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    If you have an interest in fantasy mapping -- Affinity suite 50% off

    If anyone here has an interest in trying their hand at fantasy mapping, the Affinity design suite applications (Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, Affinity Publisher) are 50% regular price. This is an AMAZING deal for some equally amazing software. You won't find a better piece of image...
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    FFG's SWRPG - If you could only choose one, which one would you choose?

    Funny, I was kind of in the same boat. I own EotE, and really like it. I've read through AoR, but I didn't really see anything that stood out to me as being "vital." I did end up buying Force and Destiny last week, just because my FLGS happened to have it in stock and no one's really sure when...
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    Gaming as a way to satisfy basic human needs

    Article is specifically around video gaming, but there's enormous food for thought here for pen-and-paper as well: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-video-games-satisfy-basic-human-needs?utm_source=pocket-newtab Don't have time for lengthy commentary at the moment, but want to dive in...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    I'm not advocating for GM force to change a character. Nor am I asking for "forced change" from the system, if the player doesn't want it. But that's the key phrase---if the player doesn't want it. I'm suggesting that I'd actually like to play a game with players who DO want it. I want them to...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    Very good questions. Most of the above, in a sense (other than adding more GM force, which I really have no interest in). I'm fairly aware of systems out there that shift the focus from "procedural" resolution to "scene-based" resolution (Burning Wheel, Cortex+, Fate, PbtA/BitD, etc.). And...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    Look, just to be perfectly clear: I've done semi-professional theater (i.e., I've actually been paid to act on stage). Granted, it was hardly a sum worth talking about, but nonetheless . . . . I've performed Shakespeare any number of times. Doing a convincing British accent is hard. (For...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    Absolutely this. Flaffing about spouting Shakespearean witticisms in a faux-British accent (I'm American) isn't remotely the same as creating a substantive, character-driven arc. (No offence intended to any Brits or Shakespeare fans on the board! I'm a regular attendee of our state's renowned...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    Had to comment here, as I've been following the thread closely since I wrote the OP, but haven't replied to anything in particular since. At first glance, this would be the type of thing I'm talking about---a conscious decision made by the players to have some kind of internalized character...
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    Beginning to Doubt That RPG Play Can Be Substantively "Character-Driven"

    I've been thinking a lot lately about how despite having a tremendous amount of fun with RPGs over the years, I continue have a sense of lack, or dissatisfaction with one particular aspect of my play experiences---namely, I have found it to be nigh impossible to drift into what I would consider...
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    Which TTRPGs have you GMed or played?

    As a player, In chronological order of first time I experienced the system: BECMI / Rules Cyclopedia Top Secret S.I. D&D 3.5 D20 Modern Star Wars Saga Edition (d20) D&D 4e (a single session) Pathfinder 1 GURPS 3e Savage Worlds GURPS 4e D&D 5e (2 sessions total) Dungeon World Of those, I've...
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    The Thread In Which We Rant

    Dear Self: You've been gaming with largely the same group for 7+ years. Why do you keep expecting them to wake up one morning and adopt your own roleplaying preferences? The powergamer is always going to be the powergamer, the special snowflake player is still going to be the special snowflake...
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    RGB lit dice coming to a Kickstarter near you soon

    It's amazing . . . didn't know these existed 30 seconds ago, and now I must .... have .... them.
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    What game systems or stand alone games have you not played, but would like to try?

    My current top two: Spellbound Kingdoms: The combat system alone was enough to get me to consider this, but the setting and premise, and the whole "You can defeat a character by destroying something they love" conceit sounds amazing. Swords of the Serpentine: I own Night's Black Agents, but...
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    If Shadowrun got the reboot treatment, what sacred cows (mechanics/setting) would you put up for slaughter?

    Yeah, there's not a ton there on the magic front, admittedly. They do hint at various places about the possible presence of "psionics" in the game world, however you choose to define it. But there's no full-out setting rules specifically around its use. It seems to be assumed that if you want to...
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    If Shadowrun got the reboot treatment, what sacred cows (mechanics/setting) would you put up for slaughter?

    Once I discovered the Interface Zero 2.0 campaign setting for Savage Worlds, any possible need/desire to look at Shadowrun again fell away like so many dropped TCP packets ..... Apropos of nothing, even if you have no desire to try Savage Worlds, you really should check out the Interface Zero...
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    Help finding the right "new" system (for us)

    Rules light(ish), well supported with episodic adventures, handles traditional fantasy EXCELLENTLY while being flexible enough to easily switch genres/settings? I can wholeheartedly recommend Savage Worlds for this. And if you hurry and pick up the Deluxe Explorer's Edition softcover on...
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    Why Do You Hate An RPG System?

    I tend to agree with those who have said previously that it's pretty hard to "hate" a system. I forget who said it, but there would have to be an element of "forced engagement" with a system I didn't enjoy over an extended period of time for the emotion to go from simply not caring for a...
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    Low Fantasy - Best Systems?

    @Johnny3D3D -- Commenting on your reply to @Umbran upthread, my initial question would be, how is GURPS failing to provide the type of "low fantasy" feel that you want? Because GURPS is certainly one of the go-to systems that comes to my mind when looking at playing a "low fantasy"...
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    What's Your Favorite System for Star Wars

    Okay, so I think this answers another question I had --- the talent trees have to be purchased in order both VERTICALLY and HORIZONTALLY. Meaning, once I buy a 10-point, Tier 2 talent, I don't automatically get to "free float" horizontally anywhere along the Tier 2 path. I have to purchase the...
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    What's Your Favorite System for Star Wars

    So I finally sat down with the group last night and used Edge of the Empire as the baseline "starting point" to get into FFG Star Wars. Even though I'm going to GM, I went through a character-building exercise myself just to get a feel for it. And after looking through the Star Wars talent...
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