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« Reply #210 on: March 19, 2017, 02:24:26 PM »
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That is the common complaint. Considering what they're up against... renegade gods... and that it's meant to be at least partially a 'horror' game... I'm not sure the Stalker's aren't as they should be. Some of their powers can gimp the whole hunt if not run correctly... and they can certainly lay waste to most lesser creatures, and mortals.
I never did get to play it enough to get into its finer points though, or to feel comfortably tweaking it if/when I felt it needed tweaking.

That's the thing, though -- when I ran the game, I found that even the lesser creatures they were supposed to slap around could slap them around instead.
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« Reply #211 on: March 20, 2017, 11:12:56 AM »
Lessee... I've put some obscure stuff up on this thread in the past, but maybe I've got some others I haven't mentioned?

Of course, Dan's got me regretting not picking up that Bakshi Wizards game back in the day when I had the chance... ah... youth.

I've got Renegade Legions: Legionairre hanging around. I've been thinking of taking a look at "Better Humans as a theme in RPGs" thanks to this game, actually.

Then there is Marauder 2097, though I'm missing one of the supplements that I used to have. Power armor suits vs formerly human-ish xenomorph types in an anime inspired cyberpunk future Japan...  Its actually not a bad little game, and rather interestingly actually lists the methods used to create the book... the layout software and so forth.

Of course I'm gonna keep to stuff that can't really be found anymore, not obscure games currently on the market, like Tenra Bansho Zero and Double Cross, or things that I think were only moderately obscure, like Burning Empires, the Burning Wheel Sci-Fi game... which was much better organized and presented than Burning Wheel.
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« Reply #212 on: March 21, 2017, 06:22:55 AM »
Hmm...Not sure what counts as obscure here. Love Stormbringer for instance and few know it but I'm sure most here do.

I'll go with Totem, a prehistoric RPG by Paul Elliott available here free and legit. Surprised no one has tried to do something similar these days.

There was an OSR attempt at a prehistoric setting but it underwhelmed me as it was still too much conventional D&D reskinned.
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« Reply #213 on: March 21, 2017, 11:47:43 AM »
These are some old obscure games I like and am interested in. The first one listed is something I currently own and I have played, the others are stuff I would love to get my hands on and play.

Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game (1994)
En Garde! (1975)
Boot Hill (1975)
Nightlife (1990)
Recon (1982)
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« Reply #214 on: March 22, 2017, 09:37:43 PM »
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These are some old obscure games I like and am interested in. The first one listed is something I currently own and I have played, the others are stuff I would love to get my hands on and play.

Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game (1994)
En Garde! (1975)
Boot Hill (1975)
Nightlife (1990)
Recon (1982)

Have a copy of EN Garde! somewhere around here :)  The clubs and dispatches are a neat part of En Garde! it's really nothing like a typical RPG, more about social climbing and almost like it was designed for play-by-mail.
 

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« Reply #215 on: March 23, 2017, 12:54:00 AM »
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These are some old obscure games I like and am interested in. The first one listed is something I currently own and I have played, the others are stuff I would love to get my hands on and play.

Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game (1994)
En Garde! (1975)
Boot Hill (1975)
Nightlife (1990)
Recon (1982)

I've got both the little black book Recon and the Palladium Games Recon, I used to own both Nightlife (which I'd LOVE to have again), and Streetfighter, which I can live without....  Oddly, despite it's place in gaming's lore, I've never even seen a copy of Boot Hill...  sheltered upbringing I guess?
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« Reply #216 on: March 23, 2017, 03:16:48 PM »
Is the Arthurian game Hidden Kingdom obscure?

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« Reply #217 on: March 24, 2017, 01:46:21 AM »
I really like TURTLE LORDS from Chelonian Press, by Alessandro Testudoro, back in 1983. Super prog rock setting.
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« Reply #218 on: March 24, 2017, 09:30:16 PM »
Well someone has a copy of Bio One from TSR. Never even heard of it.


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« Reply #219 on: March 25, 2017, 12:00:44 AM »
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Is the Arthurian game Hidden Kingdom obscure?

I'd say so. I have it, but most people I talk to have never heard of it.

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« Reply #220 on: March 25, 2017, 12:48:28 AM »
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Sad indeed. Heck scale them up and use counters but hint hint make them set up for Hot wheels.


I've seen this done. Hotwheels/Matchbox is more or less a 1:64 scale. I say more or less because they have cars anywhere from 1:50 to 1:100, but theoretically it's 1:64. This scale also works well with 25mm-28mm miniatures and props. Oh, and you can download the classic rules for free so there's no reason not to have them.
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« Reply #221 on: March 25, 2017, 05:36:56 AM »
I probably mentioned this years ago on this thread, but Palladium's Valley of the Pharaohs was a good faux-Egyptian fantasy RPG and their Mechanoids series was great. I still run Mechanoids - its proto-Rifts and the little books are packed with cool ideas.

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« Reply #222 on: March 25, 2017, 08:36:22 AM »
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I probably mentioned this years ago on this thread, but Palladium's Valley of the Pharaohs was a good faux-Egyptian fantasy RPG and their Mechanoids series was great. I still run Mechanoids - its proto-Rifts and the little books are packed with cool ideas.

Have heard good things about both of those games.  Is Valley of the Pharaohs a fantasy Egyptian setting, or something else?

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« Reply #223 on: March 25, 2017, 09:53:19 AM »
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I'd say so. I have it, but most people I talk to have never heard of it.


I have never quite made it all the way through the binder...have you played it?

If I recall, it predates Pendragon, but I haven't checked the copyright notices.

Although Pendragon is so great I doubt Hidden Kingdom would ever replace it for my games, I'm keeping my copy since I have never seen another nor met anyone who owns or has played it.

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« Reply #224 on: March 25, 2017, 01:42:16 PM »
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I have never quite made it all the way through the binder...have you played it?

If I recall, it predates Pendragon, but I haven't checked the copyright notices.

Although Pendragon is so great I doubt Hidden Kingdom would ever replace it for my games, I'm keeping my copy since I have never seen another nor met anyone who owns or has played it.
It was the big box sitting at the top of games shelves that I looked at every time I entered the hobby shop. One day, I finally broke down and bought it. I wasn't impressed and thought it was a waste of money - it was expensive, but I don't remember how much.

I haven't played it. I preferred Pendragon.