All manner of scifi/fantasy/nerdness: Roleplaying, comic books, .... okay, so mainly just RPGs & comic books. And Dr. Who. And Firefly. And comic books. And role-playing games. And Community. And Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And comic books. And RPGs. And Avengers. And RPGS. And whatever else amuses me today...
A lot of my posts have been critical of games and settings, specific parts of broader communities, $*** Gamers Say—that sort of stuff. It might be nice to talk about the game and setting that got me into RPGs, and especially fantasy role-playing games, in the first place.
Reblogging because Earthdawn. <3
WOOT! ASKS! YAY!
12) Your Favorite Character: Tanq the Troll
Tanq was a character I never really got to do as much with as I wanted to, so he’s always the character I remember with the most fondness. It was for a Shadowrun campaign that fizzled out before I got to do too much with him. Actually made him to do the thing that you never want to do in Shadowrun: hand-to-hand combat. He was practically useless with a gun, knew nothing about computers or or magic, and while he wasn’t a bad mechanic he was pretty worthless behind the wheel. He was made to take a lot of damage and punch things really hard. He was amazing. On one run we broke into a warehouse that had automated mini-gun defenses. I literally just stood in the middle of the room with the rest of the team crouched down behind me for partial cover. I took maybe 3 or 4 points of damage while my team blew everyone away. Another time our team interrupted another team trying to kidnap somebody, and I ran down the full length of an alley headfirst into a hail of gunfire. Again, I end up absorbing almost all of the damage, so that by the time I got to the end of the alley, the bad guys were either out of ammo or had been sniped away by my team. It was amazing.
My one regret is we had a job where we were supposed to hijack a runaway semi. I really, really REALLY wanted to just stand in the road and run at it headfirst, just to see if he could take the hit of a fully loaded tractor trailer going 75 mph. My team insisted this wasn’t the wisest option so I didn’t get to test it. But yeah, I miss him.
14) Best in-character line you’ve ever had: Warcraft 3 References
So the other thing about Tanq (as referenced above), was I kept almost ALL of his dialogue restricted to quotes from the Orcs in Warcraft 3. I tried to limit myself to a list of quotes, saying things like “Okey-dokey,” and “Work Work” in the same tone-of-voice as the peons from WC3. So there was no single line that really stood out. But my immersion in the completely stupid but very agreeable meat shield was a lot of fun, and everyone else thought it was pretty funny too. I think the thing that made it so great wasn’t just the individual lines, but the fact that if I couldn’t come up with an applicable quote, I would just shrug my shoulders and look confused. My wanton disregard for my personal safety combines with my inability and/or unwillingness to argue with any given orders gave me a really good reputation in the Runner community in the short time we played. He’s still the character I use if I get to play Shadowrun at conventions.
19) Your most memorable in-character moment: So one time when I played Earthdawn, I played a Windling (sort of like a fairy, only a bit bigger and he only had one wing so he couldn’t fly) Troubadour (their version of bards) named Winqi. Yes, I was traveling minstrel named Winqi the One-Winged Windling. Our GM at the time gave out awards for whoever would do a write-up of the previous session so we could keep a log of our adventures. Being a troubadour, I felt it only fitting that I composed a song. So I wrote up our adventure to the tune of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and, at our next session, sang the whole thing through, complete with karaoke backing track. (For those of you who aren’t aware, the song is over 5 minutes long). The entire group was in tears laughing so hard, we attracted the attention of the wife & kids of one of our players who had to come in and see what the caterwauling and riotous laughter was about because I was selling it SO HARD. It was amazing and epic and I still have it written up somewhere and it’s probably my most memorable moment and my proudest RP moment.
Bards that play silly instruments
Bards that play several instruments
Bards that can’t play but sing well
Bards that can’t sing but play well
Bards that are scamps that’ll steal your wallet off you
Bards that are sweet and lull your kids to sleep
Bards that use wands to literally conduct the battlefield! (4th ed I will always love you)
If you’ve ever had strong feelings for or against bards, you should check out Earthdawn’s Troubadours. They’re amazing.
I have no clue how big the D&D community is on tumblr but…
I made a thing. This thing is a Class-less Pointbuy System for D&D 3.5. What it does is it replaces leveling up with you buying HP, Skills, Feats, etc with the experience that you gain.
It’s still in alpha, I suppose, so it’s not perfect, aaand it only goes up to level 10 but I think it’s good enough to show some people. Once it improves I’ll start posting it forums and stuff, but it needs to be playtested and broken.
So if you want to play I think it’s definitely playable, the only real issues is it’s almost definitely breakable in ways that I haven’t tried yet.
I really like this idea!
That’s probably been my primary dissatisfaction with d20 systems… you have long periods of no character improvement, broken up intermittently by EVERYTHING CHANGING ALL AT ONCE. Systems that let you buy your improvements with XP such as Earthdawn make so much more sense to me, and are much more personally satisfying.
I tell my coworkers that I play roleplaying games and they roll their eyes and say “Get a life” and I’m just “Well I would but Tuesday night is Nova Praxis, Thursday night is Savage Worlds: Trigun, Friday night is Earthdawn, Saturday night is Star Wars RCR and the other three days I need to work on game prep.”
Does anyone know an RPG with free printable character sheets and instruction sheets and shit? I just want an RPG I can casually play with my friend, or even with myself (I get lonely sometimes). I hope such a game exists.
There’s actually tons of options!
If you want high-fantasy wizards and warriors types of stuff, Earthdawn has the Misguided Ambitions introduction available for free. It comes complete with a sample adventure and five characters.
If you’re more interested in hard science fiction, Nova Praxis has a pay-what-you-want edition that you can easily get for either free or cheap.
If none of THAT does it for you, you can check out GURPS [Generic Universal RolePlaying System]. They have both the 3rd Edition and 4th Edition Lite versions available for free. While they don’t include a setting or character sheets, they give you all the information and rules you might need to create your own.
Finally, if all those choices aren’t enough for you, or if you just simply must jump on the d&d bandwagon, the 4th Edition’s Quick Start rules (complete with adventure & character sheets), is freely available on Wizards of the Coast’s website.