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by trancejeremy
Wed May 04, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Origins of D&D ideas: monsters, classes, spells, etc.
Replies: 44
Views: 17242

Re: Origins of D&D ideas: monsters, classes, spells, etc.

I think the Rakshasa, though obviously originally from Indian folklore, might have come by way of an episode of The Night Stalker (the old Darren McGavin show). At least that's where the blessed crossbow bolt aspect came from. I also think the "Geas" spell probably owes a lot to the Clark Ashton Smi...
by trancejeremy
Mon May 02, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Appendix N Recommendations and Adventuring Parties
Replies: 15
Views: 5750

Re: Appendix N Recommendations and Adventuring Parties

I just don't think adventure fiction works very well with groups. Doc Savage is a great example - at the start of the series, he had 5 assistants, but almost immediately only half of them were used in subsequent novels I guess because it just proved unwieldy. Usually just Doc + Ham + Monk + Monk's p...
by trancejeremy
Mon May 02, 2011 1:55 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Economics in DCC...Gold! Gold! Gold!
Replies: 36
Views: 12950

Re: Economics in DCC...Gold! Gold! Gold!

Well, Electrum really was used for coins though, at least in the ancient era. And it was pretty much literally half silver, half gold, so it should be worth half a gold piece. Which does make for awkward bookkeeping admittedly.
by trancejeremy
Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Have your attitudes towards DCC RPG changed since Jan. 3rd?
Replies: 113
Views: 43314

Re: Have your attitudes towards DCC RPG changed since Jan. 3

When I first heard rumors about DCC RPG, I was hoping for something like either 1st AD&D or BD&D. I know there are clone systems of those, but most of them suffer from not being from actual game companies, but stuff you have to buy off of Lulu and such. (I know that sounds terrible, and I have bough...
by trancejeremy
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?
Replies: 102
Views: 85113

Re: Designer's Blog #3: What Do You Mean, "Vancian"?

As someone who used to play Rolemaster (a little) this sort of stuff is fun at first, but quickly gets old. At least it doesn't have the draconian sort of penalties that game has. But it seems like DCC will be a lot better for short scenarios (like at Cons) than long campaigns. That's not a bad thin...
by trancejeremy
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:57 pm
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Reading Appendix N
Replies: 79
Views: 23864

Re: Reading Appendix N

Just finished Poul Anderson's The High Crusade. It was a very good and quick read. It's a great example of how the writing of novels (and rpgs) has changed over the years. Just compare this book (192 pages) with the very similar story (aliens land on earth in the past) in the World War novels by Tu...
by trancejeremy
Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:09 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Designer's Blog #1: What It Is, And What It Isn't
Replies: 110
Views: 86240

Re: Designer's Blog #1: What It Is, And What It Isn't

From some of the things described (and some of the playtests), I am strongly reminded by a lot of games from the early 80s that were sort of clones of D&D, but not quite. Arduin, that one from Bard Games, Palladium's system, even BRP, really. Basically taking the core stuff from D&D (six stats, hit ...
by trancejeremy
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:51 am
Forum: DCC RPG General
Topic: Anonycon Playtest Report
Replies: 11
Views: 6226

Re: Anonycon Playtest Report

Interesting, but at least in my experience (mostly with Rolemaster), having critical hits (and misses) is fun for just doing one shots, but tends to make campaigns very short lived. (Characters in Call of Cthulhu lasted longer than in Rolemaster)
by trancejeremy
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: What happened to these boards?
Replies: 16
Views: 15623

Re: What happened to these boards?

Raptor wrote:4th Edition happened.
That's what got me. Until I got wind of a DCC RPG in the works I pretty much avoided all RPG related sites (save for CoC, which is actually how I got wind of the DCC RPG, came back to look at Goodman's modules for CoC)
by trancejeremy
Thu May 08, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: DCC Modules - 4E
Topic: 4E DCC
Replies: 35
Views: 20496

Re: 4E DCC

Looking at those covers really drives home that it's an end of an era. Not that they look bad, just a completely different vibe that the previous DCCs had. These actually look a lot like Pathfinder modules from Paizo (especially ironic given they are sticking with 3.x) Hopefully I can snap up all th...
by trancejeremy
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: d20/D&D Conversation
Topic: Paizo sticks to 3.5 for Pathfinder
Replies: 20
Views: 34578

Well, compatability is a somewhat nebulous thing. Almost anything can be compatable with something else, depending on how much work you do as GM. As is, based on the Alpha rules, it will be less compatible than 3.5 was to 3.0 (and vice-versa). Anyway, I don't see that they had a lot of choice. Since...
by trancejeremy
Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: d20/D&D Conversation
Topic: Paizo sticks to 3.5 for Pathfinder
Replies: 20
Views: 34578

Well, the trouble (IMHO) is that it's not 3.5, but closer to 3.75. That reduces its appeal to me.
by trancejeremy
Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: Should Goodman have their own "house" system?
Replies: 19
Views: 14058

Etherscope, XCrawl, DragonMech, Eldritch, and Dungeoneer. Take your pick. 8) Etherscope, Xcrawl, and Dragonmech are just settings, really. Dungeoneer is based on a licensed property (the board game), which would sort of defeat the purpose. Eldritch is its own game system, but honestly, I'm not very...
by trancejeremy
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:35 am
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: Should Goodman have their own "house" system?
Replies: 19
Views: 14058

Should Goodman have their own "house" system?

