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Der Rote Baron

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  1. Jim is dead but he lives one in his illustrations. If he was half as witty and funny as his drawings are the angels are chuckling so bad that hell is sending protests-notes to heaven for "some peace and quiet". Still, a great loss. All the best to his family and friends.
  2. Being good at what you do does not qualify you to teach it to others. Of course, you should be knowedgeable about your subject as a teacher but Einstein would probably have failed at teaching 8th graders. On the other hand, an 8th grade physics teacher would most likely be a lousy Ersatz-Einstein. πŸ˜‰
  3. Yep, I ran Robinson Gruesome in a One Shot for my oldest friend (know him from before kindergarten), like me a roleplaying veteran (whe started gaming together in 1983 and are still playing in the same group as the founding members). Great adventure, great fun. He even survived and managed to kill the Big Deepie ... barely. I like the other secnarios, too, but hadn't had the chance to run them yet.
  4. You if you a follower of that excuse for a King! Hah! See you on the field of honour - you see me in my triplane coming down on you from the sky! πŸ˜‰ Let the Lord be witness which powers is more potent: Papism and Magickal Trickery OR True Faith and Machinery!
  5. All we loyal Roundheads know: That Vile Traitor to Parliament of the Good Folks of England, that Ally of the Bishop of Rome who is the Representative of the Devil Himself, that Fodder for the Abyss who entertains witches and warlocks in his camp has not long to live! Defend the True Faith! All Hail to Parliament! All hail to the Republic! All hail to the Lord Protector! For England! And if you think that this Rhinish Pfalzgraf of the Palatine will give you an edge - think again! Soon Rote Kampfflieger from our Protestant allies in Germany will straf your witches with tri-planes from the sky like Cherubins from Heaven itself! Triplanes - that are flying machines! "Ballons" - improve your intelligence, you Papists! God help us - we will send you all to hell!
  6. Thanks, Peter, for sharing the situation with us fans in such a straight-forward and honest to God-fashion. It is really appreciated! (I just speak on behalf of everybody here - and whoever objects to that can see me on the field of honour, 5.30 in the morning, your choice of weapons!) Please realted our (see above!) best wishes to Ken and we all hope that he will be all right or better really soon. Speaking about being a Luddite - I can alsolutely realte to that. Only difference is that I have never been very tech-savy. Anyhow, I really hope that you will find another person (until Ken gets better) who can fill in OR that by some miraculous spider-bite you get them tech-superpowers back! πŸ˜‰ Cheers! All the Fans! P.S.: My seconds are ready to take down your names now, gentlemen ... and there is a solicitor on stand-by if you want to write down your last wish. You are adviced to do so - I'm a killer.
  7. Yes, makes sense. So - all together now: GET WELL SOON! (not just because we love your games πŸ˜‰)
  8. Yes, that is what I was hoping for - some kind of "hanging in there, still need some time" kinda message. I don't care too much about the webpage and don't care at all about this social-media mania of "And now I am about to type in a new paragraph for my newest adven .. upps .. telephone"-up-to-dateterinism. Quality needs time. But I was really hoping to see the last part of the Clockwork & Chivalry campaign in print. And I totally agree with the Flintlock series! Great stuff! Especially the two adventures about the French-and-Indian-War. But I also like the "Iirish reavers"-adventures. Both would make great setting/ campaigns for Renaissance. And it is also too bad that the third and the fourth part of "A Clockwork in Orange" seems doubtful to see printing. I helped a little with research for the second part and some translations. A shame really. But the thing about the illness is news to me. I thought one had left the company because of retirement or too much of a workload (doing this besides the regular job). Hope he is getting better.
