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    Alien RPG - Chariot of the Gods first contact (Spoilers)

    One of my two campaigns just had their first encounter with Xenomorphs... not from finding eggs/mote and being infected, but from an old ally bringing death with them... And, as Stormonu notes, the stress system is a wonderful tool.
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    Here Are 2020's Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs!

    The person I sold it to ran it for many months, and I'd never gotten it to table; I got a fair price (way more than I paid, but less than ebay value at the time)... I just wish I'd bought two when it came out. I regret selling it, but I know it got well used, not just turned around for a quick...
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    Here Are 2020's Most Anticipated Tabletop RPGs!

    The d20 wasn't released...LUG being purchased killed it. The Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium was using LUG's house system. I had it, I sold my copy, and I often wish I hadn't... But two fan conversions to d20 were made and the PDFs are still out there...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    On the other hand, the dungeon concept is very strong in Conan novels... and movies... But they're not all underground. Some are - the movies have several nifty "dungeons" in the D&D sense... but not the historical one... Castles on hills, cathedrals underground, mazes in the mountains...
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    Lay-offs at Fantasy Flight Games?

    I doubt that Hasbro will let Wizards spend that much on a license they previously gave up. As for the Destiny line, it's been a flop overall in my local area, and despite the fact that I love it, it's not gotten a strong enough base for sustainability. I know I quit buying over a year ago...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    I found the WEG Star Wars Miniatures Battles rules a brilliant solution for d6 mass combat. And I say this as someone who loves the scaling and many-on-1 rules of 2E unrevised... The basic idea is this: instead of the roll of a pool for a given character, roll 1d then add to the result the...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    Actually, from certain points of view, LoTR is inundated with magics everywhere. Just most of them minor. Such as Aragorn packing Frodo's wound with Athelas... Elven Cloaks - rare, but not artifact level rare. Sting. Mithril mail. None of them are surprised that Sting is magical; Bilbo seems...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    Genesys is the child, not the parent... Genesys is based upon Edge. If you like FFG star wars, you're not going to be making a horrible choice to pick up genesys, and maybe the setting books.
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    How much do you care about "balanced" dice?

    I've had a couple players try using loaded dice... one apparently dremelled the digits deeper on a d20... the weights fell out on the table. Another one openly admitted to using mislabeled dice... and got uninvited. I also have had players who misread dice. I don't know if it was intentional...
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    Sharing Information

    Yes, Yes, Yes, it's a GM's mistake. Yes, it's good form for a player to share knowledge... as long as the character isn't clearly written as one who wouldn't. I don't hide information from the players, but will remind when their Character doesn't know but acts upon that known unknown.
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    It's not as well written, tho'. I've tried several times to read HARP, and found it just not up to the older quality.
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    What's Your Favorite System for Star Wars

    Long ago, before 2E, I required 10×(#d) XP and 1 FP, per pip.
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    Dune RPG in 2020 (finally)

    It did - Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson turned the sequel notes/outlines into two novels: Hunters of Dune, Sandworms of Dune. And, while not quite the same writing style, they do give a really good ending to the cycle. One that left me going, "Damn, that was foreshadowed from book 2 on..."
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    Dune RPG in 2020 (finally)

    The DeLaurentis/Lynch Dune is actually not a bad adaptation, but diverges from the literal text quite a bit. It has got the look down very closely to the text, tho'. The "wierding modules" however, were totally made up for the movie. The Sci-Fi channel Mini-series is closer text-wise, but gets...
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    How much do you care about "balanced" dice?

    Chi² is valid from about 5 rolls per side onward; the more rolls the more accurate, 10 per side is more so... Keeping in mind that confidence increases with the square root of number of trials, and 30 trials is the minimum It's easy to do... Pick your multiplier. 5 is the minimum for validity...
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