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  • I always shoot for Transcendence in TSOY, although I usually save it for the last session. It's clearly how you win the game I never really thought of an Ability buyoff, *or* wished I could do that, though...
  • I love me some DW and it is great for new players. But yes, there is a lot of implied setting in the character playbooks and I think it would be tough to change the genre tropes without some hacking. YMMV!
  • @Aviatrix That title sequence is quite extra, indeed I'm looking forward to watching!
  • @Aviatrix I wish I could play in your Tolstoy game! And hope you keep writing about it. Our first game of the year has been Spirit of 77. We just had our last session on Sunday. Overall this was a really fun campaign. Too long of a story to share …
  • I've only played Microscope twice. The first time was at the SG Meetup while visiting Seattle. I was in the other group though, not the one with Ben! I don't think anyone there had a hard time coming up with stuff, and the game played out just the w…
  • Don't forget the Mad Hermit as potential guide to the Caves! That's a fun encounter to run, as the PCs don't know his true alignment... My PCs first parleyed with him, then decided to capture him for a bounty. That's when his pet mountain lion lea…
  • Another time, the PCs convinced the Elf from the Keep to go with them, but he was bitten by a crab spider and died of the venom.
  • When I ran this, the PCs did manage to convince the captain, at one point, to lend them some soldiers for a raid on the Caves. They did this through good role-playing and showing the captain some of the spoils they had captured, including a goblin c…
  • I still play & run D&D as well, but my main group's go-to system is PbtA. After some reflection, I think the main problem it solved for me (initially) was how to make bad things happen to the PCs in a way that felt fair, non-arbitrary, and w…
  • Today our Meetup group played its season finale of Headspace. The sixth and final session opened with all hell breaking loose, as my Handler, Jefferson, had leaked a video of the BBEG's all-revealing speech to a reporter. When they found out that th…
  • Thanks 2097, done and done.
  • LotFP, Tower of the Stargazer. Spoilers below! I'm playing with three gaming friends from back in high school and introducing them to the OSR style of play. In our first session, they made two characters each, all of which had silly names that refl…
  • I'm beginning to understand that there was a version of ttrpg before Dragonlance that I know nothing about. I had barely ever heard of Dragonlance before joining this forum, but now I'm realizing it was the progenitor of the DnD tropes I'm most fami…
  • Maybe D&D hit point scaling is the reason it took 60+ men and 23 stab wounds to take down Julius Caesar? Sorry--just a comment from the peanut gallery.
  • Great recommendations above, and ones I will keep in mind for my own usage. I would humbly add that Dungeon World can work surprisingly well with 2 players (+ a GM) and lends itself to a kind of Fafhrd & Gray Mouser dynamic, in my experience.
  • Cool, thanks Ben. I'll let you know if I get around to using Microscope in a treatment environment. I'm sure it will be interesting if I do
  • I love hearing about teachers using Microscope! It works much better in the classroom than I could ever have imagined. Amazing stuff. I did a video conference last month with a group of kids that had been playing Microscope all semester. As a side-…
  • Wow, I really want to play in your campaign! I hadn't heard of Beyond the Wall (being a bit behind on current RPGs), but I'm certainly going to get it after reading this.
  • A few months ago I had strep throat. One of the days that I took off work, I downloaded Mad Monks of Kwantoom and rolled up a monk for some solo gaming. I barely survived my first day (of shopping) in Kwantoom--the first hole-in-the-wall I stumbled …
  • If I were teaching my parents to play I'd probably go with World of Dungeons. It worked for my 7-year-old daughter. Because a class in WoD is just a bundle of two skills and a special ability, you could pretty easily introduce a level 0 game by just…
  • Interesting timing for this thread--I just turned 30 on Thursday. Right now I'm not playing anything regularly, other than one-shots at a Story Games meetup, which is once per month. In the last year, though, I've probably played in one 4-session TS…
  • I noticed this on EN World yesterday: The D&D 5th Edition Dungeon Master's Guide has been delayed by three weeks from November 18th until December 9th. WotC's Mike Mearls says "The new release date for the Dungeon Master's Guide is December 9th.…
  • It's really more like TIBFs than BIFTs, but BIFTs is probably easier to say out loud. It stands for (Personality) Traits, Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws. You get 2 traits (one positive, one negative) one ideal, one bond, and one flaw. Unless I missed it, …
  • Sorry to hear that, Hexabolic... I hope you're taking care of yourself and getting the support you need. I know you don't know me, but your Dungeon Girls thread inspired me to introduce my own daughter (now 8) to roleplaying with World of Dungeons, …
  • I played in a Dark Heresy scenario (hacked to a Renaissance Europe setting and a different ruleset) that involved almost literal railroading. That is, our PCs were packed into a carriage driven by our patron's lackey. This carriage carried us from s…
  • Speaking of racist dungeon crawls, I also saw part of The Golden Voyage of Sinbad on TV the other day.
