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I used to generate my HarnMaster characters that way, but I rarely did it in other games.
HarnMaster where you generate your astrological SunSign. They almost hit Aftermath levels of  complicated. Still it is an amazing setting.
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Pen and Paper Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Discussion / Re: DCCRPG going Woke
« Last post by jhkim on Today at 07:43:20 PM »
I want to see one of these woke companies create a table to generate your characters (or NPC) gender randomly. That would be super-entertaining.

In my experience, neither old-school nor new-school gamers like generating character gender randomly. There's probably a small minority who enjoy it. I used to generate my HarnMaster characters that way, but I rarely did it in other games.
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I personally likes multi-pages as long as everything is clear.
But that's because homebrewing sheets myself for heavily homebrew game, I realised sooner hell freeze over, than I shall make any equivalent of those compact sheets so I went full baroque - one sheet for personal info, one for attributes, one for skills, one for equipment, one for magic, one for extras.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by Pat on Today at 07:17:48 PM »
I'm not saying typhus is not a problem, but you're singling out California, when Texas has a much higher rate. Here are the numbers from Texas compared to the numbers from California from your source linked above:
And you're ignoring everything I said.

I'm pointing out specific issues raised by specific public health authorities in specific areas. 300 cases spread over hundreds and hundreds of miles isn't an epidemic or a resurgence. It's a minor, recurrent, perhaps endemic problem that can mostly be dealt with as a series of isolated cases. That has absolutely nothing to do with concerns about an outbreak in a small handful of densely packed urban areas where public officials have caused a public health disaster, uncontrolled spread would be very dangerous, and where a number of cases were found.
 
You're being deliberately obtuse and keep bringing up Texas in an attempt at deflection.
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For a game that edges towards the lighter side of moderate complexity, I prefer a single page sheet.  If the spells, tech, gear, etc. is really involved, then I can see a second sheet for that.  But I want the things referenced most often in play on one page.

I also like sheets that aren't "fussy" with ornate boxes for numbers and decorative flourishes.  I'd rather have info than white space, but if the game is light enough (e.g. Toon) then by all means make use of the white space.  This is where my first preference dominates:  I'd rather have a slightly crowded, plain single page than going to a second page and then trying to find stuff to fill it.

Of course, the more info on the sheet, the more arrangement matters.  It needs to guide the eye to logical areas.

It might not be surprising that it is very rare that I like the official sheet of a game as much as some fan-produced alternative. 
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I've come to the realization that I can pretty much tell if I'm going to like an RPG simply by looking at the character sheet for it.  I prefer rules light games and straightforward sheets, but I like a bit of creativity in the design.  But if it's more than 2 sides, forget it. Few things are more annoying than having to shuffle through an overly long character sheet in the middle of a game to find something.  I also strongly dislike horizontal/landscape character sheets.

Unsurprisingly given my predilections I've found 3 sheets I quite like, all derived from the early 80s B/X sheets:

1. Version 2 of the White Box FMAG sheet
2. The "underground" character sheet for OSE
3. The B/X style sheet for ACKS

So what are you favorite character sheets?

On a related note, I think the MERP and Call of Cthulhu (7th edition) sheets deserve mention for cramming the most into a single page.


I like what you like, and I prefer a simple single-sided sheet for low level characters.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by jhkim on Today at 05:42:08 PM »
accidental double-post
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by jhkim on Today at 05:37:30 PM »
That's a 2016 study. The "medieval plague" worries in California only really popped up in the news in the last couple years. And as I've noted a couple times, it was a reference to public health concerns related to the feces and tent cities. That's different from endemism.

As far as I can see from search, there was one human plague case in California in 2020 which was the first in five years. More recently, there was one in Colorado and one in Wyoming as well.

(Aug 2020) https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/california-confirms-first-human-case-bubonic-plague-5-years-what-n1237306
(July 2021) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/07/23/colorado-plague-child-death-reported-diseased-animals-found/8073521002/
(Sep 2021) https://www.ktvq.com/news/local-news/wyoming-reports-rare-case-of-human-pneumonic-plague


Though another report from CA, this one current (2021), shows some troubling trends:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Flea-borneTyphusCaseCounts.pdf
Part of the spectacular rise since 2008 seems to be related to a change in data collection or recording methods, since they added suspect and probable as well as confirmed cases. But even discounting that, it's still a pretty steep rise until 2018/2019, and then what appears to be an almost complete absence of testing in the covid years. Which is very odd.

