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I like the card game of Sentinels, so I'm looking forward to this. I know this Gencon, they are doing play test sessions of their game.
A bit of a necro, but FINALLY getting the ball rolling on this game. I've got three players interested and will be looking for more. However, one of them expressed an interest in the ICONS Roleplaying Game, from the same maker as M&M. It's a FATE styled game, which I usually don't like (I prefer more crunch), but I didn't want to write it off without hearing some opinions first. Anyone ever use this system and if so, how did they like it?
Numenara isn't out yet, look for Pillars of Eternity, not CreationDragon Age Origins is not the Dragon Age game that came out this year - otherwise: great list! For now I bought Pandora: First Contact for a friend and Tales from the Borderlands for myself, I also bought le rest of the Space Hulk - Ascension DLC and the ancient Cinemaware anthology.
I've got Pandora First Contact. Fun game. It's community driven which is good.
Lissa Guillet wrote:
That always makes me sad to here when a group is a trans-exclusionary. Still, sounds like you found a place, and that's always pretty great. I've not found a lot of love in Florida but it's around in certain places from what my wife tells me.
Yeah it wasn't fun. Had some feminst and MRA guys pretty much call her an abomination and some gay guys flat out say we were just a gay couple deep in denial. But, that was months ago and we've made much better friends and are hopefully looking to see more soon.
She and I are slowly getting back into the lgbtq and feminist scene down here in Florida. We had a bad experience back in August with some feminists and gay people hating her because she is trans so w we distanced ourselves from the movement s. Now I think we've found a good group to make friends with. I'm happy too. We need the friends.
I know how my girlfriend felt when she saw it. And i know what I'm cosplaying as for her ;)
....once I lose my gut... and get a big bushy beard...
Paizo has examples of a catgirl and a harpy dating in Shattered Star. I think the world can handle an aasimar/tiefling couple.
I'd probably do a custom race with the race builder that has some abilities from both, or completely different abilities that reflect both of the heritages. I did that in a kingmaker game where the half orc barbarian king sired a child of a nixie. Fun times.
The good news is that it's not really difficult to remove the hex out of the sandbox. The hexes are simply there as an abstract method of separating encounters and such.
The Alexandrian's Gamemastery 101 page has a wealth of what you are looking for. Three Clue Rule, Node-Based Design, and Don't Prep Plots are what you are probably looking for. It is his method of allowing player's choices to really matter and shape the plot. A bit of a read but it is a very well-written group of articles that will help you out, guaranteed.
If your Tolkien-inspired pseudo-British setting can't account for a Spaniard hopping the channel then that says some pretty odd things about your setting.
This is actually similar to my mindset when running a game and allowing characters.
Whenever I run a game, I always ask myself "Does allowing X really harm my game?" If I allowed, say, a samurai in a Renaissance game, does it somehow ruin the integrity of the setting? And if my setting is so fragile that a single, fairly basic concept would somehow ruin the atmosphere, then I think that says more about the my setting and my inability to adapt as a GM. I mean, I can understand some limitations on technology and things for the setting (and even that I tend to bend somewhat), but overall, I don't have any issues adapting to my players and their characters. And honestly, to me, learning when to say yes and work with ones players is a sign of a good GM.
That I can mostly accept. But the point is that they used the historical accuracy excuse, which was pretty much completely wrong.
And since then, I've run and played games that were fairly open to concepts and I've yet to see having samurai, black people, and firearms ruin people's pristine, LotR-wannabe setting ;)
I've seen people disallow French, Italian, and Spanish inspired knights before. They seem to not realize how intertwined they are in Medieval England's history. Especially France.
Again though, any attempt I've made to correct people about their history is usually met with them digging their heels in and metaphorically sticking their fingers in their ears while yelling "LALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALA!!!"
Well... sometimes it's metaphorically ;)
Lets be fair Odraude... they usually include Norse and German influences as well as English :P [Infact... more of the English material that came from those sources originally than the actual Celtic stuff in most cases...]
Too true, too true. :) I do point that out to people that cling to Earth Historical Accuracy in their make-believe setting, but generally they are too stubborn to see.
