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  1. Super Power Questions

    If you can find the Superworld Boxed Set (from 1983) I think it would solve most of the problems you are having with BRP. For example in Superworld, Flight was 600m/MR (straightline) or 120m/MR (combat movement). Additional levels increased the speed. SIZ only factored into the Hero Point cost to buy the power or Energy cost to use it (both 1/2 SIZ per level).
  2. Hi Folks, Just a heads up to let people know that Amazon is giving away H.P. Lovecraft the Complete Fiction kindle edition for free right now. Great way to get all those Mythos stories.
  3. I could see bonus dice used to reflect they way some Gloranthan magic is supposed to work. Rather than a Bladesharp spell, per say, the character gets a bonus dice. Quite a few spells could be dropped for some sort of Runic association use to get bonus dice. Kinda like bring Heroquest's magic to RQ without being so abstract.
  4. Aldryami vs uz

    I wansn't aware of that.
  5. Aldryami vs uz

    I believe so, it was just that there wasn't much room in the core rules for such info. Yeah, and I think that is a major reason why the elder races looked the way they did. It was more a case of artistic license and interpretation rather than a true representation of how such beings were supposed to look. It was probably something along the lines of getting an elf drawing for the book. Plus I doubt Greg really had how the looks locked down. He might have planned for elves to be plant people, but there are lots of ways for that to look.
  6. Aldryami vs uz

    I agree. I think pretty much every fantasy or FRPG idea that Greg and his group liked and wanted to try out got incorporated into Glorantha/Dragon Pass. They just kept adding new things "down the road" a few miles, and then, eventually altered and adjusted things to make them fell more like a natural part of Glorantha and less like a transplant. I think it helped to give the cultures greater depth, as there was something of a layered approach to the cultures. First the original transplant, then adapting the it to RQ game mechanics, then "Gloanthizing" it, then finetuing things to better fit the area it wound up in, and finally letting it grow organically into something that "belonged" there.
  7. Yup, and that can result in their doing things that cost them money. Back when the whole Palladium thing went down, there were quite a few people who were ticked off with Kevin Siembieda over his actions and stopped buying Palladium products. So by going after some people who were playing his games without buying a given supplment or two, he ended up with fewer people playing and buying his games overall. He probably would have been better off to leave things alone. Besides, one of the reasons why people were sending each other game stats was that the stats were ususally the only thing you needed from a supplement. Yup. I once got a bit of a slap on the wrist thing from a company because of such lawyers and idiots. I downloaded a fan-made alternate DVD jacket cover for a Doctor Who DVD (from a link on the BBC Doctor Who website) and some lawyer from some movie company contacted my ISP claiming that that downloaded some movie called "The Jacket". I had never heard of the movie, but my defense to my ISP was that if I had figured out a way to compress a feature film down to a 3MB file, I'd be so fantastically rich that could buy the movie studio and fire the idiots who sent me and my ISP the email. That gave the guy from my ISP a good laugh. The end result of the whole thing was that I ended up boycotting that stuido's DVDs for about 5 years. Cost them money, made me feel better.
  8. Aldryami vs uz

    So that's why they call them Army Ants. They're not just for picnics anymore!
  9. Aldryami vs uz

    But what percentage of Uz are trollkin? Troll forces are made up with a few tough tanks, supported by lots of second rate skirmishers.
  10. Aldryami vs uz

    It's pretty much a walk over for the elves, as long as the fight starts at range and the elves have the chance to keep their distance (basically skimish). Arrows are extremely effective since they can impale and a character can usually fire two shot a round. Plus there is a lot of good battlemagic, such as speedart, multimissile, and mobility, that all plays well into this. Trolls might be good with slings but they're just not in the same league. Now, in an enclosed space, where the trolls can get into melee, it quickly shifts into their favor. Most of the trolls advantages kick in then.
  11. History Question about Characteristics

    Yeah. I've read that sometimes highly attractive people aren't asked out because average looking people would consider them "out of their league."
  12. There are no concepts from Superworld in Wild Cards. Superworld is basically a set of RPG rules for running a superhero game without any sort of specific setting to speak off. It's not liek Superworld invented and introduced the concept of Superheroes. The Wild Cards books used setting an characters that were either drawn directly from GRRM's campaign, or inspired by it. Had Steve/Chaosium created the setting and/or characters used in Wild Cards, with Superpowers a byproduct of an alien weapon, etc. then it would be a different story. RE Game of Thrones. With a fan project, even one by a profession RPG designer distributed over a company owned website, the odds are still slim, and depend mostly on how high a profile it draws. A lawsuit is actually pretty unlikely, mostly because it would probably cost the copy-write holder more money to press the suit than they would be able to claim in damages. That said, if the copywrite holder or a "liscee" felt their interest were bring damaged, a "cease and desist" would be sent and they would probably bring pressure to bear to stop the distribution of the of product. Especially one that was being sold. And with a free fan project there is the very real possibility that any sort of legal action could generate bad will with the fanbase that could cost them more than the alleged damages of the project. Just look at what happened with Palladium a few years back.
  13. History Question about Characteristics

    I think it's high Charisma and/or Appearance that is probably getting shortchanged. In real life, someone with the looks of a model gets treated nicer in a lot of ways, everyday, just because they are so cute. Yeah, they might get hit on more often than most people, but they still get a a lot of perks from a lot of people, including those who aren't hitting on them. I can only think of a handful of RPGs that really factor Charisma and/or Appearance into NPC reactions and behavior.
  14. Frequency of Experience Rolls

    1 reroll per session should cause any problems. It will speed up advancement a little, but nothing unbalancing, although it might be a problem once the characters master (i.e. 90%+) some skills. So you might want to place some sort of restriction against using the reroll for very high skills. Or not.
  15. History Question about Characteristics

    Exactly. I've seen games where low CHA characters are played as very socialbe and charismatic, and games where somepbody is acting like a total jerk, but has a high CHA on the character sheet. Now some of that is bad RPGing, but some of it is due to the fact that it's hard to handle the "fine tuning" of social situations.There have been a few posts where somebody is commenting about social situations in an RPG and says something like "Why don't you just roleplay it?" My usual response is to say "For much the same reasons you don't just roleplay combat." Its not so easy when a character is fairly personable, is acting nice, but might still have some resistance to achienving thier goal-like getting somewhere with a pretty girl, or charming thier way out of a speeding ticket. It's pretty difficult to roleplay something like James Bond's appeal with the ladies. You need game mechanics to handle that properly just as much as you need them to resolve a firefight.