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My mind runs the dry ocher covered sea bottoms of Barsoom as I continue to read and reread Burroughs’ work collecting materials for a BRP-MW based sword-and-planet game I hope to GM someday. I say ‘hope’ and ‘someday’ because the members of my game crew can be rather fickle. Once it’s served up to them, my efforts are just as likely to result in, “meh” as they are to illicit, “cool”. Seriously, the whole endeavor could turn out to be nothing more than a mental exercise. I wonder at times why I continue with it at all.
I suppose, first and foremost, I continue because John Carter and Burroughs’ Mars are cool and simply beg for RPG treatment, at testament to which can be traced in all the game designs and setting attempts made to bring the Red Planet to GMs and players.
For me, however, I suspect it goes deeper than that. As I’ve ruminated over the last few weeks, I’ve concluded that John Carter, both as a character and as a movie, resonates with me as a metaphor for this whole Chaosium/Moon Design/Greg Stafford/Glorantha/RQ/BRP/MW mash up.
Though to some, it might be a bit of a stretch, I cannot help but see parallels between BRP’s present limbo, and the uneven promotion and dismissal the movie John Carter received at the hands of some of Disney’s marketeers and executives*. The ultimate disposition of BRP and MW has yet to be revealed. Whether or not they are to be regulated to the back shelf or the dust bind is a matter of conjecture, but when what official news there is slows to a trickle or concerns itself almost exclusively with CoC, Glorantha, and Glorantha RuneQuest, what is left but to draw conclusions, even subconsciously, though we might resist trying to do so? It’s easy to doubt the advent of a long promised Chronicler’s Companion as the list of monograph selections narrow, and the latest BRP supplement, After the Vampire Wars, receives little fanfare and is offered for a paltry $100,000,000.00 :-T. I point this out not in an attempt to lay blame—a useless exercise and particularly so when much of that which has occurred is far beyond one person’s ability to control—but to underscore that the handling and promotion of BRP by Chaosium reminds me of that with which John Carter was treated and echoes, for me, present circumstances.
I also see a parallel in the loyalty of John Carter fans to their movie and in my loyalty to BRP. Though not a perfect realization, the film was done with love and care, something even a purest can respect. The Facebook page Take Me Back to Barsoom! and The John Carter Files website attest to this regard and I can’t help but be reminded of BRP Central. Long after the official light of BRP has been extinguished or relegated to obscurity, I have a feeling the few, the proud, and the stubborn will continue to hold vigil here--working up conversions, offering the fruit of faithfulness, laboring at downloads—for as long as BRP Central exists. It really doesn’t matter what those in power decide, I will continue to play, to create, to dream and remain loyal to BRP.
Finally, John Carter’s resolution inspires me. His response, “We still live!” to Dejah Thoris’s despair in the face of incredible and overwhelming odds strikes a cord in me and I cannot help but feel the stirrings of some “Virginia fighting-spirit” of my own. I want to ‘plant my flag’ and adopt a defiant no-matter-what-you-do stance despite a possible future wherein Chaosium survives but as an actively supported concern BRP and MW does not.
To what end this stand…a BRP or MW not only allowed to exist but to flourish and grow?
No…of course not. As I have said before, as the silence lengthens, the writing on the wall becomes clearer that things have obviously gone beyond the point of appeal to modify. But maybe, possibly, such a mental stand will help me and, like 9th-ray buoyancy tanks, elevate my spirits and change my attitude about the whole mess. Maybe from the strength of such resolution, I can learn to accept the inevitability of the situation, taking joy and happiness in what I can control and letting go of what I cannot. In reality, I have two bookshelves full of BRP goodness to draw upon…material to literally last the rest of my life…that should and will be enough.
So godspeed, Greg; do what you can to preserve your legacy. I envy you the chance to get your house in order and reunite Glorantha and RuneQuest under a new Chaosium to the joy of all Gloranthaphiles and Cthulhu-ites. I wish you and them luck and years of enjoyment. Long live Chaosium! Long live Runequest! Long live Glorantha! As for myself? I will return to Barsoom and continue my exploration, for despite the life-long fulfillment of your dreams, I and BRP/MW “…still live!” and we will pursue our own. “I am done.”
*Sellers, Michael D. John Carter and the Gods of Hollywood. San Bernadino: Michael Sellers, 2012.
