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About sladethesniper

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  • RPG Biography
    Started playing in 1989 with ROBOTECH and moved on to the entire Palladium MegaVerse.<br />
    Started on BRP with Stormbringer in 1992.<br />
    Call of Cthulhu in 1993, addicted ever since.
  • Current games
    Working on Vhraeden: Blood, Steel and Iron Will<br />
    Playing "Soldiers, Spies and Private Eyes: The Global War on Terror"
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    The Green Machine
  • Blurb
    Pretty much only play things that can be converted into BRP.

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  1. Wow...gorgeous. More money for Chaosium. But so much happiness for me and the poor investigators who will be investigating. -STS
  2. The whole awaking thing leading to unseen wars feels like it was stolen by Mage: the Awakening. The OWOD Mage was great but the NWOD version feels like a Nephilium copy. Well, another way to play it would be similar to the tager idea in CthulhuTech. Instead of being taken over with no say in the matter, you could run it like the Nephilium has to be asked to be join with the human. That would be a good way to start the game off...a human is in a near death state and instead of death, the Nephilium could offer life at a cost. Alternate ways would be having to do a ritual to make a bargain, or get kidnapped and sacrificed by a cult and your character has no choice but to be Nephilium skin puppet... That could give you a choice of campaign style. This is really cool. Were they 100% Nephilium with memories, or did they play it like a symbiosis sort of thing. -STS
  3. You actually have players that want to play Nephilim? Wow...That is so cool. I envy you. -STS
  4. I only own the core book, and while this might seem silly...was there more books produced for it (in English)? I have had the most luck in tying in the game as an "alternate" view of the world for my CoC games. As a stand alone game, I don't know anyone who played it...and I am the only person I know who even owns the book. -STS
  5. I have both games, but don't play either. I use some of the ideas from Nephilim in my CoC games.... As for Superworld, I think most of that was covered in the BGB. -STS
  6. I am also very interesting in getting an update on this project. Sci-Fi and BRP are my two favorite things.... -STS
  7. Spotify has a lot of random playlists if you are up for that sort of online thing. I second the recommendation of Abney Park. -STS
  8. First off, Thank you! This may be the push that my wife needs to run Ravenloft. Her first choice was AD&D, her second choice was 3E (blech), but this may work to have her run it in a GOOD system...(although AD&D was "better-ish" than 3E, now that I can look back on both systems...) -STS
  9. Aaaaand THIS is excellent! I really really like your efforts. I have tried to make some half-hearted attempts at mechanical conversion, but your efforts are VERY much superior to mine. I love the effort, especially the hacking/cybernet stuff
  10. My reference to impairment is roughly analogous to "hit points". How I model weapons damage in my games where players ask for more realism (pretty much only for my military gamers and my son): Probability of Hit/Probability of Kill (pH/pK) Probability of Hit is equal to the skill of the attacker as a percentage. (The normal skill in BRP). Probability of Kill is equal to the chance that an attack will kill the target and is determined by the maximum damage a certain weapon can do divided by the hit points of the target. This will give a number that is converted to a percentage, and if that number or below is rolled on a d100, then the target is destroyed by that attack. Example: a weapon that does 6d6 damage hits a target that has 300 Hit Points. 