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    Tips for Running Powered by the Apocalypse Games/Spirit of 77

    So sometime later this summer, after my group finishes setting rural New England on fire in our already Fiasco-ed Call of Cthulhu campaign, I'm going to run Spirit of 77 (the PbtA game based on the pop culture of the 1970s). As a child of the 1970s, I've got that part down. But I've never run a...
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    So... Traveller... tell me about the cool things you've done with it

    We're about to pause our D&D 5e campaign so my friend can run "little black book" Traveller. This is after his 13 year-old son found his stash of, ahem, little black books. I believe he has them all. Now I haven't played Traveller since high school -- which might just be 30 years ago, give or...
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    Looking for recommendations for a new TV!

    So I'm in the market for one. New house, new TV, right? It's like some kind of rule. We'll be sitting about 10' away, I'm thinking 55'' or 60''. Probably LED/LCD, but maybe plasma? There's 1 high-end Samsung plasma set still being made, but it's at or slightly beyond my price point ($2,400 US)...
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    PF What are the advantages to Pathfinder -- for DMs?

    I'm going to be running a new-ish (we played one session before the holidays) Pathfinder campaign after 1.5 years of running AD&D. Let's just say as I've been prepping I've been experiencing a bit of system shock... I've never run Pathfinder before. In fact, I've only played one Pathfinder PC...
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    Opinions - IPad 2 or 3?

    I'm in the market for a tablet, primarily for gaming PDFs, comics, and reference books. I've already own an iPhone 4s, which I think is swell, but e-reader wise, it's only practical for novels. We already have an iPad 2 in our house -- my wife's. She uses it all the time. While I do notice the...
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    Seeking advice: I think my PS3 just died

    So as I was closing in on the endgame of Mass Effect 3, my original model PS3 (60GB, full backwards compatibility) shuts itself off: 3 beeps then a blinking red power light. I shut it down, wait a while, power it back up, same thing. I wait some more, dust it off, then manage to get it running...
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    What do you recommend for the Xbox 360?

    So I just inherited a 360 from a friend who's divesting himself of his possessions ahead of a move out of state. Lucky me! Thanks to my wife's new interest in fitness games, I've ordered Kinect & Your Shape (& Kinect Sports). What else is good? BTW, I've already got a PS3 (and now have far...
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    Mallus Rediscovers AD&D

    So our 4e campaign got put on hold... our Savage Worlds GM got called out of town for an extended period... and I, foolishly said, "Hey, I'll run AD&D". For the first time in over 20 years --13 years, if 2nd Edition counts as AD&D. We're two sessions in and having a blast. I took our 4e...
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    Help! Advice for things to include in a low-level AD&D adventure

    Me and my big mouth. So I offered to whip up an adventure for tomorrow night, in lieu of our usual Savage Worlds scifi campaign. Jokingly, I suggested AD&D, a system I haven't run in 20+ years (14 years, if you consider 2e as AD&D, which I kinda do). It proved a popular suggestion, so here...
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    Tell Me About Savage Worlds (please)...

    Give me everything you've got (and have the time and inclination to post): praise, criticism, amusing anecdotes, etc. My group's recently put our D&D 4e campaign on hiatus --we'll wrap it up as soon as one of the DM's figures out how to run a doomed, quasi-religious Communist revolution-- and...
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    What cool things are happening in your campaigns RIGHT NOW!

    Just like the title says. Let's talk about the fun (instead of complaining about WotC's possibly non-existent QA practices). Recently in our 4e campaign... ... we fought a giant kitty-headed mutant hydra while sailing to the Hells on the Astral Sea. ... a PC asked the immortal question, "Is...
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    Help w/a HERO 5th PC - Magic Motorcycle Man

    OK, here's the concept: a present day Londoner is possessed by the spirit of a classic British motorcycle (you see they had souls back then...). Together they fight crime as Vincent Black Lighting! (apologies to Richard Thompson) What kind of powers would a man riding a magical motorcycle...
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    Tell me about Spirit of the Century

    (please) It looks like my gaming group is play some SotC over the summer. I've started reading the rules. We've started brainstorming characters (it looks like we'll all be detectives; a thawed-out caveman detective, a little girl detective, and a hyper-evolved detective who's basically a...
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    So we fought the Sphinx in downtown Cairo...

    ... and frankly, we made a mess of things. Of course, it's hard not to when the Sphinx gets animated by a magic sombrero and pounces into the heart of the city like kitten hopped up on catnip. Why was the Sphinx wearing a giant sombrero? It's a long story. Best laid plans and all. It took all...
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    The new Star Trek movie is...

    ... ridiculously entertaining. I caught a free sneak preview in Philly last night, but I'm surely going to pay money to see it again. It's the best summer movie in years. The pace is terrific without being dizzying mess and the actors really nail their roles (Pine as Kirk is great. No, really...
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    Tell Me About Your Strangest Sessions

    So Friday's our next game night and it promises to be the strangest session of D&D any of us have ever played (and with us, that's saying something). The action's going to revolve around the performance of a stage play that the party is writing, producing, and starring in. None of the PC's are...
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    PC names in your party

    This is just a little informal survey of D&D character names. Share the names of your character and their party-mates in your current campaign(s). If you're not currently playing, list the names from a favorite campaign. My party is: Sir Yatagan Fracas (me) Captain Artichoke Penelope Pindar...
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    Recommend some Nintendo DS games!

    I just traded my old, dust-accumulating PS2 (and some associated paraphernalia) in for a bright, shiny, red DS Lite. I'm mainly interested in RPG's and strategy games, but I'm not opposed to a good twitch game every now and again. Thanks in advance.
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    Soul Calibur IV is out today...

    ... who's picking it up? Tonight I'm going to grill steaks for me and the wife, then dive back into the Stage of History until tears of eye-strain run down my cheeks.
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    <Homebrew> The Port on the Aster Sea

    Any feedback is appreciated. Synopsis: the action takes place in and around a port city on the shores of a metaphysical sea after an end of the world. Setting: the world is a narrow band of mundane reality commonly called the Middling Lands, or by some, the Clutch, situated between the Aster...
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