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Dennis Higgins
I study psychology and play a lot of roleplaying games.
I study psychology and play a lot of roleplaying games.
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Is anyone else getting a 404 error when trying to download Conan the Thief?

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So, I started writing my future history for a Near Future Traveller campaign I plan on running.

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Future History, Part 1 of 3: The 21st Century
THE 21 ST CENTURY: The 21 st Century found the Earth in a conflict between capitalistic globalism, reactionary traditionalism, and an increasingly ineffectual liberal minority. The elections of populist conservatives throughout the Western world brought abo...

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Today's soundtrack.

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Your life is your life.
Know it while you have it.

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Some light holiday reading.
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I have been working on a Mongoose Traveller hack of T2K on and off for a year or so and I thought I'd share the Ranger School mini-game I added into Character Generation for it.

RANGER SCHOOL
The black and gold half-moon of the Ranger Tab is one of the most respected badges in the infantry. If you are commissioned as an Infantry officer or experience a service event that allows you to test for Ranger School, you gain one of Leadership, Navigation, Recon, or Survival at 0-level as part of your preparation. Successfully navigating Ranger school requires a series of tests of those four skills.
First Attempt: Test all four skills. Note which ones you succeeded at. If you succeed at all four, you graduate Ranger School. If you succeed at two or three of them, you are recycled and follow the Second Attempt instructions. If you fail all or only pass one test, you are returned to your unit. Regardless of the result, if you do not have any skill levels in one of the four Ranger school skills, you gain one of them at 0-level.
Second Attempt: Test all four skills again, with a +2 DM on the test if you passed that test in your previous attempt. Note the tests that succeed in this phase. If you succeed at all four, you graduate Ranger School. If you succeed at two or three of them, you are recycled and follow the Final Attempt instructions. If you fail all or only pass one test, you are returned to your unit. Regardless of the result, if you do not have any skill levels in one of the four Ranger school skills, you gain one of them at 0-level.
Final Attempt: Test all four skills again, with a +2 DM on the test if you passed at test in any of your previous attempts. If you succeed at three or four tests, you graduate Ranger School. Otherwise, you are returned to your unit. Regardless of the result, if you do not have any skill levels in one of the four Ranger school skills, you gain one of them at 0-level. Also, choose one of your 0-level Ranger school skills and raise them to 1.
Benefit: If you graduate Ranger School, add one level to any two of the four Ranger School skills (to a maximum level of 2). If you passed Ranger School on the third attempt with only three successes, you will only add the level to one of the skills. Regardless of how long it took them to graduate, Rangers receive a +2 DM on any social tests with non-Ranger NATO NPCs.

I was fucking around with 1e Character generation today on a study break and came up with a 16-year old character (Woot, EDU of 3!) with 35 months Time in Combat.

I'm thinking he was a dependent who got stuck in Germany when the balloon went up and just got adopted into the U.S. Military.

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WOW. A female school teacher who becomes an investigator is quick to become an unemployed school teacher. Here's some interesting flavor text for your game.
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