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About el_octogono

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    Roleplaying since 1994. Designing RPGs since 2008. Published Diezlados and Relatos. Soon Diezlados 2nd Ed. and Lobo Blanco. Played: Call of Cthulhu, Stormbringer, Elric!, Nephilim, Pendragon, Aquelarre, Runequest, AD&D1 and 2, D&D 3.5, D&D 5, Mage, WoD, Fading Suns, Toon, SWd6, Shadowrun, Ars Magica, CP2020, Numenera, 7th Sea, Rolemaster, GURPS, and some others
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    GMing: Lobo Blanco, Call of Cthulhu.
    Playing: 7th Sea, D&D 5, Alas.
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  1. el_octogono

    Experience Checks

    I don't know, I've never experienced tick hunting. Maybe sometimes a player tried to use a secondary weapon to train it, but also putting his PCs life at risk... So it balances out. I allow ticks if a skill is rolled no matter the result, but I don't if it is obviously out of place, just for the rolls sake.
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    Best Rules for Comparing Successful Rolls

    It's an old BRP dillema. In case of a tie in the success level, I used to give the side with the highest skill the win. But, I also took consideration on the fiction. For example: a PC trying to actively sneak a guard will usually win in case of tie, unless the guard was previously alerted and actively searching for trouble.
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    Before I buy 7th edition

    To me, 7th edition is a step forward. It has a some more rules, but they are easy to grasp and memorize, and above all, covers many holes previous editions had. It's easier to handle opposed rolls, combat is swifter... the only thing that makes me itch are the percentile charateristics, but is mainly because of familiarity with the 3-18 range.
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    Jump on my blade darn it! ...I can't hit you!

    This is a ruling that should be emphasized in BRP books... it is the main misunderstanding of the rules. Many gamers know BRP as "the game where you roll for everything..."
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    Pilot Skill

    That is an issue of BRP for some players. But the fact is that a skill roll is only needed in a stressful situation or a challenge of some sort. You don't need to roll Driving to go shopping, or in this case, Pilot to take off an airplane. There is a grey area that needs to be addressed... if a plane hits a turbulence zone... is a roll needed or not?
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    Framing the Contest

    The difference is that conflict resolutions is about what you seek to obtain with your action (or "the prize"), and not the action itself. So if you fail your roll, that means you didn't get the prize, but not necessarily fail the action... The action (or task) is "I swing my sword to behead the orc." What do you want to get from the action may be different things depending on the narrative context: 1- I want to kill the orc. The prize is killing the orc. If you fail the roll you don't kill the orc. 2- I want to kill the orc to intimidate all the other orcs. The prize is intimidating the orcs. If you fail the roll you may fail killing the orc and intimidating the others OR you may still kill the orc but fail to intimidate the others. You may or may not complete your action but you surely don't get the prize, that which is at stake.
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    Signature on messages?

    Hi! I noticed some users have signatures in their messages but I can't find the option anywhere. Any clues? Thanks!
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    I've read almost every EC novel, except the Blood novels. Quoting the end of Stormbringer: The entity that was Stormbringer. last manifestation of Chaos which would remain with this new world as it grew, looked down on the corpse of Elric of Melniboné and smiled. "Farewell, friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!" And then it leapt from the Earth and went spearing upwards, its wild voice laughing mockery at the Cosmic Balance; filling the universe with its unholy joy.
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    OK, this could start a long debate... but the "Black Sword" is the weapon of the Eternal Champion. It varies from one incarnation to another. Elric has Stormbringer, Corum the Hand of Kwll, Erekose has Kanajana, and so on. It is an entity on its own, just as the Eternal Champion, the Eternal Companion. If that entity is demonic in nature, I've never read a reference. If we use demon as a broad term which may also include the Lords of Chaos, well, then it may be a demon... or maybe not! YMMV
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    There are some magical weapons and armor, but there is no single clue as being demons. In some stories, runes are inscribed on weapons. I remember Rackhir's bow with the Rune of Law (or Justice). Stormbringer is "the Black Sword" an entity of its own in the Multiverse realm.
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    I agree, the old Stormbringer had a nice balance of rules complexity. However, at some point the game was broken, specially when you began getting a lot of demon objects and weapons. There was also a bit of disconnection with the novels with Virtues, too much overpowered Chaos over Law, the false dichotomy of Chaos=Magic and Law=Technology, and then some types of magic missing. Some of this things were addressed in Elric! which was IMO the best streamlined and concise rules I ever read, but overall the game felt less fun. I finally made my own Elric RPG which I am pretty proud of. I hope Chaosium will release someday a game with the Elric/Magic World rules.
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    Escaping the end of the world

    I always play in an alternate Young Kingdoms... around the Sadric era... or even in Elric era, but the end of the world is never happening as written. I like my players feeling their PCs are the main characters. Playing overshadowed by Elric and the written events is not that fun. And, as posted above, the Multiverse is open to many, many different timelines....
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    RQG- Wish list

    Maybe bumping hit locations depending on your skill level... You still roll for hit location but you can move to an adjacent hit location for every... full 20% of skill? Say you have 63% in Broadsword... you want to aim for the head. You hit and roll for location and get Chest as result. You have to move 3 slots up the table, or 60% minimum. So the attack hits the Head. This also makes easier to hit the chest and abdomen which is a very logical thing.
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    Are we there?

    Hi all! I have a lame question... I've never been into Glorantha but this new RQ edition may be of interest to me. The thing is, there are a lot of Glorantha books out there and I'd like to know if this new release will be enough to roleplay and explore the world or other setting books will be needed. Thanks!
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    Nephilim retrospective

    I always liked Nephilim but it had some major issues. Mainly the absence of a "What the game is suposed to be about". List of other big problems IMO: - Not enough explanation of the Major Arcana and how it should influence the PCs. - No explanation of how to connect the nature of an elemental Nephilim with the chosen Major Arcana. Some combinations were incongruent or directly unplayable - No explanation about the Nephilim world... do they connect with each other regularily? Does anyone knows when a Nephilim awakens? Is there a catalog of suspended and awake Nephilims? How about the simulacra life? - Can you have a Nephilim "party"? how do they meet? should they be all from the same Arcana? if not how do they interact with each other? - Nephilim advancement is pretty much divorced from what it is supposedly enlightning. - Very few spells, and very limited in aplication. Understanding how the game is supposed to be run is a path to enlightment in itself!! I feel the game was more complicated than it should.