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1  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: New to Fantasy Craft on: January 26, 2015, 10:34:12 AM
Lots of packages in Mechwarrior 3.

It is interesting that no one has done a 5th Ed vs FC version of that article. It would be an interesting read.
2  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Rules to rule: how to manage a realm for FC on: January 03, 2015, 12:28:10 PM
I like GoT is working with actually and once my game starts I'll let you know how it works out.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy New Year! on: January 01, 2015, 12:03:41 PM
Happy New Year!
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: January 01, 2015, 10:41:39 AM
Just carrying this over even though it happened yesterday on the 31st.

Edward Herrmann, the vampiric villain of Lost Boys and so much more

http://www.thewrap.com/edward-herrmann-lost-boys-villain-dead-at-71-report/

5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2014: Can't be as bad as last year on: December 31, 2014, 08:02:50 PM
Edward Herrmann, the vampiric villain of Lost Boys and so much more

http://www.thewrap.com/edward-herrmann-lost-boys-villain-dead-at-71-report/
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy New Year! on: December 31, 2014, 08:01:48 PM
Happy New Year's everyone...still 6 hrs away exactly at this point
7  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Rules to rule: how to manage a realm for FC on: December 26, 2014, 05:17:06 AM
I've been reading over the RPG from Green Ronin for Game of Thrones (A Song Of Ice and Fire RPG). I've been gathering ideas from it as discussed here: http://www.crafty-games.com/forum/index.php?topic=8050.0

I'll port over what I've put already so it does not need to be repeated or read.

I'm converting over the idea of House Creation for lesser nobles in my home game and if the Players decide they want to play an Aristocrat or Lord Specialty then I'll give them the option of creating their ancestry including when their House started and what current state they are in. It covers 7 different aspects which are modified by the area of the country they are in:

Defense (Castles, fortifications, keeps, towers, etc)
Influence (Political/Social Power in the land)
Lands (Size and scope of the House's lands)
Law (How much control and respect the House has on its lands vs crime)
Population (How many people you actually rule)
Power (Military might including Bannermen, 17 different possible military units at 4 different possible Skill levels)
Wealth (House's soluble resources, including initial holdings of the House like an Artisan, a Guild, a Marketplace, a Mine or Port, a Chapel or a professional adviser/instructor/vizier).

I was looking for advice on is how to switch over the Stewardship aspect of their Status Skill.  Other aspects of the Status Skill include Breeding (a blend of knowledge of customs, history & procedures w/court etiquette), Reputation (equal to Noble Renown), and Tournament (basically a knowledge check on Tournament history like what knights were there and who won the joust in the last two decades). In short sum, a couple of Knowledge checks and Noble Renown easily handle the other aspects of the Status Skill but the Stewardship one eludes me as it is used for administrating, growing, and managing your lands.

In the scope of it, the idea of Stewardship is about the nobility managing their family's land(s) including buildings and enterprises on them. From a small noble family with a estate house and the immediate land it rests on (which is probably best considered a Holding) to a noble House like the Lannisters or Starks or Tyrells of Westeros were vast stretches of land, buildings, and enterprises are governed.

At the moment, I'm thinking of an average of ranks between Haggle & Resolve with a WIS modifier plus Noble Renown or Prudence. Alternately, the total of Noble Renown & Prudence plus whatever appropriate mental Stat modifier might fit the situation. Noble Renown of 2, Prudence of 5 and INT mod +3 for some situations would result in a 10 vs whatever the difficulty might be.

One additional component which I forgot to mention was that one component of House Creation also involves setting your maximum level of Influence which would be equated to Noble Renown. This brings an interesting element to the whole level as it can equate out each level of Noble Renown is quite readily.

There is also an aspect of the House Fortunes and increasing the attributes of a House. The roll for House Fortunes is done at least once every 3 months and at most 1 time per month. The alternate option is to choose to spend either Coin or Glory (think Reputation) to improve a House. In the book, the coin exchange is 200 gold dragons to add 1 to Wealth. Consider the idea of standard exchange rates we are familiar with that would equate out to 2000 Silver, I'm thinking of moving it toward 5000 Silver considering how easily Silver may be gained. With Glory in the game, it can be spent to grant a +1 bonus to the House Fortunes roll per point spent on it for the month or spent to increase any resource by 1 per point spent. It is much harder to gain Glory in the game than it is to earn Reputation in FC so I'm considering a 5 or 10 Rep to 1 Glory exchange.

There are 4 different House actions that can be taken but only 1 per month: Manage Resources (including exchanging resources to adjust to things going on), Begin Projects, Wage Wars, and Host Tournaments.
8  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Discovering the obvious (building a knife-throwing specialist) on: December 25, 2014, 10:22:09 AM
I was actually thinking Axe-and-Board Fighter can be just nasty.
9  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Rules to rule: how to manage a realm for FC on: December 24, 2014, 09:28:17 PM
I'd be interested to hear more
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 24, 2014, 10:40:27 AM
No one said anything about segregation. In fact, Louisiana has been doing exactly what was pointed out above and improve literacy in children from the lower classes in the progress

Once again your knowledge of history is appalling.

