Jakob

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    Been a writer for German Edition of CoC; played lots of RPGs since 1984. Co-owner of fantasy bookshop Otherland in Berlin where we hold montly RPG nights.
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    Numenera; Lots of one-shots with different systems, among them OpenQuest.
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    Loves reading new rules, hates learning them!
  1. I'm not so sure about that ... I've been playing a German rpg that has a similar initiative system (albeit one without rounds - you just count initiative up, and whoever has the lowest current initiative gets his turn to act), and it works pretty well with the counters ... seems way easier to me than having D20s that easil get knocked over and where you also have to keep track of which die represents which NPC. It's probably a matter of taste.
  2. Just an idea to make Strike Rank management in advanced combat easier: How about using a map with 40-50 numbered squares? At the beginning of each combat round, each participant puts a marker on the number corresponding to her or his SR; from there, you can then move the markers with each loss of SR. I you want to know whose turn it is to act, just look who's standing on the square with the highest number.
  3. That's interesting - hadn't read that part of the rules yet, sounds like an elegant way to allow for bypassing armour, especially if you play without hit locations. I'm always a friend of getting as much information as possible out of a die roll, so determining something like this based on the attack roll sounds like a good idea.
  4. Thanks, definitely looks fast and intense! Two Questions: Life Points don't seem to figure into the example - is that intended? Are they just unlikely to come up? It seems that one of the androids just goes down as soon as his toughness is surpassed (instead of just dropping to 0 LP), is that RAW for adversaries or something that the GM in this example would have decided on the fly? Are Hit Locations used in the example? It seems not, but then there's this: Does the index die provide the hit location in close combat? I haven't read all through advanced combat yet (still don't have a printed book), but I'd still like to get a better grip at the basic concepts ...
  5. Hm, the thing that I might be getting wrong but that kind of bugs me is the idea that Strike Rank does not only change when someone gets wounded, but also when someone takes an action. So while in any other d100 system, the bookkeeping only starts when someone is hit, in Rd100 advanced combat it starts as soon as someone takes an action - so as GM, I would expect that Strike Rank changes at least every round for every single opponent I control - that just sounds like a lot. I keep asking about this point because I'm notoriously bad at keeping track of this stuff, at least until someone points out a good way to organize it. Using a d20 sounds like a good idea, but I'm sure that at my gaming table, they would get knocked over, mixed up with other dice or disappear between the snacks ...
  6. Will the cards be available through RPG meeting? I'm still thinking about ordering a copy of the core rules from there, since this seems to be the only place where print copies are available for now (I wanted to wait until the RuneQuest Gesellschaft in Germany gets a few copies, but now I'm hearing they'll only get the second printing which is due some time in the spring or early summer, which would be a long wait). I could probably save on shipping if I could order both together (ordering cards from DTRPG to Germany is pretty much impossible anyway due to shipping).
  7. Okay, I'm back to the SRD once more and have another general question about advanced combat: Is it absolutely necessary to keep track of SR for every single opponent? Or is there a way around it?
  8. Disney might just have access to the necessary technology to ressurect him ... but of course, his genes would have been accidentally mixed with the Genes of C.A. Smith, resulting in lots of screams and hilarity.
  9. Interesting - sounds a little light the Midnight setting by Fantasy Flight Games... not sure yet if I need to get this, Dark Elves and Orcs sounding a little bit same-old-samey. On the other hand, there seem to be some weird/linteresting elements (riding birds, common origin of humaoid races ...). 40 pages seem a little bit slim for a setting book, however - do you plan to expand on this?
  10. Thanks for the very interesting review, pansophy! Still waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on a print copy ...
  11. I really like these little glimmers of mythology ... Did you already post an overview of the most important playable species of the setting somewhere? I've only seen humans, some kind of dwarves and the Rakshasar mentioned (and the latter ones are, if I get it right, not intended as a PC species ...).
  12. A little late for the reply, but as I'm currently reading through this sub-forum, I might as well comment that I like the concept. Checking boxes in failed fatigue tests is nothing new, of course, but this seems to be a simple and elegant way to implement the concept. I'm not quite sure if rolling again until succesful may not be a little harsh (and a little too much die-rolling), though ... that would basically mean that it is relatively likely to fall unconscious from taking strain just one time; lets say you have a SN of 11, you end up with 44-33-22-11. Rolling above all of these in a row seems not that unlikely. Also, if you roll just once for each instance of SN, marking or not marking a box depending on success, you could better differentiate one-off situations that cause SN from ongoing SN. Let's say you cast a spell that requires active upkeep by the sorcerer - that would be where "roll strain each round" (regardless of success or failure) could come into play.
  13. Sounds exactly like my life ... only that I obviously haven't gotten as far with my rpg projects. Still looking forward to Skaerune, anyway!
  14. Well, Fear Itself actually has a horror cosmology in the background, and also a certain aesthetic to what kind of horrors can be encountered (no run-of-the-mill vampires or werewolves, for example ...). If I'm playing a horror campaign, it is actually pretty important to me that these things don't feel too random - mystery is usually a big part of horror, and when I feel that there is no actual mystery, just a random bunch of scary creatures, I tend to loose interest. That's one reason while I'm totally not amused when, in a CoC adventure with Cthulhu Mythos background, suddenly a werewolf appears, which is simply a creature that doesn't make any sense in the Lovecraft cosmology ... On the other hand, you're certainly right that it is maybe not so important that a horror game actually provides a cosmology - it can also present scenarios that hint at different creatures, mysteries and cosmologies and leave it to the GM to combine things that work together and leave the stuff out that would seem out of place. But still on the other hand, there's so much more horror BRP material out there that I feel I don't need more of it. So what would make it interesting for me would be an original and new horror cosmology.
  15. Wow, a horror game that is not related to the Cthulhu Mythos! That would be truly awesome - I mean, I love the Lovecraftian stuff, and I just ordered a copy of "Lovecraftesque" on drivethru, but it feels that four in five horror (and indeed, science fiction) rpg settings feature elements from the Cthulhu Mythos... with a few exceptions, this has really gotten stale. Notably, the excellent looking "Lovecraftesque" explicitly does not use anything from the Cthulhu Mythos, but instead strives for a Lovecraftian atmosphere. And another of the few positive examples: I really like Pelgrane Press' Esoterrorists for going not only for a different aesthetics, but also a concept of horror that is diametrically opposite from Lovecraft's cosmic horror. Hope OQ Horror materializes at some point, and I hope it comes with an interesting and not-too-generic setting. You wouldn't maybe think about licensing Laird Barrons fiction ...? That's an awesome horror mythology right there.