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Brian Takle
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Dedicated OSR and DIY D&D, with a strong bent toward B/X and variants. Also a huge fan of Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard, and of The One Ring
Dedicated OSR and DIY D&D, with a strong bent toward B/X and variants. Also a huge fan of Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard, and of The One Ring

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Part of what I feel is essential to the Japanese Horror Forest setting is undead. As in, the human population is generally indifferent to them, and they use them to do things. Vanquished enemies, probably, as ugly as that is.

This is a desperate land. There aren't a lot of people. There are a lot of demons and horrors at the doorstep. And necromantic magic is readily available. And I also want to separate the idea of ghost in the Japanese sense (e.g., onryo) from a deliberately animated body without a "ghost." What I mean is that a ghost, an agent, is not the same as a piece of flesh executing a program, which would engender neither fear nor reverence. It's just a ... robot, basically.

So undead can be enemies, but aren't in themselves to be feared.

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Played a 3-round match of *Swords & Strongholds* tonight with my son. The first round was a teaching game, so it ended relatively quickly. The second round, however, had us deadlocked for a long time as we constantly countered each other's strategies. At last, he knocked me out of position for the win. In the third round, I had enough Stronghold cards to lock down the midfield, allowing a rogue to sprint down the side of the board for a quick win.
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I don't know what it's like where you are, but in my part of the world - St. Paul MN - we have a lot of pubs.The kind with the old wood, and the kind built into the husk of an old industrial stack. And a big part of that pub culture is games. I sort of "lost" Swords & Strongholds in a move, but found it again a week ago, and am quickly realizing it's a perfect pub game.
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Relatedly, for the Japanese horror forest setting, I've come down to what I think is a workable martial arts system for B/X.

- Strength determines damage. Like, duh, but this is a fixed value separate from the ordinary damage bonus.
- Wisdom determines to-hit bonus.
- Dexterity determines number of attacks per round.

Both humans and demi-humans* can use martial arts but only humans get "ki," allowing them to use specialized styles. There's a list of styles, which are kind of like moves in Oriental Adventures, to keep it as simple as possible. Open styles are commonly available from teachers. Weapon styles require knowing the weapon in advance, plus a specialized teacher. Elemental styles are extremely rare. And hidden styles are usually only available to certain classes with specific connections.

* Which are of course more like OA than standard fare.
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One of the random-advancement classes in my Japanese Horror Forest B/X setting.
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Realizing while playing Wasteland 2 that the "Soviet mech" post-apoc game I created could work equally well for a Western RPG. Sub a few of the military wheels for, say, regret. And maybe whiskey as a resource.

Post-war regret as a spendable resource. I need to think on this.
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Still continuing to be into this setting, like a Japanese haunted forest, where yeah there are undead and ogres, but the real awful are these partially-corporeal metal-hating shadow demons who ride rust monsters as mounts and literally everybody hates and fears those guys.
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I finally started playing Wasteland 2. I can't even with how many hours and playthroughs I had with the original and so far it doesn't disappoint. I went a little bit into the game with throwaway characters just to get the feel of it and then went back and made my "real" ranger squad. This is the portrait I picked for my East European lock-picking gun-lugger Kalia.
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The Expanse is one of the most 40K inspriring series. Makes me want to run a Rogue Trader campaign.
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Late to the party, as I always am. This is a thing of beauty.

#lotfp #dnd #rpl #osr #diy
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