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Monday, 10th December, 2018


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Friday, 23rd November, 2018

  • 09:28 AM - Abstruse quoted Bolongo in post News Digest: White Wolf Dissolved, MORE New D&D Releases Announced, RPG Now Closing (kinda), and more!
    Ya missed the most obvious reprint: the tactical map that is front and center in that picture is from Keep on the Shadowfell. I've reused that map for various ambushes many times... ;) It wasn't on the list I have and I've used that map so many times in Lost Mines of Phandelver I keep having to remind myself that the first encounter of that adventure doesn't have a map. I just keep using that one because it fits perfectly and, in the back of my head, that's where it's from even though I know it's not.

Monday, 20th March, 2017


Thursday, 9th February, 2017

  • 02:26 AM - ddaley quoted Bolongo in post RPG Crowdfunding News 037: Folio Digital 2, How To Write Adventure Modules That Don’t Suck, The City of Sands, Pathogen Unclassified, Untitled, Miniature RPG Terrain Wood Furniture
    I did back the first one, Domes of Ishaq-Zahur. I haven't had a chance to read through much of it yet. From what I have read, it seems promising. There is quite a bit of content (the main PDF is 84 pages). However, one thing I noticed right away is that it doesn't have enough information about the starting city, Archensheen, for my tastes. There is no map of the city for instance and little detail about it. The sequel promises to have extensive information about Archensheen. If you check the kickstart page for the sequel, he has posted a map of the city already. There seem to be maps and sufficient content for the other areas of the module. I think the intention is that the characters don't spend much time in the city. They have a meeting with someone, of which there is ample information, and then should be off on their journey. But, if Archensheen is a home base, I want more information about it... I am backing the 2nd kickstarter to get that information. Did you get the first p...

Friday, 30th December, 2016

  • 12:34 PM - Nikosandros quoted Bolongo in post Call of Cthulhu's Sandy Petersen Sues Paypal Over Withheld Funds [UPDATED]
    Not really relevant here. Sandy was not involved in the CoC7e KS. As others have noted, it's unclear what this is really about, though. The only computer game I know about that he put up on KS didn't fund, so that can't be it. And his board games have all brought in much higher sums than this suit is about. Yeah, Sandy didn't have anything to do with the CoC 7e KS. Also, I've received almost all the items that I had paid for and I was refunded for the rest. That KS was mismanaged severely, but the old management of Chaosium is gone and the new one has made things right regarding the KS.

Friday, 6th May, 2016

  • 07:04 AM - Psikerlord# quoted Bolongo in post Who Hacks The Hack? Looking At The Black Hack Fantasy RPG
    That's not what TBH has though. It's literally "roll under", if you roll equal you fail. I specifically asked the designer about this, so it's straight from the horse's mouth. Nothing stopping you from hacking the hack, of course... Ah I see, I skimmed it quite quickly!

Monday, 15th February, 2016

  • 02:30 PM - JeffB quoted Bolongo in post RuneQuest Design Notes; And Getting The Band Back Together
    Was Future World ever a fully realized setting? I remember it more as just a name tacked on to a list of sci-fi appropriate skills and equipment. I honestly do not recall, I have not seen a copy since 1982 or so. I doubt it was fully realized given the page count limitations. But it was an official sci fi BRP game.
  • 01:04 PM - aramis erak quoted Bolongo in post RuneQuest Design Notes; And Getting The Band Back Together
    AFAIK Ringworld was the only sci-fi setting actually published by Chaosium. But there have been sci-fi games with clearly BRP-inspired rules from other publishers. The one I remember best was Other Suns from FGU. One of those 3rd party games, Worlds Beyond, eventually because a Chaosium product. Delta Green can be considered modern horror/sci-fi.

