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About seneschal


  • RPG Biography
    Melee/Wizard, Traveller, Champions, Toon, Justice, Inc., Mazes and Minotaurs. Wrote "At Rapier's Point" Rolemaster supplement for ICE, contributed to "Pirates!" Published scenarios and game-related articles in GDW's "Challenge Magazine" and Legendary Game Studios' "Minotaur." Developed material for Torchlight Games and Gold Rush Games which remained unpublished when they went under. Wrote "Rocket Rangers!" mini-campaign for Mini Six. Contributed adventures to "The River Terror" and "Blood and Badges."
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    Toon, Mini Six
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  1. seneschal

    Fantasy economic system - starting money question

    Money is often based on metals but need not be. It could be pieces of polished shell, beads of volcanic glass, small plates of jade or other semi-precious stone, thick dried leaves of a certain plant, discs of bone or horn. Your medium of exchange just needs to be fairly rare, possibly pretty, and considered valuable. And, of course, portable. In ancient Sumeria, they issued letters of credit in the form of clay tablets. So even mud can be money, depending on the culture.
  2. First Japan, now Poland. Gee, Cthulhu really is taking over the world!
  3. So, despite the onslaught of rock ‘n roll and powerful car stereos, moderns are better listeners than Jazz Age folks? Hmmmm. 🤔😉
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    List of dead characters

    We lost a lot of characters in Classic Traveller, too, but never felt the need to keep a mortuary list. Of course, burial in space may put the kibosh on such things.
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    BRP Pulp Adventure Generator

    We’ve still got four locations and four NPCs to figure in. Care to toss in your two cents?
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    BRP Pulp Adventure Generator

    Crypt + death trap — Said crypt is the final resting place of the reverend Rabbi Josef Levi Schaum of Antwerp. Unfortunately for the PCs, the crushing walls aren’t a mere mechanical contraption but are powered by the Rabbi’s former assistant and guardian, the golem Caleb. His power comes from the aforementioned crystal, which is embedded in an inconvenient portion of his anatomy. (I will leave the exact location to the GM, but adventurers won’t simply be able to snatch it off him.) The crushing confrontation in the crypt need not be the adventure’s climax. Caleb is mobile and intelligent and may need to do some globe-trotting to fulfill his master’s final instructions, whatever they might have been. After all, we’ve got six exotic locations to include.
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    BRP Pulp Adventure Generator

    Here"s what I got: Hook: In Media Res – literally “in the middle of things”. The players are thrown into the plot whether they like it or not. The GM begins the adventure in the middle of the fight, chase or hazard. The heroes need to react quickly to figure out what is going on.MacGuffin: Object – Groundbreaking Invention. Unlike Prototype Weapons, this Mcguffin is usually well known and anticipated.NPC's: (Roll 1D4)… EntertainerDetectivePilotArchaeologistPlot Twist: Death Trap – Walls/Ceiling closing in. A grand tradition, the death trap usually appears in the villain's secret lair. Designed to prolong the agony of the heroes this provides them with the opportunity of escape.Locations: (Roll 1D4+2) Then fit together for fun and interesting story...JerusalemThe AmazonIslandAt SeaForestCryptThe Principle Action Sequence…Investigation – Several clues leading towards the principle villains are scattered about the scene/adventure. Clues coming together will build tension.
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    Download section @BRP

    Whatever you do, don’t open the lid!
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    Download section @BRP

    And at this point, some of the uploaded files can be found nowhere else. It is a service worth maintaining no matter how “primitive” it is.
  10. seneschal

    So does anybody remember Hawkmoon? ElfQuest?

    I remember Elf Quest but it doesn’t seem to get much love, unlike Stormbringer.
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    Odd Soot - Sci-Fi Mystery in the 1920s

    Wait, wait! I could have played an Ent??? Quote: "I am Groot!" GM's major complaint: Player's wooden delivery Disadvantages: Fear of Japanese beetles I see your point with Balrogs, however ... "No, Azaroth! You may not help staff the party's fireworks stand."
  12. About 1,500 years ago the Nazca Indians created giant geometric pictures in the Peruvian desert that can only be seen from 200 feet in the air. One (totally unsupported) theory is that the Nazcas viewed their handiwork from hot air balloons. I can totally see a group of pre-Columbian Jules Vernes becoming untethered and drifting across the Americas and beyond.
  13. Where are the Fifth Dimension now that we need them? 😉
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    Advice BRP For Fantasy

    Well, I have to admit that I cut my role-playing teeth designing Traveller starships and Champions superheroes, building stuff comes naturally to me. If you need cheap, quick and dirty the BRP Quick-Start is a good way to go. If you want to throw Imperial stormtroopers at your sword and sandal types, GORE is free in the downloads section and has the sci-fi gear ready. 👽 Plus GORE has the rudimentary magic system that the Quick-Start lacks.
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    Advice BRP For Fantasy

    To me, the toolkit aspect of BRP is a feature not a bug. Hercules-like PC demigods? No problem with super powers. Need a custom space alien or interdimensional monster? You’ve got the whole Chaosium magic and power suite to work with. Combat too lethal for D&D-ers? CON+SIZ for better hit points. You aren’t locked in to a particular rules-mandated play style.