Private schooling became a huge thing in the south, particularly places like Louisiana as a way to get the good white kids away from those degenerate black kids that the Supreme Court said they had to educate. Many of those in Louisiana that your gushing over also are essentially anti-education teaching outright myth and superstition in place of history and science.

Private school numbers look good because they cherry pick their student populations via a mix of self and external selection criteria.

Private schools should never, under any circumstance receive public funding. You want to send your kid to private school, fine, you don't get tax dollars to pay for it.


I was not referencing the past beyond 4 years ago where Gov. Bobby Jindal as been making strides in education within Louisiana and turning his State around in a positive direction.

How would you propose getting around bad teachers in public schools who would rather graduate a student to the next level than do their job? .. Do you approve of home schooling?
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 24, 2014, 09:40:40 AM
No one said anything about segregation. In fact, Louisiana has been doing exactly what was pointed out above and improve literacy in children from the lower classes in the progress
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 24, 2014, 09:27:24 AM
Gotta agree with MilitiaJim ...

After watching the documentaries Ivory Tower and Fed Up, there are some serious changes that need to be made.

Ivory Tower is about how the government actually guarantees student loans which allows colleges and universities to raise tuition in order to construct buildings and stadiums along with paying college professors, in some cases, unreasonably high salaries. When many professors of today went to school, you could work part time during the school year and full time during the summer to cover all your costs but now that is not possible. Things are getting out of control and guaranteeing school loans with tax dollars only makes things worse across the country. There is going to be a monumental shift coming with the value of education when you can get the education you want on the internet and, with more students attending classes online than ever before, eventually in the next few years universities will start seeing a drop in physical attendance.

The only true out is to pull the government out of education as much as possible. On a local level, Louisiana actually has it correct and it needs to be applied nationally for all primary and secondary school education or at least as much as possible. Privatize public schools, charge tuition, and then give a dollar for dollar tax credit on money spent by parents to send their child to school. Teachers Unions refuse to cut bad teachers who have been working longer when newer teachers may be better suited. Parents, who should be determining what/where their child learns, are getting frustrated but the parents should have the right to pull their student out of a school that is underperforming or not serving their child's needs so they can be placed where they are guaranteed a better future with more capable teachers.

The documentary Fed Up is about obesity in America and how the Sugar lobbyists have targeted kids. Pick up any packaged food product and look at the Percentage of Daily Allowance. You'll see the grams within the product and, except for sugar, the actual PDA. The Sugar Lobby got it removed so we would not know how much we are consuming. Their advertising is targeting kids early on. I can remember watching commercials during Saturday morning cartoons (when did they disappear?) of sugary breakfast cereals. We have become more and more a prepackaged food society as opposed to cooking our own food now. For lower income families, it is even worse since they lack the resources to buy proper cooking materials and microwaving is so easy.

If you get a chance, watch both documentaries.  They can be rented from NetFlix and are well worth it.
 


13  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New Specialties: Rounding Out The Combat Feats on: December 24, 2014, 08:29:53 AM
I'm really liking these
14  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Stewardship of an Estate on: December 23, 2014, 12:31:37 PM
I'm converting over the idea of House Creation for lesser nobles in my home game and if the Players decide they want to play an Aristocrat or Lord Specialty then I'll give them the option of creating their ancestry including when their House started and what current state they are in.

In the scope of it, the idea of Stewardship is about the nobility managing their family's land(s) including buildings and enterprises on them. From a small noble family with a estate house and the immediate land it rests on (which is probably best considered a Holding) to a noble House like the Lannisters or Starks or Tyrells of Westeros were vast stretches of land, buildings, and enterprises are governed.

At the moment, I'm thinking of an average of ranks between Haggle & Resolve with a WIS modifier plus Noble Renown or Prudence. Alternately, the total of Noble Renown & Prudence plus whatever appropriate mental Stat modifier might fit the situation. Noble Renown of 2, Prudence of 5 and INT mod +3 for some situations would result in a 10 vs whatever the difficulty might be.

EDIT: One additional component which I forgot to mention was that one component of House Creation also involves setting your maximum level of Influence which would be equated to Noble Renown. This brings an interesting element to the whole level as it can equate out each level of Noble Renown is quite readily.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: December 21, 2014, 06:02:05 AM
The EU considers the UK to be the most violent country within their organization. Gun violence may have gone down but everything else went up: assaults, robberies, rapes, theft, home invasions, burglaries, and so on.

They may have strict gun control laws but how many other freedoms do they give up as well. As much as I would love to visit Canada and enjoy many Canadian performers doing their job, they are not permitted to publicly criticize their own government anywhere. Many of those "socialist" European states also have tremendously high tax rates and more than one of my friends in France has stated they stopped caring about the government because it never listens to them anyway. They have no real means to stand up to them. Why do you think all the austerity marches keep happening? ...

On a side note, taxation is theft because the government is neither inheriting money from us here in America nor is it trading sweat from its brow in equal transaction for what it takes.

Don't even get me started on civil asset forfeiture laws breaking the 5th Amendment.
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