  9. No homepage, Fracebook not up-to-date - if "nothing happens here" isn't the thing that is to-date ... Really, any news? I'd hate to see C&W dead and buries, not only because of Renaissance and Clockwork & Chivalry but I am also quite fond of OneDice. So, if Resurrection is the plan then I am really looking forward to the Reckoning! πŸ˜‰
  10. Well, that is the case because at that point of time Berlin was not for children ... πŸ˜‰ But if you are interested in other films to get you into the Berlin Zeitgeist of that era I would recommend: Dr. Mabuse der Spieler (Dr. Mabuse the Gambler) - silent movie by Fritz Lang from 1922 about a criminal mastermind who wants to bring down civilization and erecting an Empire of Crime instead Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (The Testament of Dr. Mabuse) - a talkie by Fritz Lang from 1933 and a sequel. The good doctor lost his bid for world dominance in the first part and was places in an insane asylum. But that does not stop him in trying again! A megalomanian insane head of a criminal organization trying to perverting society and establising a rule based on (often senseless and terroristic) murder and mayhem was too much for the Nazis and thus the film was never allowed to be shown in Germany from 1933-45. M - eine Stadt sucht einen MΓΆrder ( M - A city searches for a murderer) - another talkie by Lang from 1931. The film revolves around the actions of a serial killer of children and the manhunt for him, conducted by both the police and the criminla underworld. Great, if you want to see the Ringvereine organizig the manhunt for the killer because he is "bad for business" and "not a professional". If you thing the Mafia is "organized" see the German underworld get going! And, yeah, Luigi, you better take notes for the Don, eh! Cabaret from 1972 with Liza Minelli and Michael York - great for songs and optics of the "roaring" part of the German Twenties. Takes also a look at the growing Nazi movement (but just in passing). Mordkommission Berlin 1 - produded for TV in 2015. If you like Babylon Berlin that is teh film you should watch. Way better in my opinion. It is about the feud of a police detective of the Mordkommission homicide devision and a criminal - big shot of the Ringverein Krokodile. Unfortunately it seems that that never came out for English-speakers.
  11. I find these weapons HIGHLY INTIMIDATING! 😱 Great pieces!
  12. Well then: What's the France on the moon news?
  13. Well, when your first and middle-names are John Matthew then I expect nothing less! 😁
  14. There goes my money again. Another weekend of leftovers of leftovers and some corn from the can - still: I will be a happy camper (no - not living in a tent because of roleplaying-overspending - YET!). And lucky, lucky me that I generally don't like solo scenarios, so I automatically save vs Spending in regards to "Alone against the Frost". πŸ˜‰
  15. Looks like I need to spend some money on that one!
  16. Giving a new meaning to the invitation: "Welcome to the club! Maybe you wanna stick around."
  17. That's why they call themslves Golden Goblin Press! πŸ˜‰ But I totally agree and - same here!
  18. Totally agree with Spence. The reason for this is: 1. Excessive details in D&D style adventures make the adevnture more colorful, give the villain a more understandable motivation, there is more to see and interact with for the players: And if push comes to shove (as it will) - solve the problem with spell and steel! 2. In investigative scenarios, who are by definition full of details because teh players try to solve a horror or murder mistery, you get even more details on all the details on top of everything. And in the end you have a group of players that can't see the vampire becaus eof all the bats around - no resolution, only confusion is the end.
  19. Thta is true but even though it sounded as I wanted to say "Sweetesr of a all the sour grapes" I really like it and would recommende it for low-powered street level vigilantes, teen supers or four-coloured superheroes looking for something different. I think it is a good adventure. Sad that there weren't more like "Bad Medicine"!
  20. Hmmm, I totally disagree. My group hat a lot of fun with it in our Dark Champions campaign. I considered it THE BEST Module for Superworld! Not that there were that many ...
  21. Well, I get that. But it IS a game-mechanical effect. If it were not why have different percentages? Sure, with certain fractions like "Thieves Guild" it could also mean how much or how often you get support from that organization but generally it is more a conviction of the character. If that were not the case how could you convert someone to a different fraction? It is, as written, a felt loyalty or conviction or strong character trait (to community, religion, political ideology, organization or self-interest), it does NOT say anything about how other people of that same conviction supports you or how high they hold you in standing - would be also kind of hard with "Self-interest: Sloth" ... So, it seems to me that this rule was well-meant, but not well written. Even "Righteous Action" with the minuscle added percentiles is open to abuse or interpretation if you don't subscribe to the view that people supernaturally "know" when they fight a member of an enemy fraction: "You are ambush in the dark by two shadowy figures - but you feel it in your bones, stalwart puritan, that they are papist scum!" "No, it does not feel right - he only pretends to be a member of the House of York. No bonus, Lancaster!" Don't misunderstand me - I like the idea of having Fractions in my game, but I want them to have a gamist effect so that "Fraction: Clan of McDonald 87%" means something and is more or less useful than having "Fraction: Clan of McDonald 11%" or not having that Fraction at all. And if that effect had a meaningful effect (and not just "add 4% to your Skill") that would be even more up my alley.
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