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smiorgan last won the day on August 27 2016

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About smiorgan

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    I started in 1985 with red box D&D, then AD&D1 and since 1989 BRP in its many forms who has become my preferred system. Among the various BRP games I have a soft spot for Stormbringer (any and all editions) with which I run incredibly fun campaigns in the 1990s and early 2000s.
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    BRP homebrewed Lankhmar-ish setting (with bits of the Classic Fantasy mono)
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    Southern Switzerland
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    In real life I am an academic. A linguist by training. I am married with 3 children.

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  1. smiorgan

    Greg Stafford Condolence Thread

    Thank you for all the joy you gave me weaver of myths! Today a piece of the boy I was goes with you beyond the mists. "At the water's edge now is a black barge, and upon it four ladies in black. When they see the king, they shriek and weep. "Put me on the barge," commands the king. The women crowd around him, and one takes his head on her lap. "Ah my brother, you have tarried". (Greg Stafford, The Great Pendragon Campaign, Year 565). REX QUONDAM REXQUE FUTURUS Heartfelt condolences to Greg's family and those who loved him. He was a great gift to many of us.
  2. smiorgan

    Chronicles of Future Earth

    Sorry. I'm not interested in FATE. The BRP supplement was very good and I was intrigued when they announced it as a RQ6 supplement.
  3. European shipping also seems both pricey and bizarrely priced. The postage to Switzerland from UK warehouse is $35.34 , which looks about two times what I use to pay for similarly big packages. On the other hand shipping to nearby Northern Italy is $ 22, still very pricey but less unheard of. Usually the rates from UK to Italy and Switzerland are more similar.
  4. Hi, There seem to be a similar problem for shipping to Switzerland. $35.34 from the UK warehouse seems too much, so I think the system defaults to USA.
  5. smiorgan

    What's the use of a d20 in CoC (any edition)?

    Are they in 7th edition?
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    Any news for Chaosium's BRP Gold Replacement

    I'd also say that mechanically the current BGB is not really outdated: its basics are sufficiently close to the current RQG that you can port rules one way or the other without any compatibility problems. Just change APP back to CHA... (well, there also are slight differences in the way strik ranks and hit locations work, but still...). If I remember correctly the idea of a new BRP Essentials was first circulated when it seemed that RQG would be an evolution of RQ6 - which is significantly different both from older RQ and from the BGB. I guess this is what became of THAT BRP Essentials... http://thedesignmechanism.com/resources/TDM110 Mythras Imperative.pdf
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    Call of Cthulhu Starter Edition

    I definitely expect them to be updated to 7e. I wonder however whether they will be expanded with more info and extensive keepers notes like the Haunting scenario in the quickstart. That would be a boon for an old grognard like me to avoid relapsing into running it old school.
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    What's the use of a d20 in CoC (any edition)?

    Missed! That version came out at my nadir of RPG buying and playing ... I had no interest in D&D at the time and looked in dismay at everything becoming d20.
  9. This came to mind when I read about the CoC starter box containing dice... I was thinking that the box should rather contain two sets of percentile dice than, say, a d20 or d12. But, which dice are actually used in a CoC game? And, in particular, what's the use of the d20? Huge damage done by mythos creatures? Huge sanity loss? Optional RQ-like hit locations (that was the case for older editions - I have it in "Cthulhu Now") Is there any important use of a d20 in CoC7, that I have missed? I'm not an expert of the latest edition, having just skimmed through the rulebook and never played.
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    Call of Cthulhu Starter Edition

    I've played Alone Against the Flames... I have Dead Man Stomp, Edge of Darkness and Paper Chase from older editions... But, I might pick it up just for the pleasure of having a new Chaosium boxed set!
  11. smiorgan

    RQ vs D&D

    This. I must say, however, that to me in play 13A feels much more like a faster and looser 4e than a variant of 3.5 - which I consider a big plus.
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    RQ vs D&D

    Yes. Yes, stop the petty dissing of other games. Especially if you have not played them. People may enjoy different types of games for what they are. Just to make an example. My first Runequest game was RQ2, I have played a ton of RQ3, I have enjoyed RQ6's detailed combat and now I am raving at RQG's art, character generation and compatibility with my old RQ library. At the same time I am running an Adventures in Middle Earth game (powered by D&D 5), and a D&D4 game set in Neverwinter - with a lot of urban intrigue (and yes tactical combat). I have played and enjoyed games of 13A and look forward to playing 13G. One of the authors of 13G who posts in these forums was also one of the lead designers of 4e. Just saying... Criticism and statement of preference is fine. Casual despise of other people's fun is grating. Best, Smiorgan
  13. smiorgan

    What is is about Stormbringer?

    If you convert it to d100. Any edition of Stormbringer will work. Including Mongoose MRQ Elric 1-2. If you go for Stormbringer 5. The Corum book has stats for Jhary a Conel and Whiskers. If you go for MRQ Elric 1. The Elric Companion also has stats for Jhary and Whiskers. If you keep it D20 (the scenario is for AD&D1), it might be interesting to use Dragon Lords of Melniboné and D&D3. I'd do this just for finding a use for the damn thing! It would work perfectly.
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    What is is about Stormbringer?

    Sure he was. He even contributed the plot for an AD&D scenario about Earl Aubec published on Imagine Magazine.
  15. smiorgan

    What is is about Stormbringer?

    I agree Stormbringer rocks. But the songs were not written for ** Stormbringer the game**, rather for the characters of Elric and Stormbringer (the sword!) or, if you prefer, for **"Stormbringer" the novel**. In contrast there are a few songs about D&D that are a lot of fun...