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  1. The manuscript for the medieval Japanese Pendragon adaptation (working title Monogatari, also referred to as Samurai at times) is complete (I should know—I wrote the final version!) and we'll be going forward with it as well, but it's a ways off in the pipeline. Regardless, all three spinoff games utilize the core Pendragon engine; this certainly wouldn't prevent someone from writing, say, a more historically-grounded BRP game set during the reign of Charlemagne. I'd happily buy it and use it for additional background and adventure material whenever I ran Paladin.
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  2. Ah, I missed that. But hell, it was a clever move by the players so I'm happy to have rewarded their ingenuity. Plus the ensuing Berserker rage was too entertaining to pass up.
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  3. At present my section on Arkat's wars in Ralios is: [This is of course non-canonical. Other sections deal with him in Seshnela, and Talor in Fronela.] The Coming of Arkat After cleansing Seshnela and Tanisor of the evil works of Nysalor, the Hero led his army deep into Ralios, where he found that many barbarian nations and non-humans had embraced the evil cult. Since non-humans were uncommon in Seshnela and Brithos, the invaders called the forces arrayed against them now the League of Monsters, using the word krjalki to describe their nonhuman enemies as a single group. In
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  4. A bit of a spoiler. Adult initiation can be deadly. Just ask my character who is trapped in the underworld and with any luck will be rescued by the other Wildlings.
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  5. Damned splchkin demon, hell spawn. evil doer and j-walking malcontent and oathbreaker anyway! Bah, may the impests of a thousand thransgressions infest its nethers! That demon is the bane of my existence on the Fora... Oh sure, be all logical and calm about it!
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  6. We used to do that, cast Vigor or Berserker, then drink down a poison antidote if we could get one out of our packs. We also played that a Treat Poison roll that wad one before the poison took effect reduced the POT of the attacking poison, but when applied after the effect reduced the damage taken. I used Poison Purge (Variable, Instant) that subtracts its points from the POT of the Poison, so casting Poison Purge 4 on a POT 12 Poison reduces it to POT 8. The PCs got it on a HeroQuest, I think.
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  7. Yes, but if you're searching for something, it makes sense to use the word with 400x as many hits rather than the "joke" version; no?
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  8. Obviously. I'm not sure why I have to say this stuff out loud. At any given time, most Praxians aren't in Prax. A fair number of them would never have visited Prax throughout the period of Lunar Occupation. The examples we've been given are for the Flower Bison and Sable Green clans, from their What My Father Told Me narratives: BISON: "Prax is our holy land, and most clans go there once in a lifetime. Our own clan visits the Paps every ten-hands-plus-one years, following our beasts' great migration across the Greatlands. You were born there, and I do not expect us to return in my lifetim
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  9. FWIW, poison actually can't be cured with healing spells. At least, going with rules-as-written. I don't know if "ordinary Healing spells" makes a distinction between the spirit magic spell Heal, or Heal Wound, or what. And it's definitely a rule I think feels reasonable to YGMV away. Good on 'im! Who needs to pay attention to a pesky goddess when monsters need a good thrashing, anyhow?
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  10. Succubison is the Praxian variety, preying only on Uroxi😁
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  11. I don't see much hostility towards religions here, just an interesting conversation, and that's much pleasant. Just a few more points, for the pleasure of conversation : I think about D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley - the author is a man and he has written one of the most important stories about women's sexual pleasure - the very first story that claims their right to have some, and from a woman point of view (third person). So yes, a man can write believable female dialogue and even feelings. Not any man, for sure, but some can. I do believe you can enjoy an autho
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  12. This is all crazy talk, though, because most Sable clans are off in the deep Wastelands and might only return to Holy Prax once in seven years, or forty-nine years, or when they next need to make a Khan. Many Sable clans have never heard of the Lunar Empire, and most Sable clans have never heard of this Argrath White Bull chap. (They know the White Bull prophecy, of course, but not that some crazy mystic seems to be fulfilling it).
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  13. I thought that at first to, but I don't think it was intended to be hostile. He went on to say constructive stuff afterward, and we were able to set aside our differences.
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  14. Maybe people are struggling with some general ideas, so let's make it specific with 2 examples. I would like to make a Dark Ages Britain setting, after the Romans have left, with invading Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Frisians, with Gaels, Picts and Fae and possibly with historical or legendary characters, including King Arthur. This would not be a faux-medieval high-chivalry setting but would be based on earlier works. However it could include characters such as Lancelot. Is this permissible under the BRP OGL? I would like to make a Charlemagne/Alfred the Great setting (yes, they are
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  15. The old adage "trust the tale, not the teller" applies here.
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  16. I'm looking into starting an RQG campaign over at Roll20. I have found a great charchter sheet as well as the walk-through for it by @Marc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10xGE1V_Mkd_WCUrW5LumAm0tJS6evfgC/view Are there any other assets being shared, like tokens, macros, maps, etc? Any hint & tricks, pitfalls to avoid, etc are gratefully accepted.