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We just had another upgrade of the BRP Central software. The last big one was a move from the bloating vBulletin software to Invision Power Board. Lost some downloads in the process and had quite a bit of hassles with it, but a major step forward from an administrator point of view. Or current update went from IPS 3 to IPS 4, which got all the downloads deleted. I kinda freaked out, but with help from the support staff at IPS it was restored from a backup the next day. Just the pictures out of the cardboard boxes and up on the walls again. Will probably still be some bugs to iron out, but I'm confident that can be managed. A currrent bug is that you can sign in with your display name but not email, even though the text says both can be used. Please just report any bugs you encounter, or any improvements you would like to see. There just might be a setting to tweak for it!
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Dark moon Chronicles- setting and info
here I well post my writings- some very rough of the Dark Moon setting - Chronology and story as well as setting information-
The Dark Moon Chronicles are an alternate present and future of the end time as it where but more so about humanities struggle to carrie on.
some part are cross overs - with heavy game flavor of normal but adventures coming from our present time to help save the race of Man kine of Menikine as there called in one setting.
I have set it up else where on other blog but I well repost it so you do not have to look for it.
Dark Moon Chronicles.
so again I am ready to write, I am doing up the Darkmoon Chronicles a muti- gene setting. its horror /fantasy/adventure but it has several tiers.
Gravequest: secret organization fight the future of the dark moon and its agents and cults as it draws near.
Baddlands gunsmoke and steam fantasy : the arrival of the dark moon has ushered in a global fight against Laxivon empire and Humans, who have nothing but steam tech to fight the Sorcerors of the old ones.
Avalaughn the raise of man: Man has been conquered for a thousand years- but some Gods well not let man die out and help to bring heros from the past to the future to fight the Sorcery servants of the old ones.
Gate City :Sadazar the ethereal byway: In the ethereal drifts a cosmopolitan of exotic species and cultures fighting against the servants of the Great old ones, as they themselves ply the hiways and byways of time and space looting and raiding and Trading for tools and equipment trade goods and food to keep the ethereal city fighting on
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Ebbene si, ho visto anche io Pacific Rim. E posso prendere finalmente posizione pro o contro il film.
E mi schiero decisamente con coloro a cui il film è PIACIUTO.
Analizziamo brevemente alcuni punti che sono stati criticati.
SERIO O AUTOIRONICO?
La recitazione e il tono del film sono volutamente sopra le righe, non c’è dubbio, ma non sono più sopra le righe di un normale anime di super robots. Non ha la profondità di Gundam o Evangelion, ma non pretendeva di averla. “Regge“ il confronto con Mazinga o coi film dei supereroi Marvel, e l’obiettivo che si proponeva era quello. La scena del discorso finale di Pentecost è in stile americano, un giapponese non lo farebbe così, ma non rompiamo troppo l’anima per questi dettagli, eh.
Forse è un po’ ingenua come trovata, ma la storia del muro sta lì per introdurre un tema assolutamente fondamentale per il genere super robots: gli eroi NON lavorano per il governo ma per un’organizzazione che col governo non sempre va d’accordo, e che si fabbrica le cose da sola. La storia del taglio dei fondi “perché ora i governi vogliono sovvenzionare il muro” è solo un modo per dare un velo di plausibilità al fatto che dei “cani sciolti” abbiano accesso a dei mostri alti 50 metri che non potevano certo costruirsi in cantina. Okay, in Mazinga succede, ma non è mica tanto plausibile. Ecco, Pacific Rim riesce a dare plausibilità a questo vecchio cliché degli anime: lo vogliamo biasimare per questo?
Ho letto commenti pessimi sulla scena dei combattimenti per selezionare il co-pilota. Posso sbigottirmi? La scena era azzeccatissima, e diceva tutto quello che doveva dire: a fare a botte son stati bravi in molti, ma solo un candidato riusciva a “leggere” le mosse di Raleigh. E la maggiore lentezza dei movimenti sottolineava questo fatto.
Sinceramente, non ho capito i commenti sul “potevano usarla prima”. Si vede palesemente che l’arma bianca è meno potente del cannone al plasma o richiede un maggior tempo di preparazione rispetto al cannone o ai pugni, e quindi viene usata solo quando i cannoni sono fuori uso, non c’è abbastanza spazio per prendere l’abbrivio per i pugni o sott’acqua dove non i cannoni non funzionano (in puro stile anime: le armi a energia sott’acqua non funzionano) o i movimenti degli jaeger non sono abbastanza rapidi per fare male con armi non taglienti. La cosa è as-so-lu-ta-men-te plausibile!
