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by finarvyn
Sat May 23, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34543

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

The LOTR films had a sense of care and passion behind them - the Hobbit trilogy by comparison felt like a bloated cash-out. If LOTR had never existed, maybe the Hobbit would've gotten a better reception? Same could be said for the Star Wars prequels. . . I seriously dislike the Hobbit films. Just a...
by finarvyn
Sat May 23, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34543

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

You know, I think my problem is that if a movie looks bad I don't even bother to try it. I guess in that sense I'm a "judge a book by its cover" kind of guy, and only the ones that make it through the cover test (or the preview test) even enter my brain as a movie for discussion. For example, my sis...
by finarvyn
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Troll Con, Gen Con, Convention News
Topic: Gary Con XII
Replies: 15
Views: 6989

Re: Gary Con XII

Actually, GaryCon is now virtual. All games are online this year.
by finarvyn
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Feast of Legends -- Wendy's 5th edition
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: Feast of Legends -- Wendy's 5th edition

I think it's cute and I hope to run a one-shot for my group one of these days.
by finarvyn
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Tributes
Topic: RIP -- Rick Loomis
Replies: 1
Views: 3849

Re: RIP -- Rick Loomis

I met Rick a couple of times at Gen Con. I kept thinking that he was Ken St.Andre. :(

The few times I got to chat with him I found him to be a really nice and polite guy. He really was enthusiastic about his gaming. He will be missed. :(
by finarvyn
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Alternative to the SIEGE system
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Alternative to the SIEGE system

Over on DF is a thread where folks are discussing a way to replace SIEGE with something similar. I think that an awesome idea from that thread is simply to make use of the 5E "Advantage" mechanic, e.g. instead of having a 18/12 type difficulty roll you could keep all checks at 18 difficulty and then...
by finarvyn
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Cthulhu, Poeish RPG
Replies: 8
Views: 2204

Re: Cthulhu, Poeish RPG

I haven't really read much Poe in decades so my memory on his stories may be faulty, but my thought is that a Poe game would probably emphasize story over number crunching so I would look for a rules set which allowed for fast play and imagination over some of those "a rule for every situation" type...
by finarvyn
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Victorious
Topic: Evil in the White City Act 1 Released!
Replies: 3
Views: 1479

Re: Evil in the White City Act 1 Released!

Nice to see more support for Victorious! :D
by finarvyn
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What gaming stuff are you reading?
Replies: 2012
Views: 551107

Re: What gaming stuff are you reading?

Shadowrun 6E boxed set. As many have said, the setting is neat but the mechanics not so much. :( I tried to run a short session the other day and it flopped. My players never got comfortable with combat because the sequence just didn't make sense to them. Attack roll, followed by the defender gettin...
by finarvyn
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Troll Con, Gen Con, Convention News
Topic: Gary Con XII
Replies: 15
Views: 6989

Re: Gary Con XII

I keep telling myself that I need to get off my tushie and go to GaryCon again. The one I attended was a ton of fun. It always seems to happen at a tough time for me each year -- as a teacher we have lots of parent-teacher things and the like in March. Ugh.
by finarvyn
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: D&D 5th Edition Discussion
Replies: 418
Views: 196201

Re: D&D 5th Edition Discussion

Oh yeah ... 5e and the short/long rest ... I will willing benefit from it in game, but I don't like it. ALL HP back after 8 hours rest (and a good heal boost even from a short rest), some powers reset after an hour res, others after 8 hours rest ,,,, cab you get any more over powered ... If I did a...
by finarvyn
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: D&D 5th Edition Discussion
Replies: 418
Views: 196201

Re: D&D 5th Edition Discussion

I probably won't run 5e again, but I'd be willing to play it. That's the heart of the issue, isn't it? True old school games are earlier on the DM but provide fewer options for the player. New school games provide a lot more player options, at the expense of being harder to run. As a player, when y...
by finarvyn
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Half-orcs: How often do have you seen them used as PCs?
Replies: 30
Views: 7683

Re: Half-orcs: How often do have you seen them used as PCs?

I tried a half orc for a couple of sessions. Okay, but not anything really awesome. My sister played one pretty well. A couple of guys at the game store run one occasionally. Overall, not a lot of half orcs at my tables.
by finarvyn
Thu May 30, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: TLG, the C&C game and these forums . . memories!
Replies: 19
Views: 5589

Re: TLG, the C&C game and these forums . . memories!

