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Welcome back Zachary!

-What are the best games of the past 5-6 years?

If you run horror RPGs, Kevin Crawford wrote an amazing supplement / game. Even if you never use the game system, the non-system stuff - especially tables - is truly excellent.

Thanks! Glad to see a familiar face still here! Hope you are doing well! Thanks for the recc.

Palladium's big event of the last 5 years was the epic fuckup of their Robotech Kickstarter. The level of crazy was pushed to 11. Terrible shame and I doubt PB will recover. Such as sad end to a wonderful hopeful story too.

Holy cow, just read up on this. Tragic all-around.

That's highly subjective - to answer I'd prefer to know your taste in gaming.

Makes sense. A bit of everything, depending on my mood. Last campaigns I ran or planned included Castles & Crusades, RuneQuest, StarCluster, Mongoose Traveller (1e), and Rolemaster Classic. Shorter one-offs used stuff like Barebones Fantasy or some of the OSR stuff.

Best - well for me really it was probably rise of PbtA and FitD - because while overall they are bit too unsimulationistic for me, they gave me a lot of ideas to use with more simulationist projects.
There's also certain revival of explorationist fantasy not limited to OSR - vide Forbidden Lands.

Sorry--is PbtA "Powered by the Apocalypse"? What is FitD?

Honestly, nothing of outstanding significance has happened in RPGs in the last five years. If you extrapolate the trends from five years ago, you are more or less here. Same systems, movements and trends, but slightly different wrappings.

That's comforting, I think.

Let me ask this: did we lose anyone? Any notable companies go under/cease operation, or designers pass away?

Hey all,

So, I haven't posted here since about the tail end of 2014. I haven't run a campaign or played in one in over five years. A lot took place in that time, but suffice it to say there was a lot of other stuff that happened; sold off my game books, put my dice and dice tower in a drawer, and didn't give any time to gaming that entire time. There was a time where I had a gaming blog, did tons of gaming reviews, was in on all the trends and new games, and I find coming back it's like I've been in a tomb the last few years. Hard to explain everything that has happened, but there it is.

So, what have I missed? I've heard rumblings of the uber-PC trends in everything, but have no idea what the big games (or little games of note) that have come out in that time.

-What are the best games of the past 5-6 years?

-What is the state of D&D and Pathfinder?

-What's the OSR been up to?

-What are the best trends in tabletop gaming?

-What are the worst trends in tabletop gaming?

-What cool accessories or dice should I be aware of?

-Where are we buying our PDFs and books these days?

Reviews / Novus Fantasy Roleplaying Game
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:44:43 AM »
I really like Novus. It's a really good game for Rolemaster folks who were looking for something just a bit easier to run/play. It's definitely worth giving a look over for most RM, MERP, or HARP fans.

I do think that the game sort of got lost in the shuffle a bit, and that's an absolute shame, because there's some good things there.

That is very kind of you to say! Thanks, guys. I'll keep doing my best to do it so long as there's value to others in it.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / SUPERS Revised Edition
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:39:34 PM »
Quote from: 3rik;784302
That's common with OBS print-on-demand and nothing to worry about. The wavyness will disappear after a while.

Yeah, I've had a few others, and they've subsided over time. It's already better than it was. Good-looking book, regardless.

Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / SUPERS Revised Edition
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:24:12 PM »
Got my hardcover over the weekend. Pages are a bit wavy from either the ink/paper or humidity around here, but aside from, looks really good. Glad I jumped on the print+pdf combo while I could.

Reviews / Disposable Heroes Modern Gangs Statix 1
« on: September 01, 2014, 11:49:06 AM »
I recently was in need of some mooks and thugs for an upcoming superhero RPG campaign that I'll be running. I picked up a nice range of used Heroclix for the actual superheroes and a few random crooks, but I still needed a sizable number of pieces to use to represent street gangs, civilians, and the like.

