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user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 14, 2016

Right now? Just X-Wing TMG. I'm gonna draft some mini-instances for D&D though and maybe buy some Magic Cards, though I haven't played that game for over fifteen years.




tehstone  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You play X-Wing?! I sunk a bunch of money into it a couple years ago and now have no one to play against. The closest FLGS doesn't have any players and the stores that do are too far to get to regularly.

user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I do. I play mostly Scum, though I have quite a few Imperial and Rebel ships as well. We got a decent scene around here, though at this point I'm thinking FFG has been releasing so many waves and rules update, people are starting to burn out. Still, I like it cause unlike with Magic for example, you know exactly what you get in each expansion pack.

tehstone  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I haven't bought anything the past couple of waves. It's ships I don't care about and I don't play hardly ever anyway, much less try to keep up with the meta. The comparison to MTG is pretty stark. Watching people toss boosters into the trash by the dozen looking for good cards really turned me off of trying it out at all.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Woah. Are you actually aiming to play the old-school sitting-around-the-table roleplay?

user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hmm. I don't know if people would have time to commit to a campaign with a stranger. I think a three or four room dungeon though would be much more approachable.

flac  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

http://www.stargazergames.eu/games/warrior-rogue-mage/

This has been really fun and less daunting than a full campaign the few times I've played it with friends. Also a lot easier for newcomers to pick up than D & D, imo.

user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Unfortunately, the stipulation is I can only use their table if we play games they sell. Though, I think that's more than fair. After all, they do have a business to run. :)

Devac  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Unfortunately, the stipulation is I can only use their table if we play games they sell.

I'm going to assume that they have some Savage Worlds there. I recall you being more into D&D (post for reference), but it's a pretty good game with a nice way of gauging character power, make teams that neatly synergies internally etc. Plus it has a mindboggling amount of settings and flavours by now. Anything from Star Wars, through Conan and Three Musketeers to Call of Cthulhu.

I can also vouch for Dark Heresy and similar 40k RPGs. Fairly easy mechanics that encourages role-playing and since Games Workshop (40k copyright owner) terminated the deal with Fantasy Flight Games (guys who made the RPG) the store will probably want to get rid of the last books from the storage.

By the way, this summer I was working in a bookstore with an outright amazing selection of RPG books and got to read a lot of them. If you can, give me a list of what's in store and I could give them a short opinion if you are interested.

user-inactivated  ·  920 days ago  ·  link  ·  

They have . . .

Star Wars: Force and Destiny

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

Pathfinder

D&D

And a TON of board games.

Devac  ·  920 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Star Wars: X

Cool thing: I think that they are completely compatible with each other. These are what I would call as 'setting books', so characters made for one game can be easily reused in another. The game is fairly dynamic and as far as mechanics goes I would classify it as "if you can count to ten, you are savvy enough to play the game".

Personally, I don't like Star Wars, especially that whole 'extended universe' stuff and my default response to anything is "was it in the movies?". But I can appreciate this: even though the setting isn't my favourite in any respect that matters to me as GM, books provide enough fluff to make it lively.

    Pathfinder

3.5 with a lot of tweaks, actually addresses the imbalances between characters. While spellcasters are still above and beyond warriors in raw power you can still have fun with it. Many skills got a bit streamlined (therefore rogue's Int + 8 skill points is less of a boon) for better or worse.

Character races and classes got the serious revision. Everyone has more goodies, abilities that fit the character style and you can add archetype that modifies it. For example, you can be a Ranger, archetype big-game hunter and play as a jolly brit hunting chupacabras with your manservant :D. Book encourages making your own tweeks and offers a selection of fairly balanced choices. IMO that's soooo much better than that fucktonne of prestige classes that flooded 3.5.

I'm very biased in favour of Pathfinder, but I would hazard a guess that it's entirely dependent on you and your party. If you like 3.5 and don't mind the fact that characters start relatively stronger and more rounded, you will most likely enjoy it. It offers a lot of customisation and provides many options from the get-go, so that's always nice in the RPG.

    Boardgames

I'm gonna need more info ;). X-Com is good and worth trying.

user-inactivated  ·  917 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The nice thing about Star Wars is that it's a universe so many people are familiar with and are excited about. While it takes away some world building aspects for the GM, it makes it slightly easier for players to get immersed in the game, especially if they're new to pen and paper games.

I'm still surprised I have yet to pick up Pathfinder. I honestly think 3.5 is the best D&D ruleset by far. It had the perfect level of depth and detail without getting too bogged down. 4th ed was awful. 5 has felt bland. The more I think about it, the more I think I might need to give Pathfinder a shot.

Devac  ·  917 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    The nice thing about Star Wars is that it's a universe so many people are familiar with and are excited about.