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  17. I've just introduced some reluctant Dnd5e friends to call of cthulhu and they are loving it. Dubious at first because they had played a single game in the past and didn't really enjoy it too much but by the sounds of it, their keeper had no idea/very little experience and loved my game. I ran darkness beneath the hill for them but threw in some dreams of my own for them and dropped them the yellow sign. Looking for suggestions on what to run next for them. Preferably something available on drive through as we are using roll20 and it's easier to make handouts from pdfs than having t
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  18. Last night I GM'd my group on Roll20 for the final battle against the Dragon of the Thunder Hills. Spoilers ahead. One of the party is a Storm Bull, who was equipped with Berevenenos' iron cuirass and silver helm, and feeling invulnerable he ran headlong at Yerezum Storn. She promptly exhaled her toxic breath, overcoming his resistance with her POT 18 systemic poison. The Storm Bull only had 15 hit points, so it looked like curtains for him, but my clever players found a way around this. Even fast-acting systemic poison takes 3 melee rounds to act, so he would not take the damage immediat
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  19. King of Sartar introduces the Feathered Horse Queens with a myth regarding the Pure Horse People versions of Ernalda an her sisters. Eneera Tor became the first FHQ in 1455. Here, a connection to Queen Bruvala of Esrolia is hinted, and 1455 is also the year in which the Shakers priestesses incarnated Sorana Tor into their High priestess. So, are these "historical" events simply an echo of the myth above (an example of synchronicity, without causal relationships between them), or are there some events or hidden meanings I am missing? Is the death of Erantha Gor in some way related to the a
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  20. Bet there are folk in the Lunar Empire who would like to get those relics! (Unless Ralzakark has already cornered the market on them)
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  21. Poison is deadly, or can be. If you have a CON 30 scorpion man, or a CON18 scorpion man with several Venom Boostings, you wquickly get into the territory of half POT means death for a normal PC, so you die whether the Poison succeeded or failed. To survive Poisons, you need to stock up on Antidotes and Poison-Healing spells. My Players were so relieved to get a spell that helped them against poisons even a little bit.
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  22. SHUT UP MORTAL! I am Professor Deth reincarnate, and the Yith have nothing to do with it. My goal is to reanimate Lovecraft, and Chaosium already knows. You are meddling in affairs beyond your control, and I have your bike now!
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  23. I shall inform the media and await with baited breath. !i!
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  24. In your case yes, you're not questioning it, but apparently others are. I'm up front about enjoying Derleth's work quite a bit, and I don't at all mind those who don't. It isn't the kind of work every person may want from Lovecraftian horror. I do reject the notion however, no matter how critical or flawed one might view Derleth's writing as, that it's improper and clashes with Lovecraft's work. Derleth was a close friend and pupil of Lovecraft as I've stated several times. If Lovecraft was fond of and eagerly encouraged Derleth to write cosmic horror, then that to me says that Derleth and oth
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  25. Beware the Donkubus!
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  26. And a lot of people greatly enjoy Derleth's contributions and admire his work in preserving and building on Lovecraft's legacy. Without his and Wandrei's work, a lot of Lovecraft fiction would've fallen into complete obscurity or been lost altogether. Those two preserved, and in many ways formed, the fiction we're discussing today. Liking or disliking Derleth's writings is opinion, but his influence on the genre is fact. Without Derleth, the "Cthulhu Mythos" wouldn't be what it is today. Remember that it was Lovecraft, not Derleth, that introduced the Elder Gods, and even before Derlet
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  27. Time for an update. I apologize for it being so much time passing. We are still at work on the manuscript itself. My writing on it had to slow way down, though to be fair a year may have been ambitious on getting this done. Regardless, I hate making a promise and not delivering. Let me list some things we have accomplished. Finalized the visual aspects of the magical language Finalized character creation, in terms of the changes needed. Finalized the look we want for the book. Almost done the free First Look. It will reveal all the folk and their in game stats and how
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  28. Me either. I could see that eventually turning into several codes/philosophies for each culture. The Celts, Irish and Saxons all had their own warrior cultures with their own set of virtues. That's basically what the religious bonus reflects. Chivalry stood out apart because it is about being a knight. I think if we go down the rabbit hole of various philosophies and codes of ethics we will wind up with dozens of bonuses, and everybody will wind up qualifying for something. Once everybody has some type of special bonus, then the bonuses are no longer special.
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  30. Sorry, yes, I meant a spirit spell. It just seems so deadly to NEED a Chalana Arroy cultist around when poison attacks are fairly common, and so fast-acting. Also the fact that even resisted poison deals half damage makes it deadly no matter what. Perhaps making resisted poison damage healable? Or maybe I should just make the vast majority of poisons take longer to kill someone (like in real life?) and then players will have time to seek-out a CA healer.
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  31. From Cambridge Dictionary:
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  32. I think at 0 hp the weapon becomes useless, so damage after that gets through. The minus is just to track when the weapon is completely destroyed/ irreparable.
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  33. Roll20 for the virtual tabletop, character sheets and dice plus Discord for voice. In some respects the fog of war feature offers better functionality than playing face-to-face, for example when the players are exploring an area.
