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It really depends on the DM as well. I've played with a guy that broke my character's leg because the vampire he was fighting "had celerity," never mind the fact that I scored multiple successes. The WoD system lets GMs either be very forgiving or complete bastards.


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Yeah... makes sense. I kinda wish my DM had been nastier last session when i botched a knife-throwing roll (i was just fooling around with some space-gypsys) and i... lost my knife. No amusing accidents!

Ah well.

I will say that i LOVE the Serenity Plot Point system. It seriously encourages you to act out your flaws... so in the show, Simon's player would get Plot Points every time being a Core-Worlder got him in trouble, or Jayne every time getting pissed off/motivated by money got him into trouble....

Its good fun
 
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my mom heard me talking to my GM (what do you call them in Serenity?) yesterday and got worried, since i was asking about finding dodgy jobs on the 'Net (Cortex, but i said 'net)... which is close enough to something i could actually do that she got a bit worried

someone from the game just got on. apparently while i was at work my character did some cool hacking stuff and the crew now has a job delievering dermal stimulants (or something like them). probably the work of the dodgy ex-Alliance 'doctor' (ex-Dr.Mengale type who keeps threatening to lobotomize my character)

i'm happy. i'm in the Firefly/Cowboy Bebop mindset where having a job means the difference between life and death. the GM encouraged that by having us make sure to buy food and drinks with our starting money in case our jobs didn't go well... i've got like a month of protein paste. and a coffee machine
 
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Remember that the WoD system was intended to discourage people from rolling dice at all if it could be avoided.

Any system that consciously uses a broken mechanic to keep its players from abusing the system should be overhauled, if not ignored entirely. It's why I stopped playing it, honestly. 3.5 d20 has some dodgy bits to it, but there's a concious effor to ameliorate their effects.


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Have you ever tried Minds Eye Theater rules for WoD? It is quite different from the Storyteller engine. (I don't know how you feel about LARPing, but it looks potentially fun with the right group.)


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Mind's Eye is fun, much better than the Storyteller mechanics. Regrettably, the only guy I know who runs Mind's Eye is a frickin' lunatic.


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There are several long-running Camerilla LARPs in my area that my friends play in... they do newVampire and newWerewolf, though I think they are seperate games.

I won't play due to bad experiances with White Wolf fanatics and various internet horror stories, though the guys i know who do play are cool (if seriously, seriously devious).

The stories are entertaining, though. Telling vamps that a radioactive rock is 'magic', then using the radiation to track them down? that is fun....
 
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alright... a hijack of the sushi thread might be more on-topic here... Tongster, do you know a Berkely gamer named Adam M? he's a cool guy who's studying a semester in Aus, but he's going back soon... does a Creative Writing degree. when he goes back he'll be running a GURPS Steampunk/alternate history thingie

Berkely must be huge, but you're both gamers so *shrug* you might know him

EDIT: now that i know the answer, there's no point in having my friend's full name on the 'net...

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Doesn't sound familiar, sorry.


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No worries. Keep an eye out, I guess... he's a cool guy
 
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I don't really game in Berkeley any more. I've never played Steampunk either, though it sounds like a fun genre. Phil Foglio, incidentally, started putting his Girl Genius series online, though I can't link to it from this computer.


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Aaand finally caught up on recaps . . . .
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The assault on the already-compromised facility went smoothly. The group moved in as soon as they finished their plans in order to rescue the victims before they could be transferred to another facility, and before the now-toasted defenses could be repaired.

The primary shuttle blasted in, taking out a transport shuttle on the facility's landing bay and strafing the guard barracks while unloading the Harts and their combat team of Charger's Irregulars. The Irregulars set up a perimeter around the shuttle while the Harts assaulted the main hospital.

After blasting the few remaining security guards, the Harts made off with all twelve victims (using their previously-stolen civilian shuttle to transport the last two). Quick exams of the patients revealed the following:
 They had all been laser-lobotomized. Medical records showed that this occurred numerous times.
 The lobotomized tissue appeared to be regenerating, requiring repeated lobotomies.

