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    Crazy Clockwork Contraptions

    Infernality gets creepier every day.
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    Crazy Clockwork Contraptions

    No, it is BLASPHEMY! Burn the heretic I say! And I implore each and any good Puritan Catholic to join me in my rightful couse or action to say Nay! and put the sinner on the stake! This is so wrong for King and Commonwealth alike.
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    Call of Cthulhu Starter Edition

    Very nice indeed! I am sure as hell getting the box when it hits the shops faster than I can say Nyarlothop ... Nylarthopop ... HASTUR!
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    French And Indian War. (7 years war)

    Same here. Let the drums roll! A scenario from the French perspective would also be very welcome - but only after the "Heat of the Summer".
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    Teaching is an immensely difficult skill that only the most sophisticated members of any society, current or historical, could even dream of meddling in. Only the cream of this elite could really teach and accomplish all the astonishing feats and wonders we gratefully and full of awe associate with the almost magical art of teaching. Yes, I am a teacher in real life. Why do you ask?
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    Orlanth the Abuser

    Nobody is forcing anybody to like everything all the time.. Nor would I assume too much before anybody has said anything. Why shouldn't a female player think like a Gloranthan woman about Orlanth? Either "Well, but he does protect us all from Chaos" or "What an effing jerk! I stick with Barbester Gor!" or something in between. And then: It is a myth in a GAME! And nobody (as far as I understand even in the game myth) thinks that Orlanth did something moraly outshining. Basically, he was a God-Jerk On Parade. But a god. Our God. Mighty and Strong. And he defends us against Chaos and stuff! Nuff said.
  7. Hi Peter,

    thanks for the PDF!

    Cheers! Thorsten

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    2. doomedpc


      Sure thing, I'm heading out to work now, but I'll send them later tonight or tomorrow. :)

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      Der Rote Baron

      Super! 👍 :) Thanks a million!


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    Calling All Heroes!

    Curious title for a Superhero Supplement. Agony and extasy are not really the emotions that pop up in my mind when someone says "superher rpg". Care to elaborate for curious me what that is all about? BTW: POD on Lulu is already possible - just ordered mine.
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    The Koln Machinations is out now as a PDF.

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    Starter Set: Cthulhu RPG Mini's

    Way to go, Chaosium! Nice price, everything you need, including dice, in a box. That's the way to get new people into the roleplaying hobby. Even the advertising text ist great (bold by me): "Players take on the role of investigators of mysteries, uncovering dark secrets, encountering strange monsters, and thwarting sinister cults. Together, you and your friends create and develop a story in which each of your characters plays a leading role, which could be foiling some dastardly plot or stopping horrors from beyond space and time! Roleplaying gaming is a social pastime. Everyone works together in a team, each playing an investigator character. One player runs the game—the Keeper of Arcane Lore—who referees the game and presents the story and adventure plots to the other players. Think of it a bit like acting in a drama, but where there isn’t a script. Dice and the rules of the game determine the success or failure for your character’s actions—all while you are propelled into dramatic and nerve-tingling situations! The emphasis is on having fun." That is, in easy and accessible language, what roleplaying is all about: A make-believe-pastime with friends (and dice). No beating around the bush, no "let me explain the arcane mistery of role-playing" that only makes people go "Woot?" My congrats and: IÄÄH! Cthulhu Ftagn!
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    Just how big is Massachusetts, anyway?

    Nope, I am the equivalent of a Yinzer. And if I come to the US (quite regularly actually) yinz fahnd me dahntahn aht or uptahn in Oaklan'. Love the burgh!
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    Just how big is Massachusetts, anyway?

    You are right (I checked): There is one in Essen, one in Dortmund and one in Oberhausen. That is THREE in an area with about 5,5 million people in the Ruhr. Then there are another three in Cologne and another one in Düsseldorf. That is a whopping SIX in the biggest state of Germany (close to 18 million people). One for every 3 million. Berlin has 12. In the rest of East and Central Germany are another 2. "Everywhere" then seems to be defined as "not where I or most Germans live". Or in other word: Berlin is not Germany. BTW: Sorry for all that Dunkin' Donut in Germany-talk, y'all. Ends now.
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    Just how big is Massachusetts, anyway?

    The Ruhrgebiet isn't dunkin' at all. Then, there aren't any US bases here either and we are also shy of any seizable number of American ex-pats. That is most likely the answer. Don't think that you find any in Brandenburg either.
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    Strange bedfellows

    That wasn't a "wolf", that was my great-granduncle Wolfgang Ludolf Adolf von Rot-Wolfen - and he had a well-known medical condition. Show a little more concern and sympathy here for the moon-struck and skin-change-challenged, please! They aren't animals, you know. The other person you mention was Graf Wolfram Wladimir Vuksin von Blutlach-Tzemiscice (from the Romanian branch of the family) - who also suffered suffers from a medical condition: a rare form of hemophilia. The former House von Lichtenstein should have known better to invite both to their castle on a full-moon night. I think it was some kind of a collective suicide-by-... something.
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    Strange bedfellows