E’ uno scivolone, senza dubbio, ma alla fin fine è una minchiata, gli è solamente scappata un’ingenuità. Probabilmente lo sceneggiatore pensava erroneamente che il pubblico non avrebbe capito una spiegazione più plausibile o più articolata (avete presente quando paragonano l’impronta genetica a “una specie di codice a barre”? Ecco, si capisce che stava scrivendo per farsi capire dal “grande pubblico”).
Pensate a una cosa: ne “Gli Intoccabili” nella scena in cui fanno fuori Sean Connery a un certo punto si vede chiaramente l’ombra della giraffa (telecamera) sulla facciata della casa. Errore ORRIBILE di regia, senza appello o scusanti. Il film diventa uno schifo solo perché c’è questo errore?
Dite che è un’americanata? Erm, ops... peccato che Baldios (OTTIMA serie robotica giapponese degli anni 80) finisce quasi alla stessa maniera. Come americanata, ha gli occhi parecchio a mandorla.
LA RECITAZIONE DI RINKO KIKUCHI
(Nota che potrebbe essere non significativa: questa attrice è stata candidata all’oscar...)
La Mako bambina è enormemente più espressiva della Mako adulta, lo avete notato? Le scene di flashback sono assolutamente deliziose, un piccolo capolavoro.
Quello che forse qualcuno non ha notato è che tutti i protagonisti del film sono personaggi enormemente induriti da quello che hanno affrontato, incapaci di sorridere e con in mente solo la battaglia. Cavolo, al protagonista hanno masticato il fratello mentre era mentalmente collegato con lui [qui c’è una citazione degli X-Men, chi la trova per primo vince un PDF del mio gioco di robottoni], e si capisce che Mako ne ha viste di equivalenti! Scusate, che tipo di recitazione vi aspettavate per quel personaggio? Sorrisini scemi perché è femmina, mentre i maschietti fanno tutti i duri? Mi spiace dirlo, ma è un’aspettativa un po’ chauvinista.
Confrontiamo il personaggio di Mako Mori con un personaggio giapponese “doc”, Yuki Mori (eh già, se non ve ne foste accorti anche il cognome è una citazione...) di “Corazzata Spaziale Yamato” del 2010. All’inizio Yuki fa la “dura”, ma nella seconda metà del film rientra nei normali cliché cinematografici femminili del “cerco protezione”, fino alla scena finale in cui si comprende che la sua funzione fondamentale nella trama era quella di “donatrice di utero”.
Mako no, tutta d’un pezzo è all’inizio, e tutta d’un pezzo resta fino alla scena finale in cui le scappa un sorriso (leggera differenza con la Yuki della Yamato...)
Avete notato che la Kikuchi era anche truccata per apparire abbondantemente trentenne, quando ormai non costa nulla levarsi dieci anni con gli effetti di postproduzione? Non è un caso, volevano proprio farla apparire così, vera invece che plastificata. E’ un personaggio femminile “alla Chris Claremont”, forse poco manga ma molto, molto ben fatto. E niente bikini “alla Star Trek into Darkness”, ovviamente.
E ora, quello che mi è piaciuto.
Il film è un’ottima rivisitazione del genere “super robots”, ossia robottoni implausibili da non prendere troppo sul serio ma con personaggi che alla fine si fanno volere bene e scene in cui ti viene da fare il tifo per i buoni. Le cadute di plausibilità ci sono, ma a parte lo scivolone del robot “analogico” non sono mai troppo grandi e proprio per il genere a cui si ispira il film è tranquillamente accettabile che ci siano. Niente (ma proprio NIENTE) a che vedere con le cadute nel ridicolo di Independence Day.
La trama del film non si rifà ai cliché narrativi americani, ma proprio a quelli giappo, in cui si entra subito nel vivo dell’azione dopo una breve e – ebbene si – anche un po’ stiracchiata spiegazione del contesto. L’importante è che la spiegazione sia accompagnata da belle scene, e sinceramente la scena della prima battaglia che precede il titolo è molto emozionante.