So, once again, I turned to Precis Intermedia, who has been making my gamemastering easy for what seems like ages now with their line of Disposable Heroes. I've used them for ancient-themed games, traditional fantasy, the Civil War era, and much more. Now, it was time to see what they had in the way of supers and modern paper minis.

If there's a complaint with this set, it's that the name "Modern Gangs" is way too limited! This set not only comes with the traditional "mob" guys in suits, but also represents street gangs (red and blue), mercenaries, police officers, your average joe on the street, and some less savory types, as well. This set would go a long way towards filling out the populace of any modern/superhero setting, really. This isn't just modern gangs--it represents a whole host of potential friends, enemies, and citizens for your campaign.

As for the product itself, the 30 different figures here may be printed out in lack and white, and may either be used with Precis Intermedia's bases or cut out in trifold form. There is also the option to use these as flat counters. If you're in need of a veritable hoard of just one type of mini, there are also pages of "armies" of each type of figure.

In terms the actual art, Joshua Cayne did a really nice job on these figures. Printing out my sheets on cardstock on an older inkjet printer at so-so resolution still produced sharp characters that are easy to discern.

If I had a single complaint, is that when I printed out my stand-ups, there was a second page that only had two figures on it. It doesn't look as if any more pieces could have been fit on page one, but it did seem like a bit of a waste of paper, just having two figures on a whole page. Really, though, that's the only issue I had.

You can purchase Disposable Heroes at the Precis Intermedia website, or via the product page over at RPGNow. For $3.95, this is a great deal. It's hard to go wrong with Disposable Heroes, which with this set continue to provide affordable, good-looking paper miniature solutions for the gaming table.

Quote from: brettmb;783082
I just heard back from OBS - super fast service. Good customer service too. Looks like they're really on the ball these days.

That's great to hear! I don't order too many print products from them--mainly pdf--but I'm glad to hear they're on it.

Quote from: brettmb;783070
That was fast. I just got my print copy. Kind of disappointed as it's banged up pretty good with a dented top spine and outer corner. The character sheets are also partially cut off.

Ouch. I'd contact DTRPG and have them send out a replacement. That's damaged goods.

Man, this is some good stuff so far. I'll have to do a recap or review, but I've noticed a few big positives so far:

-Some nice clean-up of some things that were lacking, and cleaning up the core resolution mechanic.
-It looks like damage/combat has been simplified a bit.
-Digging the Hazard rules. Going to make it very easy to create a bursting dam or tidal wave to challenge the heroes, too.
-Rules for assisting/teaming up with another super to perform an action.
-More Judge stuff overall on how to deal with smashing stuff, dying, etc.
-Vehicles and bases! Yes!

Looks really good so far. I probably won't get my print copy until another week or two, but it looks like a really nice job has been done with this. Building supers still looks as easy as the original edition, which is a big thumbs-up from me, too.

Quote from: flyerfan1991;782479
I have to agree about the occasional (lack of) coverage at Gen Con. It's as if the "geek quota" was filled up by SDCC, and news outlets have to recharge for a month or two.

Hey, maybe they'll get you a press pass.

I usually attend on a press pass, although I feel a bit silly using the term. The one big bonus it adds for me is a bit of ease in breaking the ice sometimes, and getting into the hall an hour early Thursday to get photos before everything goes nuts.

Quote from: Hodgson;782513
Thanks for dropping back at the C7 stand, Zach.  I know it's a hellishly busy time for you trying to get round everything.  Good to meet you.

No, thank you! I know you were quite busy--I appreciate the grand tour I received!

Over 16,000 views at this point! Gen Con likes us to send examples of coverage of the event (believe it or not, some "press" don't do much covering at all). I'll definitely be sending this to them, along with a couple of interviews/reviews that came out of the convention period, too. Thanks again, everyone!

Quote from: brettmb;781940
Is this sale on yet?

I think Walt said he would be putting it up later tonight. I'll check first thing in the morning.

EDIT: Yep!

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