The Harts stashed most of the patients with a street doc (as previously planned), then took several of special interest (the most wounded, and one that the Doctor had tried healing) to rendevous with the Golden Hart. (The Hart had been sent to Hammer Station so that it would appear that the group had been on a transport mission while the second assault took place.) The more advanced medical facilities aboard the ship were used to analyze the patients, with similar results. The doctor was able to heal each patient once per day, with no discernible difference between the tissue healed through a patient's own regenerative abilities (as seen in the "control" patients).

The Harts then proceeded to their second goal: obtaining a base of operations to house their patients and their Crystal Experiments. After analyzing the various possibilities, the group decided to follow Sioux's suggestion.

The Golden Hart proceeded to Anvil and arranged to purchase an abandoned, mined-out strip mine and associated smelting facility. The smelting facility, by virtue of containing vast smelters and other heavy equipment, came pre-armored, and since the owners no longer had any use for it (or any other buyers looking to buy a toxic, heavily mined area), the group managed to haggle the price low enough to avoid requiring a loan. In return for a significant portion of their funds, the group managed to purchase a refurbished and renovated facility. The group completed the following renovations to their new base:
 Installed gravity plates throughout the main facility, capable of achieving 0 g,
 Removed all smelting equipment and restructured the main factory area as an armored hangar and repair bay large enough to service the Golden Hart,
 Expanded some of the subterranean tunnels to provide comfortable living quarters, labs, and medical bays safe from prying eyes,
 Found and dynamited all caverns leading to a vast pit filled with toxic, metal tailings-contaminated water (henceforth referred to as "The Incubator"),
 Installed various monitoring devices around The Incubator,
 Refinished three large outside strip mines into large landing bays for their ships,
 Built two smaller, unarmored hangar/repair bays, each large enough to house a shuttle,
 Refurbished the warehouse and office areas in the main facility into aboveground living facilities and laboratory areas,
 Installed security systems incorporating enough anti-ship weapons and sentry guns to make Sioux squeal.

While purchasing and renovating the facilities, Neil received an offer from Arkady Tarkoff – deliver Sarah to him, and be rewarded. Originally, with 300,000 credits.

Neil, considering the offer, went to Sarah's and asked her if she would agree to return to her father for 300,000 credits. Because that's what he'd offered.

After she had calmed down, she asked Neil for his help in taking out Arkady. The Mydians were leery about doing so, since his power in Solspace was significant; but perhaps Neil would help. Neil said that he would consider it.

Research followed. The Harts managed to track down several transactions, finally concluding that Tarkoff had controlling interest in Wincester Industries after Zachariah Wincester, distraught over the drop in stock prices, committed suicide. The group surmised that Arkady's interest in Sarah might be due to his ties to SolCon, and his recent acquisition of Wincester, the two partners in the Quest for the Crystal Egg.

Neil received another offer for 1,000,000 credits, and responded with a question – had Arkady tried to talk to Sarah? Arkady replied that he had, but she had refused. The two of them arranged for a meeting between the two.

Sarah agreed to The Meet, and (accompanied by a number of Mydian Scientists, joining the group to show their solidarity) proceeded to Anvil aboard the Golden Hart. The meet was set up near Sioux's tribe's territory, giving the Harts home field advantage. Neil and Sarah stood alone, while the Mydians, Sioux, and Vernon took up cover positions. Martin maintained overwatch nearby aboard the Hart's armed shuttle.

Martin's sensors showed 5 shuttles moving from Hammer Station at the appointed time; 2 maintained their distance while three moved closer. The three spewed gas canisters through the surrounding area before landing and vomiting forth 12 guards and one Arkady, dressed in full armor.

Yadda yadda yadda, talk talk yell talk, how do we really know that's Arkady? Let's see that face, boyo. Yadda yadda, threaten to leave, talk talk talk, helmet is removed. Shocker! It's not Arkady!

