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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: It's Spore Day, Apparently on: February 17, 2008, 03:53:51 PM
as a huge Will Wright fan I will be getting this. I really love toolbox games that really let you do what you want to do. I really hope this lives up to the hype, it might shake up the VG industry a bit and get some other games to try and think out of the box a bit more.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What people do for 5k gold in WoW on: February 12, 2008, 11:27:58 AM
huh I guess I have no problem making a male character since i'm not inclined to stare at male ass pixelated or not.

Teasing aside.

If the opponent is hostle I grease them as soon as I can since they were likely looking for the same opportunity.

Now then playing MMOs for years I have a ton of good "uh...you know that's a dude, right?" stories.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What people do for 5k gold in WoW on: February 11, 2008, 09:58:30 PM
some of those don't really sound great to me as a buyer.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Bond 22: Quantum of Solace on: February 11, 2008, 06:51:58 PM
if they did that and picked up Quantum of Solace right after Casino Royale I will be one very happy camper.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What people do for 5k gold in WoW on: February 11, 2008, 12:46:29 PM
well I understand the logistics behind the reason. The gamer in me doesn't like random packs, I understand the need to do it to move product off the shelves.

Collectible games are designed to sell X number of units for suitable play. DDM is really meant as a skirmish game that also has crossover appeal for the tabletop RPG.

Being randomized ensures that so many will be sold and stores won't be stuck with X number of packs of a certain assortment because they aren't as valuable, interesting, or useful to the gamer.

I'm also not going to gripe too loudly since there are quite a few affordable pre painted miniatures making their way to tables. In the past if you wanted to use miniatures you had to find and buy metal varieties and if you wanted them to look nice you had to paint them as well.

The secondary singles market really does take care of the lack of set packs. You just have to be choosy and watch for shipping on those ebay deals. Biggest thing is if the monster or model you are looking for is common or uncommon, then you can order a dozen at a reasonable price.

The only thing that saddens me about WoW is the large draw its having on our existing tabletop gamers. I can't count the number of regular players that won't table top anymore since WoW is easier. On the other side when you do get some new gamers from there they are generally ill-equipped to a game were thinking outside the box is not only encourage, pretty much required.

I had an incident last Friday at my LGS where I'm running DnD for the store to bring in new roleplayers. <shakes his head> if it wasn't for the store that person wouldn't be coming back.
6  Community / License to Improvise / Re: GitS: d20 Modern/Future > SC2.0 on: February 08, 2008, 05:37:18 PM
well the beauty of using SC2.0 for GitS is that for the rules you don't have to custom fit any of the base rules to make GitS possible.

Now the only thing that SC2.0 lacks is examples of how to use the gadget system for cybernetics. As others have said the rules are there.

I'd say you just need to make some sample cyber picks to show players what is possible with the gadget and gear system in SC2.0 and perhaps a few custom made campaign qualities to dial in SC2.0 for the level of Cyberpunk you want to play.

Instead of two books and all those conversion notes you can just use the SC2.0 book and a single sheet of notes to do GitS. (not counting setting fluff material mind you).

Last year about this time I was on the boards asking questions about this sort of thing and found this to be the best course of action. I'm going to be running a game like this locally so we'll see what happens.
7  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Character first meetings.. and other confusing concepts. on: February 08, 2008, 11:07:43 AM
perhaps they all know the person hiring them to recover the official's daughter.

To make it seem less cheesy and conveinent since you know their backgrounds you can customize the relation.

For the Korean perhaps the person was one of the people that helped him turn around from crime.

Things like that.

I'm going to take a similar approach to my upcomming Spycraft game. So far I have two players excited about the game by simply looking at the classes and the equipment lists. Our soon to be snoop was rather excited about the table of diseases  Shocked
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Transformers pics on: February 06, 2008, 04:17:32 PM
you like that on hasbro's website there is a section for the new Universe line of toys this fall. On the site there is a clip that takes the Prime vs Megatron fight scene from the 86 movie and turns it CG.

Pretty cool if you are a fan. At home I'll dig up a link.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: What people do for 5k gold in WoW on: February 05, 2008, 08:31:10 PM
and to think so many gave it away for free Tongue

don't know I call shenanigans but could be possible for those willing.

Looks like that story is nearly a year old.
10  Community / Off-Topic / GenCon and Crafty on: February 04, 2008, 03:33:11 PM
Hey all,

I know that GenCon is still 7 months out but I noticed that event registration has opened up to get events listed.

I've heard that there is still all the convention center construction so space will be at a premium. Likely the RPGs will once again be pushed out to the fringes. Sounds like the sooner the events are registered the better the chance that like games can be clustered together.

So any ideas on what will be run at GenCon?
11  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Henchmen's edition? on: February 04, 2008, 03:02:00 PM
I mean, they could have called it the Minion edition. Or the Mook edition (although Feng Shui may have used that already).

I actually started by calling it Minion Edition, so Henchman is a step up! Smiley

Well according to The Monarch, his men do prefer Minion over Henchmen, but then lord knows a child could take them in combat. But hey they try their best.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: How long and what? (long) on: January 29, 2008, 06:19:08 PM
Wow okay I had to think about this but probably 90 when I had gotten my proper start.

Started with the Hero Quest board game and that was in 88 or 89. Played that with friends then started making my own rules to expand the game and make it more in depth. Eventualy I found AD&D 2nd ed on a bookstore shelf and from then joined another group that introduced me to all sorts of new games. Marvel super heroes, Space Opera, 2300 AD, Twilight 2000, Ars Magica, Vampire, Starwars (WEG version), Space 1889, Champions, Cyberpunk, Deadlands, Stormbringer, Warhammer Fantasy and Rolemaster. I'm sure I'm forgetting some others.

Now I usually pick up new games as I see them and I'm not going to list the new games on the shelf but obviously Spycraft is one of them Wink
13  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Fantasy Settings that work on: January 29, 2008, 04:25:13 PM
Gazeteer (Forget the name of this world) - An example of a world built top to bottom from the ground up to the heavens.  Each adventure added little bits to the world and its history.  Even when they were forced into Immortal DnD (good concept, poor execution), it attempted to remain balanced and fair to all.  Even after the fiasco of War of the Gods, the world was strong enough to survive three years.

That would be the Known World.
 

Also been known as Mystara in 2nd Ed

Good flavor in the world, just kinda crazy to get all of the background info for it now.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: [D&D] A 4th ed. Playtester gives opinion on: January 29, 2008, 03:23:48 PM
I come back to what I said earlier. I don't care what happens to anything else as long as the game itself is fun and easier to run again I don't mind them dropping the bits of fluff I liked.

I'm a writer I can always write them back in, or do my own stuff, which most DMs do anyway.

I mean look at how many people are running Spycraft their way? As long as its fun to run who cares how they do it.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Black Industries, Say what? on: January 29, 2008, 03:15:56 PM
and it's funny that folks will continue to be subjected to that when there are equally interesting and fun mini games out there.

Warmachine and Flames of War come to my mind. The later plays alot like 40K in many ways. Wish more guys around here played it, definately got into my army more when I knew it actually existed.

Part of the problem is the players have too much invested into GW to imagine gaming with something else. Interestingly enough the same could be said of DnD players attitude to other RPGs.
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