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    Kicked off with Car Wars in the 80s and Battletech in early 90s, followed by DnD, Paranoia, Marvel and all that through White Wolf products. Last real table play was in 2004, but the internet is good for folks who are distant or mobile. My games are typified anymore by extensive research and writing, especially since they're play-by-post.
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    King Arthur Pendragon, Chronicles of Darkness, Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing (FASERIP)
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    I'm an international development project professional with a business masters who's worked all over the world and acquired odd perspectives on the same. History, stories and the "systems of systems" that make up things catch my fancy.
  1. Thanks Morien, and bookmarked for sure!
  2. On these tables I've often wished for a set of instructions to go with it. For example it seems to apply to the males of the family, broadly, and to knights for the solos. Am I correct? So if I wanted to do a thorough family event check I'd roll for every male in the family including the PK? --Khanwulf
  3. Good points. My interest is 'what makes a curious and clever story' using the components here and in fidelity to the sources. And the Grail in its intersection with Camelot and the characters is an intriguing and incomplete mystery, not the least that it can *look* simple on its surface, but simply... isn't. Merlin himself is a hugely conflicted character, since he does things and DOESN'T do things that leave us wondering "just which side are you on old man?" Merlin's answer would be "Britain's!" But what does that actually mean is unanswered. Then you have Merlin's betrayal by his apprentice/lover, and other associated figures who seem to work cross-purpose part of the time but not all of it. So anytime I see "Merlin did X" it makes me start to wonder. In any event, back to the list of knights: looks handy! Is there a Google spreadsheet version of it out there that we could contribute to? There are quite a few knights from other books (other than GPC) missing, especially from early phases. --Khanwulf
  4. Only if the Grail Kingdom is represented as an actual "historical" entity in temporal Britain does it become an issue. In that case... why is Merlin off creating artifacts instead of finding existing ones? (Which is what he does otherwise.) It's also a matter of which type of Merlin you want to portray, and how much grail history to bring in. If the Grail is going to serve as a McGuffin to highlight a spiritual quest arc and heal Arthur+Britain, then you probably won't much care who is associated with a kingdom that seems as much in Faerie as associated with a real place. (Turning Castle?) So it's a matter of emphasis. RT by Merlin for Uther may be entirely sufficient. --Khanwulf
  5. Ok, so the sources aren't much help, and if Cambria is done as a book there will likely be a great deal of inference drawn between historical and Arthurian characters. Such is life, and thus YPMV. This is potentially useful along these lines: https://www.timelessmyths.com/arthurian/housegrail.html Back to the Round Table. If Uther's table is based on the table within the spiritual kingdom of the Grail, and the Kingdom of the Grail was at one point (early 400s) a northern powerhouse, could we presume that Uther's table was less manufactured by Merlin and more procured by him from the remnants of said kingdom? (Merlin himself being a northern figure originally.) In which case the Table (big "T") was made in emulation of the smaller spiritual kingdom table, which was made probably back when the Grail arrived in Britain was became occulted in its protective "kingdom". This sound... plausible? --Khanwulf
  6. There are some interesting bits here that I don't believe were captured by Sires. (Correct me if wrong.) So Lamorat(k) was Pellinore's cousin. Can we assume he was older? And it was Pellinore who inherited a kingdom--a fragment we can presume of the larger Grail Kingdom shattered by Varlon's treachery probably in 410-425, with subsequent civil war fragmenting everything. I suppose Cunedda was part of this family as well, though I may be mixing historical and Arthurian characters; perhaps Pellinore or his father = Cunedda? One thing I'd be very interested in understanding is whether it would be plausible for Pellinore to be a squire in 477, squired to perhaps an older Lamorat, himself a knight alongside friend Sir Breunor. (I want do run some "Ambrosian Squire High School" adventures and let the PKs meet future luminaries such as Pellinore and Madoc around this time.) --Khanwulf
  7. So.. in KAP timeline when might Varlon kill Pellinore's grandfather and shatter the strength of the Grail Kingdom? Can we assume this kingdom is/was located in the Lake District, then? And is that kingdom partially translated into Faerie on or after Lambor's death? Perhaps Lamorak the Elder became a Grail Knight first? Or did so after Uther died? If Uther's Round Table was intended by Merlin (whether made by him or not) to be a representation of the Grail Table, such that it would draw the Grail into Britain and bestow spiritual sovereignty onto the king, then it may be irrelevant that Uther was such a poor Christian ruler--or on the other hand it might explain how the table was handed over for safe-keeping in anticipation of Arthur. (Whether or not Uther's close confidents knew and prepared for Arthur or not.) --Khanwulf
