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Erasmus1966

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  1. Damn fumble table - I ended up playing D & D for 4 years because my GM managed to cut his own character in half when we were playtesting RQ combat - in the first round....
  2. Ah, but is it useful for a Pacific Rim Sim?
  3. One of the great joys of my life is when discussions like this get technical I hated the Byrne reboot - the art, the story, all of it - the origin was told far better in 'Birthright' (otherwise known as 'how to make a REALLY good Superman story') ... and if I found the right file, using Atgxtg's doubling progression, Earth is Siz: 620 (approx)
  4. I'd have to admit my collection is a little more wide ranging, though it does include several editions of CoC, RQ II & III, Stormbringer (including the Corum sourcebook ), Superworld Creature books from several systems including MRQ - Loads of GURPS worldbooks, Classic first edition AD & D, Golden Heroes, Star Frontier etc etc... (am I showing my age? lol) I've found the best place for them is 40cm wide shelving units from IKEA (Billy I think) - sturdy, no bowing, protects the more venerable books nicely To Dreadnought, I'd suggest CoC Japan and Malleus Monstrorum - both excell
  5. True - Mustn't grumble lol All that database/spreadsheet stuff we did helped me get my new job too, methinks Ahem - sorry When we say 'Mass produced', Atgxtg means we applied sound scientific and mathematical principles (well, it was HIS math and science almost entirely - I just did the storage, coding and data entry )
  6. Don't feel bad Seneschal... I've worked with Atgxtg on a major project for the last year or so and I STILL get confused when he gets all Math-y
  7. I love the TV show and am in the process of reading the books - and I think the suitability of BRP is high, based on the lethality of combat in the game AND the show... off the top of my head I think its a good fit
  8. I think keeping schtum would be the best approach - discretion being the better part of valour... and of cowardice
  9. Ah, the Lensmen series - I have an old and rather battered copy of Gurps Lensmen, and its starkly* brilliant, in a pleasantly old-fashioned and nostalgic way... cool aliens too And regarding the Monkey King (and yes, I'm of an age where I have nostalgic feelings about the TV show 'Monkey' as well), I've been trying to find a good eBook copy of 'Journey to the West' online... my colleague at work is of chinese descent, and has been introducing me to aspects of chinese culture between work items... As an aside, NEVER mention the TV show 'Monkey' to a Chinese person ... it was made in Japan (
  10. I played in a similar game at a Con once... weirdly, as a soft southern shandy-drinking B*****d I ended up playing Lister, the bluff northerner in the group ended up as Kryten, and our extra player ended up as 'Bob the skutter' .... didn't do much but crawl around behind the players, leaving the occasional note saying 'Death to the Fleshy Oppressor'...
  11. Perhaps this is the wave of the future... remote gamers playing virtually... While a virtual group is way better than no group at all (and I do like the idea of having a global gaming group), I always enjoyed the face to face interaction of sitting round a table... that being said, I found and courted my wife on Facebook, so I can't criticise ...
  12. There IS such a thing as sticking too closely to the rules It reminds me of a discussion I once had at school (far too far in the distant past for me to think about): Me: (Noting my friend had a sticking plaster on his ear) How did you hurt your ear? Him: I bit it by accident Me: How did you manage that? Him: I stood on a chair
  13. Zomben, your story pretty much explains why my old DM, who was ever in search of a 'better' role-playing system (better than AD & D), only tried RQ ONCE... In his first combat, he apparently cut himself in half in the first round, so that was the end of that idea
  14. Yob-Soddoth probably... who's arrival is heralded by the chant 'YerWhatYerWhatYerWhatYerWhatYerWhatYerWhat' (with profound apologies to Sir Terry Pratchett) I seem to remember he was a priest of Yog-Sothoth or maybe Azathoth.... sadly my Lovecraft Encyclopedia is buried under a heap of other gaming materials and I'm too tired to find it right now... Big thank you to Daniel Harms for producing all three editions of that wonderful tome, btw
  15. Er...no... I don't think we could find a 'Save versus being crushed to death by a 1000 ton statue falling from 3000 feet'...Bend Bars/Lift Gates just didn't seem to cut it...it wasn't technically death magic, though it was just as effective... Plus I think even I found it so funny that I didn't protest.... and my PC was subsequently used as the God of Magic in a setting we developed afterwards
  16. I agree monsters should be weird and unique, but they should still make sense (for a given value of 'sense')
  17. This story is at least a quarter of a century old, maybe a bit more.... and it was using the venerable AD & D 1st edition rules... My character, an elven mage, and his cohorts (all around level 15-18 I think), were desperate for cash... after many advetures robbing banks, stealing the Crimson eye of the little yellow god etc etc (and one very odd situation where we were hired to ruin our patron's rival's business (it was a restaurant)), we were hired by a mountain village to eliminate the huge bird of prey that was munching happily on their flocks... By force of habit, whenever my c
  18. If the Elder Sign is rationalised as the human interpretation of an elder thing footprint (which is odd, given that an elder-thing's footprint was sort of shovel shaped... maybe they meant the grave markers?) , then why does it work on non-human mythos nasties? Unless, its the belief that it will work that empowers the symbol... this has two interesting implications: 1/ That human belief is an actual force in the universe and 2/ It explains why holding a cross up to a vampire works... a true believer should in theory be able to use whatever their holy symbol was to do the same job... A pote
  19. I don't know which one is supposedly official, but to me, given the non-human nature of the mythos beasties, the twig makes more sense, as it is less representative of any human referents...though I believe a willow wand was thought to be a protective device... on the other hand, maybe the human use of pentagrams and eye symbols is derived from the elder sign... [ramble] It's five-sided nature could be related to the symbology of the Elder Things, who used the five-pointed star a lot...though that may be related to their 5-sided radial symmetry [/ramble]... I guess its a matter of personal tas
  20. If I had any PCs right now, I'd let them unravel it, but sadly I don't... but when I do I'll ensure they are hapless
  21. Good grief... imagine the Pet Store... I do want to take a look in Barnes & Celaeno though ... and maybe an S-Mart hehehehehe
  22. Thanks for the suggestion, Link... I'm kind of in the middle of a VERY major project at the moment, so it may be a while before I get to 'The Void'. However, it sounds extremely creepy (excellent ).. Was this a creature of your own creation or was it taken from literature? Either way, as much info as possible is good.. I do like to get my beasties accurate
  23. It's a matter of personal taste, of course, but personally I like to make sure I get some of the science right in an SF scenario or setting. I wouldn't recommend GURPS Space as a be-all-and-end-all one-stop-shop for developing a campaign, but as a cherry-pickable source for ideas its rather nice in my opinion.
  24. Oooh creepy... Brown Jenkin strikes again! (yes, I know he was a familiar )
  25. That's a nice cover Looking forward to seeing the completed item
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