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    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    I haven't played it, but will make a point of checking it out.
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    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    I still use a full list of skills, but it is more in how I approach them, than in the skills themselves. The most recent version of my game is Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate. Most of what I talk about is in the advice on using skills section. For me the key is not having skills feel like buttons in play. But the game is skill-based, so there are skills in it. I've also been experimenting with...
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    Yesterday, 04:09 PM
    Mostly I play my own system now (and it does have skills, though I use them somewhat different than most people). I think I just like lighter skill systems and I find I prefer skill systems that interfere the least with RP or environmental interaction. That said, skills are popular with most players I game with, and I've learned to adapt how I use them to get the best result for my campaigns....
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    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    I think if you feel this way, you should at least give NWPs a try again and see how they play. Folks should draw their own conclusions as well, rather than take anyone's word for it. I went back to 2E around 2007-2008 for a while and in all honesty, expected to laugh at many of the mechanics in action. To my surprise things like NWPs worked a heck of a lot better for my style of play, than the...
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    Wednesday, 13th June, 2018, 12:44 PM
    D&D has the broadest audience, and you often end up with lots of different kinds of campaigns and styles being played with it as a result. Again, this is why 4E was such an atomic bomb for many fans when it came out (it either really heightened play for a narrow band of players, or it disrupted play for people whose play styles felt left out). With niche games, you don't have to worry about...
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    Monday, 11th June, 2018, 09:00 PM
    I don't think the GM needs to be trying to kill the party, but I much prefer a GM who is willing to let characters die than one who protects them. I think a GM who strives to be fair but isn't afraid to throw the occasional tough monster and let the dice fall where they may, provides a more engaging experience.
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 08:54 PM
    Villains Abound for Savage Worlds brings you Anaconda Buy it now! Villains Abound details super-powered villains for your Savage Worlds game. In this release is presented Anaconda. A former scientist transformed by his experiments during an accident when another test subject went on a rampage, Anaconda now seeks to make reptiles rulers of the world. Anaconda is incredibly strong, can...
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    Saturday, 9th June, 2018, 02:47 PM
    My experience is few players pay much attention to economic forces in a campaign setting. 3E really dug into the economic stuff, but it always felt kind of weird for me to apply what felt like market economic forces to medieval fantasy. Still if you want magic item shops, they are easy to justify. If you don't want them, they are equally easy to justify. I think you can get overly pedantic about...
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    Friday, 1st June, 2018, 08:11 AM
    "Over the course of the summer -- culminating right before GenCon -- this RPG Superstar-style contest will take competitors through four rounds, with the winner earning a contract to write a (first edition) Pathfinder RPG adventure for d20pfsrd.com." I'm curious, other than me, who else is excited to see what Design Finder 2018 produces? Anyone planning to try their hand at it? :-) Contest...
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    Monday, 28th May, 2018, 03:22 AM
    Bring Some Magic to Your Game with the Mystic Archetype for Savage Worlds Buy it now This Super-Powered Savage Worlds RPG release brings you The Mystic Archetype. This ready-to-go character build provides a foundation for you to develop a hero of your own who wields magic by the mysterious art of spellcraft. Gamemasters can also use the archetype as the basis for quickly building NPC...
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    Thursday, 24th May, 2018, 10:01 PM
    Unleash the Beast Within Using the Moreau Archetype for Savage Worlds Buy it now This Super-Powered Savage Worlds RPG release brings you The Moreau Archetype. This ready-to-go character build provides a foundation for you to develop a hero of your own who carries within them a mixture of human and animal or insect DNA. The build includes a special ability for treating Moreau's as a race,...
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I love RPGs! All Kinds, and writing reviews, helps me supplement my RPG habit.

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Thursday, 19th April, 2018

  • 11:06 PM - TheSalemLord quoted J.L. Duncan in post Reload The Savage World Of Deadlands
    Nope I meant what I said... As in it didn't excite anyone in my group to play it. They weren't confused (or nonplussed) about what the game was... Just not enthused to play it. Been there...Still there. My groups are still sticking to D&D. Not that is wrong, but it saddens me that they didn't want to try something different or new :yawn:... So, we keep playing D&D. I really want to try Deadlands, the setting is awesome. I've tried with the 3.0 D20 Edition version of Deadlands with other group for the familiarity with the D20 rules...worked..fine, but wasn't good at all. I really want to try SW rules set.

Monday, 16th April, 2018

  • 04:21 PM - choam10191 quoted J.L. Duncan in post Reload The Savage World Of Deadlands
    Nope I meant what I said... As in it didn't excite anyone in my group to play it. They weren't confused (or nonplussed) about what the game was... Just not enthused to play it. Non-pulsed isn't actually a word. And if you were to construct a neologism meaning what you claim to have meant, it would be more like "low-pulsed" or "min-pulsed"; the only logical interpretation of "non-pulsed" is DEAD, as in "not living". Wraith Form was giving you the benefit of the doubt in assuming you inadvertently used a malapropism. And, yes, the North American usage of "nonplussed" meaning "unimpressed" would've been closer to your intention: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nonplussed

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

  • 04:08 AM - Steve Conan Trustrum quoted J.L. Duncan in post Palladium Announces Collapse of Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter
    Yes, backers can contact the AG of Michigan, but unless those backers reside in Michigan that AG won't listen to them. Each backer will be encouraged to contact the AG of whichever state they live in.Not true. Look up what's going on with Ken Whitman, perhaps the most notorious gaming industry crowdfunding fraudster there is. Out-of-state complaints are being accepted by the AG of the state where Ken lives. IIRC, they are looking at him for possible wire fraud charges.

