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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 23, 2015, 01:49:52 AM
Tracker and #3.  Okay.  You peeked my interest.  Legendary.  For a non-Super Hero fan (Me..) in a group of some Super Hero fans, is there enough of a game in Legendary / Aliens to keep me interested?  I tried the Star Trek DBG and it was very lack luster.  Ascension is okay. 

If you have positive feelings on Ascension, I think there's a good chance that you will like Legendary.  A more complicated set-up, but definitely avoids the dryness of the Dominion clones that made up the first generation of deck builders. The Marvel version is semi-cooperative (winner is determined by victory points, but everyone can still lose to the board.) Aliens is a full co-op with an optional traitor mechanic that I recommend you avoid for your first few play throughs.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Boardgaming in 2015 on: February 21, 2015, 10:00:19 PM
I can't remember if there's a 2014 board game thread, but Legendary Encounters: Aliens is teh bomb-diggity.  Continues Legendary's tradition of having incredible flavor despite being a deckbuilding game. Terrifying co-op, and the first player that gets chestburtster'ed drives around a fully armed and operational xenomorph suit with his evil PC brain.  Pro-tip: never, never, ever leave a facehugger alive if you can help it.  Shocked
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Nations. In. SPAAAAAAAAAAAAACE on: February 02, 2015, 12:37:44 AM
Should be I be ashamed that the first thing that came to mind was G GundamEmbarrassed
4  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Mysterious Freelancer Revealed! Plus Spellbound Status Report! on: December 03, 2014, 11:40:06 PM
This is great news!  It's just... something seems missing somehow.

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5  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Saturday Morning Spycraft on: November 24, 2014, 11:13:35 PM
OK, now getting the versions with the headshots for the Overlord and Legendary Transmech.  Will Stone Sentinels be updated to remove references to Lawman and Thug, or shall we play it where it lies?
6  Legacy Games / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Saturday Morning Spycraft on: November 13, 2014, 03:32:30 AM
Has anyone found the differences in the "revised" files?  Downloaded again, and they still say they are from 2009. (Also, have to ask DTRPG why isn't showing up in my library.)
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 27, 2014, 10:25:34 PM
I could probably go on for another hour, but most of all this:
I could play anything I wanted ("Antha Ratslicer, Pixie Barbarian!"), and s/he was likely acceptably effective. So long as I didn't build my stats ike an idiot, I was ok.
That, patient reader, is half the fun -the other half is narrative.

This might sound contradictory to unintended rant I just posted, but I agree with most of this list.  Especially on the Warlord.  The most fun, and maybe only fun, I had playing 4E was playing a halfling resourceful warlord (screw you CharOps, I want to play Hannibal Smith as a hobbit.)  In a system truly dedicated to combat, Warlords get $#!+ done.  This was also with a tight group of friends that wasn't afraid to not touch the dice all night because we have story we want to tell.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 27, 2014, 10:13:58 PM
Let's talk 4th -or rather you talk and I'll listen.
You can PM me if you'd rather do it in a non-cluttery fashion, but whatever.

My mechanical complaints are going to be echos of things already said.  Calling what they use a skill system is seriously taking the piss. Feats felt even more hamstrung than in 3E, and the venn diagram between skills, feats, and multiclassing offends my sensibilities.  Want to pick up extra class skills?  Spend a feat to get one, or take a multiclass feat to get one, and another benny on top of that, ya moran.  Want to play a character specialized in something other than combat?  You clearly came to the wrong party, and don't leave any of your patchouli stink in the house on your way out. In my experience, the combats were always painfully slow. If there was sameness between classes, it was inside the roles.  Strikers gonna strike, and with rules startlingly bereft of any flavor, it was tough to not feel like the rogue, the ranger, and the sorcerer were just the same car painted different colors.

But the main reason I stopped was the social aspects of my gaming group. This area seems to have an enormous dedication to D&Dô, to the detriment of any other ruleset.  A lot of people took offence to the "MMO-ness" of 4E, and jumped ship when Paizo proved that you can still publish SRD&D and thrive.  Mind you, all the features of 4E, the non-existent skill system, the rigid class structure, the inability to simulate anything outside of a combat skirmish, that expansive void between brawls we fill with characters and story and imagination, can all by found in Basic/Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, with the added bonus of over-complicated math.  If anyone ever tells you that 4E was a computer game while espousing on how Gygax's rules encouraged roleplay, punch them in the face for me.  Both games recreate the same experience: killing Others and taking their stuff.  They don't have a lick of rules for anything past that, and the stories in between were all the work of the players.*

When WotC oversaturated their own game and attempted to reboot with Essentials, the last holdouts gave in, and the past two years of shutting down the presses while Next was cooking in the kitchen sealed it's fate.  4E was far from perfect, but it did not die from rejection, it was starved to death by it's own creators.

