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About Loïc

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    (Excuse my english... I'm french!) So I'm 42 years-old and I began to play RPG with Black Eye when I was 9. Around 11/12, I discovered CoC and then it was love at first strike! I mostly play with my mates, but I'm part of a RPG association as well. I'm mainly a GM (but also a player) fort BRP system (CoC, Astounding Adventures, Magic World...). I also ran numerous tables like D&D, Hollow Earth Expedition, CthulhuTech, Amber, Dark Continent, and several french and non translated RPG (Bitume, Alienoïds...).
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    I'm mostly a CoC keeper, and I'm also currently running an Astounding Adventures table, and preparing The Coming Storm HQ campaign. I'm also re-reading Amber, CthulhuTech and HeroWars as short-term campaign projects. As a player, I'm part of Tales from the Loop, Beasts & Barbarians and Pendragon tables.
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    Family: I'm married, got two kids (2 and 7 years-old). Profession: archaeologist. Other hobby: I'm writing SF short stories (about 20 texts published in magazines and anthologies).

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  1. Didn't know this one, thanks! I think I'll try it on the next explosive throwing, and so I'll keep my direction roll for success and failure, as required (I still like the possibility of smokescreen effect...). 😊
  2. Yeah, throwing anything is easy, but as for shooting, hitting the target is hard... 😊 Where the grenade is landing ? For this kind of situation, I have a 8-sided die with cardinal points (N, E, W, S, SW, SE, NE, NW) (bought it at my local RPG shop). Of course, I consider that even on a failure the thrower is unlikely to throw the grenade behind him, at the opposit of his target... So, let's say the target is north of the thrower: if it's rolling N, NW or NE, the grenade will land beyond the target (at the opposit of the thrower). No particular effect. if it's rolling E or W, i
  3. Oh, sorry, misunterstood... Maybe, for simple failure, you should apply something like "special failure" ? Close to fumble, but not a fumble (for example : 10 points from fumble and below) ? If it's a "special failure", there should be some collateral damages... And for other failures, I think no damage should apply to anyone (except cosmetic elements). As a matter of fact, when it's a success, it means the target is in the area of effects, and if it is critical success, it means the grenade is exploding right in the target's face. Why should the target suffer any damage with a failure? E
  4. Oh, and for "predictable procedure", I'm sure that your party, after their first failure, will be very cautious when manipulating explosives again. That's a good predictable procedure, isn't it? 😊
  5. I do remember, as a player, two fumbles with hand grenades (once was mine, the other a friend's). Each time, it was CoC, and the keeper described how the grenade slipped from our hands and exploded at our feet... Game over... In such a game (CoC and other realistic settings), I would apply the "normal" damages for a "simple" failure. Or course, it would be devastating, but the players would have a chance to survive, even one-armed or one-legged. Some players, according to their characters, don't mind (an old professor or scientist, for example). And if the player doesn't want to continue
  6. These 3 would be great (when you say just "Sartar", you probably mean Kingdom of Heroes?)!!! I'm in! For HW, I already own several books I was indeed lucky enough to buy at decent prices: the core book (in french), Anaxial's Rooster, Storm Tribe, Thunder Rebels and a few others... But some are sold at really indecent prices, if you can find them: the Sartar Rising trilogy, Imperial Lunar Handbook... (Of course, "decent" price is subjective. For me, 69$ for the Imperial Lunar Handbook is an indecent price.) I can do without, of course, and the PDF can do the job. But to be honest: I w
  7. Sorry... But remember: Google translate is your friend! (Very useful to me when I have to read a german study in archaeology... 😉)
  8. Oh... I misunderstood "splinted", sorry (Frenchmen, you know... 😁), as much as I misunderstood "ancient times" (for archaeologists, it means Antiquity...). Got to to review my lessons!!! 😨 So, for this kind of armor, I don't know anything, I'm afraid, it's too "modern" for me... 😄
  9. Great news! Is there any chance to see HW/HQ books on POD one of these days? If yes, which titles?
  10. The Roman army beared the cost of it when they began to colonize North Africa.... They quickly understood light cavalry was more efficient than the legions! 😁 There is: No leather under the strips of metal, but of course you coudn't wear this straight on your skin. The contemporary texts are quite unanimous (for the Roman army) about woolen or flax clothes (tunics) - probably depending on the climate and/or season. Don't know for Greeks, sorry!
  11. To sum up, and add a few references... The controversy: in a first time, no one questioned the reality of broignes made of stitched scales, plates or rings. Next, in the 1930s, the controversy appeared. Two schools: some said it never existed and all images (Bayeux of course) were showing classic interlaced chain mails ; the others said the two (broignes and chain mails) were coexisting. I asked my colleague (an archaeologist specialist of medieval weaponry). Archaeology deeply changed since the 1970s/1980s, with the appearence of "rescue archaeology". This permits (at least in France, wh
  12. Agree here. But before Schliemann, there was still a debate, and many people considered Troy as a myth, side to side with Atlantis... This is very common in archaeology: even when you have evidences (archaeological and/or contemporary texts), some reserchears still do want to contradict, sometimes for ideologic reasons (the Neolithic migrations in Occident for example), sometimes just because they can't admit they are wrong, or just to get themselves talked about... We have here in France a very good example with the oppidum (and later roman settlement) of Alesia. There was a debate since
  13. Before Schliemann, the city of Troy was considered as a myth, a fiction created by Homer. Schliemann was quiet a fraud and a cheater, but later diggings proved he was right. "Myth" is a notion that should be really really qualified...
  14. Totally wrong, sorry. As an archaeologist, I can tell you there are several schools of thought in history as in anthropology and archaeology. About many and many topics. The great migrations of Neolithic in Occident, social status of roman villae, apparition of mass violences, alimentation during the Mesolithic, etc. And (I found that) the controversy about broigne with stitched rings: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/38999913.pdf See p21 (J.M. Kelly's PhD dissertation was published as soon as 1931!). So there is a controversy about the broigne made of stitched rings. Some english authors (afte
  15. Okay, took no long time of research. The museum of Bayeux itself (and its associated specialists) says there are both the broigne and the cotte de maille (or hauberk) represented on the tapestry, usually the broigne for footmen, the cotte de maille for riders. Here's a reference (sorry, it's in french): the educational guidebook for teachers edited by the museum : https://www.bayeuxmuseum.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GUIDE-PRATIQUE-ENSEIGNANTS-TAPISSERIE-2018-19-.pdf So both the broigne and the cotte de mailles coexist in the XIth century. The broigne, cheaper and easier to craft, for p
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