6 times 6 equals 36 divided by 300 equals .12 which equals 12 percent of a kill. Roll a d100, if less than or equal to 12, then it is a kill. If the roll is 13 or higher, continue as normal. So the 6d6 becomes 33 damage (you rolled great) 300 Hit Points minus 33 equals 267 HP remaining. The next hit by this weapon against that target will be 6d6 vs 279 HP equals 36 divided by 279 equals .1348 which equals 13 percent of a kill. Therefore, as the target takes damage, the chance of a catastrophic kill increase. Also, APPLY Damage Reduction or Stopping Power to the Max Damage of the weapon, so a SP of 25 vs a 6d6 weapon is 36-25=11 damage to be used Against the 300 HP target, NOT 36…otherwise armor would be pointless. Always round down. The "kill" may not actually be literally dead, but it does mean out of combat so if the GM wants they can merely be unconscious and seriously wounded. It is an extra roll (to hit, probability of kill, if no kill, roll damage) and it makes the damage process longer (until you get some practice), BUT it does have the tendency to make combat faster as there end up being some insta-kills reducing combatants. As for "heroism" in RPGs, I have never really bought into the special snowflake idea of PC characters. The heroism, for me at least, is that the PC are choosing to do something that other people will not...the heroism is their choice to BE a hero and risk death or imprisonment in difficult situations as opposed to having more hit points or special powers. Granted, in old school D&D, it was more about home invasion and murder, so maybe their version of heroism is different that mine, since racially based stereotypes of who it ok to murder never really held much weight with me. -STS
  11. One thing that I think some people may be missing is the fact that accuracy/skill plays a larger part in the lethality of combat that the weapons used. Using special and critical successes are what make highly skilled combatants far more lethal than their less skilled brethren, regardless of the weapons being used. http://basicroleplaying.org/topic/1868-special-success-query/ While having a LOT of weapons data is nice, the effects should basically come down to: Hit or Miss; If HIT is the target IMPAIRED or DEAD. A non-Imparing hit is worthless and does not need to be modeled, whereas an Impairing hit has to show how much Impairment the target has (can they still fight?, can they still move?), and a Lethal hit is just that, and the target is dead, or dying and will be dead quickly. -STS
  12. In case it might be useful...Over the years I have built a complete table of weapons and damage ratings that range from fists to nuclear weapons. The damage numbers get big, but the reason for that is that I follow a generally linear damage progression, the damage ratings can be used for BRP, D20 and Palladium (because I love Mega Damage). I have been able to "mostly" rectify two different methods for damage determination: 1. Depth of penetration (primarily used for vehicular weapons) = 1 point of damage per 1/2" of penetration in flesh OR 1/2 mm of penetration in steel 2. The square root of joules of energy/2.4 = weapon damage A lot of the damage ratings end up rather high, but in my experience a lot of BRP combat lasts until someone is hit, which is rather similar to my experiences IRL combat (using a house rule wherein unconsciousness occurs at 0 HP, and death happens at -1/2 HP, and there are no "critical hits" since those are modeled by rolling high on damage). Also, here is a list of bullet types and damage multipliers that I use: Dual Purpose ½ SP ½ damage if wearing armor; if no armor damage x 1.5 Armor Piercing ½ SP, ½ damage, Wadcutter damage x 1.5, armor x 2, ½ range, Semi‑wadcutter damage x 1.25, armor x 1.5, 3/4 range, Reverse semi‑wadcutter damage x 1.5, armor x 2, 3/4 range, Full Metal Jacket standard damage, Total Metal Jacket SP ‑ 1, Solid construction SP ‑ 3, Soft Point Damage x 1.25, armor x 1.5, Pointed Soft Point Damage x 1.1, armor x 1.25, Ballistic Tip Damage x 1.25, High Pressure Damage x 1.1, Very High Pressure Damage x 1.25, High Velocity Damage x 1.25, range x 1.25, Ultra Velocity Damage x 1.5, range x 1.5, Hollow Point Damage x 1.5, armor x 2, Fragmenting/Frangible Damage x 2, will not penetrate any armor or cover, Ramjet ammo AKA "Gyroc" Damage x 2, range x 2, Blended Metal Jacket Damage x 1.25, armor x 1 Tungsten Core Armor x 1/3, damage x1/2 SLAP Armor x 1/4, damage x 1/4 sabot armor x 1/2, damage x 1/2 Tungsten Core SLAP Armor x 1/5, damage x 1/2 "spoon tip" AKA Loeffelspitzung Damage x 1.5 Segmented Bullets Damage x 2, armor x 2 -STS
  13. Well, due to that article my wife is finally (after 20 years) OK with using RuneQuest instead of D&D on a one shot "to try it". Nevermind that I was totally right about Call of Cthulhu and BRP in general.... Apparently my powers of persuasion are less than Sandy's. -STS
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