    That wood-cut is totally misleading and taken fully out of context! That is not some male witch but my ancestor Freiherr Wilhelm Herminius von Rot trying to joust after some villainous scoundrel took off with his warhorse, armor and lance. But Wilhelm still tried to win and mounted his trusty dog Flappy and participated nonetheless and came in second in the Inter-Reich Jousting and Open Melee Competition of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation of 1479! Without armor, lance and horse! Hah! - take that von Lichtenstein! I am hopping mad and outraged that this most worthy sportsman, a gallant light in the world of tournamental enterprise, is villified as a witch! That his dog was flying and that it shot fiery ball from its eyes was NOT the main reason he won and had NOTHING to do with witchery - the dog was of the rare breed of Flying Fireballing Hellish Shepherds that were quite well known and not uncommon in the area of the Reich that the von Rots come from - Blut-Höllstein am Teufel. And I still stand by the verdict of my ancestors that burning Wilhelm at the stake after the sports-event had not so much to do with "witchery" but with envy that he came in second (yes, von Lichtensteins - SECOND without a horse!).
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    Strange bedfellows

    Am not! - Nietzsche
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    Just how big is Massachusetts, anyway?

    And in Germany there ain't no Dunkies at all! Guess how hard it is here NOW!
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    Grimdark settings?

    There is an Alatriste Movie. Unfortunately the plot and dialogues sucked so much that I sold it after watching it once. But the costumes and weapons were superb and at the end they have a secen that I haven't seen in any other film: a fight between troops of 17th century pikeniers.
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    Question about quarterstaves

    Yes, that was the question and I guess I am not the only one who got off the track. I agree: The length and the way it is or can be used gives the quaterstaff a strike-first advantage.
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    Question about quarterstaves

    I am sold on the first video: Swords, axes and knives are more deadly than a staff and while I am in no position to belittle any skilled and experienced quaterstaff fighter the third sparring oversells the quaterstaff with its hitting capacity. Winning is not about hitting but about wounding, disabling and killing the enemy: One hit to the head might give you a headache, a bleeding wound, a fracture and yes - without a helmet - might kill you or knock you out but the smae hit with an instrument of steel is far miore likely to off you or do some serious damage. Quaterstaff Man: "Haha! I hit you six times already, Sir Knight! I have won!" Sir Knight: "Ouch ... yeah. But wait ... Here - how about (SLASH!) this ONE hit? What say you, stupid peasant?" Quaterstaff Man: "You .... wi...." (grrrch) It is hard to simulate this in sparring. But there must have been a reason at at some point of history people said: "Gee whizz, General C. Aveman. Blunt and even pointed sticks just don't cut it anymore. Actually, THEY NEVER DID. Let's have us some of these here new-fangled shiny swords and knives. Lookee here: They are really nice and shiny ... (and kill a man!)"
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    Delta Green!

    That's a decent deal! Don't have to ask me twice to buy at such a bargain.
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    Cost of shot and powder?

    According to Thomas Poggel, Verschossene Bleikugeln - Historische Facetten einer archäologischen Fundgattung, in: Concilium medii aevi 19 (2016), pp. 87-100 the weight of shots differs according to the time period (and weapon used) (the pounds here are metric pounds = 500 g): before 1618: Harquebus ca. 8 shots/ pound; ca 58-63 g/ shot Arquebus: ca 17 shots/ pound; 27-29 g/ shot Musket: ca 11 shots/ pound; ca. 42-45 g/ shot after 1618: Musket: ca 17 shots/ pound, 27-29 g/ shot (a French musket used shots in the range of 23-25 g/ shot or 20 shots/ pound in 1666). Wilhelm Dilich (1571-1650) calculated 100 pounds/ 50 kg of lead per musketeer per year, That would mean around 2000 rounds per soldier and year. Regarding powder: It seems that, depending on the used shot the powder in a prepared bandoleer was bewteen 15-20 gr. Multiply that with the shots and you need between 30 to 40 kg (or 132 to 176 Imperial pounds). Unfortunately, I cannot find any prices for powder or shot. Zei
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    K&C Omnibus 1 for Clockwork & Chivalry Back in Print!

    Any update on the Leviathan Situation?
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    Holy Cow, Batman! I only said that I LIKE THE SETTING! And the system (Elric! more than Stormbringer) is also not half bad (hope that is not misunderstood again). But please ya'll: Calm down. Sturmbringer and Melniboneèan society has as much to do with British Imperialism, the War on Drugs and Nazi ideology as Uncle Scrooge has with capitalism, D&D dungeon adventures with real world spelunking and Queen (the band) with monarchy. And just to make sure that I leave no misunderstanding whatsoever: I am NOT really a baron! My hair is red though ...😎
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    What is there not to love about a Sword & Sorcery-Setting sporting depraved slave-holding drug-abusing über-humanoids who lost their empire, a world at the very brink of doom and damnation and heroes summoning demons and binding them into wepons and armor to lay waste to their enmies? Hark! I think I hear the lamentation of someone's better half! 😈