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Part 2 of HAMMERCRAWL! is live, as well. Considering a Part 3 in the coming days...
HAMMERCRAWL! Part 2: Game Structure. March 06th, 2015 | Category: Conventions,Gamestorm,Gaming,HAMMMWECRAWL,OSR,RPG · The first post laid out the tools of the game, now this one sets down the adventure flow, with specific focus on the meta-game that the DM commands.
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Comment if this triggers within you the same nostalgia bomb that it does for me.
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ahh the days of Renegade BBS...

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I think I'm going to have to stay off the internet for the rest of the day. My heart is too heavy with this.
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Few other celebrities would affect me this way.

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Okay I know I've seen somewhere online a page dedicated to a comprehensive (or at least partially) list of many of the OSR/clones compared to which of the classic editions they most resemble. But I can't find it. Anyone got that link?
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I appear to have mixed them up, although ADD has often been mislabeled as a 2e clone too, to my annoyance.
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I want to talk about a thing that I just hate in fiction. Specifically, this is a thing that really only happens in multi-perspective fiction, where each chapter cycles through different perspective characters. That cycling by itself is fine with me, I enjoy seeing different perspectives of the setting.

But what I hate is when One of those perspectives is the awesome cool hero-person that I'm actually reading the book for in the first place, and the other perspective is a Crazy-Go-Psycho with delusions of reality trying to hunt and harm that hero. it creates a certain type of nerve-grating tension that I actually find uncomfortable, to the point of finding the act of reading to be unpleasant.

I'm fine with seeing perspectives of the "bad guys" in well-written fiction, especially when you quickly see that they have their own goals, passions, and reasons for existing, and probably aren't bad at all, just on a different side of a conflict. And I can handle stories with crazy delusional bad guys, provided I don't have to read their perspective.

Abaddon's Gate is about to lose me for this reason. I loved the first two books in this series so dearly, but the River Tam Melba character is just... no. Fuck this character. I just don't care. She's not sympathetic in the slightest, and I feel like her chapters are being forced down my throat. I don't care about following her agenda, and I certainly don't want to grow attached to her. Her entire presence makes this book an unexpected slog.
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Soon I will be invincible did that with a hero and a villian, and it worked really well. Though the villian was not directly going after the hero, and the hero had all her own stuff going on... 

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I'm looking for a good quick primer I can read over this afternoon on running D&D (5E specifically, but I can adapt others) with a nautical focus. My party is temporarily hitting the seas for about a week of travel, and as I prep for tomorrow's session I realize: I've never before run a D&D game on the sea!

What should I look out for, what are some cool ideas to bring in, and what are the things that should affect the lives of the adventurers who are passengers? We run a fairly "old school" style of play that in some ways resembles hex-crawling, as they travel and explore a new world.

Their trip is only about a week, and takes them along the coastline, if it matters.
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The book Dead Man's Chest from Sword and Sorcery has a lot to f good nautical DnD stuff in it. 

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HEEEEEEY rpg nerds! Specifically those with at least a passing enjoyment of OSR-compatible rules sets.  I am putting together another round of HAMMERCRAWL! for Gamestorm this year, and I need to update my Random Things Generation systems. So maybe you can help me out?

Some Background. HAMMERCRAWL! is an attempt to completely procedurally generate everything about a dungeon crawl, live and at the table, primarily using special dice to determine dungeon layout and challenge basics.

The Supplies I am already set to use:
* Warhammer FRP3 dice for "divining" the content of the next room
* A set of random Dungeon Room dice (I actually have a LOT of these).

Here's what I need:
1): An online quick-action random character generator, for characters specifically compatible with either RCD&D, Swords and Wizardry, or Dark Dungeons. (I've used one before that made "holmes" characters, but they didn't quite work out)
2): A solid online random Encounter generator - again, compatible with those systems. Bonus points for adjustable encounter levels.
3): A good online TRAP generator (this one is crucial)
4): A good online Treasure generator, similarly compatible.

I am expecting that if wireless sucks at the con, I'll probably pre-print, say, a hundred different of each of: Characters, Traps, Treasures, and Monsters.

Also: if you have any other solid tips, systems, existing notes, or advice on a 100% on-the-fly dungeon crawl? Let me know! Thanks!
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Good! I heart +Ramanan S in a manly fashion! So you know about the Purple Sorcerer character generator? It may also do what you want!

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Part One of my HAMMERCRAWL! procedural is up. Interested in my personal method for running "roguelike" tabletop D&D? Check it out. Part Two is coming soon.
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super interesting

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"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP"

"Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong."

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Mordin died for me in the finale of ME2, do I don't actually know his role in ME3...

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It's time for more Moly-news!
The veteran game designer is at the centre of a raging controversy over his new game Godus. In this exclusive interview, he says that his relationship with the press is over
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I think the Jimquisition got it pretty much spot on:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGo63oAEN20 
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My current Gamestorm game lineup, if anyone is interested:

- Friday 7 PM: Motobushido Demo
- Saturday 1 PM: HAMMERCRAWL!
- Saturday 7 PM: Crimson Blossoms: A Legacy of Poison
- Sunday 11 AM: Crimson Blossoms: The Hanafuda Run
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Looking forward to this epic shit!

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Dear Plussers: did we just add each other? It's possible! I just got hit with a veritable flood of adds by some weird circle-sharing from someone I don't even know. The vast majority of you were no-content spam accounts, so I blocked you, and will continue to do so as I find you. But this did inspire me to look through my recent adds and add-back others I've missed, as well. So if you're reading this, hi there! Nice to meet you. I talk about game shit and little else.
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10/10 would grump again
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