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    Looking Ahead to 2022

    CodeMonkey Publishing is the name of the team who produced commercial material for PCGen, an open source initiative for a generic/universal character generator. The web page for the open source generator: PCGen – A d20 RPG Character Creator It's cross platform, uses Java (it's fast, as long as...
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    Looking Ahead to 2022

    Prediction #1: There will be more indie publishers, and yet average indie publisher publication lifespan will diminish. Prediction #2: Crowdsourcing platforms, with its more predictable product costs, will become default also for the biggest publishers. Prediction #3: Ongoing pandemic will...
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    Orbital Blues by SoulMuppet Publishing - appreciation thread

    I am reading a physical copy of Orbital Blues by SoulMuppet Publishing, and this is an appreciation thread to share a few reasons as to why it is so enjoyable. 1. Striking art (for select examples, click the Kickstarter link above). 2. Simple mechanics with a room for customization. Three...
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    is the ttrpg market swamped now? could you write a winner?

    Regarding writing an E&E game that would sell, here is a little rant based on my observations over the years: (warning: rantish) 1. You need a distinct and appealing art style. This means hiring an artist with a vision, getting a professional to do proofing and layout. The game must look...
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    RPG Print News – Arc Dream, Pendelhaven, Raging Swan, and More

    Re: Everway Deluxe Set (Silver Anniversary Edition) It's gorgeous. The art makes it feel like the game takes place in fantasy South America (for the lack of a better term). You don't need to buy the Fortune Deck to play - at the bottom of each page of Book 1: Players there is a random card...
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    Shadows of the Demon Lord and the Weird Wizard

    I see. In that case all I can say is that you should try to scale stuff horizontally (more mobs) rather than vertically (mobs being more dangerous) as a single higher level roll can break a character.
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    Shadows of the Demon Lord and the Weird Wizard

    Nah, I don't think you need to ramp up the difficulty - note that the healing abilities of a starting party are pretty abysmal, all you need to do is to add an encounter. Or two.
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    Achtung Cthulhu 2d20 Makes World War II Even Weirder

    In that case I need to ask another question, and need an Achtung Cthulhu 2d20 answer (different 2d20 games do it differently): 4. Damage and healing. Since I have the PDFs now, I looked it up myself and here's the short version of it: Characters have a Stress track. It is mental stress...
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    Achtung Cthulhu 2d20 Makes World War II Even Weirder

    If I may field a few questions... 1. What is the PC power level and growth? Let's say... Incompetent humans (WFRP ratcatcher) Competent humans (most games nowadays) Zero-to-hero (d20) Street superheroes (Daredevil, Batman) City heroes (flight, energy rays) As for the growth: Minimal...
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    Nominate your MOST ANTICIPATED RPG of 2022

    Everway Silver Anniversary Edition https://www.everway.com/ It's technically out for Kickstarter backers. I have the physical copy already :) Orbital Blues by SoulMuppet Publishing https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/365815/Orbital-Blues-A-Space-Western-RPG Honorable mentions (these products...
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    Idea for a genuinely horrifying horror campaign...

    Kult. Or Doctor Who with a variation on a perception filter.
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    There are two incredible scenes in Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson that immediately came to my mind. The first one is meeting the bank. A guy in a room - no fancy offices, just a person you talk to. Another one is the judge that adjudicates a case - another personal meeting, two short...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    I'm glad things are going well for you, I'm also fine, and let's end it at that... well, maybe with this: Occupational Safety and Health standards are there for a reason.
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    RPG Print News – Goodman, Legendary, CMON, Son of Oak, and More

    Shadows & Showdowns by Son of Oak This is a GM's toolkit book. It contains 312 pages of goodness: 6 new themebooks. Support material for developing characters further (alternatives, tropes). Overlooked attractions - some incredible stuff to spice a game. More movers and shakers - the weird folk...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    (in response to my post) As an employee, I feel deeply moved by "subjected to untenable crunch conditions on a regular basis" (Paizo - Paizo Workers Unionize). This is backed by all people who signed the original petition. WIRED, Tabletop RPG Workers Say Their Jobs Are No Fantasy I would...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    Yes, I just read the release in several different places googling for related stuff and picked one of the sources.
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    Nope, I'm just googling Paizo goings-on from time to time. Once at a time I have been prone to investing like 40 manhours per session in PF1 game, and so I naturally became emotionally invested in the company, purchasing one book after another, reading news and participating in some community...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    Well, I liked these systems a lot more than PF1 and PF2, and their game prep was also smaller (while I agree that high level game prep for PF2 is surprisingly low when compared to PF1, I still feel that player-facing part requires too much effort). They are not necessarily superior, just less so...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    Not gonna comment on the first part of your post aside from this: everyone's entitled to their opinion, and my experience is positive (I have been employed for over 25 years now, and worked as contractor and full time employee in places with and without union presence). Regarding Paizo - the...
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    Paizo Paizo Workers Unionize

    Unions do not kill businesses. They are there to improve working conditions (and frankly, in the time of COVID pandemic, many companies were initially rather lacking in this regard). The Paizo union initiative is a clear and well-thought appeal for reasonable treatment of people - and all...
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