Death of Superman” when people leaving the store with theirs were offering $200 for the copies others were about to buy. * which, BTW, is what I meant when Autocorrect edited “irrationally “ into its place...
  • 01:45 AM - trappedslider quoted Random Bystander in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    Please explain this to me: How do people sell second-hand items on EBay for equal to or more money than the item could be purchased new?? ...I am afraid I already know the answer. I'm guessing you missed the cases of a few folks who sold EVERYTHING they had on ebay and started all over again.

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Thursday, 28th December, 2017

  • 05:21 AM - Dannyalcatraz quoted Random Bystander in post Happy Haggert Hurried Hungry Hitch Hiking Hired Henchmen Hivers.... apply within
    While 100-foot tall battlemechs are, realistically speaking, "artillery practice", 7 to 10 meter-tall battlemechs are rather more practical for the following reasons: 1) Broken and hilly terrain. I am given to understand that tanks, and tankers, hate broken and hilly terrain. 2) Changing the load-out for a tank is generally either impossible, very difficult, or only trivial changes are possible. Changing the loud-out for a battlemech is, theoretically at least, no more difficult than changing the loud-out for an infantry soldier. 3) At 7-10 meters, a battlemech would not be much less "stealthy" than a tank, and can, theoretically, take the same sorts of obscured positions as infantry soldiers. 4) Hands can be surprisingly useful. 5) Grenades and other thrown bombs. Tanks are generally not also "instant mortar platforms". 6) Theoretically, at least, a brain-machine interface or more mechanical interface makes it difficult to create a more intuitive and easy-to-understand interfacecontrol scheme....

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