I'm not saying typhus is not a problem, but you're singling out California, when Texas has a much higher rate. Here are the numbers from Texas compared to the numbers from California from your source linked above:

2016: Texas 364, California 103
2017: Texas 519, California 101
2018: Texas 738, California 174
2019: Texas 591, California 145
2020: Texas ??, California 137
2021: Texas ??, California 71

The numbers for Texas are from this report: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/IDCU/disease/typhus/Typhus-2008-2019.pdf

The Texas cases follow a similar pattern peaking in 2018 and decreasing in 2019.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by GeekyBugle on Today at 05:22:37 PM »
That's a 2016 study. The "medieval plague" worries in California only really popped up in the news in the last couple years. And as I've noted a couple times, it was a reference to public health concerns related to the feces and tent cities. That's different from endemism.

Though another report from CA, this one current (2021), shows some troubling trends:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Flea-borneTyphusCaseCounts.pdf
Part of the spectacular rise since 2008 seems to be related to a change in data collection or recording methods, since they added suspect and probable as well as confirmed cases. But even discounting that, it's still a pretty steep rise until 2018/2019, and then what appears to be an almost complete absence of testing in the covid years. Which is very odd.

It's still not the same disease as in México.
Good catch, I didn't even look at the legend on Kim's map.

For anyone following: Typhus is a disease spread by lice, fleas, gnats, and so on. It's one of the "medieval" disease whose resurgence in California hit the news about two years ago. It's definitely related to the homeless and street shitting problems, and it's concentrated in areas with dense populations and poor hygiene, i.e. cities. Think fever and rash.
https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/06/07/return-of-medieval-diseases/

Typhoid fever is a disease related to salmonella, and is spread by contaminated drinking water, and thus it's more common in poor rural areas with poor water treatment. Think Twitte... I mean vomiting and diarrhea. It's not typhus.

The new map he posted is from 2011, I can't find any confirmation elsewhere mentioning Black Plague in México, think the most recent is from beginings of the 20th century.
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The RPGPundit's Own Forum / Re: Covid, the "lockdowns" etc.
« Last post by GeekyBugle on Today at 05:20:39 PM »
I might be wrong here but aren't there more than one type of Typhus?

Cuz In México it's something you get from contaminated food/dirty water, etc. That map paints thw whole country the same but cases are concentrated in... You guessed it the poorest communities who have no access to clean water, etc.

While In California all I can find are cases of Flea-Borne Typhus transmited to humans.

On a First world country in it's biggest economy by state, in it's cities.

Sorry, my bad. It seems the distinction is that "typhoid fever" is caused by contaminated food and water, which is distinct from "typhus" which is spread by lice, chiggers, and fleas. I had an international comparison of typhoid fever, but compared typhus between U.S. states.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoid_fever
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhus

https://www.cdc.gov/typhoid-fever/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/typhus/index.html

The international map I posted previously was for typhoid fever. The U.S. cases were typhus - generally murine typhus which is spread by fleas. Still, it's the same type of typhus in both Texas and California, as well as Hawaii. This is an international map of murine typhus from 2011:


Source: https://www.rcpath.org/uploads/assets/d6b53f36-c27b-40d9-ad3e6179201ca87f/Typhus-in-all-its-forms-Dr-Nick-Beeching.pdf

I don't see a more recent map.

I would love to see the data used to make that map, I can't find ANY news of black plague in México. Doesn't mean they don't exist, just I haven't been able to find them.

It's not in the PDF, it doesn't give data per country/year and I would also love to see WHERE in México those cases were.

Wonder if they aren't also mostly in  places where people "live" in dirt floor "houses" where the dog/cat can leavw some fleas that later will bite a human?

In my GreatUncle's house in Campeche this was the case, dirt floor, dogs, hammocks, yours trully bitten by fecking fleas. Still I got nothing but the sting and the rash, no disease connected with it and got bitten several times.
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