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    The various incarnations of Basic / Expert / etc....

    The various incarnations of Basic / Expert / etc. are, imo, the evolution of that line. I never worried too much about it because original / advanced D&D was the basis of my game. And that's...
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    He had some reason for his bashing; he took quite...

    He had some reason for his bashing; he took quite a bit from others. Doesn't really excuse it, but it does give some context. Then too, it was a hobbyist niche, professionalism wasn't much of a...
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    A lot of us continued to play original D&D adding...

    A lot of us continued to play original D&D adding what we liked from AD&D. And there were three brands of D&D. Original, B/X, and AD&D. See? Even more confusing :)

    I don't think I ever made a...
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    In all probability the live action photo is the...

    In all probability the live action photo is the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA is about all things medieval (or pre gunpowder anyway) from crafts to combat. It was active then (and now)....
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    He replied and it seems he was talking as a game...

    He replied and it seems he was talking as a game designer and (commercial) adventure designer. I'm still not sure I agree on his points (I design and run my own adventures -- I don't use commercially...
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    Thanks for the explanation (which I also received...

    Thanks for the explanation (which I also received from another poster as well). I do my own scenarios which probably contributes to the relative ease of balancing them. Still, the one thing you can...
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    Entirely different things… that he talks about as...

    Entirely different things… that he talks about as if they were the same thing (?). Or I took it that way at least. He talks about not being able to balance per day powers (spells) on an adventure,...
  8. Well, if it makes any difference I've been...

    Well, if it makes any difference I've been playing RPGs for 45 years this summer and miniatures / boardgames for about 5 more. I'm old (60) :) If that matters for any reason, I guess it's breadth of...
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    I don't know, I always found it pretty easy to...

    I don't know, I always found it pretty easy to figure out when and where the PCs would, or would not have time or opportunity to rest and recover.
  10. Potentially good news. I prefer a 5E OGL game to...

    Potentially good news. I prefer a 5E OGL game to other possibilities mentioned above. I have the old SG RPG, but never ran it. I'd like a company with more RPG experience. I loved SG-1 and liked the...
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    We pronounced it the same way, self origination...

    We pronounced it the same way, self origination on the west coast (of the U.S.). Until we were familiar with the mechanic we tended to say "to hit AC zero". We got lazier as we went :)

    I had a...
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    Linguistic drift. In RPG spoken terminology :) ...

    Linguistic drift. In RPG spoken terminology :)

    It's funny, broadcast media struck a blow at it but the written word, be it book or internet, is still subject to it. Its the type of thing which...
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    I'm happy. I'd be happier if it was NWN 3......

    I'm happy. I'd be happier if it was NWN 3... complete with DM and tile sets / tools.
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    Interesting. We just kept playing from original...

    Interesting. We just kept playing from original D&D to 1E to 2E ignoring what we didn't like and including what we did. And, of course, homebrewing away. The first major change I took note of that...
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    I read the original post as "good" (mental...

    I read the original post as "good" (mental autocorrect?). It wasn't until the terrible pun post that I caught it :D
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    This topic is giving me flashbacks to "Monty...

    This topic is giving me flashbacks to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". "That rabbits dynamite" to quote King Arthur. Then comes the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch :)
  17. I agree, that we largely agree :) The numbers...

    I agree, that we largely agree :) The numbers could be argued for ever. And, as you say, some things were not locally available and those things had to be traded for. The numbers just aren't that...
  18. No, not really :) I'm familiar with everything...

    No, not really :) I'm familiar with everything you mention below. The number of people participating in the activities you mention below is a tiny percentage of the total population and the area of...
  19. OK I'm confused... Cyberpunk Red is a paper and...

    OK I'm confused... Cyberpunk Red is a paper and pencil / tabletop RPG from R. Talsorian. Cyberpunk 2077 is a computer / console RPG from CD Project Red based on R. Talsorian's game. Cyberpunk 2077 is...
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    The "Golden Bough" is a work on comparative...

