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by NJPDX
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:23 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Cool barbarian miniatures for your veiwing pleasure:
Replies: 12
Views: 3952

Re: Cool barbarian miniatures for your veiwing pleasure:

If you people are in to minis that are less "cartoony" and more grounded, then I can't say enough good things about Tre Manor's stuff at red-box-games.com

His Norse stuff and Helsvakt figures are especially appropriate to this thread.
by NJPDX
Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Lost City of Barakus (revised and expanded)
Replies: 12
Views: 7802

Re: Lost City of Barakus (revised and expanded)

My poor wallet ... oh well, what the hell! you only live once I guess.
by NJPDX
Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Hey buddy, can you spare an Apocalypse?
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Hey buddy, can you spare an Apocalypse?

How about this: The sun went out for several years ... maybe it was magical, maybe it was natural, but whatever you come up with it devestated food production, started massive fights over dwindling resources and/or allowed the creatures of the cthonian underworld to pour out of their holes and furth...
by NJPDX
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: GM Sale ongoing
Replies: 17
Views: 3169

Re: GM Sale ongoing

I don't know if it makes me weird, but I have a very hard time reading a rulebook straight through when it's in pdf format, but I love having them when they are bookmarked and searchable with CTRL-F after I've been able to interalize the dead-tree version.
by NJPDX
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Other Games
Topic: RuneQuest 6 Bundle of Holding
Replies: 7
Views: 2684

Re: RuneQuest 6 Bundle of Holding

So far as I can tell, RQ6 is now under license to The Design Mechanism. I don't see any mention of Mongoose on the pdf I have.
by NJPDX
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:37 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: RuneQuest 6 Bundle of Holding
Replies: 7
Views: 2684

Re: RuneQuest 6 Bundle of Holding

I jumped on the bundle of holding mostly because I've never done any d100 gaming but I've long been curious about Runequest. So after spending some time poring over the book, I can say that it seems like a very well written, edited and organized tome, but I'm not sure if I grok some of its more fidd...
by NJPDX
Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: Haunted Highlands Campaign Setting
Topic: Haunted Highlands CK Guide is a monster!
Replies: 5
Views: 4004

Re: Haunted Highlands CK Guide is a monster!

I've been trying to get into it, but I'll be damned if I can read PDFs for very long. Even with a 27" widescreen monitor, it's just not comfortable for extended reading.

Beyond that, I like what I see so far ... minus a few typos that are jumping out at me occasionally.
by NJPDX
Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Advice from you Cthulhu fans
Replies: 19
Views: 942

Re: Advice from you Cthulhu fans

My philosophy on detect evil has always been that it detects active evil intent and/or beings of an infernal nature, rather than sussing out alignment (which is something a creature/man in my world is always ignorant of in themselves, and is used mostly as a tool to enforce role-play).
by NJPDX
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Starting level for a new campaign
Replies: 21
Views: 15714

Re: Starting level for a new campaign

I'm a big fan of encouraging players to make full use of torchbearers, porters, men-at-arms, guard dogs and/or henchmen at low-level. Basically fantasy equivalents to the "red shirts" of Star Trek fame. Henchmen also have the benefit of being good candidates for promotion to player characters when ...
by NJPDX
Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Starting level for a new campaign
Replies: 21
Views: 15714

Re: Starting level for a new campaign

I'm a big fan of encouraging players to make full use of torchbearers, porters, men-at-arms, guard dogs and/or henchmen at low-level. Basically fantasy equivalents to the "red shirts" of Star Trek fame. Henchmen also have the benefit of being good candidates for promotion to player characters when s...
by NJPDX
Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Book of Familiars Pre-Order is here!
Replies: 13
Views: 2210

Re: Book of Familiars Pre-Order is here!

Sounds interesting but you caught me with my RPG budget for the next month or two blown. Damn kickstarter and indiegogo bleeding me dry!
by NJPDX
Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: PH 6 Layout and Foramt
Replies: 15
Views: 1033

Re: PH 6 Layout and Foramt

My biggest complaint about the book is ease of reading. There does need to be a much better contrast of the print and the background color. As it is I would have been much more excited to hear we would be going back to B&W, so I hope you can do something about it. I hope you mean your actually addi...
by NJPDX
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: Swords & Wizardry Complete (Earl Otus Cover) Free
Replies: 17
Views: 4520

Re: Swords & Wizardry Complete (Earl Otus Cover) Free

So this is worth getting? Does anyone play S&W? why S&W over C&C? I see the appeal of both. I think C&C is an easier sell for people who got into gaming during D&D 3.x and like more moving parts, or those who really liked AD&D over B/X or Basic D&D (although the distinction is greater with S&W Core...
by NJPDX
Sat Oct 26, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Pair of Magic Daggers
Replies: 19
Views: 1150

Re: Pair of Magic Daggers

Can someone tell me why these daggers don't require the blood of an innocent or a pint of the wielder's own every fortnight?

