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  1. 12th February 2019 The Design Mechanism (TDM) is thrilled to announce that Ken St.Andre, one of the Founding Fathers of the Fantasy Roleplaying Game hobby, will be writing a Mythic Aztecs supplement for TDM’s popular and acclaimed Mythras roleplaying system. Ken is the legendary creator of Tunnels & Trolls, the second roleplaying game ever published, and is a pioneer of the hobby, bringing solo play at a time when roleplaying games were in their infancy. Among many gaming achievements, Ken also wrote the first ever Science Fiction RPG, Starfaring, and the superb Stormbringer game for Chaosium. In 2018, he was inducted into The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame, and just this year, has published his latest game, Fours (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/265645/Fours-2d-Augmented-Printing?), which presents a simple, innovative game system described in just four pages. A prolific designer and writer, the Mesoamerican period is of great interest to Ken, and the Mythic Aztecs project is one that he has harboured for a long time. TDM Director Lawrence Whitaker has a special reason for welcoming Ken to the Mythras team: “Stormbringer was my favourite game for many years, and writing for it brought me into the professional side of the industry. As I’ve told Ken several times, this is all His Fault. It is, of course, an honour and privilege to have the Trollgodfather write a supplement for Mythras – and one that we know will be very popular with fans of mythic history and historical fantasy. We are looking forward to working closely with Ken on this exciting project.” Mythic Aztecs is planned to follow a similar style to TDM’s other critically acclaimed Mythics supplements: Mythic Britain, Mythic Rome, and Mythic Constantinople. Other planned releases for the Mythics range include Mythic Babylon and Mythic Polynesia. Mythic Aztecs is anticipated to be a 2020/21 release.
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    Pres Release: Ken St.Andre to Write Mythic Aztecs for Mythras

    No, but that doesn't mean the Aztecs book will be released first. Work on Greece progresses. Slowly perhaps, but it's still going to happen.
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    Pres Release: Ken St.Andre to Write Mythic Aztecs for Mythras

    I don't believe we have said that Aztecs will released ahead of Mythic Greece.
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    Mythras on the InterTubes - Inwils

    For those who haven't seen it, Inwils hosts regular Mythras play sessions and walkthroughs of the rules. He's doing a fantastic job, and TDM is very pleased to sponsor and support Ian and his team in their bid to bring Mythras to a wider world. You can do you bit by subscribing to the channel, sharing the link, and spreading the word! https://www.youtube.com/user/inwils
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    Combat Effects App

    We're delighted to announce the release of our first App for Android devices. This Combat Effects calculator removes the need for reference sheets and rules flipping at the table, helping you find and choose the most appropriate combat effect, along with its details and appropriate charts, with a simple couple of clicks. Its available on Google Play and costs just $0.99. Compatible with Android v1.2 and higher.
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    Pres Release: Ken St.Andre to Write Mythic Aztecs for Mythras

    I sincerely hope so...
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    Breaking the Habit - New Release

    Trapped in a narrow alley, four fugitives must break the shield wall of the highly trained city militia to escape. Their opponents are well armed and well armoured. To get to the city gate and freedom, they need to focus on bypassing the shields and swords, which means breaking old habits... Mythras Combat Modules provide a self-contained encounter designed to highlight and explore different parts of the Mythras combat system. The module suggests how new tactics and certain Special Effects can be used together to achieve a specific result. The modules aim to encourage creative use of the combat rules that will translate into standard game play. Breaking the Habit focuses on situations where Choose Location>Head may not be the best default choice, and where the use of weapon length, height, and other Special Effects will be of much more use. The module is ideal for introducing new players to the nuances of the Mythras combat engine. The module contains full advice on combat tactics, guidance on how each side fights during the melee, specially designed NPCs (with full stat cards), and full colour floor plans and character tokens that can be printed out for personal use, or imported to the Roll20 engine. Note that you need either the Mythras core rules, or Mythras Imperative to make best use of this module. 12 pages | PDF | $2.99 DrivethruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/265648/Breaking-the-Habit-Mythras-Combat-Module TDM Web Store: http://thedesignmechanism.com/store.php#!/Combat-Module-Breaking-the-Habit/p/130210162/category=33346297
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    ABaB Design Thread

    Thank you!
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    ABaB Design Thread

    Are these giants in the traditional sense: ie, substantially bigger and stronger than humans? If so, the STR and SIZ stats need adjusting. If they're just meant to be taller (but not significantly so) than humans, then these ranges probably work. Some more context would help.
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    The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars...

    are a million to one," he said. Worlds United
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    The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars...

    Dunno, but Vic Reeves definitely said that 89.4% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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    What price for Dune?

