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Well, I was planning to run D6 WEG Star Wars over christmas break, but it looks like we're not going to have one of the two players, so that's a bust.

But I put the outline for the adventure together today. And goddamn, Stormtroopers RAW are hot garbage! I needed some non-Stormtrooper guards mixed in with the Stormtroopers, and even army guys are better than Stormtroopers!

I would have really liked to run it RAW, but if I run this, I'm gonna have to do something about the Garbagetroopers. I understand the arguments that the Stormtroopers are generic mooks, but I feel they should be more of a threat than a typical soldier-guy.


Creating an exit strategy?

I like to house rule. Usually there's an aspect of an RPG that bugs me, or I think I can do better.
But lately I've been thinking. I ran 2nd edition a while ago, and had a few pages of house rules. This did create some confusion at the table over what the book said and my house rules.
So I've been much more reluctant to use house rules, so as everyone at the table is on the same page (pun time) over what the rules are.

What say you?

Other Games / Why I haven't bought the new Battletech stuff.
« on: November 23, 2020, 06:37:04 pm »
I gaze with wistful nostalgia at the pretty new Battletech stuff, but when I'm tempted to buy it, I remember my biggest complaint about classic Battletech.

Bigger is better.

Under the classic rules, the bigger Battlemech usually wins. This makes sense, from a perspective of bigger is better, but it means whole weight categories of mechs are relegated to scouting and running away when they find the enemy, to call in their bigger brothers.
Logistics can put somewhat of a limit on this. You can't field an Atlas if you don't have any, but logistics is usually best simulated in some kind of campaign, where you have a finite set of resources and mechs to field.
This limits the variety of mechs you're likely to see in a game.

So I pass on the new boxes, but not without a bit of regret. I did have a lot of fun with the game, despite my dislike of that aspect of the game.

Just a bit of a vent. And I'm hoping to give Alpha Strike a try eventually and see if it makes it easier to field mixed weight categories.


Ok, I hope he's ok. But between this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Joe Biden, I'm wondering why there are so many people in government with one foot in the grave.

Media and Inspiration / Dune trailer
« on: September 09, 2020, 07:01:09 pm »

Looks great. Sounds terrible. Lots of pointless dialog that doesn't mean anything. I can only hope that none of that shit except the Gob Jabbar scene are actually in the finished film.


So we're playing a Starfinder Society adventure that's actually broken up into 5 mini-adventures. Which my brother picked because we're limited to two hours at the local gaming pub due to the beer bug.
What I found amusing is that in a society session, you get 1 experience point for the scenario, and 3 exp to level up.
But the smaller mini-adventures are less than a full session, so you do all 5 of them to get the 1 session xp.
Which would have been no problem if the society used the regular xp system in the book. Or even a 1/100 or 1/10 ratio.

Media and Inspiration / They finally got around to Blazing Saddles
« on: August 14, 2020, 01:37:14 pm »
We used to joke that Mel Brooks could never make a film in today's social climate.

No thank you. I don't need some social justice busybody putting my entertainment "Into the proper social context". Piss right off with that nonsense.

Other Games / Transformers CCG cancelled.
« on: July 20, 2020, 02:58:12 pm »

Dunno if anyone here played. I'm a big Transformers fan, and really enjoyed the CCG. At first, it looked like a cheap merchandising tie in, but the gameplay was fun and surprisingly deep once you got into the game and understood the mechanics. You could tell the team loved the Transformers IP with all the work they put into lore references and mechanics tied to the characters.

I'm sad to see it go.

Other Games / Warhammer 40K Ninth edition
« on: May 29, 2020, 03:27:29 pm »

I sat out 8th, but I've pulled the trigger on getting into 9th when it comes out. I've decided on the Sisters of Battle for my new army.
I've got the 8th edition Codex en route, and just ordered my first Cannones HQ. I'm planning to assemble and paint one box worth of unit(s) per week.

Once upon a time, I would have collected an army and have it collecting dust in between maybe one or two games a year, but I'll be looking into the local game stores and clubs to find a regular group.

Media and Inspiration / Were the Jedi celibate?
« on: May 07, 2020, 12:07:09 pm »
I've seen this comment pop up in the fandom from time to time.

I don't remember any time in the prequels were it's claimed the Jedi were celibate. They were forbidden to form attachment, but friendships were clearly tolerated, and a general "love your fellow man (being)" ethos was encouraged.

So, could Jedi get it on, as long as they didn't form an attachment? Could Jedi form families? How did this affect alien Jedi who maybe had different ways of relating to their mates and offspring?

Media and Inspiration / Dune film news. (bleargh)
« on: April 14, 2020, 01:18:43 pm »

"The director has also expanded the role of Paul's mother, Lady Jessica. She's a member of the Bene Gesserit, a sect of women who can read minds, control people with their voice (again, a precursor to the Jedi mind trick), and manipulate the balance of power in the universe. In the script, which Villeneuve wrote with Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts, she is even more fearsome than before. The studio's plot synopsis describes her as a "warrior priestess." As Villeneuve jokes, "It's better than 'space nun.' ""

Because it will expand and enrich Jessica's character to make her into a space ninja who flips out and stabs people. *rolleyes*

I remember how they "expanded" Princess Irulan for the Sci-Fi miniseries, and it was all awful. All in the name of giving women bigger roles, but resulting in shallow changes that don't add anything to the story.

I'm surprised no one's started a thread yet.

I live near Seattle, and all of the gaming events I usually attend have been postponed or cancelled. biweekly Starfinder Society is suspended. I had an X-Wing miniautures Store Championship to attend saturday but that's been rescheduled for April.
The gaming pub I usually go to has been open on reduced hours, and sanitizing all the tables between games. Attendance is down (due to cancelled events) but not completely gone.

The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Knitting purity spirals. (D&D mentioned)
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:08:39 am »

"Where does a purity spiral end? Results may vary. "I get lots of emails these days from people in all kinds of walks of life where this is happening," said James Lindsay, one of the three grievance studies hoaxers, and a long-time foe of intersectional social justice ideology. "I get reached out to from Dungeons & Dragons societies, rock climbing, from religions."

I like to think we've reached saturation on this intersectional, purity spiral nonsense. People are naming it and calling it out. People are finding others who assure them that they aren't the bad guy for going against the groupthink.
And that knowledge means people aren't psychologically trapped in unhealthy communities.

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