Anche il tono generale della narrazione è paragonabile a quello di alcuni anime. I personaggi sono molto, molto induriti e vivono in un loro mondo personale di rimpianti, rimorsie e ricordi dolorosi in cui non lasciano entrare nessuno, per finire poi al centro di applausi da stadio dopo avere fatto a botte col mostro di turno. Le ambientazioni della base sono stupende, tutto è rugginoso e sudicio a sottolineare quanto poco di emozioni positive sia rimasto nei suoi occupanti.
I due professori poi sono... si, l’equivalente delle figure comiche degli anime (Boss di Mazinga, Don di Jeeg...), ma sono anche molto ma molto simpatici, e ti strappano qualche seria risata. Ammettiamolo, si sta in ansia ogni volta che rischiano di essere mangiati da un Kaiju o di finire col cervello fritto. E la rappresentazione di Hong Kong è fantastica: pare la Hong Kong del Deus Ex originale, a un certo punto ho sperato che al posto di Hannibal Chau spuntasse Tracer Tong... peccato!
Insomma... si poteva fare meglio questo film?
Si, si poteva, ma Del Toro ha comunque fatto un ottimo lavoro. Applausi e un 9 pieno.
E comunque, diciamocelo francamente... nessuno ne ha davvero capito nulla.
Pacific Rim non è un film sui robottoni.
Pacific Rim parla di SCARPE!
I received my PDF copy last week and eagerly await my print copy to arrive. I have yet to read the book from cover to cover but I absolutely LOVE what I have seen so far. Every time I skim through it I find another thing that absolutely blows my mind. This is easily my favorite book to come to BRP since the BGB.
I've recently started blogging again about my developing Celtic-inspired campaign. Here's the newest update:
The Green Lands - Part 1
And so, about my campaign.
Something I realized some time ago was that, for my purposes in developing the settings, I needed to write (originally three, but now) four books. Basically, I needed to organize my thoughts about the campaign setting, and put it all down in b&w, in order to build it into something special. I needed the skeleton.
Really, it was a bit like going back to the earliest days of my RPG experience. When I read the DMG et al, it was like having a launching pad for my imagination. I couldn't wait to get out there and discover my own worlds.
Besides, I needed to settle and fix in my own mind how all the rules would fit together. It also gave me something to give my players. When the campaign (finally) gets under way, I'll be telling players - get the big BRP book, the Magic Book, and I'll give you pdf's of the rest.
I'm not going to post the four books online, as there's too many copywrights violated - but I'm more than willing to summarize them and post excerpts. And so...
The first book is the Player's Book. It's meant to have all you need to get a character up and running and provide necessary info on how the rules will be used. Here is the introduction I wrote for it (thanks to Greg Stafford, from whom I stole some phrases:
Welcome to Green Lands, a campaign setting for Chaosium’s Basic Role-Playing system. The Green Lands setting is inspired by Celtic mythology and history. Note carefully that I say inspired. What that means is that it does not, in any way, attempt to be consistent with the world of the historical Celts or Celtic mythology in general. It is a fantasy world inspired by those sources. The druids of Green Lands are not the druids of Celtic history. The cultures are not the cultures of the ancient/medieval British Isles or Europe. It is hoped that this setting captures the feel and spirit of Celtic myth. That is the goal. Seek not for historical versimilitude within these pages, o best beloved. You will not find it. I make no bones about what are probably obvious influences. The three cultures are clearly based on the medieval/ancient Irish
(Chaosium’s Pagan Shore for Pendragon gave me the foundation for describing this culture), the Picts (again, drawn heavily from the depiction in Chaosium’s Beyond the Wall, which was also based on the Picts of Robert E. Howard’s stories of Conan and Bran Mak Morn), and the Saxons (again, Chaosium’s Saxons and Vikings! were the models here). GURPS Celtic Myth also helped shape a lot of concepts. As did the Glorantha setting for RuneQuest, from which many ideas were drawn. Other influences include Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon, A.A. Attansasio’s Arthurian trilogy, Morgan Llewellyn’s historical
novels, Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain books, Evangeline Walton’s novels based on the Welsh Mabinogion,
and films such as “Excalibur” and the recent “Secret of Kells.”