    It lapsed a very long time ago.
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    Mythras 3rd Revision Now Available.

    We have updated the Mythras Core Rules (TDM110 Mythras 3rd Printing Interactive 301018) with outstanding errata and a few tweaks and clarifications to both rules and layout. A full list of the text changes is included in the PDF, pages 306 to 308. If you would like a print version of the updated rules, we are also making the book available as a hardcover POD option through DrivethruRPG/OneBookShelf, and this will be active very soon. A separate message will be sent once the POD version is ready. A softcover edition is already available from our Lulu Store: http://www.lulu.com/shop/pete-nash-and-lawrence-whitaker/mythras/paperback/product-23853955.html How to download your updated PDF If you’ve bought Mythras from us via the TDM webstore, our Lulu store, or DrivethruRPG, then you are entitled to the PDF free of charge. If you bought your copy via Aeon Games, then they will make their own arrangements for the updated PDF. TDM Webstore Select Store from the navigation bar Sign into your Account from the Store page Click on ‘Your Account’ (top right hand section of the category listings) Click on the Orders Tab The products you’ve ordered appear here, along with links to the PDFs for each book ordered from us. Find your Mythras order, and click on the link for TDM110 Mythras 3rd Printing Interactive 301018. Your download should start automatically. DrivethruRPG You should received an email notifying you of the change to Mythras, along with a link to the product in your OneBookShelf library. Lulu POD If you are a Lulu customer buying the softcover, please email us at , including a copy of your Lulu receipt, and we will send you a discount code to redeem the PDF from our web store. Mythras 3rd Printing Changes List.pdf
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    The Chances of Anything Coming from Mars...

    Worlds United is alternate 1950s Pulp SF/Planetary Romance. John Carter, Doc Savage, Clarke Ashton Smith, Jack Vance, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, When Worlds Collide, both HG Wells and George Pal War of the Worlds, and much, much more.
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    Mythras 3rd Revision Now Available.

    You can find the DTRPG edition here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191475/Mythras?manufacturers_id=4057
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    Best Rules for Comparing Successful Rolls

    Sure, I get that; I was just making the opposed/differential separation clear because there are some people who have mistaken one for the other. How you choose to have the effects work should reflect your play style. And thank you for buying lots of copies of Mythras!
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    Best Rules for Comparing Successful Rolls

    Just to clarify, Mythras/RQ6 combat doesn't use Opposed Rolls for deciding combat outcomes and Special Effects. It uses Differential Rolls, which measure levels of success. Opposed Rolls don't have any Special Effects involved: effects are reserved for physical and spirit combat only. For true opposed rolls, such as Perception vs Stealth, or Willpower resisting a spell, Opposed Roll resolution uses the 'Roll High But Within' method to determine the winner, with a Critical result trumping a success, and a higher Critical (ie, roll high within one's critical range) result trumping an opposing crit. Mythras also reduces participants who have >100 to 100, with opponents being reduced by a number of points equal to the excess. This applies to both Opposed Roll and Differential Roll situations. In Mythras, skills don't tend to climb very far beyond 100%, and it would be exceedingly rare to find someone with 200%+.
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    Drivethru Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

    Get 33% off digital downloads of selected titles! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4057/Design-Mechanism Hurry, before it's too late!
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    Drivethru Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

    I appreciate your frustration. I'll double check the criteria for Lonely Lighthouse, but usually we're happy for DTRPG's algorithms to handle our participation in site-wide sales such as their Black Friday sale. They usually refrain from including relatively recent products, or products that have been discounted in a recent promotion. We don't go through and check the eligibility of each title simply because we're a small company with only so much time available; but I'll investigate. It's possible it's been auto-excluded for an innocuous reason.
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    Drivethru Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

    Drivethru Sales are auto-managed by Drivethru themselves, and usually exclude titles that have been made available relatively recently.
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    Why does cyberpunk refuse to move on?

    Is there a reason why this discussion is in the Mythras section? If it's just a general discussion of dystopian SF, then perhaps Alastor's Skull Inn is better? If there's a connection with, say, Luther Arkwright, or After the Vampire Wars, then by all means continue...
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    Mythras 3rd Revision Now Available.

    All changes are since the second printing.
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    So does anybody remember Hawkmoon? ElfQuest?

    The background was completely rewritten, vastly expanding the descriptions of Tragic Millennium Europe. The original game was severely lacking in such detail. I also wrote the game to be compatible with BRP/Elric! Although it's largely stat-free.
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    Mongoose "Empire" book?

    Empires will handle it at the domain level. If you're looking for something Feudal/medieval, there are a couple of very good Pendragon supplements that also work well.
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    Mongoose "Empire" book?

    While the underlying mechanics are similar, they are designed to handle things at very different scales.
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