I'm sure they probably won't. But with the recent announcement of Pathfinder by Paizo, it seems like just about every other company that supported d20 in a big way (and are still in business) now have their own system. (Excepting Necromancer Games, which is something of an odd duck, as they are real...
by trancejeremy
Thu Nov 22, 2007 3:39 am
Forum: DCC Modules - 3E
Topic: holiday grab bags hint
Replies: 2
Views: 4177

Broncosaurus Rex II
by trancejeremy
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:34 am
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: Dragon & Dungeon mags:
Replies: 5
Views: 7316

Probably not much of your budget, though. That's why WOTC probably killed it - they were too cheap for their own good (at least Dungeon). $7 for several adventures? I think Dungeon was what, 96 pages? And usually about 50 were adventures. While the Goodman's DCCs are pretty reasonably priced, I thin...
by trancejeremy
Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: So how is Goodman Games going to adjust to 4E?
Replies: 25
Views: 17963

One good thing is that hopefully many more people will switch to C&C now and make it worth it for Joe to do more products related to C&C. Now that we hear more about it though, I think the opposite is more likely to happen. 4e is supposed to be reducing the amount of DM prep work needed and simplif...
by trancejeremy
Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:02 pm
Forum: Wicked Fantasy Factory
Topic: Lovecraftian?
Replies: 3
Views: 13172

It's not one of his more popular stories, but I think it's the first that quotes from the Necronomicon. Wisely did Ibn Schacabao say, that happy is the tomb where no wizard hath lain, and happy the town at night whose wizards are all ashes. For it is of old rumour that the soul of the devil-bought h...
by trancejeremy
Sun Jun 24, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Wicked Fantasy Factory
Topic: Lovecraftian?
Replies: 3
Views: 13172

Lovecraftian?

I got the freebie yesterday, and was impressed that it was somewhat Lovecraftian. Maybe closer to Stuart Gordon's version of Lovecraft (due to the scantily clad women), but the big bad villain was a somewhat mythos-ish cultist who had used the Worms that Walk spell (I think that's the name of it, it...
by trancejeremy
Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:56 pm
Forum: DCC Modules - 3E
Topic: FREE RPG DAY!
Replies: 36
Views: 19825

I hope next year you encourage stores to make more of an event of it. I went to my FLGS (or closest thing to one), which is actually not a bad store for RPGs, despite also selling comics and anime and stuff like that, and they didn't have an outside sign for it. The clerk didn't tell anyone. They ju...
by trancejeremy
Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: DCC Modules - 3E
Topic: FREE RPG DAY!
Replies: 36
Views: 19825

If nothing else, I hope you consider at least including a copy of the free DCC in the Castle Whiterock boxed set, since otherwise some might feel they aren't getting a complete "Whiterock". I realize the Free RPG is meant to be a good thing, but I do think it runs the risk of being divisive, since n...
by trancejeremy
Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Castle Whiterock
Topic: Whiterock Crystal Ball (broken)
Replies: 61
Views: 40600

Hmmmm, as someone who didn't really like the DCC setting, it's kind of disappointing that gazetteers will be included in DCC products, rather than on their own (and thus I could avoid buying them). Oh well.
by trancejeremy
Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:41 am
Forum: DCC Modules - 3E
Topic: Problems with DCC7 Secret of Smugglers *spoilers - DMs only!
Replies: 5
Views: 5549

The treasure level is a bit high in the module. But I think you ran the fight the wrong way. He's a fighter/rogue, he shouldn't be doing a stand up fight with an entire party. He should run away, get guards, fight with them, and when the guards are dead, run away again and repeat. And if a PC Barbar...
by trancejeremy
Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:03 am
Forum: DCC Modules - 3E
Topic: Gary? Nah...
Replies: 2
Views: 2651

D'oh! For a minute I thought maybe he was writing one. (I know he works for Troll Lord mostly, but it would be cool seeing him do a DCC)
by trancejeremy
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Goodman Games General
Topic: Please translate this for me!
Replies: 4
Views: 4391

Yeah, "Mook" in gaming terms (and it's not that new, actually, I think Robin Laws used it in the early 90s? in Feng Shui?) is basically a guy that gets killed easily in a fight. However, it's also slang, but has a different meaning ("idiot" or numbskull). Rent the movie "Hard Boiled" by John Woo to ...

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