So, what we have here is an iron-age world, a pagan .world where men have carved kingdoms. from the wilderness, fight with sword and spear and worship many gods; a magical world with. mysterious sources of power which can be. wielded by the brave and talented, and where. strange creatures, forces of dream and nightmare, lurk just beyond the pathways of men. The wild places are filled with monsters. Ancient powers hold sway over ancient territories. Anything might happen.
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"Open" vs "Class"
The Long Answer (explained);
As Newt Newport mentions in his introduction to OpenQuest's rule set, the "Open" in OpenQuest refers to the ability to create fantasy settings and characters in a completely unrestricted manner. This is in distinct difference to Mr. Leary's approach to the genre with "Classic Fantasy", a Chaosium monogram. Classic Fantasy attempts to model Dungeons & Dragons directly to the Basic Role Playing D100 system.
Both authors accomplish their goals well and demonstrate how well Basic Role Playing (BRP) responds to "Homebrew" creation and game play.
Leary hews closely to the Dungeons & Dragons cannon by first identifying the types of characters players are able to play. A characters "Class" is all enveloping in the world of Gygax,its game function mainly concerned with resolving the characters combat interactions and whether or not the character survived the encounter. Each class has the requisite limitations which define these capabilities as compared to those of other classes. A players choice of race also carries the same net of limitations which further narrow the scope of capabilities, and therefore define the player character.
Newport's fantasy mash up, on the other hand, begins character creation with a brainstorming session, requesting each player to come up with a character concept. As the author explains; "A character concept is a one sentence summing up of what the character is all about." The rule set continues on as a guideline in how to translate the character concept into your fleshed out character sheet. I love this type of game experience myself where the initial player character, while not all that powerful yet, is still a product of my imagination. I was quickly able to come up with intriguing character concepts off the one sentence rule. It started to become a game of interest and brevity; Disturbed Wizard, Searching Sailor, Cashiered Ranger, Disgraced Warrior, Hunted Magician, Retired Gladiator, Etc... If you are manic about gaming all the best aspects of fantasy found in literature, or being open to new inspiration you can do this well with OpenQuest
But if you are looking to go Gygaxian, you should go with Classic Fantasy because, well, Leary has already gone through the trouble of converting the standard classes, races, and spells. A lot of hard work, I assure you. Unlike Dungeons & Dragons retro-clones, launching a D&D campaign with BRP's Classic Fantasy does allow much more in personal customization of your character class, mostly do to the use of a skills list, and the players characters are more robust overall. Running some friends through TSR's B10 Night's Dark Terror proved Classic Fantasy characters can chop through goblins and minor undead well. Proper tactics assure swift death to surprised opponents. True to BRP form, once these tables are turned on players, swift death can ensue. All in all, Classic Fantasy will give you a great D&D game without the garbage mechanics of Old School, retro or otherwise. Those who do not like a d100 system should not even bother.
And that is why I use OpenQuest. If you are looking for a great system for your own fantasy creations, classic or otherwise, OpenQuest gives you the tools to go right at it! It does put more weight on the Game Master. The GM will have to be invested in the brainstorming session during character creation with the players. Or the GM can offer pregenerated characters. Either way, it means more hands on time by the GM. For me, this takes the form of ripping off literary sources, as well as available game aids to create classic fantasy adventures.
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In BRP there is less need to create endless reams of new monsters. Cos the monsters are usually people too!
Any intelligent or even semi intelligent creature may be a cult member, and layering a cult spells and items and stuff all over one broo or orc makes it quite different from the next one.
Another thing to remember is that any BRP creature grows with experience just as a PC. So again your orc, who may be a cultist in a death cult, maybe 25-30 years old, and will have experience and skills to reflect that, not to mention spells and magic items. He may also be utterly different from another orc from a tribe that worships the moon, tends to have madness spells and a propensity for using spears and arrows, and wears lunar silver armour..
As always, keep the opposition much weaker than the PCs, so a part of 4 PCs may go up against 4 orcs, 3 of which should be crap, maybe 25% in weapon skills, and minimal armour, maybe 1 low powered spell between them. The 1 who is good, can be at the same sort of experience and skill mix as the PCs, but with interesting spells or one nice item. The PCs wil kill the cannon fodder and you decide as a GM if the tougher guy stands and fights or runs or offers ransom for his life if he surrenders.
