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So, from what I can gather, the following appears to be the general timeline of Shadowrun:

1st Edition:   2050-2054
2nd Edition:  2054-2059
3rd Edition:   2060-2064
4th Edition:   2070-2073
5th Edition:   2075-2077

Where does 6th Edition pick up?  Does it advance the timeline significantly?

Is there a good book (or two) from 5th and 6th Editions that presents the real meat of the updated lore, without getting buried in new mechanics?

I've got a pretty extensive/complete collection of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition stuffs, and some token 4th Edition.  Don't have any desire to go beyond 1/2/3 as far as the mechanics go, so no real agenda to collecting much out of 4/5/6, but if there's some decent stuff that covers what I'm looking for, I'd certainly entertain it.

Thank you!

Help Desk / Disabling editing of posts after a certain time
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:16:04 PM »
Is there a way to turn off the ability of a user to edit or delete their post after a specific time, say a day, or a week?

I'm getting sick of finding older threads, where someone got a bug up their ass, and deleted stuff months or years later, rendering the entire conversation useless.

Help Desk / "Most Recent Unread Post"
« on: September 01, 2020, 11:50:03 PM »
Has this feature been removed, in the new software?  If not, any description of the icon I should be looking for?  I see the "last post" but the old software, if there was a thread with 50 posts, and I'd already read 1-30, with 31-50 being posted after I read the previous, I could click this little blue icon, and it would take me to post #31 (next unread).

Hi folks!

I've got some codes for Roll20 Pro memberships, courtesy of Free RPG Day 2020 leftovers.

Per the cards:

Use the code below to get 3 free months of Roll20 Pro Membership

Head to to redeem your code!

Limit one per account.  Codes expir 12/31/2020.

For further questions, please visit the Roll20 Help Center.

If you'd like a code, please PM me.

Edited to add:  There are a limited number of these, so first-come, first-serve.  I'll update here when they've all been given away.

Anyone have any ideas?

They have been consistently out of stock of most opaque and transparent 7-die sets for what seems like years now.

Can someone tell me how Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG's "unpredictable magic" aspect functions?

I'd like to know your opinions on the following:

Regarding the three systems (3E, 3.5 and Pathfinder):

What issues were there in 3E that 3.5 fixed?
What issues were there in 3.5 that Pathfinder fixed?
What issues were there that 3.5 made worse?
What issues were there that Pathfinder made worse?
What have you house ruled in your 3E / 3.5 / Pathfinder game?  What have you rolled back to a previous version?

I'll start with an example - 3E allowed Keen to stack with Improved Critical.  3.5 removed that.  I don't think that was an issue, and have house-ruled it back in my games.

Forgive me if this has already been posted (I haven't seen it pop up here), but this just recently popped up on my radar, and I thought it was pretty cool!

(Embed updated with official video/better resolution)

So, it appears that the latest round of tariffs that the Trump Administration is proposing, that may go into effect as early as the end of June, would affect games, toys, dice, etc.

I'm seeing a LOT of wailing and gnashing of teeth from lefty gaming sources (manufacturers/publishers and consumers), and they're all anti-Trump, of course.

But, really, who's the bad guy here?  The Trump Administration (or even the man himself), or is it US-based game manufacturers and publishers, outsourcing their production to slave-labor China?

I've even seen these assholes debate moving their production to domestic sources, but then veto that, because even with the tariffs, it's still be cheaper for them to produce the stuff in China.

A buddy of mine is convinced that there was a section dedicated to poisons and their effects in the Arduin Grimoire, but is unable to find them.

Anyone know if this exists, and if so, what volume, or is there another source from a similar era?

Help Desk / Non-English Characters
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:23:30 PM »
This post here:

Is using whatever character for the TM symbol.  No problem.

Attempting to quote that character returns an error complaining about non-English characters not being supported.

The contradiction in being allowed to use the character for an initial post, but not being able to quote said characters seems like a problem.

Other Games / Card shufflers/dealing shoes and Munchkin
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:31:51 PM »
Anyone foresee any issues using a playing card shuffler and dealing shoe with Munchkin cards?

The Munchkin card dimensions seems slightly smaller than normal playing cards, so I'd like to avoid tearing up my cards.

So, back in the day, d20 Spectaculars was supposed to get released, and it never ended up doing so, to my disappointment.