Sad to see the forums become a barren wasteland. I know that I don't stop by as often as I should, so I guess I'm part of the reason we don't get a lot of chatter in this place. As to the memories … this is the 3rd (?) TLG board that I've posted on. I know that I playtested C&C back in 2002 or 2003,...
by finarvyn
Sun May 19, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: Amazing Adventures - Star Siege
Replies: 12
Views: 4235

Re: Amazing Adventures - Star Siege

A link on FaceBook allows you to download a "quickstart" version of this. I haven't taken the time to look at it yet, but I'm excited by the prospect of some StarSiege. 8-)
by finarvyn
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: Amazing Adventures movies or books?
Replies: 5
Views: 4379

Re: Amazing Adventures movies or books?

old school gamer wrote:The Mummy movies are a pretty good source.
Good catch on the Mummy movies. I have those on my shelf. They are a lot of fun,but for some reason I always forget that I own them. :oops:
by finarvyn
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: 5E and C&C
Replies: 6
Views: 4219

Re: 5E and C&C

Sounds like we have similar gaming styles. If you want some wacky adventure stuff, you might look at the Goodman Games products in the "Wicked Fantasy Factory" series. They are mostly 3E/d20 products (one is, I think, 4E) but I find that they have some neat ideas for ways to make a game a bit more w...
by finarvyn
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: 5E and C&C
Replies: 6
Views: 4219

Re: 5E and C&C

Hey, Zombieman -- I moved this thread because the "Keeper Advice" section is more restricted in terms of who can reply. This seemed to be a better general topic than a specific TLG one. :-) ------------------------------------- As to the subject of your post, I know that I playtested C&C using some ...
by finarvyn
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: AA for 5E
Replies: 13
Views: 8617

Re: AA for 5E

Well, there is a preview download. (Link in the 2nd post from the top.)

My group did some playtests, Jason is currently running a couple of playtest groups. There may be more of these that I'm not aware of in action as well.

My understanding is that the kickstart is to be launched "soon." 8-)
by finarvyn
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: AA for 5E
Replies: 13
Views: 8617

Re: AA for 5E

I'll also say this ... I buy many RPG products because they look interesting but I never play them. The new AA is the kind of product I plan to buy and then play. I feel like 5E took a major step towards core simplification of rules (with lots of potential details for folks who like those) compared ...
by finarvyn
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: AA for 5E
Replies: 13
Views: 8617

Re: AA for 5E

To be honest, the more I learn about 5e, the more I think I made the right choice picking C&C. I recognize that 5e is very popular and where the money is, and I know the trolls are running a business, but I have AA so I don't need another version using rules I don't like. As I read this post back i...
by finarvyn
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Amazing Adventures
Topic: AA for 5E
Replies: 13
Views: 8617

Re: AA for 5E

I can't disclose too much because of the NDA in effect, but my understanding is that the 5E version of AA will be... (1) Essentially a stand-alone game. There are certain elements of 5E which are not open content, so it's possible that there might be a couple of "see Player's Handbook for details" n...
by finarvyn
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurers Back Pack
Replies: 7
Views: 3852

Re: Adventurers Back Pack

I guess the best thing that I see about it is that it helps show that the game is growing and isn't stagnant. I had a similar feeling about the CKG, where I appreciate it but hardly ever use it.
by finarvyn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Troll community
Replies: 3
Views: 3076

Re: Troll community

I agree with you, Lurker. This place is pretty awesome. It was better when more of us stopped here to post, but we still have the elite posters and we work well together.
by finarvyn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 8305

Re: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.

I like digest, but the price seems high. Is it the cost of printing in this form that drives that price? Have you seen the cost of Dr. Pepper lately. :) No, is it high? I buy Dr. Bob from Peapod and it's half the price! ;) Not to pick a nit, Rhu, but if you don't know the price of Dr Pepper, then h...
by finarvyn
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Divine Healing..
Replies: 16
Views: 6496

Re: Divine Healing..

One could argue that for clerics healing is "their thing," but for druids nature is theirs. That could build a case that a druid might not heal as well as a cleric of the same level.
by finarvyn
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?
Replies: 19
Views: 7694

Re: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?

It's a tough balance. You want characters to survive, but you don't want players to think that you cheat to have them survive. Sometimes I roll behind the screen, other times in the open -- it all comes down to how lethal I want that particular game/campaign to be at the time.
by finarvyn
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Bundle of holding - Rifts x2
Replies: 11
Views: 6429

Re: Bundle of holding - Rifts x2

Never a big fan of the original Rifts. Too many unfamiliar words. I loved reading the background for Beyond the Supernatural, however. I had a group of guys really into Savage Worlds and they ran a couple of SW Rifts games at one of the local stores. I had so much fun I bought the super-duper SW Rif...
by finarvyn
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: NOT buying new stuff is hard...
Replies: 34
Views: 17236

Re: NOT buying new stuff is hard...

Colonial Gothic Wow … cool to find someone else who actually has played this game. I think it's really cool but have only played a few times. I bought a bunch of the books from the Rogue Games booth at GenCon years back and the owner/writer threw in some d12 dice as a freebie. I love the fact that ...