    The "Golden Bough" is a work on comparative religion and mythology by anthropologist James Frazer. It used to be one of the standard references on Mythology, it was written in the 1890s iirc. "Gods,...
  21. Yes, I said education *and* training. You don't...

    Yes, I said education *and* training. You don't need to be highly "educated" (in degrees) to be skilled. You do have to be trained. You are. The worker in the middle ages would not have had the...
  22. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I'm looking...

    Thanks for clearing that up for me. I'm looking forward to your future projects (as well as Cyberpunk 2077). I ran a Star Wars game using Mekton Zeta. It worked great. Instead of just Meks I built...
  23. What problems did you have with Mekton Zeta? Game...

    What problems did you have with Mekton Zeta? Game system or the company? Curious, I rather liked Mekton Zeta and Mekton Zeta Plus myself, but my time with them was short. I liked Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0 as...
  24. Education and training is more readily available...

    Education and training is more readily available today than in most fantasy settings. Job specialization is high in our society; not so much in a typical fantasy setting where most people are...
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    I have the original Gods Demigods and Heroes for...

    I have the original Gods Demigods and Heroes for D&D and the later Deities and Demigods (and Legends and Lore) for AD&D. I'm a Moorcock fan (then and now) and I loved that part of it. The rest too...
  26. Well, I backed Traveller 5 (again) for the new...

    Well, I backed Traveller 5 (again) for the new printing. And I'm going to back Five Torches Deep to see their version of 5E. Traveller I knew about (they e-mailed me and everyone who backed the first...
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    On published material vs. home grown... The...

    On published material vs. home grown...

    The hardback 5E adventures seem to sell pretty well. Most of those sold are probably being played at some point. I started playing in 1974 (I'm a dinosaur,...
  28. Studio2 provides printing / publishing services...

    Studio2 provides printing / publishing services to a lot of RPG companies (as I mentioned two posts above this in reference to Traveller, see their Client List on the front page).


    Oddly enough...
  29. That's the Mongoose edition of Traveller. On...

    That's the Mongoose edition of Traveller. On their front page Studio2 has a "client list" (presumably companies whose games they carry / print) and it's pretty extensive. Mongoose is on it.
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    Your name is a good for that list. I'm just glad...

    Your name is a good for that list. I'm just glad my name is not on that list. The primary human feudal cultural names in my game are pretty "real life" (medieval real life anyway), including...
  31. My problem is settling on an edition. There are...

    My problem is settling on an edition. There are things I like about each (well, except TNE). Classic Traveller is simpler and with the DGP task resolution system easy to use. I love the detail in MT,...
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    Thanks. Good timing on this. The semester is...

    Thanks.

    Good timing on this. The semester is winding down (just finals to go) and I actually had time to read it. Without playing hooky :)
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    Whether it is printed in China or printed in the...

    Whether it is printed in China or printed in the U.S. (where it will cost more than pre tariff China printing costs) it means higher costs for U.S. consumers. The only way out of that is to find...
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    That's a fairly standard reasoning for using...

    That's a fairly standard reasoning for using tariffs. Worker safety costs have come up as well in tariffs.
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    I know, it was his reasoning in favor of tariffs...

    I know, it was his reasoning in favor of tariffs (as a diplomatic tool) that I considered political, not later responses :)
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    And I thought his comment reflected a non...

    And I thought his comment reflected a non economic use for the tariffs. That people did not know what was "going on" in relation to negotiations with China (diplomacy) versus any economic effect of...
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    The statement that started this ball rolling...

    The statement that started this ball rolling centered around a non economic reason for the tariffs. Their use as a means of coercing a "better deal" out of China. This is not economics.
    ...
  38. I'm not that excited by the concept in the...

    I'm not that excited by the concept in the Galaxiad, but my heavily modified Third Imperium (with no Rebellion) is still good and the various eras / setting available provide solid backdrops so it's...
  39. Now, having said the above, I should point out...

    Now, having said the above, I should point out that Megatraveller / T4 were the last systems I used to run a Traveller game. I collected D20 Traveller as a curiosity and T5 to support a return of the...
  40. Pretty much this. The reason T5 is so big is that...