Growing up, I've had a lot of people use the historical accuracy excuse to stop me from playing my own ethnicity, or really any non-Anglo Saxon ethnicity. Hell, I remember bringing an El Cid inspired knight into a "Medieval Europe" campaign and told that, and I quote, Spanish knights don't fit in the Medieval Europe setting.
I'll let that sink in.
Basically, everyone had a hard-on for LotR and pretty much only wanted British influences in their setting. After a while, I quit playing because it felt like the GMs were using the historical accuracy argument as a facade to really say "No Non Whites Allowed". A lot of these GMs were older people and had really close minded views on how one should play the game. Because of that, I stopped playing until I left for college. I had always played with my father since I was 6 or 7, and he never had problems with people playing Hispanic or African or Asian inspired characters. So it was jarring to see people saying that my ethnicity doesn't belong in the game. Other minority friends of mine quit playing too because of that. No one likes to be told that they don't belong or don't fit in. S#~# sucks for a kid (less so for a cynical, bitter Millennial ;) ).
Since then, I've run and played games with people my age and no one really cares about "setting integrity" per se. When I run, I give a brief synopsis of the setting then let the players make the characters and fit them in. Hell, I had a player want to bring in an Indian inspired character and ended up working with the player to create a fun, Mythical India for m setting which didn't even have that to begin with. Now I have a group of Indian assassins and yogis in my Caribbean setting that has enhanced it a great deal and I'm happy for it. Players using naginatas and atlatls having ruined my Medieval European game and I doubt it'll really ruin anyone else's.
As GMs, we need to learn when to say yes. Sometimes you end up with some great stories, great additions to your setting that you never thought about, and most importantly, a great time with your friends.
I'll admit, I feel this way about all of the short races (including dwarves). I think the way to have them taken seriously is to really play against the stereotypes. Ditch alcoholic dwarves, optimistic halflings, and quirky Zooey Deschanel gnomes and make them actual characters to your players. It'll take a while to get it through to your players, but it'll work.
Frog God Games does Hexcrawl Chronicles here. I own a couple and they are really well done. I generally run hexcrawls so I get good mileage out of that. There are also several good resources out on google that will help you out (The Alexandrian, Hexcrawl.com, Dispatches from Kickassistan, The Welsh Piper). A whole wealth of information, most of it system agnostic or OSR. Enjoy
What I do for warrior fey is to give them an ability to attack better. Could be a swift action ability that energizes their weapon, giving it bonuses to hit. Or use dexterity as the to hit stat. Or, one time I made a fey warrior that lowered enemy stats near her, making them easier to hit. There are a lot of good ways to work around them. Good luck :)
Also you should totally put the hupia from my Arcadia thread in the bestiary :)
Some more Indian and African monsters would be awesome. Definite look to Ethiopian folklore. I've kind of fallen in love with it over the last couple of weeks.
Flynn Greywalker wrote:
Man, now all you need is my Caribbean setting and we'll have a full on Americas campaign :-)
I'm actually reminded of a concept both from Eclipse Phase and theoretical biochemistries. Basically, a lifeform confined to stars that is made out of plasma. It has to be huge, but I could see it using magnetism and/or gravity to manipulate things.
I actually have a creature in my setting born from dwarf stars that is made from radiation and gravity. Gravity and magnetism forms its "body" and allows it to manipulate things and radiation allows it to move and powers it. Was a fun encounter for my group.
I'd guess the flying monkeys will be on the cover. Usually they put iconic monsters and, well, that's pretty iconic of us Oz lovers.
Man, has it really been almost two years since Bestiary 4? Yikes time flies. Hopefully Paizo will put in some of the creatures I have statted in my Arcadia thread (*cough*hupia*cough*)
Marc Radle wrote:
Yeah, i'll admit, I kind of wish I did buy the hard covers. At least I'd still have access to them.
Stupud Copy Paste at 11 pm...
Yes. I've built test heroes with that system and it works really well. Less granular than HERO and M&M but it's a good system.