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  1. aramis erak

    Looking for Fantasy Atlas

    Like the AD&D Era Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and Kenzer's Kingdoms of Kalamar all have open enough maps to be repurposed, as well.
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    Times we have made mistake as DMs and how we would do things differently

    I didn't have that option, seeing as I was the GM and host... He stormed off in a huff when the other PCs caught him mid-strike attempting to assassinate the dark-elf PC... via casting hold person. When the baron (a PC) witnesses the attempted murder, they Banished him. The other chance? He ①...
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    Describe your last rpg session in 5 words

    Sun Tales from the Loop Session 0 & vicious wildlife.
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    Looking for Fantasy Atlas

    There's an Atlas of Middle Earth, which isn't gamer oriented, but can easily be used for gaming. There's also an Atlas of Pern. I don't have it... but I've seen it, and it's comparable to the Atlas of Middle Earth in scope and details Thorsten Renk has a bit of an atlas of Darkover going...
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    Times we have made mistake as DMs and how we would do things differently

    Not reading the special abilities closely when stocking a dungeon. Allowing certain jerk players a second chance.
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    What is the most evocative art you've seen in a TTRPG?

    For a whole line, The One Ring 1e from Cubicle 7. The common style amongst the illustrators was key; Jon Hodgson's art setting the style used through most. Paintings, not renders. For an individual work, that's much harder. Star Trek Adventures Core Rulebook, The Traveller Book, and Talisman...
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    Where Do You Get Your Digital (RPG) Books and Materials?

    My "Other" is SJG's webstore: Warehouse 23 I used Hyperbooks online back in the 90's... but it's been gone for a decade plus. I got a few things from Precis Intermedia back when it was "Politically Incorrect Games"; still PIGames.net I've gotten a few items from Paizo - the public betas.
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    Grading the Genesys System

    THinking about just the roughly 10 campaign years of FFG SW games I'v run... about 40 players across that time frame. I've had 1 who was unable to grasp the dice mechanics. He died two years later of an astrocytoma. He was probably already suffering from it. I've had 3 who grasped it but didn't...
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    DMs Concerns vs Actual Players' Perceptions/Experiences

    For some systems, it's not. But those involve playstyles that many don't grasp, let alone use. For example, Houses of the Blooded or Blood & Honor, by John Wick... both the same system. Prep by the GM is almost always wasted in this engine... because anything at all the player agency is so high...
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    DMs Concerns vs Actual Players' Perceptions/Experiences

    I've never really found artwork essential; at least not in the current methods. Traveller's The Traveller Book is just about perfect in terms of art as inspiration; I'd have liked more color, but at least some is red and black ink rather than just black ink For me, unless it's tied to what's in...
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    Dragonbane by Free League

    One which, unlike D&D OE, AD&D, AD&D2, BX, BECMI, D&D Rules Cyclopedia, D&D 3e, D&D 5e, and presumably D&D 4E, is unforgivingly deadly. Rests are vital, but note the prohibitions on repeats... Warn players about dump-statting Con - it's not just a bad idea, it's a near guarantee of short lived...
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    Post-Apocalyptic Games

    The current one does same. So did 2nd ed. The adventure is 8pp, with a 4pp handout. The PDF and later print runs included a 1 page errata sheet. "some charts"... The 2 page player charts handout The 2 page price list The 8 page Ref's charts The 11 page equipment guide. Note that the charts...
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    How Do You Feel About Published Adventures as a GM?

    I'll note that I did not feel that the big book WotC 5E adventures I ran saved me any time; what they saved me was effort, not time. I find the adventures for STA and Dune (both by Modiphius) likewise aren't a big time saver, but they're a big effort saver. As in, if I can't think of a good...
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    Post-Apocalyptic Games

    Twilight 2000 — 2nd ed (on cd) or 4th ed (current) is more realistic end of things... I like both, but find 4th easier to run. uses 1d(A) & 1d(S), count successes as a dice mechanic. Mutant Year Zero: more silly. Uses d6 dice pool. I've yet to run it, but it looks good. Mutant Future: OSR...
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    DMs Concerns vs Actual Players' Perceptions/Experiences

    In my hands, it does make a big difference when I'm in a situation where I have to run it as written... ... Such as running it for D&D AL. That stress, plus no more free modules, is why I quit running D&D AL games. Are we enabling poor design? Yes. Are you expecting too much? Maybe, but I...
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    Fabula Ultima: Techno Fantasy and GM's Toolkit Released (+)

    I've not run it, by my sunday group has been playing it on alternating saturdays, and speak very highly of it as a way to run Final Fantasy with the serial numbers filed off.
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    Dragonbane by Free League

    The included adventures are mostly dungeon crawls with inherently hostile denizens...
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    How Do You Feel About Published Adventures as a GM?

    For me, it was G1-2-3 D1-2 D3 Q1 and the lil' keep in Moldvay. Now, i use them but adapt them slightly. I did run seasons 1-3 of DDAL by the book, but I was being compensated for it.
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    Commentary thread for that “Describe your game in five words” thread.

    TO unpack that. One player's desired concept was now supported by the rules, and I'm NOT sympathetic at all to his plight, but he kept harping on that aspect (Coriolis: The Third Horizon; he was mentally aiming for Sinbad the Merchant; Merchants as a concept are not well supported). No one...
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    No More Massive Tomes of Rules

    In the Cortex Plus/Prime paradigm, there are no difficulty modifiers. it's all opposed rolls, based upon already established ratings, and a very limited set, at that. The exact details of building a pool vary across different CP/P games... but I'll give two examples: MHRP: One distinction (d4...
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