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    How to Go About Playtesting a New Manuscript?

    OK, now you've got me interested. When I read your first post, my initial reaction was 'another cubicle monkey who has got a homebrew he thinks is special'. Second post leaves me thinking 'I could make that work, I'd throw in some sort of social attribute...' Your credentials are respectable...
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    How to Go About Playtesting a New Manuscript?

    You need a better description than 'a 3.5 clone similar to Iron Heroes'. What makes this system unique? Is there a setting included? What makes that setting unique? If a setting is not included, why? Why should players ignore 3.5 and Iron Heroes (and 5e and all the others) and invest time in a...
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    As of six months ago his personal net worth was between 2 and 5 million. His businesses are bankrupt, but that does not mean KS the individual is bankrupt.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    If going from -$1500 to retiring as a millionaire makes you incompetent, then I would like to see the stories of the competent.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Given that he has made a living+ off his work in a field where even big names can end up impoverished, the accusation of incompetence is undeserved. Particularly since the man's personal assets place him in the millionaire category with money to spare. There's an old saying: 'if its stupid but...
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Excellent points. And while I am not a fan, Rifts had a clean print format that was easy to read and photocopy, something that game producers today still fail to do. They forget that players and GMs need to dredge up facts & stats on the fly.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    I can answer this question, because I was around: He was at the right place at the right time with the right idea. The industry was in its infancy. Consumer expectations were low, enthusiasm was high, and he came in on the ground floor and grabbed a loyal fanbase, and that fanbase recruited...
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    Cheap, simple overland mapping software

    I need to make regional and national maps. I have CC3, but the learning curve is far above what I want or need. I just want something where I can plug symbols into a map, preferably a hex grid, and save it as a jpg, or similar common- use image.
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    Making It in the RPG Industry

    Here's a secret: you're asking your competitors on how to better challenge their market share. But Morrus' advice is solid: do more. Keep doing more. Then do even more. And lather some more on top of that. Over the coming years, it might be enough, if you are any good. One adventure isn't...
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    GM Meta-burnout

    MapTools has greatly improved. But I only use it at a face to face game, so I can't comment on its online abilities.
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    Retiring as a Game Designer

    Social Security should not be relied upon too heavily in retirement planning, as it is subject to changes that are beyond the control of the individual. While there is very little danger of the loss of the program, there are regular tweaks made that impact countless users.
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    Retiring as a Game Designer

    Double post
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    Retiring as a Game Designer

    Didn't know that, but mine doesn't.
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    Why are sci-fi scenarios so thin on the ground?

    You're right. I usually go with a decaying society (Fading Suns) or a 'cheap tech to the frontier' (Firefly) campaign because it lets me control that sort of thing.
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    Why are sci-fi scenarios so thin on the ground?

    Actually, they have software right now that are supposed to be capable of writing legal documents. How true that is, I can't say, because my experience with them is via efforts to sell them. But things like DNA testing is not a purely computer process, was my point.
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