  • My experience in running a Red Box game a few years ago was that the players will do a lot of strategic planning. The question is whether they do it in character or out of character, and that comes down to player preference and the culture of the gr…
  • Thanks @Paul_T, that definitely helps clear up my reservations. Not sure when I'll have a chance to give this a spin but I'll keep it in my back pocket
  • Indeed, @AsIf, I have often compared RPGs to a group form of what Jung called "active imagination"--a purposeful journeying into an imaginal space, an active form of fantasy-ing (as opposed to passive daydreaming). And just look at the archetypal na…
  • My eight-year-old daughter is doing pretty well with World of Dungeons so far! The core mechanic of "say what you do, roll 2d6 + whatever Dad says, practice your addition, Dad tells you what happens" is pretty easy to grasp. Paul, the Tear definite…
  • I'll just put it out there that I'm both a psychotherapist (Marriage & Family Therapist intern) and someone who has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. I wouldn't really know where to start a thread about gaming and mental heal…
  • This has been a great thread, and Mike, I would certainly be interested if you want to start a new thread about gaming and mental health--as long as it falls within the rules of the forum, which frankly, I haven't read.
  • Meanwhile, in the World of Dungeons: My eight-year-old daughter's wizard, Kara, summoned her flame spirit to set up a trap for Black Dougall and his gang of ruffians. When the latter arrived at the warehouse where they thought a shipment of gems was…
  • ^ that is awesome. Also, I doubt I will be able to play tomorrow since the game's about noon my time, but I am so jealous of the perilous sea-hexing that is about to ensue.
  • Potemkin, your table needs more disease. Well, at least one entry. Dysentery, plague, and so on were major factors affecting medieval military campaigns, from what little I know.
  • I'm down for some wavecrawling, if the timing works out (I'm in California, and the difference from GMT has meant I've only made one session so far). When is the next session going to happen?
  • Just thought I'd plug the Voynich Manuscript. I can definitely see gaming potential in the activity of "interpreting" these manuscripts. Kind of like a Rorschach or TAT test. Something like the Spout Lore move in Dungeon World?
  • Yeah, mapping and confusion about the dungeon environs seemed to take up a lot of our air time. What happened to Nasir, Sly Willie, and the others after Stupid Hans died? When I left the IRC channel, you guys had just stripped off your clothes to m…
  • For me, it depends on whether I want a challenging game of strategic problem-solving, where stories arise as byproducts of play and are mostly about the horrible ways your characters died, or, on the other hand, a zany, high-action game that generat…
  • I would love to play on Sunday, if the timing works out. I'm GMT-7 so we'll see about that. Are there guidelines for character creation?
  • Dark Heresy 1492 (Solar System hack). GM: In the morning, the bishop knocks on your chamber door to wake you. What are you doing? PC Tuscan noblewoman, secretly a vampire: Praying. Other player, OOC: Preying on whom? Fusilli, the skeptic: I'll bel…
  • Wow. I read through your whole blog and now I am completely hooked. There's something really compelling for me about reading APs involving kids (Dungeon Girls was very inspiring as well). Their characters do the darnedest things. I've only played …
  • the whole pubic-access grandfather clause thing +1. To the OP: 1. Nostalgia. It's not the only reason to play old school, but it's one. 2. Challenge. Unlike most narrativist games, OS games really can facilitate a "step on up" style of play, if yo…
  • When the fight started, the sergeant was using his Battle ability against the one PC who was specifically targeting him. The stakes we negotiated were: if the PC won, he would fight his way through the soldiers and kill Sergeant Malvole. If the serg…
  • On the topic of Farmville and the idea of the pursuit of improvement, y'all really need to play this game: http://www.3rdworldfarmer.com/ . It's a realistic sim of being a subsistence farmer in a third world country. My friend James, who spent three…
  • Another, related question: when you're rolling to give bonus dice, either to yourself or someone else (e.g. using your Swamp Lore to help set up an ambush), is your first roll always unopposed, or can it be opposed, too?
  • Okay, a couple of things. 1. In our last session, we reduced Gift Dice to one per player. This worked well (PCs actually spent pool points, thus necessitating refreshment scenes) although we will probably eliminate Gift Dice entirely in the future.…
  • In 2013 I got to play Dungeon World, World of Dungeons, Monsterhearts, Atomic Robo (FATE), Pathfinder, and TSOY. I guess Monsterhearts is the only 2013 release on that list (?) so that's my pick for Best of 2013. I had a lot of fun playing Lucian …
  • Sorry if this is off topic, but Eero--I would love to see a list of the modules you have found that fit well with this play style and creative agenda.
  • Thanks Eero and Dave, Both your responses are helpful. Eero, I totally grok your point that the way I handled the situation was not the only correct one. It was a solution that was negotiated on the fly at the table. Also, I can see how including a…