Dismissing Mutants & Masterminds for d20 Supers type stuff, is there any such beast for d20 Modern that I may have overlooked?

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Michael Stackpole resigns from GAMA
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:33:58 AM »
From the Dellorfano thread:

Quote from: kythri;1069803
GAMA President Stephen Brissaud "assaulted" GenCon security staff, and was booted from the convention (first day of Gencon 2018).  I'm do not believe it was a permanent ban (it appears the only way for that to happen is to be assaulted by an SJW off-site).  GAMA "leadership" convened and ultimately recommended that Brissaud make an apology statement (he made an open apology) and that he attend an anger management class (he did not).  I do not believe either recommendation was a requirement.  He was not censured or stripped of his post.

GAMA Executive Director John Ward dis-invited Larry Correia to Origins 2018 ( due to Twatter-bitching about Correia being the evil white Nazi man or some such other bullshit.  GAMA later announced on August 24th ( that they were not renewing Ward's contract, of which there is absolutely no indication that it has anything to do with the Origins dis-invitation incident or any kind of backlash due to that, despite insinuations made here.  There's been continued discussion amongst GAMA membership over Ward's contract, and there's been some waffling, but I do not believe there has been any reversal of that decision as of yet.

On this topic, Michael Stackpole just published an open letter, resigning from GAMA:

My Resignation Letter to the GAMA Board of Directors

06. JAN, 2019


To the GAMA Board,

It is my great pleasure to have been part of the gaming industry since 1972 when I first discovered it. In 1977 I sold my first article, in 1978 I sold my first game design and in 1979 began working for Flying Buffalo, Inc.. In 1985 I was able to go freelance and since that time I have made my living through creative arts including game design and game based fiction. My work has been honored with Origins awards, and in 1993 I received the GAMA Meritorious Service award, and was a first ballot inductee into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame. I have worked long enough in this industry to have survived many of the companies for whom I worked, and have continued to enjoy fruitful associations with what companies remain.

A long time ago, to honor the industry which gave me my start, I made a personal pledge to serve it however I could. I have been a long time volunteer. I have been an advocate for gaming in perilous times. With Loren Wiseman's help, in the late 1980s and early 1990s I successfully led the fight against the religious right and their attempts to censor and abolish the games we create, enjoy and share. I still take pride in gamers reporting to me that The Pulling Report enabled them to fight back against anti-game bigotry even to this day. Though the work is difficult, I have been pleased to continue the fight as part of the Industry Watch Committee of GAMA.

The greatest privilege I have had is to serve on the Board of Directors, initially for three years as an elected member, and the last eleven as an Emeritus member. I feel the Emeritus role on the board is a crucial one, since board turnover requires a repository of knowledge so we can avoid the pitfalls of past mistakes, and maintain the benefits of what we have learned in past times.

I regret that I must now tender my resignation from that post.

I have not reached this decision based on any political divide within the Board. I have come to it because the Board is broken. Since June, the board has had more meetings than ever before, and has done less than ever before. In one recent meeting, it took the board 45 minutes to word a resolution empowering a committee to hire a lawyer to negotiate with another lawyer. Three-quarters of an hour, in a meeting scheduled for two hours, which stretched to four.

The board is broken when the organization's membership indicates its will; and then the board commissions a poll to second guess the membership's will. When that poll comes back confirming what the membership wants, the board hires a lawyer to tell them they can ignore the membership.

The board is broken when it, having previously enjoyed robust and detailed discussions about GAMA harassment policies, down to the minutia of the structuring of an investigative team to be in place at our shows, chooses only to censure an officer who physically assaulted a female security guard.

The board is broken when, in wishing to discuss me in email, without my being aware of the chain, they actually send it to a list which includes me. (Thought I'd let you know about that so you didn't think your emails were leaked to me.)

This is not a decision reached easily, and one that comes with profound sadness. During my time in the industry, I have seen incredible change for the better, and an incredible resilience to recover from all manner of disasters--economic, social and board-generated. I have great belief that the gaming industry will survive and thrive in the future. It is bigger than any one person, or a board. It can be defined only by the pleasure and joy it brings everyone it touches, and, therefore, will be eternal.

My resignation is effective 3 PM, 5 January 2019

Michael A. Stackpole

As mentioned, GAMA shenanigans came up earlier in the Dellorfano thread, so a new thread seemed the best place to mention it.

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