  8. Interesting. So either a) Merlin made the table in emulation of the smaller Grail Table as a means of drawing the Grail into the mortal world, or b) the table was acquired by Uther--perhaps from Tintagel where Igraine had it? Or perhaps Uther instituted the table as a means of securing his reign during the transition from Ambrosius--a transition I've often thought went very smoothly, despite the failure to appoint him High King, of course. Makes me wonder if the association with Uther's table and the Grail Table might have meant that some of Uther's knights went off to populate the Grail Court. --Khanwulf
  9. So... Uther had a round table? When did this get established (KAP) and who were its members? I do seem to recall something to the effect that this was so, in a source, and that the table was given to Leodegrance for safekeeping.... Also, where did Uther get the table from? Do we know? --Khanwulf
  10. Men stay fertile throughout their years because the biological energy effort required is so much lower than that required to maintain the environment for gestation. I like the idea of hinging conception on the mother's CON, and dropping effective CON by 1 per year once aging rolls kick in (35). That means you get a floor of a 5% chance for conception in "old age", which is reasonable within the system (I don't have real-world statistics to fall back on at the moment). You also have a fumble chance to represent a complicated pregnancy. These are things such as endoscopic implantation that are generally going to be fatal. I'm not sure you want a 5% chance of fatality on conception, however, so maybe a major or mortal wound applied to CON and a loss of the child? You have a few chance points: 1. The conception. (Twins, yes, no, complication) 2. The birth. (Easy, normal, bad, complication) 3. Mother's survival. (Perfect, normal, wounded, no.) 4. Child's survival. (Perfect, normal, wounded, no.) I'm literally throwing things against the wall in this contribution effort, but take as you wish. But by leveraging CON for conception you gain the benefits of making a normal stat roll and applying modifiers, such as perhaps from a Folklore roll to adjust chances (up and down). The table can be ditched and the results determined on a per-woman basis. --Khanwulf
  11. @Morien I find your product and/or service intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. Oh, right--already have. This is an interesting solution to the problem and might succeed in modeling the situation well enough to ensure APP is important to its social-interaction purpose. In other words, it sets the stage for further skills. The only fly in the ointment is that it takes (at least) two rolls to resolve a test. Since APP can vary based on dress and such, I'd tend to look at it as a single roll a the beginning of a scene in order to determine how the character carries him- or herself. If a specific social interaction is made then the impression category can be used as a further determinate of what "success" or "failure" actually means in the context. This is actually quire helpful to GMs who may struggle with portraying NPC behavior variations in reasoned ways, as opposed to following a script. I'd still want to start social skills at APP/2 in order to reflect the character's focused facilitation with them. --Khanwulf
  12. The summary from the previous thread(s) matches this conclusion: if you use DEX/APP to raise the upper bound on spending skill training points then you quickly get into crit range which on measure is a benefit over and above the extra damage die of STR/SIZ. Essentially it makes you Sir Awesome, as opposed to skill floor increases that make you Sir Well-Rounded. There was a full list of suggested skill and stat mappings, earlier. --Khanwulf
  13. All of which are edge cases in most scenarios not specifically built for them (such as the blade bridge); and all of which receive armor penalties to DEX rolls. The point remains that if you are a knight, wearing armor most of the time and doing your knightly thing, you have no use for DEX. If you are a scoundrel in the forest, doing things no honorable knight would consider and giving to the poor to salve your conscience, then yes, DEX is grand! Also, in these cases (as with APP) the absence of DEX is overpowered by skills themselves. So the question is: can setting skill level 'floors' through high DEX and/or APP create reasonable scenarios in which emphasizing those attributes would appeal to certain players? (For me, the idea of a skill-monkey squire on the fast-track to greatness sounds quite appealing, as does a skill->Glory APP machine.) --Khanwulf PS. Thanks Atgxtg for reviving the discussion. Looks like the board is more active now and brings more points of view.
  14. Let me widen the topic only slightly by asking a few related questions that have niggled at me: 1. The PKs may receive [vast tracts of] lands for their heroics at Tintagel. Enough to constitute and estate and jump them to baron. If so, my assumption is that they would in fact receive an homage/loyalty passion toward Uther, who granted those lands directly. This then would create obligations to Uther as well as Roderick that could be used to complicate their lives further. 2. Presumably a mercenary would exist with loyalty to their family (noble or otherwise), then fealty to their employer, which could be upgraded to loyalty passion on essentially achieving the status of a household knight. Am I correct in this sequence? --Khanwulf
  15. Are you referring to the wealth of KAP supplements planned combined with the sad and untimely passing of Greg? Or is this in reference to something else specifically?
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