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  1. In my Swords of Cydoria (scifi/fantasy) campaign I used a hitpointless system where you resist damage (via the Resistance Table) using a Resilience score of (SIZ+CON+POW)/3. If you made the check you were still fighting, but if you failed you were down (not necessarily dead) due to shock, pain or fear. Your Resilience could improve if your POW did. You could get a chance to increase POW if you made a harder than average Resilience check. (no maximum POW for humans), so like your system you could gradually get better at resisting damage. In the case of Swords of Cydoria I wanted to have t
  2. My copy finally arrived the other day and it is impressive. I've had a bit of a glance through the PDF but I don't love that format so I'm looking forward to leafing through the physical Lyonesse tome. My first impressions: it is much thicker than I expected and the colour maps are lovely. Years ago, when I was thinking about where to base my campaign, Lyonesse was one of my top 3 choices. It lost out (to Fritz Leiber's Nehwon) simply because of the terrible map in my tattered Lyonesse paperbacks and that I would have to do the adaptation work which you have now done! I'm looking for
  3. Ok, I stand corrected. However it's still a pain to do so in RPGs. Players don't want to because there are only penalties to be had for carrying too much. And it's a lot of extra work for GMs to monitor it, so they don't either. Items accumulate on player's sheets and before you know it they are waltzing around with tons of stuff. And most of the time it doesn't really matter anyway. I do think it's funny that most RPGs regard coins as having negligible weight too.
  4. I've played a few games of Rubble and Ruin and really enjoyed it. As far as I understand it it's meant to be closer to Mad Max than Gamma World. The apocalyptic war is still a live memory for most. There is some high tech stuff in it, things like BEPs (Biologically Engineered Persons -- accelerated growth clones trained to fight) and various horrific weapons. But mostly it's scrabbling for bullets, water and dog food in the Rubble.
  5. I must admit that I'm not captivated by ducks, though your explanation is fair. They were always a thing which made me shy away from Runequest and Glorantha, and it gave me pause when I saw one on the front cover of OpenQuest 3.
  6. The first 4 Outlooks correspond to those in the Elric! rulebook though they didn't have names; @NickMiddleton has added the last two. +10% works pretty well, especially if you are including culture bonuses, which aren't in Elric!. That game was designed to make rather overpowered characters. The end of the world is near and there isn't time for characters to slowly develop their skills. That's reflected in a few design choices, from the +20% skills for 'Outlooks', to encouraging beginning characters to start with >100% skill, to adding +1d10% on successful skill checks (instead of +1d6% in
  7. Interesting. For comparison, here are the 16 skills listed in the space game Coriolis, which is not a BRP game -- but neither is Fate. In Coriolis there are 8 General skills (G) and 8 Advanced (A) skills, where you can't succeed without some training. As you can see, there is some crossover; I guess that's inevitable when you try to condense the skill lists. Of course, it's a sci-fi game so there are some things you won't find in the 19th century.
  8. Alexander the Great's mighty empire shattered after his early death. He did have an heir but he was only a child. Alexander's trusted generals each considered themselves Alexander's chosen heir, and none of them either trusted the others or had the power by himself to seize the Empire. At certain points in history ambitious people realise that they can take power by force, and then it's on for young and old.
  9. On a related note, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay had the concept of winning the round. If your side inflicted more damage on your opponents than they did to you last round, you got a +10% bonus to attack, and your enemy would fall back slightly. A round-by-round mini version of morale. It's less predictable than 'morale hit points' which is an interesting idea but sounds like another thing to keep track of during the fight. Maybe if one side won the round three times in a row it might be a morale break point?
  10. But don't look too hard if you ever want to release a BRP-variant game.
  11. Yes the technology doesn't change much throughout the period.
  12. You could check out Warlords of Alexander.
  13. I think it is a good way to go. No one in real life measures how many kilos of gear they are carrying, not even army types who are expected to carry a whole lot without complaint.
  14. The video talks about tracking items instead of pounds as a way of managing encumbrance in a playable way. We have chatted about the same, right here on this forum -- even you @Lloyd Dupont 😄. In the thread below I mentioned such a system, inspired by those old gamebooks, Dragon Warriors and a sci-fi one called Shadows over Sol.
