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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 18, 2014, 05:07:22 AM
To be clear, I'm not suggesting that Spycraft Third Edition will wind up being oversimplified. I hope those of you who've managed to play some of it can attest to that.

I am saying that in general when you can go complex or not, and there's not compelling reason to go complex other than personal preference, it's almost always the better call to go simple.

And yes, narrative really is the god king of RPG design these days. I think as it should be.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 15, 2014, 05:49:57 PM
You'd be a man who'd know, but I want to raise a tepid objection in the name of system mastery.
Sure it's complicated, but it's learnable and I think ultimately worthwhile.
The point's not simulation, but emulation. Doesn't have to be just like reality, but a reasonable fake at least.

The highest priority for RPGs generally - generally - isn't either simulation or emulation. It's entertainment, and that very often sits directly opposite complexity on the game design fulcrum. The more complex you make a game, the more unapproachable and unfun you make it for big, big chunks of your audience.

There's a chunk of us who like a certain amount of complexity in our games. All of us are, I assure you, very much in the minority these days. It's true no matter our preferences. Folks like their hobbies simple, and RPGs are complex by their very nature so even the simplest ones are already fighting an uphill battle.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 14, 2014, 06:23:38 PM
Just watched the first episode of The Flash.

Excellent show that actually respects the source material and fans while being thoroughly approachable to people new to it.

Basically the opposite of Gotham, thank God.

Edit: Oh, and I've been enjoying Forever as well.

I rather like Gotham, but I'm far from a purist, and I love elseworlds stories.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 14, 2014, 06:17:09 PM
I don't actually like the advantage/disadvantage mechanic as presented in 5e.* No matter how small or how large of an advantage you have, it's the same bonus.

Huzzah! You're flanked, I have the advantage!
Huzzah! You're prone, I have the advantage!
Huzzah! You're blinded, I have the advantage!
Huzzah! You're stunned, I have the advantage!

Huzzah! You're flanked, prone, blinded, and stunned; I have the advantage!


I could add many more advantage inducing states if needed but there's no real point.


*For the record, I like the basic mechanic of rolling 2 dice and keeping the best or worst. I just don't like the advantage/disadvantage mechanic.

The strength of not having to deal with individual lists of bonuses and penalties far, FAR outweighs the drawbacks IMO. So far it's not even a discussion for most - most - RPG designs.

Of course, I also find that nearly all tabletop RPGs are both hurt by and ultimately fail at being simulations.

//follow with Dennis Miller's famous close//
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: October 14, 2014, 06:13:46 PM

I'll allow it.
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D 5e Going Live In July on: October 04, 2014, 09:40:27 PM
I've only just now started reading through it and I really like advantage/disadvantage concept

It's not new in RPGs - we even did it a couple times - but 5E utilizes it in such an inspired and revolutionary way that it's effectively a brand new mechanic. Ads/disads are easily - by LEAGUES - the best thing to come out of that edition, and I will be very hard-pressed not to rogue the ideal wholesale in every RPG I make from now on.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: October 04, 2014, 09:36:44 PM
Human Resources Kickstarter Trailer

Well that's... excessively depressing.

I like the basic concept well enough. My issue with the game is that it doesn't appear to have a single player campaign. (I don't do much multiplayer.)

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Alien Isolation Review

Yes, that is the Jim Sterling forgiving Sega for Colonial Marines.  Holy crap.

Cannot WAIT for this title. My preorder ships to me next week.

It's a good year for video games actually: Wasteland 2, Isolation, Inquisition, Beyond Earth...
8  Products / Z-Corps / Re: Escape Routes & Safe Zones on: October 03, 2014, 12:04:17 AM

Hm. OK, I'll seize this as an opportunity to talk a wee bit about our version of the game. You see, it's different from the French version in a lot of ways but perhaps most importantly in that...

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With that said...

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May the theories begin...

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9  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: PCGen full on: October 02, 2014, 06:28:01 AM
It's all part of the new website build. When that goes live, we should be able to get the full PC Gen suite available for sale in the not long after. In theory. Wink
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Repeat List on: October 01, 2014, 06:29:10 PM
 Grin
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: September 30, 2014, 10:11:07 PM
You can hang on my lawn, Wolvie. My initial reply was, "I'm stunned it took this long for the last of those shows to go."

It's not like they've been any good for the last couple decades...
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box: TV News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: September 29, 2014, 02:43:49 PM
Huh? It's pretty clear from the previews that the main character of the show is C1-10P / Chopper - the sassiest astromech droid in the galaxy. The show's really about his day-to-day struggles as he puts up with an at times barely competent crew of humans and aliens trying to fight the good fight against the evil Empire.

This.
13  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: what brought you into spycraft on: September 16, 2014, 09:37:04 PM
Whatever happened to the Dark Inheritence guys anyway?

Life stuff. At least for the time being, they've taken a breather from publishing. Hopefully they'll come back eventually, but it's not on the radar for them last I chatted with them.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: September 15, 2014, 06:13:28 AM
This game looks fantastic and should appeal to most of the Crafty Game fan base.

http://www.darkestdungeon.com/

I highly suggest you guys check it out.

unfortunately its not quite out yet but should be soon.

Their are a few game play videos. 

Backed the Kickstarter. Smiley
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: September 10, 2014, 08:44:50 PM
Richard Kiel, aka Jaws

 Cry
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