It only seems right.
by NJPDX
Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:57 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Atk vs ac
Replies: 10
Views: 1093

Re: Atk vs ac

If you're worried about the math then just subtract points of AC from the monsters or consider boosting the base attack numbers for your characters to simulate whatever benefit you would expect them to have if magic items were distributed as "normal" at a given level - say +1 at level 4 or 5, +2 at ...
by NJPDX
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Computer help - New Machine
Replies: 17
Views: 1649

Re: Computer help - New Machine

As an on-again-off-again Linux user I can vouch for the performance and ease of use of Manjaro Linux (a rolling release model based on Arch Linux) and Elementary OS looks very slick and polished. I'm really excited to see what Valve comes up with for SteamOS in the next 6 months or so.
by NJPDX
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Cold....COLD...weather
Replies: 19
Views: 1877

Re: Cold....COLD...weather

This feels like hand-waving territory for me. The only time I would ever worry about rules for hypothermia would be someone falling through ice into water, getting stuck outside in a blizzard or otherwise being put at considerable risk for exposure. If you are going to make checks or saves, don't ma...
by NJPDX
Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:45 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: How do you get started?
Replies: 9
Views: 1121

Re: How do you get started?

I heartily recommend Mike Shea's "The Lazy Dungeon Master" for some really nice and concise game running and world building tips. There's a pdf version on RPGnow.com and you can get a print on demand version through lulu.com In short: start small (a barony, a valley, whatever) and worry more about b...
by NJPDX
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: for those who play with critical hits
Replies: 15
Views: 1079

Re: for those who play with critical hits

A natural 20 deals maximum damage in my game - nothing more and nothing less. The reason for this is that I've always been a "3d6 arrange as you like" kind of GM so player stat bonuses have tended to be rather low in most of my games, which also means that hit points don't usually end up all that in...
by NJPDX
Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Technology in your game.
Replies: 15
Views: 821

Re: Technology in your game.

My home brew world is an alternate Earth with an indeterminate timeline (it could be 10,000 BC or 100,000 AD for all the players know). It mostly works out to an Iron Age tech level approximating Northern Europe in 800-1000 AD in terms of arms and armor, etc. but "artefacts" occasionally pop up that...
by NJPDX
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:46 am
Forum: Other Games
Topic: DCC RPG
Replies: 68
Views: 20115

Re: DCC RPG

I picked up DCC a month or so ago after thumbing through a copy on the shelf at a local gaming store. I'll be honest I mostly picked it up for the artwork (I love me some Jim Roslof and Russ Nicholson) but after diving into it I have to say the game seems pretty impressive (at least on paper). I'm n...
by NJPDX
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Knight's Inspire Ability and ideas for avoiding a TPK...
Replies: 15
Views: 2817

Re: Knight's Inspire Ability and ideas for avoiding a TPK...

Also it's helpful to let players know ahead of time that retreat is an option. I think there can be a tendency with newer gamers to see encounters simply as 'mobs' meant to be lined up and killed like it's a video game.
by NJPDX
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Knight's Inspire Ability and ideas for avoiding a TPK...
Replies: 15
Views: 2817

Re: Knight's Inspire Ability and ideas for avoiding a TPK...

1. The text of the rule for "inspire" is loose enough that I think you could rule it however you like; realistically it doesn't take a ten minute speech to "inspire" others to greater heroics, it could just be a simple battlecry as he charges into the fray or his force of personality compelling othe...
by NJPDX
Fri Oct 04, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: real good mapper
Replies: 14
Views: 1889

Re: real good mapper

There's a free version of Dungeonographer (and Hexographer) that I've found immensely useful and easy to use.

http://www.dungeonographer.com/
by NJPDX
Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:15 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Steam "Plrrrrp!"
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: Steam "Plrrrrp!"

One thing to bear in mind is that Steam's support for games is going to be pretty generic in most cases unless the game was developed in-house by Valve. My humble suggestion would be to check out the website for Godus and see if they have a FAQ, or a forum where other people are reporting a similar ...
by NJPDX
Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: two cool kickstarters
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: two cool kickstarters

FWIW, Reaper is doing another "Bones" kickstarter. Pretty good deal when you consider how much stuff you get.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/151 ... f-mr-bones
by NJPDX
Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What gaming stuff are you reading?
Replies: 2021
Views: 595344

Re: What gaming stuff are you reading?

Just picked up Frog God Games's Stoneheart Valley and Rappan Athuk ... great stuff. Tons and tons of ideas to be pillaged there.
by NJPDX
Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!

Yeah the inherent bloat is what concerns me about 5th ed. Feats optional? Yeah right. There's no way I'm going to win that fight.
by NJPDX
Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: Tainted Lands in the house tonight!

Yeah, I had that problem too. I solved it by saying, "Do you want me to run games?" The answer was yes, so I said, "Then its going to be C&C, and we are all going to have fun." Which we have, for years now. I don't have that kind of leverage. I'm the wayward son come home recently after quitting fo...