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About foolcat

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    Disorganized Disciples of ERIS
  • Birthday August 30

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  • RPG Biography
    Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye, 1st Ed.) - 1984; Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game (2nd Ed.), Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st Ed.) - 1992+; Call of Cthulhu (5th Ed.), Nephilim, RuneQuest (3rd Ed. AH) - 1994+; GURPS (3.5 Ed.) - 1996+.

    Form 2000 onwards in no particular order: GURPS (4th Ed.), WFRP (2nd. & 4th Ed.), Savage Worlds (Explorer's & Adventures Ed.), Mythras, Star Wars REUP, Call of Cthulhu (6th & 7th Ed.), Warhammer 40K Deathwatch & Dark Heresy (1st. Ed.), Shadowrun (3.01D), Pathfinder; Noir: The Film Noir Role-Playing Game, D&D 5E
  • Current games
    As GM: Bill Coffin's Septimus (great transhumanism sci-fi setting, needs some work) ... (who am I kidding, it needs LOTS of work) ... (ongoing WIP, currently considering GURPS 4th ed. (again), after Cypher System, M-Space, and W.O.I.N N.E.W)

    As a player: Warhammer 40k Dark Heresy (1st Ed.) — The Emperor Protects.
  • Location
    Germany
  • Blurb
    Role player, game master, RPG writer, inhabitant of fantastic worlds. Wrestling Windows for food, preferring *nix-like work environments (Unix is user friendly, it’s just very selective about who its friends are).

    After 20+ year hiatus, finally a regular at Eternal Con again -- TCFKA (the Con formerly known as) RuneQuest Con, Rheingoldqueste, Tentacles over Bacharach, and probably some other names as well (*cough*).

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  1. The problem I have with using doubles is uneven distribution: on a better than half chance of success (54%), 11, 22, 33, and 44 are crits (4%), while 55, 66, 77, 88, 99, and 00 are fumbles (6%). Even when defining 01 as a crit as well, it’s still 5% vs. 6%. In RQ, I‘ve always used to ballpark it when looking at dice, telling me at a glance whether it’s even worth checking if a crit or a fumble occurred. Given that it’s relevant to the in-game situation in the first place. Assuming most skills in the lifetime of a competent adventurer are somewhere between 30 and 90%: 01 is always a c
  2. Well, the good folks over at EN World seem thrilled about the return of HeroQuest the board game, and the crowdfunding is doing great. The confounding situation surrounding the term HeroQuest just became a lot less confounded. Good move, Chaosium!
  3. Well, apart from a short, introductory period of playing the very first edition of Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye) in the mid-80s, my roleplaying "career" really started when I went off to university (a.k.a. college) and met with the right people. Campaigning wasn't that much of an issue over the course of the 90s, it just happened. WEG's D6 Star Wars, Warhammer FRP (thank ye gods for Warpstone & Hogshead), RuneQuest (both on Glorantha and in home-brew settings), the works. Granted, my pals and me were all students back then, and playing late into the night on weekdays was a no-bra
  4. ...aaand bought! Print version as well, I‘m sure it will look nicely next to the core rule book in my shelf.
  5. One could imagine a fictional weapon system that, prior to firing its actual damaging load of electricity (arc weapons) or plasma (blaster weapons), ionizes a tunnel of air in between the muzzle and the target by deploying a burst of a high-energy beam first (like a UV or x-ray laser).
  6. Ah, whatever. It won’t be shipped via USPS, so my copy of the M-Space companion is sold anyway. 😄 Looking forward to it!
  7. I wouldn’t mind b/w printing, at all. What I do mind are shipping costs in relation to product price; but IIRC, both Lulu and DTRPG fulfill POD orders from Poland (for EU orders, that is).
  8. Will the companion again be available as POD via Lulu? I was quite happy with the quality and price tag of the M-Space book.
  9. Oh, a tarot skill fits wonderfully into the world of the Mythos. Excellent tool to give characters some insights, frights, red herrings, or paranoia. Adds flavor and atmosphere to the game. But if players start to rely too much on it or try using it as a shortcut too often, well... there is The Key and Guardian of the Gate out there, who jealously guards ALL knowledge. Gaining his attention isn’t necessarily in their best interest, lest this card may come up more frequently: “Does this black blob look like Hastur to you?”
  10. Culprit in the Spanish flu was the Influenza A virus subtype H1N1. No relations, genetically or otherwise, to the family of coronaviruses. But yes, the second wave’s gonna be rad. This is far from over.
  11. This tech is still used in HEAT (high-explosive anti-tank) warheads. Nothing like a high-velocity superplastic jet of copper to ruin your day (and tank).
  12. Thank you, David, that was helpful. Seems I lost a year somewhen back then. I consider this a bargain. 😝 But I remembered correctly that the first Tentacles Con was indeed one year later.
  13. Ummm. That' not quite how I remember it. AFAIR, and IIRC, (German) RuneQuest Con 1994 was that heat-ridden, mosquito-infested inferno held at the former FDJ IndoktrinationsFerienlager near Berlin. That was my first one, because I played with Lutz and Kelly in Cologne at the time, and they invited me along. The RuneQuest Con (other possible names notwithstanding) next year in 1995 was the first one held at Burg Stahleck in Bacharach. Followed by another RuneQuest Con held there in 1996, which hosted the most infamous FreeForm of times memorable, because some crucial bit of information didn
  14. Be glad you never heard of it. To begin with, it used a 30-sided die (d30)... With the sole exception of RuneQuest, I wasn’t that much into German RPGs back in the 90s, original or translated (...come to think of it, neither am I today). I do own some German language Mythras stuff, though, mainly because the translator is the very same who also translated WDS RuneQuest back then: Lutz Reimers. Fun fact: his daughter Julia, by now a member of the Chaosium staff, has translated RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha. It still awaits publishing by Uhrwerk Verlag...
  15. Ah, yes, the old German Welt der Spiele edition of RuneQuest 3. Brings back memories. Given what else was available in the German language at the time, RuneQuest was a blesséd sight for sore eyes back then. "Ruf des Warlock", and other assorted atrocities...
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