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Date of Birth
April 3, 1945 (73)
About Bill Reich
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I have been playing and running games since the dawn of time
About Me:
Author of Glory Road Rolelplay. This is the reference sites, where all the weapons, armor, spells, gods and encounters live.

https://sites.google.com/site/grreference/

This is where you can get the core rules that make the other stuff work.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218159/Glory-Road-Roleplay-Core-Rules
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Pompano Beach, FL
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Town:
Pompano Beach
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Florida
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USA
Game Details:
I run a game on Thursday night. A couple of us play from here and two or three, depending on if one can't play that week, play via Skype, so it is a hybrid live/online game.

The system is the Glory Road Roleplay system. Available here:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218159/Glory-Road-Roleplay-Core-Rules

This website https://sites.google.com/site/grreference/
includes the other stuff, the data for which the core rules are the program and also The Black Mountain District, the sandbox in which I run my games right now. It is part of a much larger sandbox where I have been running games for over thirty years.

I am retired and could easily run another game if people want to play live or via Skype.
My Character:
In Cj Carella's Wednesday night game I play a Brother named Otto Berchwald. I am from Bavaria. We use the Glory Road Roleplay system and I connect via Skype to the GM and two other players in one place in Connecticut.

I wound up hanging out with a bunch of English longbowmen for mm sins. We have just endured the Hundred Years War, in the middle which appeared a plague of vampires. We destroyed the entity which had loosed the vampires on the world and we have been rewarded with more trouble.

We are now in England, God help us. I am founding a chapter house of my order and my companions have been made barons but we have enemies, the King doesn't trust us, there is a civil war going on and a new supernatural foe has arisen.

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Town:
Pompano Beach
State:
Florida
Country:
USA
Game Details:
I run a game on Thursday night. A couple of us play from here and two or three, depending on if one can't play that week, play via Skype, so it is a hybrid live/online game.

The system is the Glory Road Roleplay system. Available here:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218159/Glory-Road-Roleplay-Core-Rules

This website https://sites.google.com/site/grreference/
includes the other stuff, the data for which the core rules are the program and also The Black Mountain District, the sandbox in which I run my games right now. It is part of a much larger sandbox where I have been running games for over thirty years.

I am retired and could easily run another game if people want to play live or via Skype.
My Character:
In Cj Carella's Wednesday night game I play a Brother named Otto Berchwald. I am from Bavaria. We use the Glory Road Roleplay system and I connect via Skype to the GM and two other players in one place in Connecticut.

I wound up hanging out with a bunch of English longbowmen for mm sins. We have just endured the Hundred Years War, in the middle which appeared a plague of vampires. We destroyed the entity which had loosed the vampires on the world and we have been rewarded with more trouble.

We are now in England, God help us. I am founding a chapter house of my order and my companions have been made barons but we have enemies, the King doesn't trust us, there is a civil war going on and a new supernatural foe has arisen.
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Friday, 3rd November, 2017

  • 10:15 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Bill Reich in post What was your most memorable PC?
    In a city? In most campaigns I've run and played in, you would be enjoying those xp in prison or dead. Good or evil aside, a city must have order. Yep, and quite a strict city at that. Because it wasn't quite so intrinsic to the post, I left out the increasing heat, the questioning, and all the other derived parts of the DM's master plan - what few of them came to fruition, anyway. Eventually the campaign shifted away from Khorvaire entirely and I never got to fully explore what it would have been like to bribe my way out, or escaped, or any other such things. Sometimes a DM gets an idea, but just doesn't want to follow through with it after a couple of weeks - it was his mistake in the first place for leaving me at an opportunity with no eye-witnesses. I suppose he wanted a slow-build tension sort of thing. I will say, to further clarify though, it was the DM who brought the idea to light - I really didn't care about how fast I leveled, I knew we were going to end up in Xendrik anyway :P

Sunday, 22nd October, 2017

  • 04:37 PM - Staffan quoted Bill Reich in post Swords in a Crunchy System
    They actually roll more damage now than axes of the same handling weight but they are resisted by twice the usual value of the target's armor. Whatever damage does get through is tripled. I'm not familiar with your system, but that seems like an unnecessary step. Unless I'm missing something, you can get the same result by tripling the damage in the first place, and then multiply armor by six.