Sunday, 14th February, 2016

  • 10:45 AM - DavidBlack quoted Bolongo in post The Most Straightforward Modern OSR Game Available?
    Is this port OGL based? Had to wonder a bit after seeing my favorite "(dis)advantage" 5E term... And will the paper copy ship overseas? I immediately see an unclear point: is it literally "roll below", or do you mean "roll equal to or under"? So you do mean it literally? Yes, when I wrote "a player must roll below it" I did in fact, and in a very literal sense, intend for the player - to roll below it. I appreciate the need to take into account peoples assumptions, but I also have to balance that against my belief that people will be able to read the rules and be bright enough to follow them as written, and as you rightly said - the wording is not unclear, so I feel I've done all I can towards this end.
  • 09:29 AM - DavidBlack quoted Bolongo in post The Most Straightforward Modern OSR Game Available?
    Is this port OGL based? Had to wonder a bit after seeing my favorite "(dis)advantage" 5E term... And will the paper copy ship overseas? I immediately see an unclear point: is it literally "roll below", or do you mean "roll equal to or under"? 1) The KS has been set up to ship overseas, as far as I'm aware Peter (who is running the logistic side of the KS) has a very good reputation for delivering on time or early, many other backers who aren't in the UK seem to have nice things to say about him. But if you have any specific questions about shipping you should direct them to him either on G+ or over at the KS. 2) I'm not sure how its unclear - the rules say "in order to successfully test a stat - a player must roll below it."

Thursday, 11th February, 2016

  • 04:30 PM - Lord Twig quoted Bolongo in post RuneQuest Design Notes; And Getting The Band Back Together
    Was Future World ever a fully realized setting? I remember it more as just a name tacked on to a list of sci-fi appropriate skills and equipment. I had Worlds of Wonder way back when. Unfortunately I lost it about 20 years or so ago. But if I remember correctly, it came with Magic World, Future World and Super World. None of them were fleshed out at all. They were just basic rules for the genre they covered.

Thursday, 21st August, 2014

  • 06:43 PM - DMZ2112 quoted Bolongo in post Princes of the Apolcalypse/Adventurer's Handbook by Sasquatch Game Studios
    Waitaminute... Elder Elemental Eye? Could this mean.... the return of Greyhawk?!? Setting an Elemental Eye themed campaign in the Forgotten Realms is a massive misstep. A lot of us were stunned by the clear parallels between Tyranny of Dragons and the War of the Lance, when it was announced. What I find odd about these choices is not so much that they "belong" to other settings, but rather that, surely, the Realms have their own plot lines? Why aren't we seeing those? Will we get anything not in the realms? as someone said this looks more greyhawk. IS it to to the obsession with factions so it can go with Adventurer's league? They've as much as said that we will see other settings... at this point, specifically calling out Krynnish and Oeridian NPCs and gods in the PHB and then just leaving them to swing seems like an odd choice. My players and I spoke briefly about transferring characters between arcs after the Epic event at Gen Con, and I half-joked that I was hoping for spelljammer...
  • 03:42 PM - fjw70 quoted Bolongo in post Princes of the Apolcalypse/Adventurer's Handbook by Sasquatch Game Studios
    Waitaminute... Elder Elemental Eye? Could this mean.... the return of Greyhawk?!? No, the article mentions Realms organizations.

Thursday, 7th August, 2014

  • 12:13 PM - salvaterra quoted Bolongo in post 20th Anniversary Mage and others?
    iteration of Storyteller ran with 3 variables: size of the dice pool, target number for success, and number of successes needed/degree of success. Later on (I seem to recall 2nd ed for most of the games, but don't quote me on it) this was simplified to 2 variables by setting a fixed target for all rolls. But now they've gone back on this to the original system, and IMHO this is a horrible, horrible idea. ;) the fixed target for all rolls (8s) was for the "storytelling" system, the system of the nWod. all the editions of the oWod (storyteller) was with the variable target for rolls. this was one of the things that most distinguished the 2 systems, so they had to stick with the old option and most people prefer that way (I dont).

Tuesday, 10th September, 2013

  • 12:29 PM - Morrus quoted Bolongo in post ENnies Best Podcast 2013!
    if programming with a substantial video component is included maybe the category should be renamed in some way? Would all have been resolved if the category had simply been renamed: "Best Web Show" Sure. That makes sense to me. We'll make sure the 2014 judges are aware of this opinion!

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