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    Painting minis; getting started

    Greetings, I know many of y'all EN Worlders are mini painters. About 10 years ago I used to do a bit of painting myself. Mostly figures for PC/NPCs and monsters for fantasy RPGs. I did kickstart at least 2 and maybe 3 Reaper Bones events. I have also collected recently a bunch of Battletech...
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    Payn;s Ponderings@ Battletech General Discussions

    Greetings, I don’t see a ton of Battletech/Mechwarrior postings going on around EN World. I wanted to kick start a general discussion thread to see if folks enjoy the genre as much as I do. I plan to keep this OP generic and just say everything goes and the conversation will follow. I cant wait...
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    Traveller Social Skills discussion

    Greetings, I am currently running a few groups in Mongoose 2E. I am curious how other refs run situations that attempt to detect dishonesty? I know there is a deception skill, a persuade, diplomacy, etc.. What do you call for to determine if an NPC is lying or untrustworthy? Deception vs...
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    Traveller salvage question

    Greetings Traveller fans, Retreater stay out!! I am running a Pirates of Drinax campaign currently. The Travellers have been on the trail of a long lost Sindalan Rorix command ship. After chasing many leads, they believe they know the system to find the wreck. Currently, the wreck is in a...
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    Payn's Ponderings\ The Player's Campaign Guide

    Greetings, Well you may be asking yourself, “What is this Player’s Guide thing Payn won’t shut up about?” Suppose its time I answered fully, and gleefully, as I find the Player’s campaign guide to be one of the best TTRPG campaign innovations in the last 20 years. By campaign, I mean a planned...
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    Payn's Pondering/ Traveller House rule discussion

    Greetings, Currently running a game of Traveller for some friends. They are first timers and we are using the Mongoose second edition. So far so good everyone seems to be having a good time. However, the players do seem to want to have some ability other games allow in play. Namely an...
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    Payn's Ponderings+ Pride Month Music Thread

    Greetings, Thanks for all the good music talk in the essential albums thread. Now, another pride month is among us. Lets celebrate LGBTQ+ artists and contributions! I'll submit some selections from a local artist Venus DeMars; A Ted Talk by Venus DeMars; Here is a video where Venus tells us...
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    Payn's Ponderings^ Sci-Fi VTT Maps

    Greetings, Pretty simple topic here. I am looking for your favorite spot to get maps for science fiction RPGs. I'm interested in both ready made maps to buy, and software for making your own. I'd just love to hear the opinions on what y'all like best. So far, I have gotten some maps from DTRPG...
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    Payn's Ponderings... Top 10 Essential Albums

    Greetings, So, local public radio channel The Current is doing their spring drive. They collect ballots from listeners and the public and compile a list to play on the radio/stream for a week as they count down. It's a lot of fun listening to see when your songs/albums drop. In the past they...
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    Payn's Ponderings' To script, or not to script?

    Greetings, Recent discussions have my mind on adventure design and GM style. Some adventures are written where a scripted event happens, or the adventure comes apart. Here is a list of possibilities as examples; Bad guy encounter where bad guy escapes PCs are arrested, relived of their...
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    D&D General Payn's Ponderings: The Fighter's identity; or, what's left after the combat pillar?

    Greetings, Fighter discussions are all the rage right now. The discussion most on my mind are the pillars of play and the fighter's role. While never exactly hardcoded into the game, pillars have been described as combat, exploration, and social. Some systems have tried to tie mechanics to the...
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    Payn's Ponderings; Jack Reacher vs. Reacher

    Greetings, So, I remember back in 2012 a movie called Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise was coming out. I am not the biggest Tom Cruise fan, and that has nothing to do with how puny he is. I just think he tends to do movies that I just dont find terribly exciting. So I slept on Jack Reacher. Later...
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    Payn's Ponderings Black History Month Music Edition

    Greetings, I am a huge music fan and amateur player myself. I really look forward to February every year to explore some of the impactful and incredibly talented musicians we have here in the U.S. I am going follow the format of 89.3 The Current and list a new artist each day, Talk a little and...
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    Payn's Ponderings; The problems with Prequels

    Greetings, Welcome to Payn’s Ponderings; The problems with Prequels. The prequel is something that despite numerous pitfalls, seems to never lose steam. I can totally understand wanting to know the story behind the myths. I mean, we hear about things like the mad king from the House of...
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    Payn's Ponderings Traveller Chargen

    Greetings, This is the third installment of a series on the Traveller RPG. You can find one on editions, and another on settings with those links. This thread is all about my favorite thing in Traveller; Character generation! Whats chargen like in Traveller? So, first of all, let’s address...
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    Payn's Ponderings Traveller Settings

    Greetings, This is a second part of a series of posts on Traveller the RPG. The first was on Traveller editions here. I have long been fascinated by the shear size of the Traveller map. There are so many worlds available the possibilities are endless. Some are very well defined and others not...
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    Payn's Ponderings Traveller Editions

    Greetings, So, if you don’t know by now, I’m a big fan of the TTRPG Traveller. About 12 years ago I was looking for D&D/PF alternatives. Traveller appealed to me since it had a long history (nearly as long as D&D) and was still alive and kicking. I thought that must mean something if the game...
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    Dean Stockwell 1936-2021

    Just read Dean Stockwell passed yesterday at 85. I didnt know much about his early background. Sounds like he did some acting as a child and teen. Took a break to be a hippie, and then real-estate agent for a bit (I can totally see that). Got back into things in the 80s doing character work for...
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    The Many Saints of Newark (spoilers)

    Any Sopranos fans in the house? I caught The Many Saints of Newark over the weekend on HBO Max. I was really looking forward to it. In some ways, it was worth it. In others, not so much. I think the casting was superb, and the execution was excellent as Chase is known for, but the writing was a...
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    What does D&D mean to movie goers?

    Greetings, I recently read some thoughts shared by Sean Astin about LotR film back in 2001. Sean and cast were worried that the studio was marketing it like "Dungeons and Dragons". Now im not sure if Sean is referring to the 1999 film, which was still recent at the time, or if he thinks there...
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