Saturday, 7th October, 2017

  • 09:24 PM - DMMike quoted Bill Reich in post Swords in a Crunchy System
    Where does it look like I am saying swords are good against good armor. Probably the part about tripling damage. I guess I read it wrong. Your last statement fits very well two guys in a parking lot where one of them is playing "I'm going to shove him" and the other guy desires to do harm. Weapon choice has massive practical impact when both sides desire to do harm. Yes, in the real world, weapon choice matters when two combatants are armored up and trained in certain schools of fighting, or they're using team tactics that require particular weapons. In the role-playing world though, weapon choice is only as important as the systems you have to support it. Even then, some games undermine their own combat systems by making damage, instead of technique, king. Since it sounds like you're putting a lot of thought into your combat system, I'm sure you won't fall into that trap.
  • 06:48 AM - DMMike quoted Bill Reich in post Swords in a Crunchy System
    If worse comes to worse, most swords have points that are useful, to varying degrees, against armored foes. Frankly, I didn't want a system where weapon choice had no practical impact. Maybe I've been watching the wrong FoolTube videos, but I thought swords were garbage against (good) armor? If you want to cut through metal armor, you use an axe or an arrow. Better yet, try something that bludgeons. Realistically, though, since bare hands or an unlucky bump to the head can kill a man, weapon choice doesn't have a practical impact. What really matters is an attacker's desire to do harm.

Sunday, 20th August, 2017

  • 11:41 PM - Eltab quoted Bill Reich in post Strange men sleazing about in taverns distributing quests is no basis for a system of adventuring.
    I recently used "you are all traveling to a wedding and your paths meet at a crossroads a couple of days from your destination." Some of them knew one another and some had already been traveling together. You are all pilgrims / travelling merchants going to the Capital City to visit the cathedral and/or the Crown Princess' Coronation.
  • 04:46 PM - Arilyn quoted Bill Reich in post #RPGaDAY Day 19: Which RPG features the best writing?
    The Buffy game by C.J. Carella. Frankly, just about everything he wrote. He's a successful novelist now, so we know that he can write. Disclaimer: We've been playing together for years, I was involved in playtesting Buffy and lots of his other stuff and he wrote the introduction to my recently published Glory Road Roleplay rules. I am sincere in praising his writing but I don't want to be like the reviewers on Amazon who don't let on that they are related to the author or are a creditor. ---------------------- https://sites.google.com/site/grreference/ Love the Buffy game too. Had many hours of enjoyment, and writing is top-notch.

Tuesday, 18th July, 2017

  • 03:46 AM - Schmoe quoted Bill Reich in post Revisiting The Keep on the Borderlands
    I am definitely going to follow this thread. Keep is the only module that I ever ran, although I bought plenty and read them for pleasure and for ideas. It fit into an area of my gameworld and it was lots of fun. Thanks for reading. I run a mix of modules and my own homebrew. As I've grown older, I find that I never run a module "as-is" anymore, I always end up making tweaks here and there. I wonder if this is more related to the type of module I run, though. For one such as Keep on the Borderlands, it's a pretty open playground that really begs to be customized. I don't generally run modules with tight story-lines, although there are a few that have caught my eye over the years (Red Hand of Doom, Zeitgeist, to name a few).

Wednesday, 5th July, 2017

  • 09:39 PM - LegionError121 quoted Bill Reich in post How do you make the Fighters role more interesting?
    Is this One-Eye Odin or an Odin-clone? One of my favorite moments as a GM was when Bgordj Half-Beard, a fighter player-character, stood over a slain Hobgoblin, puffed out his chest and shouted "Odin, send me _enemies_" and, of course, the All-Father generously complied. Half-Beard's life has been interesting ever since. -- https://sites.google.com/site/grreference/home/05-the-black-mountain Nope :) One Eye refers to "Gruumsh One Eye" :) The main Orc deity who drives Orc forces forward :) The Orcs believe that if they stand against his teachings, they will be killed by him and if they serve him and the Orcs run out of enemies, Gruumsh will next come for them :) Essentially, Orcs live for violence :) But . . . what if you had Orcs that turned his values upside down and used their strength for good? :) That be the aspect Human is going for :)
  • 08:26 PM - LegionError121 quoted Bill Reich in post How do you make the Fighters role more interesting?
    Did you just develop this desire or did you already have it when you named your character? I have some people in my campaigns who give their character awful names but "Human" stands out. Or are you called Human because everyone else around you was a non-human? If that is the case, you could talk to your companions about various issues you have with the non-humans you hang out with. I haven't played D&D since first-edition but having an interesting and colorful character has very little to do with character class. My last fighter in the system was trying to marry a rich woman because his father had lost the family's money gambling. My friend Andy runs a game where you can't have a conversation because "here comes ten ogres" so you couldn't do much in that kind of game. I don't play in his game but the people who do enjoy it. If your GM doesn't give you room to roleplay, find another game. It is not just the system, unless 5e is a lot more restrictive than 1e. ------------------------ https://si...

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