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  34. I had this long response to replace my offensive post. Then I thought "why?" Here are a few bullet points. I wouldn't touch this license with a bacon-wrapped 10 ft pole. Even if dipped in honey. Using the term "open" and making any inference that it is related to the OGL is insulting to the broader Open Content community. It's misleading and demonstrates a much stronger desire to exploit that community as a marketing gimmick vs. contribute to it. Might I suggest "BRP-Derived RPG License"? Clearer, makes more sense... maybe a tad more honest? Doesn't use the word "open"? This
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  35. Genpei was mine, under Arthaus, so that gives you an idea of how long ago that was. There was at least one later that Greg was coordinating with another author, but that didn't move forward last I heard. I don't think there's one currently on the books, but now would be a great time to put in a place keeper. !i!
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  37. If Chaosium really wanted to pull a brilliant move, they would revise the BGB, maybe slim it down a little, remove anything they want to protect as IP (Sanity, etc.) and release the entire thing as the official SRD. Given that it's a toolkit in nature anyway, it makes sense. They could even sell a printed version of it which might spark new interest in the universal BRP system. Maybe even god forbid work on the long-awaited phantom follow up volume as an extension. As for prohibited content, (i.e. Sanity) I don't see what the big deal is really. You can have the exact same mechanic
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  38. No pressure! But I thought that indeed, it might interest CoC players!
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  39. I meant in that specific comment, you're comments generally are always constructive:) And I feel we are moving off topic...
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  40. Quoting: Continuing: No one's saying everyone has to like Derleth, but his influence is undeniable. Aside from Lovecraft himself he's one of the most recognized mythos writers, a close friend of Lovecraft and something of a writing student under him, and the person to come up with the idea of a Cthulhu Mythos in the first place. He's a very important contributor and component of the mythos as we know it. This isn't to say you have to enjoy or use his works or ideas, you don't. However, it is objectively false to say that you can't write Lovecraftian fiction without being an
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  41. Who claimed this, out of curiosity? "[Author Sandy Petersen] has left out the concept of a "war in heaven" in which the Great Old Ones battled and were defeated by the Elder Gods, supposed deities of good opposed to the cosmic evil of the Great Old Ones. This idea of a cosmic war is never found in Lovecraft's own works; more importantly, it vitiates some of the stark horror found in the original ideas." ~ Call of Cthulhu RPG, "What Was Left Out", all the way back in the 1st Edition, 1981. Not that Sandy had the last word on the matter, but that's been in every edition of CoC I'v
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  42. Firstly, lay-membership is very fluid. If you show up to worship, pay your clack and spent your magic point, you're a lay-member. Those who want to get more involved in the temple and aim for initiate status will be a lot more serious about their lay-membership, and it will be pretty obvious who those people are. It is therefore pretty easy to scrape together 150+ lay-members, and often a tribal ring will insist that the numbers, sacrifices, and payments be met for the sole purpose of keeping a temple and its blessings available. So think in those terms; a priest who wants to found a new t
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  43. Not hostile at all, but that's often the impression caused by attempting to convey irony via the Internet. Mea culpa. But you take away what you bring to the conversation. Right on the money, though only one in particular, and I take exception to characterising it as juvenile! I personally don't think so, but that's exactly point I was making. The debate is frequent and widespread regarding "authentic" voice. As I actually did write above, I dunno -- can a man write believable female dialogue? Depends on the writer's talent. Depends on the writer's agenda and bias (if any
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  44. Quite cryptic my friend:) That applies to all Lovecraft's work actually, cause if one was to say that a person has to be an atheist to write lovecraftian that would mean one would also need a dose of xenophobia and racism... And as @Loïc states... we shall all write what we are inspired to write....
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  45. So you're saying an author can only be "lovecraftian" if they denounce god? What's the difference between "lovecraftian" and "Lovecraft inspired"? That's what Lovecratian means... Also did Stephen King ever claim he aspired to be a Lovecraftian author? I never attributed that to him, he's just a master of horror in general.
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  46. I see it that way: If "The Orville" can run on TV for multiple seasons, and CBS dosen´t has a problem with it it is far enough away for them to be mot misinterpreted as being "Star Trek", even if it uses similar props, settings and storylines... but it clearly NOT Trek. Do the same with your BRP game* and you are safe. *NOT being misinterpreted as being or copying CoC, RQ/Glorantha or KAP
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  47. Some examples might be in order. If I do 18 points of damage on a critical hit and am parried by a weapon with 12 Hit Points, the weapon takes 12 Hit Points of damage and the remaining 6 points goes through as damage, doing 6 points ignoring armour. If I do 7 points of damage on a critical hit and am parried by a weapon with 12 Hit Points, the weapon takes 7 Hit Points of damage and nothing goes through to do damage to the opponent. If I do 18 points of damage on a special hit and am parried by a weapon with 12 Hit Points, the weapon takes 6 Hit Points of damage and 6 points g
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  48. uhhhh... you *DO* know there are wingnuts promoting the stupid idea that this is a genetically-engineered virus??? FWIW -- in case anyone doesn't know / hasn't heard -- that sort of gengineering can be spotted (and has pretty definitively been ruled out) by independent researchers all over the world.
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