|Eow Links 13|
Eow Links 13
"Eow" for End Of Week. Links I gathered during the week. This is iteration 13.
For more weekly links, head to The Seed of Worlds Shiny TTRPG link collection.
Quite long this week. I added images to make it nicer to the eyes, hopefully.
Most of the links below are found via the RPG Planet that Alex Schroeder built and maintains. If you have a RPG blog, please consider joining the conversation.
Eighth, don’t argue about whether a game is #PbtA or not. It’s PbtA if its designer says it is; otherwise it’s not.
The first point being, go and read Apocalypse World. Will I succumb to the temptation?
Part of the change from an inclusive to exclusive way of looking at skills is a change in Western society.
When roleplaying games began in the 1970s, it was fair for a GM to assume that almost all of their players could swim, shoot, climb a rope, start a fire and so on - they may or may not do these things quickly or well, but given time and effort and the right tools they could do them.
Now in the 2020s this is no longer so, as people live their lives in airconditioned comfort, in some countries people are not permitted to carry pocket-knives, starting fires is considered a sign of a future serial killer, and children spend more time sitting gaping in front of screens than outside in the mud with a stick and ball.
Less skills, more character.
Since I am going to be comparing several versions of the D&D game and various clones, I am going to need to pick a monster that is present in each one.
I can think of no better creature than the humble orc.
A diagonal view on the monster stat blocks through the eyes of the orc.
I like the 5th edition version where attributes STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and CHA are displayed for each monster. My own orc is computed from 5th edition to some kind of SWN, it goes too far. I don't care.
As an example, when getting ready to run Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden I wrote down potentially traumatic themes in the adventure and had quite the list at the end including:
Darkness, Deadly Cold, Betrayal, Paranoia, Murder, Incest, Isolation, Cannibalism, Mental assault, Ritual sacrifice, Parasitic monsters, Child endangerment, Violence towards animals
I was naive, I thought Icewind Dale was a Frozen pastiche.
This is why I present here my personal list of favourites, all of which I have used extensively due to their usefulness and longevity. No distinction is made here on the basis of age, nor official or unofficial status: tables are a meritocracy.
50% of the posts are "d12 yellow hummers", so let's get back to the source.
For instance if you want the weather in a region to be fairly predictable are trend strongly toward a specific result. But sometimes that median result becomes tedious when rolled repeatedly.
2D6 – 2D6 + 10
My love for symmetry makes reintrepret it as
2d6 + 10 - 2d6 (ascend, descend)
I work making giant robots safe and secure, so I already know robots in the context of risk analysis works. But what about risk analysis as a tool for game design?
Severity vs Likelihood.
The referee describes situations; the players say how their characters react, asking for details as needed. When the referee is unsure of the consequences of a course of action, the table agrees on a question and a player rolls the d20 to get an answer from the table below. The referee interprets the result and describes the consequences. Traits, knowledge, items, favourable circumstances, etc. can add a bonus to the roll.
Eric Nieudan, of Knock fame, is getting liberated by the free Kriegsspiel.
So I remembered Das Schwarze Auge, the first German role playing game, published in 1984. It is also the first RPG I ever played. DSA1 is similar to Tunnels & Trolls and basic D&D (the red box).
I never played Das Schwarze Auge, but I remember seeing the eye on catalogs and not knowing/understanding what it was. I love these posts of people using old school games to play with their children.
What if you could burn hit points to get an attack bonus for one mêlee attack? How much would you burn? 1 hit point? 2 hit points?
Fatigue sets in, but you won.
tables that provide a little additional dressing to “set a stage” so to speak
One of those tables that you not necessarily roll, but read to get inspired.
These hex tiles are meant for use with Hex Kit. They are transparent png image files. There are over 100 tiles. All black and white except some hex outlines in a few colors.
The top image of this post is about this post. It looks really nice.
It is an invitation for the DM to make a sensible decision on the basis of the social expectation of what reasonableness entails.
I love the "jurisprude" word.
because combat as war says "if you're not cheating, you're not playing."
Our battalion commander was saying "Always cheating, always winning".
What I want are creatures whose names evoke an immediate image, without having to do all the work of borrowing real creatures form other sources.
Saturday morning and my feed reader reveals this post, I go through diagonally and I am tempted to place it top of the list.
Although I am tempted to establish the "no link to posts that are random table wrappers".