    Pretty much this. The reason T5 is so big is that it is comprehensive. It's a tool box (as Doctor Futurity mentioned above) to run pretty much any style of science fiction game you want, not just the...
  41. If you did the previous T-5 Kickstarter a few...

    If you did the previous T-5 Kickstarter a few years ago (and I did) you'll get the new / updated PDF free. I gather from the e-mail they sent me anyway. It does include new material (based on the...
  42. As I said in another post above, I looked further...

    As I said in another post above, I looked further into it. Not good, and I can admit when I'm mistaken. Too bad BESM is a good game and GoO turned out some nice products (looking at my copy of...
  43. All right. Dug deeper. Got more depressed. I knew...

    All right. Dug deeper. Got more depressed. I knew some of it and learned more. Too bad, I liked BESM.
  44. Do you think White Wolf licensed BESM back to...

    Do you think White Wolf licensed BESM back to it's creator without having a knowledge of his background and issues? I guess they decided he was the best person for this job. Do you notice the people...
  45. Thanks for yet another nostalgia binge :) It...

    Thanks for yet another nostalgia binge :) It helps me remember just what I was thinking about / doing in RPGs at the time. Its interesting for me to look forward to what I'm doing now and see the...
  46. This thread contains a poll. Made a separate one once, looked at it a couple...

    Made a separate one once, looked at it a couple of more times. No commercial aspirations so mostly I mod / homebrew existing systems. Extensively :)
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    VR doesn't worry me... I'll save that for FPS :)...

    VR doesn't worry me... I'll save that for FPS :) I am wondering how much trouble is involved with any VTT. A couple of my regular players have flown the coop (jobs will do that for you) and I'm...
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    I was just looking into Tabletop Simulator which...

    I was just looking into Tabletop Simulator which is on Steam. One time buy, well supported, no subscription. You host your own games (which I like) and it seems to have all the bells and whistles I...
  49. Well, it does make other books look like better...

    Well, it does make other books look like better purchases :) Yeah, a bit too much silly... and I have enough reading material as it is.
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    Interesting ideas. Leaving me more interested now...

    Interesting ideas. Leaving me more interested now than I was before. Thanks.
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    When I saw the blurb for the article I thought...

    When I saw the blurb for the article I thought "What about Outdoor Survival?". It was great for tracking food and water supplies and usage. We were miniature / war gamers and we tracked food, water,...
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    Gnomes were in the original D&D first as...

    Gnomes were in the original D&D first as "monsters", then as possible PCs (can't recall which supplement... Greyhawk I think, unless I'm combining that with 1E... *sigh* memory). Anyway I still run...
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    And no one has mentioned Empire of the Petal...

    And no one has mentioned Empire of the Petal Throne yet? Published in 1975 by TSR using pretty much D&Dish rules. An alien world colonized in the far future (c. 60,000 plus yars iirc), later isolated...
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    Looking forward to this. Now, time to have a...

    Looking forward to this. Now, time to have a nostalgia attack :)
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    Interesting. Generating a new labyrinth each time...

    Interesting. Generating a new labyrinth each time reminds me of an old board game -- Source of the Nile. You generated the hexes as you entered them, essentially creating a new Africa each time you...
  56. The most annoying thing about Fallout 4 for me is...

    The most annoying thing about Fallout 4 for me is Preston Garvey :D
  57. Oddly enough I've never had that problem with 3,...

    Oddly enough I've never had that problem with 3, NV, or 4. I've only played a 12 or so hours of 76. Some issues with that related to server problems I think. I play PC though and that might make a...
  58. I'm not sure really. I'd say there is the...

    I'm not sure really. I'd say there is the structure of an RPG in the Fallout 3 / 4 CRPG. Translate that to a TTRPG. I don't know how well that would work as a TTRPG and I'm sure there would be...
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    I have a shelf full of 5E adventures (all of them...

    I have a shelf full of 5E adventures (all of them except Ravnica -- no interest in that one), and haven't run any of them. I've read them though. As for cars, I saw a 2007 Shelby GT500 for sale at a...
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    This is what happens when you don't let them work...