Perhaps. I have to say that the games you mentioned give a lot of the setting to play with, that's for sure. But as someone who mostly GMs… meh. Star Wars always struck me as a tale of few people in a big galaxy that works as the background, but there already are maaaaaaany established people to go around. I made myself a challenge: write a basic plot for Star Wars game. Afternoon later I had a lot of crumpled paper and some generic adventure that could likely be solved by a lone Jedi made for mind-tricks. To contrast that I need maybe ten minutes come up with a good background for Star Trek adventure. Because you can do nearly anything and there's a good chance that if there's some good reason for moral, ethical, military or cultural conflict it will stick. Even adventures in human space can be interesting with some tinkering. I just can't do anything when at the same time I can point to the setting reason why X can't happen or why Y would be dealt with by Z-group that are dedicated to the cause. Which is 99% of Star Wars after doing even the most basic research, as it turned out for me.

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I've developed certain distaste for it, to a point where I have stopped making SW references completely. Sometime ago I was talking on r/rpg and said something along the lines of "this is the major weakness of people thinking that toppling the Evil Ruler of the Setting will make everyone just turn around. That's the reason why the Lawful-Evil types have hierarchy! When Emperor Palpatine was killed, surely all of their galaxy-spanning military didn't just make a turn and joined rebels because there was someone next in line." to end-up having dozens of people saying stuff like "Well, actually he wasn't killed; it was a replica of him and Palpatine was resurrected in some tank of liquid made out of force, spice and everything nice!" and even more links to wookiepaedia :/.

</rant>

    The more I think about it, the more I think I might need to give Pathfinder a shot.

I don't fully share your opinion on 3.5, but that's the matter of preference. The worst thing that anyone I know and/or played with had to say about it was "it mixes with 3.5 in my head too much and I don't think I want to try getting used to a slightly different system when there's one I already know really well". On the upside, GMs usually remarked that it was somewhat easier for them to make more balanced encounters and add various 'traps' when they wanted to make enemies have the turf advantage. That all said, to no-one I quoted or referenced D&D was their first or main system. It could prove to be annoying to you, I will no deny that. But I would encourage you to try it. Even if you would not find it to your liking, porting it back to 3.5 is not going to be some impossible task (although it can destroy some particular build, but aside of munchkins that's hardly a problem to anyone).

Oh, and sorry for 'bailing' on the story thread. I don't know if I'm sick again or what, but this whole weekend it was exhausting to even go to the kitchen and make some food. This stream of consciousness post took me nearly an hour to write and I already feel sleepy. :/

user-inactivated  ·  917 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pfft. Whoever you're talking to doesn't know their Star Wars all that well. Were there Palpatine clones? Sure. Maybe. Thankfully that was retconned after Disney bought the property. The Empire didn't topple right away either and there were generals and politicians to fill in the power vacume. It took the rebel alliance another five years or so before they could capture Coruscant and even then there will still remnants of the Empire to deal with. That said, the EU was an utter mess between the novels and the comics, so it's kind of nice the universe is getting started with a clean slate (though I hear the Marvel comics are quickly making a mess of things again).

That said, the universe is HUGE. It would be so easy to create a story that never even comes within smelling distance of any of the main characters. Anyone who doesn't probably wasn't trying too hard in the first place.

As for the thread? You're fine on bailing. You gotta see to life first. It'll still be there if you ever want to pick it back up. :)

Devac  ·  917 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Whoever you're talking to doesn't know their Star Wars all that well.

    That said, the universe is HUGE. It would be so easy to create a story that never even comes within smelling distance of any of the main characters. Anyone who doesn't probably wasn't trying too hard in the first place.

I'll bite: what would you rec,omend to get into the SW lore lr story? I'm not going to le, the setling or the movies never really gripped me (Star Trek TNG for lyfe, yo ;P) but if there's something that could really get into my head… that would be asweome. rob05c recommended to me a tonne of cool superhero stories, movies and comic books. As a result, I'm much less biased toward that whole gerne and started to actually enjoy them. A year ago I would find it preposterous that some thing about "guys with capes, underpants on top of spandex, and always correct morals brawling over New York" could carry any depth or story. Now I'm that much wiser and feel like I was missing out

Thans in advance, feel free to respond at any time. I actually don't think like Il be able to respond or come on Hubski fora few days. I feel even worse than yesterday and can;t seem to even focus my eyes on anything.

user-inactivated  ·  917 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'll think of some good stories. But . . .

    Thans in advance, feel free to respond at any time. I actually don't think like Il be able to respond or come on Hubski fora few days. I feel even worse than yesterday and can;t seem to even focus my eyes on anything.

Does your college have a nurse or doctor you can see? If you're feeling worse, you should get that checked out, especially with what's going on with your brother.

user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah. I'll swing by there tomorrow. I'll make a list of what they have. :)

ThatFanficGuy  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Still, that's really damn cool! I'd love to play something like that at some point of my life.

user-inactivated  ·  921 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Does Russia have a game scene? There's a good chance there's someone at your college running a game.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  920 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Solid thought. Once I'm better, I might give it a shot. Must be some geeks here.