Now, dumb monsters.. look at previous examples in the rulebooks you have, or some of the older BRP books, or maybe Monster Coliseum for RQII/Legend.. and these critters that are non sentient will be more instinctive, their stats and skills are always the same, and you can model their funky 'effects' from spells or powers (but they're probably not magical).
When converting a D&D monster, be very very careful. A critter built from BRP can be lethal, but also a direct mapping of D&D skills and powers to BRP can make for a TPK! So.. best to get a feel for the system and your players before making a new critter, just tweak the BRP ones for now.
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Work on AEON Quickstart continues apace. This edition of AEON will introduce the basic rule system, including character generation, mechanics, skills and combat; anything needed for the players to get into the game and run their characters without reference to the core rulebook. Best of all is the price: the AEON Quickstart PDF will cost a grand total of $0.00.
AEON Quickstart will not include previous experience, magic, creatures, treasure or interior art – for these, you will have to refer to the core rulebook. However, it will include a copy of the AEON Logo Licence agreement, so prospective licencees can see what is required (and it’s not a lot) if you want to produce an AEON-compatible product or fan work. Remember, AEON is not an Open Game Licence product, and AEON Quickstart is not a System Reference Document. However, the licence couldn’t be simpler and you will find that, in many ways, it allows you to do more with AEON than the OGL would.
As for the estimated time of arrival … well, Christmas would be nice, though it looks like things might just overrun a tad and a smidgeon. But keep an eye out for the D100II SRD v1.2!
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Just at Marseilles airport, waiting for my long flight home after a very pleasant few days at Chimériades.
I flew in on Friday morning, having set off at 2300 Thursday night to find that my mobile phone had no roaming set up - Thanks Virgin! Eventually I got my lift sorted out and got to Andrew's house where we looked at figures and I met Steve, the modeller. We talked for a while, took a last minute look at the rules, prepared a game board for the con and had a lovely meal. Eventually, we set off about 1630 and drove through the absolutely beautiful Provençal countryside. I was a bit disappointed to not see any Occitan signs, but apparently Provence is nowhere near as bi-lingual as, say, Catalonia.
We took about an hour and a half to get there and the venue looked the part - a lovely French castle. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, as seems to be the case with all the 3 day cons that I go to. Accommodation was similar to Stahlek, with bunk beds in dorms, and as last arrival I got the top bunk with the longest flight of rungs I have ever seen, or at least it seemed that way to my poor old bones.
Friday night was spent socialising and eating/drinking. I would have liked to have played a game,but there didn't seem to be any around and I was shattered. I went to bed at about 2200 and was woken at 0200, 0300 and 0400 by the SNORE MONSTERS - you know who you are!!! Eventually, I dug out my pair of ear plugs and got to sleep.
Saturday, I got up at about 1000, thinking I had missed breakfast. After a shower I wandered down and they were still serving! The French are certainly civilised. After breakfast, i finished off my morokanth costume for the Prax at War game and headed off to the game. When I got there, I thought that nobody else had come in costume, so I felt an idiot. The hands lasted about half an hour until I took them off (no thumbs is really awkward) and the head about an hour as I couldn't see or hear properly. Had fun in the game, though, especially when I trumped the baboon's claim to have one of his victory conditions - his face was priceless. Afterwards, we socialised, drank, talked and ate, but no games seemed to be played. Just before I went to bed, someone asked if I had seen the Game Signup Board. "What Game Signup Board?", I asked! What an idiot.
Sunday morning, I got up bright and early, about 0800, showered and rushed to breakfast as I wanted to help Andre set up his miniatures game. Breakfast wasn't open yet!!!! Then someone asked if I had forgotten it was Daylight Saving Time. Of course I hadn't as I had told my wife to change the clocks. Hadn't changed my phone, though. Idiot 3. Played the miniaturesw game and had a lot of fun, even though the prize was cruelly snatched from me by a Great Troll who should try out for the Sazdorf Trollball Team! Couldn't find any English speaking games and decided my French wasn't up to a French game, so socialised a bit unt6il Greg took pity on me and asked me to play in a game of Broos vs Ducks. As the ducks had been my adversary in the earlier game, I readily agreed and we had a very fun time until my giant rhino broo was duffed up by a combination of weaker lesser broos. Two of us ended with null points, Paolo declared victory with 5 points and the chap in the corner who hadn't fought anything counted his hoard of sheep and pigs and said 10 points! Socialised and chatted with various people, said about the SNORE MONSTER in out room and was told that there were 3 on Friday, but one had stopped. I had only heard 2 and had put on some snoring clips on Saturday night,so I wonder who the third was!!!