    This is what happens when you don't let them work on game books! They think of new (or old-new) ways of messing up the next one they do get to work on :D

    Seriously, I read their adventures. I...
  61. You pretty much hit on why I won't be playing it;...

    You pretty much hit on why I won't be playing it; the investment of time I don't (currently) have. I'm plowing 60+ hours a week into work. Trying to find time to game on the side. And then there's...
  62. All this discussion of age... makes me feel at...

    All this discussion of age... makes me feel at home :D I'm 60.

    *edit* The upside of this is... retirement. Who knew? My gaming time is going way up in a couple of years when I pull the plug at...
  63. The quantified adversarial relationship between...

    The quantified adversarial relationship between the GM and the players. I have "played" their enemies and presented the situations they land in. I don't need to have plot points pushed on me by a...
  64. Agreed.

    Agreed.
  65. Maybe :) I know they did their skin, given they...

    Maybe :) I know they did their skin, given they used a toxic lead based skin lightener they probably needed to...

    *edit* Grammar slips when posting and grading papers at the same time... maybe...
  66. Cosmetics were popular among women in Ancient...

    Cosmetics were popular among women in Ancient Greece, if they could afford them. Mainly dealing with skin (lightening), hair (lightening), lips (red), etc. I don't recall them using nail polish...
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    And I agree with you as well. Especially about...

    And I agree with you as well. Especially about Greyhawk. It even has Blackmoor in it :) Of course EGG kind of paved over it, but hey, it's there along with the Great / Grand Kingdom! See my reply...
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    I agree. I was just pointing out that not...

    I agree. I was just pointing out that not everything needs to be in every setting. I wasn't arguing against change per se. Just saying that some things will fit, others won't. I have a 44 year old...
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    Well, no. Not every class or race or spell (or...

    Well, no. Not every class or race or spell (or anything else) *has* to exist in every setting. They could be added to a pre-existing setting, or not. A setting could be revived for 5E and not use...
  70. It was "Bloodtree Rebellion". A pretty good game...

    It was "Bloodtree Rebellion". A pretty good game (not as good as Imperium), but some great world building in it. One thing that stood out for me, the clone soldiers were clones of their commander....
  71. What he said :) This was a good issue. I used the...

    What he said :) This was a good issue. I used the demonology rules, mainly with high level (evil) NPCs. PCs tended to look at the costs and difficulties of spell research and the consequences of...
  72. That ship has already sailed, about 50 posts...

    That ship has already sailed, about 50 posts back. And you're in luck. The discussion about that has pretty much subsided. The default setting for the U series adventures in the book is (according to...
  73. This will get my money. Not because I'm pining...

    This will get my money. Not because I'm pining for old adventures but because of the nautical rules and any number of ideas / NPCs I can purloin as needed. I don't use published adventures. I do use...
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    In both cases (Paizo 2008 and current, and WotC...

    In both cases (Paizo 2008 and current, and WotC 5E) paying for anything was an option. The PDFs were free.

    I bought the original PF playtest and a hardcover of the new PF2E. I played PF 1E in...
  75. A well thought out an useful series of articles....

    A well thought out an useful series of articles. The one thing that made me smile was this bit:

    "Think about these questions, and about the stages of magic, when you design your setting or ...
  76. I'd go with the GoO version. If I was using a...

    I'd go with the GoO version. If I was using a Green Ronin I'd default back to True 20. An adaptation of Adventures in Middle Earth would be interesting (5E) if you were involving PCs in some serious...
  77. Well, I don't watch streamed D&D. And I read the...

    Well, I don't watch streamed D&D. And I read the article :) I am curious about the attraction and I may watch this one. And whether I like it or not I'm fine with other people liking it and think...
  78. And then there is a cycle. From Infancy on...

    And then there is a cycle. From Infancy on Adolescence to Maturity to Senility and back around again. A repeating cycle does a lot to explain the relatively large quantity of magic in "dungeons" /...
  79. I always thought this cover was kind of... muddy....

