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DC Universe. It was West End Games' foray into supers, using the D6 Legend system (a variant of their D6 system that counts successes, instead of adding totals, using pools of six-sided dice). Short-lived, and very polarizing, it is nonetheless interesting, with some high quality supplements.

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Traveller Hero - I don't play Hero System games (no real reason), but this is the only iteration of Traveller that I don't really have. So, I bought the CD-Rom.

Squadron UK - an updated/revised version of Golden Heroes. Written both to avoid Games Workshop's copyright, but also to implement changes that author Simon Burley says he would have made anyway. I have been playng Golden Heroes with my nephews for a year or so now. I always felt kind of bad for Burley, because the game he will always be remembered for is one he can't get paid for (although he has been teasing that that's perhaps going to change). He also insists that SqUK is the better game, being written with decades more design experience under his belt.

My first impression is favorable, but somewhat mixed. There is a skill system added (a plus), and many options to incorporate intentional design elements into the still-mostly-random character generation (another plus). Golden Heroes' signature four-panel combat rounds are gone (which I do not like), but combats have become faster and less predictable.

The original Golden Heroes is, in my experience, a game that on paper does not give a true sense of how it plays. That is to say only in playing it do you gain an appreciation for just how clever and well-balanced it is. SqUK may be the same, so I will reserve final judgement until I have played it. But on first reading, it retains enough of the original's flavor, while adding new innovations, that I am eager to try it out.

Squadron UK is available for purchase at drivethrurpg. There is a book of adventures called Legacy (an updating of EVERY GH module/magazine adventure) in the works.

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Adventurers Backpack, of course!


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Prime Directive from Task Force Games. It seems that most people judged it on how good of a Star Trek game it was, rather than on how good of a game it was in general. Which is a shame, because the core system is solid.

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I've been reading the 5e PH in preparation for an upcoming online game to be run by Rigon.

So far, I like what I'm seeing, but the game will be the real test of how well things work.

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Art & Arcana, Basic Fantasy RPG (core rulebook and others), Moldvay Basic Rulebook, Marsh/Cook Expert Rulebook, some gaming material I have edited/am editing for ThrowiGames.

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Career Compendium for Warhammer FRP 2nd edition.


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Recon, 1st edition. Recently got a hold of the core rules, referee's screen, and 2 modules. Interesting game.

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At the moment I'm working my way through Danger International with a view to using it to run a game of Fringeworthy. I could use the original Tri Tac system, but it's a bit of a mess to sort through and find the relevant information, so I thought I'd go for something that's rather more coherent and also has lots of expansion options.

Reading a third edition Hero System game now is interesting: it's compact and clearly explained. Since DI doesn't have the powers system from Champions included it's also quite simple, with a very straightforward and flexible resolution mechanic. Such a shame that anything Hero is regarded with horror for its supposed impenetrable complexity these days, when it's actually considerably simpler than Pathfinder.


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Well I finished devouring The Hobbit - see the 'what are you reading post - so I decided to break open all the Bundle of Holding copies of 5e Adventures in Middle-Earth I bought back in December, and dig into them more than the quick glance I have given them before.

Very nice. I love the feel of it, I think it fits the feel of the books nicely. It does well at modifying it to D&D based games , and it isn't as odd as 'The One Ring' . Love all the different cultures, classes, backgrounds, vultures, and especially the corruption. Out of al the modifications I like that best (cultures are a close second)

However, as I read it I thin "boy this would be easy to modify into C&C" . I think that should take care of some of the modifications that are there to dial back the 5.e rules and assumptions. Things like You don't the benefit of a 'full rest' - return of all HP, return of all spells, etc - when you rest during travel. Things like that.

So, I would love to play 5e Adventures in Middle-Earth - if the DM loves ME that is, and would love to work on a house rule modifying Adventures in ME into C&C incase I ever can run it (when I get good internet, have a job that doesn't burn so much time, and life becomes huggy bears and rain bows ...

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If I had the ample amount of time it would take, I would convert ME5E into C&C. There is a really good Middle-Earth game buried not-to-deep in the Cubicle 7 ME books.

I. Just. Need. More. Time.

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Omote wrote:
If I had the ample amount of time it would take, I would convert ME5E into C&C. There is a really good Middle-Earth game buried not-to-deep in the Cubicle 7 ME books.

I. Just. Need. More. Time.


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Rgr that !

If I didn't have to waste time working and such I could make some good conversions and my dream home brew world ... stupid real life ! ;)

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I've been pouring over D&D 3.5 stuff for my upcoming summer gaming vacation and 5e for my current game. I am still converting 4e material, so I am looking at that stuff also. A lot of irons in the fire right now.

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Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:30 pm
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Zweihander Revised Core Rulebook. I have never played any iteration of WFRP. So, this is all new to me. I also hadn't read any of the previous printings of Zweihandfer. So far, I have run one session, and I like it. First session was all non-combat stuff. The next session is likely to be the inverse, we'll see how it goes. But I do like it. It's got just enough crunch for me.

Oh, and I've been doing a read-through on The Big Purple, if anyone wants to check it out:

https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads ... ok.849041/

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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 getting to dodge, followed by the defender getting to "soak" damage. They kept saying, "but I hit. What do you mean we have to keep rolling?"

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finarvyn wrote:
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 getting to dodge, followed by the defender getting to "soak" damage. They kept saying, "but I hit. What do you mean we have to keep rolling?"


Not much different, overall, than WEG Star Wars. Even uses dice pools.

But, I am reading Warhammer Fantasy Role Play 4th edition.


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I'm rereading The Wheel of Time series. I'm midway through volume 5 and am very impressed with the quality. It's been quite a few years since I've read them. While the narrative dragged a bit in some of the later volumes (particularly the shockingly bad Crossroads of Twilight), the first 5 books are really well-paced. The hate some people have for the series seems unjustified to me.

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