Neil began escorting Sarah to their planned escape route through local tunnels used by Sioux's tribe, but Sarah, hopping mad, stormed back to confront Arkady aboard the lead shuttle. While Neil realized that the odds of Arkady actually being present were slim, he realized that his odds of surviving an argument with an Angry Female were even slimmer, so he followed along behind to clean up the mess. And mess it was.

The shuttle doors began closing as soon as the two were on board. While Sarah ran through the shuttle shouting for her father, Neil headed to the cockpit, only to find that the controls had been hardwired for remote control. And that knockout gas was being flooded through the compartment.

Channeling his Inner Sioux, Neil promptly opened fire on the cockpit window. Meanwhile, outside the remaining conscious members of the group (namely, Sioux and Vernon, both in their fully sealed body armor) attacked the shuttle, attempting to ground it.

Long story short – Neil managed to knock out the cockpit window and jump out of the shuttle with Sarah while Sioux and Vernon damaged the engines enough for Martin to bring down the shuttle and keep the remaining shuttles at bay. Attack from unknown forces (Sioux and Vernon) convinced the guards to flee in the remaining shuttles, carefully watched by Martin.

And thus the group beat off the Tarkoff kidnap attempt, one shuttle richer. They sold their stolen civilian shuttle in order to repair the security shuttle, and retired to their new base, basking in the glory of their righteous victory.


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Originally posted by The Lord of YARRR!:
check out the New World of Darkness Changling version my friend wrote. i think its complete... i haven't read it, but its unofficial but good, or so i've heard. and he wrote it. he also converted Dark Sun to New World of Darkness, but i dunno if thats up anywhere

http://www.geniocracy.net/earthbound.htm


Changeling: the Earthbound isn't complete yet. However it is a functional system, meaning the bare bones are there... enough that you can run a game off it. In fact I am about to launch a campaign with the system for the holidays. Considering that I've written 130 pages in the space of 2.5 months, I'm quite happy with how it's turning out.

As a side note, my avatar is in fact artwork that was made for the website.

For Neil Gaiman fans, I definately will admit his influence in writing this. The Oubliette are almost a direct spin off of Neverwhere (which I now have on DVD, glee!).

Other things, such as Sandman, Lucifer, Neverwhere RPG, Nobilis (which has many Gaimonesque elements) have all crept in to some degree.

P.S. The other system he's talking about is Fading Suns, which can be found on my other website

http://www.geniocracy.net/renaissance.htm

The mod is in the mechanics section.
 
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I am a complete and utter genius.

I'm playing a monk of Sune in a Faerun game. The GM has been suggesting the Vow of Poverty from the Book of Exalted Deeds to give me some neat bennies and up my rather-pathetic power level.

But I'm a follower of freakin' Sune. I've started Faerun's first monastery/spa/bed-'n-breakfast. My monk's outfits are made of silk. How could I justify a vow of poverty?

Then, it occurred to me. A minor alteration to the spa, and it all makes sense.

I will start Faerun's first (demi)human nudist colony. And I will spread its word throughout Faerun!

Waggle Attack!


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Hey all.

This may be a weird question, but you remember that uber-long role playing game thread? The first one? Um . . . is that still around? There was a post I did that I'm looking for.

I tried using the search feature, but I couldn't even locate that thread, let alone the post within it. It was a post about which cleric spells to scroll, to wand, and to memorize. I could probably just re-invent all the info in it, but I thought I would check.

Thanks!

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being an artificer now is trying to figure out which spells he needs in scrolls and which he was wandalize. Thought that post would be a good place to start, if he could find it.


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Most of the old threads have been deleted, jaer, because of no room on the board...
 
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That's what I thought. Ah well. I'll figure it out. Thanks, Xine!

How it everyone, by the way?

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you know, i never read this thread. but i saw your name, jaer, and jsut HAD to pop in to say hello and give you a big big *hug*


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