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Wondering whether Pelgrane Press's Hillfolk could be played solo. Anyone tried this system?
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Really cool.  It has me thinking, mainly about including inner desire into my stories.  I need to actually try all this out, but here are my initial ideas from a quick read through.  Also note that I allow for a lot of randomness to come into my games.

1) I have my cast of characters and their relationships, but I need to include their desires.  I can produce the desires from previous interactions, but will also create some randomly.  If I didn't have my characters already, I would probably use UNE or DCC funnel character generator to make a bunch and then randomly determine who is connected to whom and what their desires are.

2) I would then pull out about five characters to be the main characters of the session.  I would randomize their order and use the current character and their desires to produce scenes.  I would pick the obvious characters required for the scene, as well as allow others to be interjected randomly, especially if they have Drama tokens.  It could be interesting to be in situations where the obvious characters are not present.

3) Dramatic Scene resolution would be based on some probability that the granter submits to the petitioner, probably just an Oracle question including "... and" and "... but."  

4) For Procedural scenes, I would decide the GM's resolution at random (unless some difficulty level felt right).  I would also determine whether other characters participated based on their previous encounters with the subject matter and a random die roll.  The random roll would add nuance to the character.  For example, they could have supported the character in the past, but this time, choose not to.  I could then figure out why.  

To help with the scene development, I will use some type of random generator, maybe story cubes or zerodice.

I will also put my characters of 3x5 cards so that I can keep track of a) order, b) who is in the current scene, and c) how many tokens they currently have.  I'll have to do this at the table.  I also have a character web (example of page 16) to help me keep track of connections and relationships.  Page 57 has an example of note taking that seems pretty useful.
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My take on a Warhammer-flavoured RuneQuest 6 character sheet.

My personal twists in this particular character sheet are:

1. Like WFRP, all main and secondary attributes are in a single row. Also inspired by Warhammer, I added a second row where modified values can be kept (due to effects of injury, fatigue, disease, magic, etc).

2. The addition of the core characteristics from Ash's Guide To RPG Personality and Background (http://rpg.ashami.com/), which I've been incorporating into all my RP character sheets.

3. The hit location diagram is set up so you can easily record AP and HP for each location, and you can tick off which locations are covered by the shield (using the shield-shaped checkboxes )

If you're a RQ6 enthusiast who likes an "Olde Medieval" flavour in a character sheet, or if you use RQ6 rules in the Old World WFRP setting, give it a spin.

http://www.jonathandonald.com/blinddrop/rpg/rq6/charsheet/RuneHammer_Charsheet.pdf
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This is a rough first draft of my conversion guidelines for GURPS 3 to RuneQuest 6. Still sort of alpha stage, but may be of some use to those switching systems or adapting material.
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Thanks for your time and effort concerning this conversion project.
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The Stockholm Octavo is a great read, especially if you enjoy historical fiction with more than a dash of suspense.
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The United States currently has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania.
There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression. This is one of their stories.
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The science of plot:

New research suggests that plots have only six archetypal shapes. Dan Piepenbring looks at the collision of data and fiction.
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In this episode, Robin chats with Moon Design’s Jeff Richard, who tells tales of the epic heroquest that brought the mammoth and jaw-dropping Guide to Glorantha project back from the mythic realm of Kickstarter.
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+Jeff Richard, great interview! Hopefully this podcast will get some more people interested!
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The FCC  (Federal Communications Commission ) is proposing rules that would allow ISPs (internet service providers) like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to pick and choose your internet plan, what you do have access to and what you do not.

How does it work now: if you have an internet connection – you have access to all of the internet, the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you have internet access you have access to it all, free and paid. You have a choice to what you see and what you don’t. 

How it will work if this bill passes: your ISP will be able to give you different access plans to what you are able to see, which websites will be served and which ones you won’t have access to. More than that, this bill will also make it possible for your ISP to charge the website owners for making their websites available within their network. It will open a door to all kinds of abuse… because MONEY. It’ll start slowly, by reducing the load speeds and degrading the quality, but It’ll happen. 

If you are a user, it will affect you. If you are a website owner it will affect you. Most of us don’t realize just how important this is: right now you have a voice, but you may not have it for very long. If this bill passes, you may not have a place to speak up. So I urge you to do it now.

It is happening in the US, but it is only a matter of time until it happens where you are as well. You don’t have to be from the US to sign the petition and stop this madness. 

Some of you may know who I am, what I do and why. My project is a free health and fitness website oriented for at-home training and budget nutrition. It is a global resource dedicated to making fitness accessible and it is supported exclusively via donations (no pay-for-downloads, no ads, no product placement). Thousands all over the globe who cannot afford a gym membership, personal trainer’s time or even a pair of trainers use my website and it is changing lives every single day it is up. Projects like that will be the first ones to be eradicated. 

Everything we love about the web, the freedom of expression and freedom of information, everything we take for granted can be taken away from us. Speak up now, fight for what matters. 

Sign the petition:
http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fcc_break

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky WEB from me.

#netneutrality   #fccnetneutrality  
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