    I always thought this cover was kind of... muddy. I thought that was intentional. Interesting if it wasn't. And yes, I saw a dragon then, and now. And my eyes were better then :)
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    Back in 3.x I homebrewed "Captain" and "Knight...

    Back in 3.x I homebrewed "Captain" and "Knight Commander" prestige classes. This concept (Warlord) strikes me as something more suited to that or to mid to high level Fighter options. Maybe a...
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    I'll probably "sold" it. But a 1st level...

    I'll probably "sold" it. But a 1st level "tactical genius" just makes me smile :)
  82. I didn't say it would be detailed simulation :D...

    I didn't say it would be detailed simulation :D Rolling dice gives a more finely grained set of possible results. It's allows more detailed results, especially if you roll through multiple steps....
  83. I agree, there is a lack of generally accepted...

    I agree, there is a lack of generally accepted definitions. I would argue that just about any system simulates a world / setting. The mechanic for combat could be flipping a coin or it could be an...
  84. It's all there, I didn't delete anything. Looking...

    It's all there, I didn't delete anything. Looking back at it I didn't like the tone of my comment. I never feel right about deleting something once it's posted. I figure an apology (or explanation)...
  85. All games (at least RPGs and war games anyway)...

    All games (at least RPGs and war games anyway) simulate a game world or environment. With different levels of detail in different areas. And, some of those worlds are like our own and others are...
  86. Whatever makes you happy is fine with me. But the...

    Whatever makes you happy is fine with me. But the shrine would be a bit much :)
  87. That's where they keep the back up map. The one...

    That's where they keep the back up map. The one they are currently using / adding to is more... vulnerable :)
  88. *sigh* So, don't read his articles. I know a lot...

    *sigh* So, don't read his articles. I know a lot of people rail about his articles and / or opinions. I wouldn't read them if they upset me that much. I avoid articles by several authors. I read his...
  89. Mostly we didn't run modules. And yes, items...

    Mostly we didn't run modules. And yes, items should be "destructible". I loved the 1E saving throws for items chart. In addition to special items, the players map of the dungeon was always fun :)
  90. We didn't run joint campaigns, and, for the most...

    We didn't run joint campaigns, and, for the most part, we did our own adventures / settings / dungeons. Starting with OD&D there weren't any modules. By the time there were and 1E was the game we...
  91. Too many people assume there was no "role...

    Too many people assume there was no "role playing" in early games. We had it and I first played D&D in late August 1974. Just before school started again. *sigh* We role played our generals when we...
  92. I think it was more about the setting (and...

    I think it was more about the setting (and exploring it) than about the PC originally. If you enjoyed the world / game, you wanted to get back into it. I think the difference between OS and NS is the...
  93. I don't recall 1E being that... over run with...

    I don't recall 1E being that... over run with magic items or swords. And most swords were +1. Maybe that's your point about "shared campaigns"?
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    I thought the same thing :)

    I thought the same thing :)
  95. I said you could only carry the comparison so...

    I said you could only carry the comparison so far. My comparison was for the rarity / availability / cost and market size. Magic weapons and armor are far above well made armor and weapons. The tip...
  96. Some was commissioned, some was simply created by...

    Some was commissioned, some was simply created by the artist. Any number of artists died poor with their art valued only later. But, that's taking the comparison too far. The rarity and antiquity of...
  97. As for the OP, if there are too many items... I...

    As for the OP, if there are too many items... I don't think my players have had that problem in the last 40+ years :) They have given them to friends (a wedding gift for example), or henchmen, or...
  98. Not really. Rarity and the consequent inability...

    Not really. Rarity and the consequent inability to establish values for the items (in monetary terms) reduces it to the level of barter or favors granted rather like a medieval fief :) Having a...
  99. More like a truth taught by economists. Most...

    More like a truth taught by economists. Most societies are larger than a single nomadic band or village where everyone has the same skill set and everyone is related. My degrees are in History and...
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    Sounds like True 20. Green Ronin reduced all the...

    Sounds like True 20. Green Ronin reduced all the core classes in 3.x to the basic three. There were, iirc, feats that allowed customization of the three.
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