Charlie's barbecue was tasty, but I had to queue for almost an hour for a second portion, which tired me out just enough to send me up to bed soon afterwards.
Monday, got up at 0730, showered, went to breakfast and Phillippe had kindly organised me a lift to Aix railway station. Said my goodbyes and waited to go. Christophe Badista (I think) had offered me a lift and I got chatting (sort of) to him and another chap who had both been gaming until 3am the night before. He was the most enthusiastic gamer I had seen for years and reminded me how much roleplaying used to burn inside me in my younger days. It also made me feel so, so old. Anyway, we had a pleasant trip in the car for a couple of hours (I didn't realise it was so far) and eventually made it to Aix TGV after passing tghe same road 3 times. The other gamers helped me find a ticket for the Shuttle to the Airport and showed me where to go and I made it with hours to go.
So, here I am, waiting for my flight in 3 and a half hours.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
Was it the best/worst con I've been to? No.
Would I go again? Maybe, if I could get a cheap flight.
Worst thing about the con? The SNORE MONSTER (excluding myself, of course, as I didn't hear the 3rd one).
Best thing about the con? The oh-so enthusiastic gamer. I never caught his name, but hearing him talk for, what, 3 hours really made my day.
My latest game setting is a post apocalyptic mutant filled superhero game, set on a new continent called Pacifica. The creation of the continent by a geological anomaly caused huge changes to the planets weather due to large scale vulcanism and the dumping of dust and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere. A limited nuclear war has raged due to the famines caused and attempts to annex resources to build arcologies for the remaining populace to live in. The date is 2060, and Americans fleeing the radiation in their blasted country have created a new city on the continent of Pacifica. But the new land holds secrets of its own.
And why is the superhero cyborg known as Kron weaving a huge sphere of carbon nanotubes around a nuclear weapon? Is the Tech Guardian priesthood being infiltrated by some dangerous cult? And will Neo Nihon be able to defend itself against the huge reptilian monster when someone has stolen the megamecha that is their only line of defence? (Thanks to Seneschal for his sentai team write up, it came in handy). Who stole it and why?
I'd answer these questions but my players would read them and it wouldn't be fun playing in my game.
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In this morning stroll through Engadget I came across two stories that related to the science of Rubble and Ruin. When I wrote R&R I was trying to take modern science as seen from my perspective as a professional scientist and project to a near future where everything was cranked up to 11.
For AI brains being used to “man” automated weapons systems I give you http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/13/darpas-msee-to-develop-new-mathematical-language-race-of-senti/.
Of more interest to me, R&R has a “fantasy” element of nano-psionics. This was intended to represent some new discoveries coming out of the Second Global War that could not be predicted from our current vantage point – the idea being something like asking someone in 1910 to predict the atomic bomb. There were probably people thinking in terms of both big bombs and unlocking the power of the atoms, but I don’t think anyone had a clear idea of how it would be done. Likewise I don’t believe anything like nano-psionics will appear in our future, but I do believe there will be things we have yet to think of. Still, it was interesting to see that people are using tattoos of subdermal nano-particles to create biomonitors. See this link: http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/21/fluorescent-nanosensor-tattoo-monitors-glucose-under-the-iphone/
Well its been quite awhile folks and I am entirely to blame for that. I won't bore people with the details except that I am on the move again residence wise, not as far as last time but a decent distance nevertheless. I had been hoping to finally upload BRP Star Wars in the next few weeks but I am going to defer once again. It does pain me to do this since I detest nothing more than vapourware and all sorts of needless spruiking and its partly due to my sensitivity to this issue that I am uploading a BRP conversion of Harnic beasts for our cohort of fantasy gamers that I have worked on to at least prove that I am actively working on stuff and not just a bag of wind! Rodney better known as our beloved threedsix from the forums can testify to my seriousness in regards the BRP star wars project since so far he is the only other person who has seen a working copy of it, albeit an earlier one.