  15. There was a CoC adventure called Ripples from Carcosa which had three Hastur-related adventures set at different times, from medieval to the far future. The investigators in each were linked by a kind of 'past lives' effect. The Dreamlands can also be a nexus which can link different realities, and even allow them to co-exist. My experience of Call of Cthulhu characters has always been somewhere between 'they die in the first session' and 'they survive an entire campaign'. I've found that you need some sort of connection between your old investigator and the new. If a character dies mid-c
  16. Hehe. All the PCs were drawn into the Dreamlands by chasing the bumbling acquaintance from the Dreaming Stone adventure. However each had a different reason to follow him. He had been duped by (maybe Nyarlathotep) into luring wizards into the Dreamlands. One character, a shaman, was trying to stop that behaviour. Another character who had survived the River of Cradles campaign (there's some Glorantha in my Nehwon Elric! Cthulhu Dreamlands pastiche!) noticed that the mysterious stranger had the mark of the River God, and was curious (in fact he had been marked by the god but ran away from his '
  17. I ran a slightly revised Dreaming Stone campaign as part of a fantasy RPG (yes it was Elric!). Ten great sessions. One of my players was a psionically gifted space-pilot; the other two were shamans from different parts of Nehwon. It's interesting because the Dreamlands is similar to a fantasy campaign world but tonally different, though maybe not so much as from a normal Call of Cthulhu horror setting. I've got the Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man and it is well written but I've not played it.
  18. Yeah, like Frank Herbert did with Dune. He wanted a universe where human factors were supreme: the Butlerian Jihad made "thinking machines" unacceptable to society. He wanted personal conflict with melee weapons: the personal shield rendered a soldier invulnerable to most projectile weapons and made using powerful laser weapons dangerous; atomic weapons retained their power but were also outlawed due to social convention.
  19. Classic Traveller had laser rifles/laser carbines with huge backpacks for their power source and limited shots. They also had (on starships) the meson cannon, where you calculate a beam of subatomic particles to decay just inside the boundary of your enemy's starship, at which point they explode (for a reason I can't remember the pseudoscience). Advantage is that the beams normally ignore matter, so no armour penetration required. The meson cannons didn't work on planets though. In Dune Frank Herbert didn't want the Guild to have any power from space over Arrakis, so he made the whole las
  20. I just thought of it for this thread but I'm going to start using that one. 😆
  21. Yes I meant Ascending INT, Descending DEX. I've edited the post. 😀
  22. There is a bias towards beautiful people in the world. When I'm GMing BRP I usually write down my players' DEX ranks to make things a bit quicker in combat. However if I also wrote down their APP (or CHA) I could use it in subtle ways: 1. NPCs always first address the person with the highest APP, unless another character is clearly the leader (and even then..) 2. Whenever an NPC or monster has an otherwise equal chance of attacking one of two characters, they attack the one with the lowest APP (I normally determine this by random roll, but this could be intriguing). Unconscious bias
  23. Also, to return to 'staple' adventures, although every planet in the galaxy may be 'discovered' It may still be that this particular planet X knows nothing (or not enough) of that remote system Y 30 light years away. Why do they want to know? Scientific studies, a desire to expand, family history, find a new home, or a 'space race' with rivals. Maybe the society on Planet X has been forbidden access to the Galactic Archives for some (t)reason. In any case they will pay for the data. A simple system scan. What could possibly go wrong? Universal knowledge is not...universal 🙃
  24. That's right. An organisation can hire a bunch of freelancers for a hard job, then if they succeed can give them juicier, more lucrative and more sensitive ones. Elite Dangerous had another interesting concept which might be worth exploring. As a reward for completing missions you could choose between different combinations of: - cold hard cash - tradeable goods (maybe rare, maybe usable in other missions) - Reputation with the hiring faction -- you go from neutral to cordial to friendly (or the other way for enemy factions: If you help faction A a lot then faction B may no
  25. If you're PCs are mostly space-bound there are options too. These are inspired by Elite: Dangerous, an open-ended spacefaring game 1. trading - planet X needs a supply of Y. But we don't know where to get Y - take this (harmless!) cargo to Z. Ah, there may be someone who doesn't want it to get there or wants it for themselves - salvage. Pick up this escape pod/illegal goods/remnants of a space battle in sector Q. How do we know it's there? Just a hunch.. - passengers. Transport these nutty demanding tightwad pilgrims safely to planet P without going crazy (thanks
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