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About tedopon

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    Mongrel World
  • Birthday 07/01/1976

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    CHUD
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    Mutant Crawl Classics, 13th Age Glorantha, My Little Pony
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    CHUD II

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  1. tedopon

    Orlanth the Abuser

    I focused on Archaeometry, specifically diet reconstruction (giant rabbit hole of causality)...but got burnt out in graduate school and became a librarian. FWIW I'm kind of talking out of both sides of my mouth as I have collected and read a massive percentage of everything ever published for the setting...just no one else I game with is even close to the level of interest I have. So most of my Glorantha gaming boils down to basically D&D in the setting (which is great, no complaints).
  2. tedopon

    Orlanth the Abuser

    I have an anthropology degree. A real one, from an actual university. Not dissing the study of people and all the systems they create. Just pointing out that many fans of the setting are a little on the self serious side. I definitely fall completely on the other "valid approach" end of the spectrum. Glorantha is my favorite world in which to drink beer and laugh with my friends.
  3. tedopon

    Orlanth the Abuser

    You may want to tell that to the userbase on this subforum. I tend to avoid the Glorantha section because of the pseudoanthropologists.
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    Orlanth the Abuser

    This times 1000.
  5. tedopon

    UZ Hero Wars plans

    I run a troll campaign in Pavis/Rubble. My trolls have trained their trollkin like gangs of monkeys to sweep through neighborhoods and steal whatever isn't nailed down. When they arrived in Rubble, they made their "plans" known to the trolls living there. Any trolls who didn't want to tow the party line were given the option to go south. Those who didn't choose to go south (there is an allied family north of the city) either were killed or made slaves. The mastermind of the whole plan was a dwarf drifter who saved their matriarch by murdering a squad of Lunars (when the guy said he wanted to play a dwarf after his troll died, I was confused for a session or two). He resells items in the city and pays the trolls in exotic foods. They have a traveling trollball team "Mama's Boys" named after their family "Mama's Family." They have no interest whatsoever in heroquests/herowars/etc. They like to eat caiman and camel and beat the hell out of trolls who aren't in their family. On the bright side, no broo have been seen in Rubble for a couple years now. TLDR version: In my home game, the Pavis trolls would not care as long as their bellies stayed full.
  6. tedopon

    RuneQuest Dice from Q-Workshop

    This statement reminds me of something I noticed recently. I go to GenCon each year because my job pays for the trip, and I also try to attend at least one smaller con per year. This year's trip to GenCon, both me and a friend who attended noted that there were a LOT of people using the fancy metal dice this year. I would ballpark it at 1/10 of everyone I sat with this year had metal dice. They must have come down significantly in price over the last couple years, because this year there was a large jump in the frequency we were seeing them.
  7. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    The falling example (while silly both because it's true that is a thing and that a player would conceivably "do the math" and jump) is accurate. The poison one is trickier. It is an accurate statement that a level 8 Klongdorker will have a better chance to survive drinking Witches' Brew than a 0L Farmer. The tricky part is that this is tied to Saving Throws. IMO there isn't a good analogous example for Saves from RQ, because they're another abstraction. Also, poison in post 3.0 almost all does attribute damage, only damages hit points indirectly. In pre 3.x, most poisons were "save or die," "save or confused," "save or unconscious," etc. So while it's true, it's more down to the higher level character having more luck than being healthier like the cliff jumper.
  8. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    Hits in D&D and derived games are not specific individuated wounds. Hit points and armor are an abstraction layer that are not directly representative of specific wounds like they are in Runequest.
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    RQ vs D&D

    HA, it's all good! ...but not for the idiots who designed that Tarrasque Transport Unit. Burn them all at the stake, then feed them to the beast.
  10. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    Thanks for the clarification.
  11. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    If that design made it through committee, they need to fire the entire R&D department. Tarrasques eat everything. Even trailed by a blimp full of air wizards or pushed along by a megabeast like the Crimson Bat, it wouldn't work. The Tarrasque would be eating the ropes and/or balloon while they filled it with floaty air. The only way this idea would work is if you tranquilized the Tarrasque during outfitting and transit.
  12. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    I got a jingle bell and streamers for mine! Thinking about taping a card on my fork so it will click my spokes.
  13. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    I'm gonna roll my eyes here and agree with everything that Narl says...except probably the thread lock request. I say let us all get the trash talk out now and try and use our big boy & big girl manners in the coming days. EDIT: forgot to mention "big girls," fixed
  14. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    Oh, and I don't really like 5e. HA!
  15. tedopon

    RQ vs D&D

    You guys may want to get all this petty hate speech out of the way now before the new RQ and even 13G drop in wide release... Nothing at all wrong with having preferences, stating them, sticking to them fanatically and so on, but it's a real turnoff when you keep coming back to that well. I've been a fan of both Runequest and D&D since I was in middle school. Now I'm firmly in middle age. I have always been a "RQ guy," but will play anything. The biggest turnoff for me, in any endeavor/group/hobby/occupation/whatever, is the elitist, smarmy jerk who knows better than everyone else. The two gaming communities who are the worst about this, IMO, (ironically) are Glorantha/Runequest fans and pre 3rd edition D&D fans. Both communities are full of pompous, self righteous pseudoscholars who take their interests far too seriously. We are on the precipice of what is likely Runequest/Glorantha's last chance at bringing in a large chunk of "new blood" into our favorite stomping ground to share ideas and good times with. I ask all here that we maybe tone down the elitism a few decibels and keep the shoegaze conversations civil when/if outsiders start poking their heads in. We want them all to become insiders. They won't want anything to do with this community if we're all a bunch of BADWRONGFUN jerks. This post wasn't aimed at anyone in particular. I have gotten a bad attitude here and elsewhere more than a few times both on the internet and in real life related to gaming topics, so I share the burden of trying to put my best self forward when my knee jerk usually isn't. TLDR version: You may see a bunch of people in the near future here who are fans of things the typical current user isn't. Try not to crap in their yard so they want to come visit yours.
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