During this summer the current version 1.2 has seen a fantastic amount of play testing from within my RPG group the problem is that the more i ran the games the less and less I was happy with the conversion. It just lacked that star wars feel that I wanted it to have and the more I played it the less i liked it. Considering that i have been working on this for a good 18 months this was somewhat of a bitter realization that I disliked my own spawn. Consequently the other night the group had a meeting and we discussed some ways to get some zip back into the conversion. A popular alternative was to mine the old d6 system for some inspiration. I have been busy doing so and I have identified some possible ways to bring some concepts from that system into the BRP system.
The dilemma is and this is the crossroads bit, is that its quite a bit of work to do those changes and I am kinda wanting to throw in the towel more than make them and just go back to playing d6. So I am thinking, thinking and thinking as to what to do. Even though I am unhappy with aspects of 1.2 and its still a bit rough in parts I might upload it anyway and see what people think. Let me know, and enjoy the Harn conversion.
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*I am listing games, not individual books
Against the Darkness TableTop Adventures
All Flesh Must Be Eaten Eden Studios
Ancient Odysseys Precis Intermedia
Angel Eden Studios
Army of Darkness Eden Studios
Atomic Highway Radioactive Ape Designs
Barbarians of Lemuria Beyond Belief Games & Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Basic RolePlaying Chaosium
Call of Cthulhu Chaosium
Colonial Gothic revised Rogue Games
Conan (only a single supplement) Mongoose Publishing
Conspiracy X 2.0 Eden Studios
Coyote Trail Precis Intermedia
Dark Continent New Breed
Dead of Night 2nd Edition Steampower Publishing
Dicey Tales Evil DM Productions
Dogs of W*A*R Beyond Belief Games
Familiars Ganesha Games
Fudge Horror: Vampires ComStar Games
Ghostories Precis Intermedia
Ghosts of Albion Eden Studios
GURPS 3.0 revised Steve Jackson Games
Hard Nova 2 Precis Intermedia
Hollow Earth Expedition Exile Game Studio
Horror Show Bedrock Games
Hunger: Zombies Must Feed Precis Intermedia
Hyperborean Mice Kiz and Jenn Press
Kindred of the East White Wolf
The Laundry Cubicle 7 Entertainment
Legends of Steel Evil DM Productions
Mean Streets Precis Intermedia
Monsters & Other Childish Things Arc Dream Publishing
Mouse Guard Archaia Studios Press
Mythic Russia Firebird Productions
OpenQuest D101 Games
Shadow, Sword & Spell Rogue Games
Star Trek the Next Generation Lost Unicorn Games
SUPERS! Beyond Belief Games
Terra Incognita Grey Ghost Games
Terra Primate Eden Studios
Traveller Mongoose Publishing
Two-fisted Tales Precis Intermedia
Thousand Suns Rogue Games
The Unexplained Carnivore Games
Unhallowed Metropolis, Revised Atomic Overmind Press
Vampire: the Masquerade (+ supplements from several WoD lines) White Wolf
World of Darkness 2.0 White Wolf
Wraith: the Oblivion White Wolf
Wild West Cinema Spectrum Games
(pre)ordered or planning to order:
Earth AD.2 Precis Intermedia
Eldritch Skies Battlefield Press
River of Heaven D101 Games
While the title Pendragon would be more appropriate it has been already taken. In fact so has Age of Arthur .... Warhammer Ancient Battles.... I would like to create a BRP game for the Gaming of a fantasy based Dark Age post Roman Europe/British Isles, Hibernia, Amorica. Loosely referencing the Bernard Cornwell fictional series.
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New cybertech palm scanner BRP character sheet this is a unfinished version i posted on deviant art.
So far only front is started, it looks good but its not the most practiclecharacter sheet, skills and other info will be on the second sheet.
i know we dont really need it persay and its not as practicle as a full on stat sheet with no graphics!
let me know what you think!
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I've never quite understood the whole blogging phenomenon.
I sort of understand the idea in relation to people with something to say, or a specific product to promote. And I can sort of see the role it would play for people who make a living from writing, as a way to keep their hand in. But I've never really understood either the fascinating with general blogs, or quite how some folk manage to maintain momentum with them.
Since "maintaining momentum", especially in the face of my day jobs rapacious desire to consume my time and energy, I'm starting an experiment with the blog facility here at BRP Central. I'm going to try and post regularly, on (at least vaguely) BRP related topics.
Hopefully it'll get me in the habit of writing a bit more regularly...