*Does anyone else feel like an RPG apostate when the love for Gary The Great bubbles up in the hobby?
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: D&D Next Going Live In July on: May 20, 2014, 11:30:20 PM
As a fan of the RPG hobby, I hope it takes, because I think a healthy D&D is a good thing for the hobby.  As a retailer, I don't think they realize that Pathfinder has already moved into their market when they let D&D lie fallow for almost 2 years.  Pathfinder is recognizably Third Edition D&D, has an organized play program with grass roots backing promoting it, and a more visible and responsive company presence. If you look fondly back at 3E, you've probably already switched to it.  If you started with 4E, 3E/Pathfinder is so alien that you've probably passed on it, and are doing your best to keep up with the Next to 5E progression, if you stayed in the hobby at all.  The battle to win the hearts of the 3E and D20 crowds, however, is already lost IMO, and a staggering US$150 (and 4 months) price point isn't a strategy to win them back, it's an assumption that they are already yours and you can continue to fleece them without a care in the world.

How do I always end up on this soapbox?  Huh?
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 23, 2014, 11:21:27 PM
None of the above.  I believe the GM makes or breaks a game.  I've played in D20 Modern campaigns, a system I despise with the fire of a thousand suns, because of who was running.
11  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: So what would be the security on: April 24, 2013, 09:09:28 PM
Well.. coming out of separation I was a big guy.  Still am.  6'4, close to 230 with a BFI of about 14%.  So I opted for inventory.  Me and the guys were all part timers.  Just there for some extra spending cash and a workout.  Now this would be back just before flat screens.  So we're one manning 27" Tubes all day long.  Great work out.  Well.. one of our co-workers was a really nice guy, worked in IT and did Best Buy two nights a week for his hobby money to keep his wife happy.  He was also black.  We hit it off.. became buddies.  Still are, actually.  We had a floor manager who was a bit of a young, self centered jackass.  One night, we had a double truck and we're just exhausted.  The rest of the store is standing around doing nothing, and its almost closing time.  This manager asks my friend to go get the carriages outside.  It's like.. 10F out.  We're hot, sweaty and exhausted.  And we still have stuff to upstock.  He points that out and the next words out of the managers mouth is where the problem begins.  "I should have expected that answer from one of you people."  Buddy instantly goes wide eyed.. and they start to squabble.  I try to get between them and pull him off before he gets fired.  Manager throws a right hook.  Misses him.  Hits me.  I'm not sure if it was Reflex or just general ill will for this guy, but I don't even think.  He catches the back of my elbow across his jaw, and I continue my spin to completely turn face and use my approaching arm to take him down to the ground as hard as I can.  Broke his jaw.  Concussion.  Bruised his ribs (I knelt on him once he was down).  And.. yeah.. I'm no longer allowed to work at Best Buy.

[sniff][sniff] That...  Cry That was beautiful man.  Cry You... are a real American hero.
12  Legacy Games / Classic Spycraft / Re: So what would be the security on: April 23, 2013, 09:04:02 PM
Guys, I've been working retail for...

Wait a sec...

$#!+, I need more fingers...


Out of those 25, I've probably done 20 Christmahankwanadans (we don't send children to war in this country.)
These have been in family businesses, so you can knock my service by saying I've never dropped into a Black Friday hotzone.

What the hell do I get?
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Agent Hunter, from AEG on: April 11, 2013, 08:09:29 PM
Hell, I think I have a rare set laying around somewhere, just have to find it.
14  Community / Customer Service / Re: Spam... it's what's for dinner on: April 01, 2013, 08:59:50 PM
Just got hit with a crapload of spam in Off Topic and Mistborn, multiple usernames.  

Edit: huanlanlui, nifiepulliela, kawoccawL are spamming like mad.
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 20, 2013, 09:46:40 PM
Ever an innovator, Cobra looks for crowdfunding.
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