Thursday, 1st March, 2018

  • 04:32 PM - kenmarable quoted J.L. Duncan in post Palladium Announces Collapse of Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter
    The lawsuit will not go anywhere if things continue as is over on that Facebook page. Apparently, the lawyer (a sister of one of the backers) that was contacted wrote up a threat of legal action and sent that letter to Palladium siting KS ToS; which a judge wouldn't move a finger on and has no legal standing. i didn't understand this (than to suspect it wasn't a real lawyer) as anyone putting forth a letter should be directly siting Law (and how it was violated) not KS' ToS. The only thing which is relevant, which is what you note, is whether Palladium can account for everything and can prove they've not committed fraud. If there is a question on that and it's brought to court a judge might order them to open and account for their books. Will this happen? Who knows. It might, if those backers get a real lawyer. And most likely have a backer who is in the state of Michigan head the effort... Otherwise they should all be contacting the FTC... I mean I feel for those folks but if they want to...

Friday, 27th October, 2017


Saturday, 21st October, 2017

  • 03:11 AM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table With The Pip System
    Hey Egg, I'm curious, with the modified (simpler) system, are players splitting the difference between the pools? Or perhaps rolling less dice and just tallying results such as: 1-3 as unsuccessful; 4-6 as a success? I haven't had the time to give Eloy's pip system a look, but I did like the original Mermaid Adventures. RPG's THE Jeff Duncan - Excellent question! The simplified system has two major changes: 1) Replace the skills system with straight attributes. 2) Qualities are no longer purchased using Build Points, instead each player should write down the qualities that they want and add +1 white d6 for each one that applies. Simple and well thought out streamlines for a streamlined system. Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer

Saturday, 22nd July, 2017

  • 01:30 PM - VengerSatanis quoted J.L. Duncan in post Win $500 - adventure writing contest
    Hello Venger, How many entries do you anticipate... And are you judging them yourself or are you considering a panel? I'm not sure how many to anticipate, anywhere from 5 to 25... possibly. I'll be judging them myself, though if I do this again maybe a panel of judges would be easier on me. Thanks for the questions. VS

Sunday, 25th June, 2017

  • 10:06 PM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table: Mouse Tails
    +Egg Embry I'm just happy that given the choice (of an internet troll, or a wanna-lancer) you've made the right choice. Just a word of advice: quoting Boromir is easy to do but it is hard to live... And prepare yourself. Hobbylancing takes a level of commitment not common of mortal men. Me? I'm 3/4 elf, 1/16 dwarf & 2/3 halfling so I get by (and all that)... And you needn't worry about conquering the world. All you have to do is write and self-publish an RPG, which you will automatically be the master of (ah, ya-know cause you wrote it!)... You've taken all the right steps... But remember, "only you can prevent forest fires." And if that was a bit vague (or off topic)... What I mean to say is, you're on the right track. :p J.L. Duncan- In-game, I rarely prevent forest fires. On the contrary, 99.9% of fires in RPGs can be traced back to Egg (and a few other players). ;-) Seriously, thanks for the kind words and advice. It's been helpful. ;) Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer Check out EN World Gaming at the Kidsí Table posts to read reviews of The FirstFable RPG and Monster Slayers

Saturday, 24th June, 2017

  • 08:13 PM - Egg Embry quoted J.L. Duncan in post Gaming At The Kid's Table: Mouse Tails
    Egg... At what point does a Wanna-Lancer become an Actual-Lancer? Nice review. And it seems your rackin' up the creds! J.L. Duncan - There is a much-studied progression from wanna-lancer to actual-lancer. As Boromir stated, "One does not simply ." The progress starts as fan, moves to armchair game designer, and either deviates to internet troll or to a wanna-lancer. Following the wanna-lancer wing, you strive to reach hobbylancer status (Ben McFarland has spoken about hobbylancing) before graduating to be a freelancer and a life of leisure. Oh, and conquering the world is in there somewhere... :p Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer Check out EN World Gaming at the Kidsí Table posts to read reviews of The FirstFable RPG and [B]Monster Slayers

Wednesday, 7th June, 2017

  • 08:05 AM - Jhaelen quoted J.L. Duncan in post Playing With Savage Rifts
    Just FYI: For sure, you need the Savage Worlds main book (I have deluxe) to run Savage Rifts. Just wanted to make sure you know that. Ah thanks, I hadn't been aware of that!

Sunday, 2nd October, 2016


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