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by Longman
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why play a human?
Replies: 18
Views: 884

Re: Why play a human?

I've honestly never really noticed demi-humans being overly powerful in any RPG I've played in. I think one time we had a character reach "level limit" in an old school system and we just quietly ignored that because he was a cool character and we wanted him to keep levelling up with the group. But ...
by Longman
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you manage strongholds?
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: How do you manage strongholds?

On a side note: I have once run a game where the players managed a magic items shop. The haggling was definitely part of the fun. Also, it gave good opportunities for quests to attain certain ingredients, and to actually use magic item crafting skills. The description is Sir Percy building a castle ...
by Longman
Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do you manage strongholds?
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: How do you manage strongholds?

Good question. The answer is, I don't manage it. I have never run or played a game in any system where the party properly managed a stronghold. As a GM I have enough trouble getting them to manage their own personal expenses let alone running a castle. You'd have to check with your players if that's...
by Longman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolls to think of things
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Rolls to think of things

"further, I'd make the roll myself, and if it was particularly bad I'd give a false hint."

Thanks. This is the answer, I think. Any dice roll needs to have a potential negative consequence as well as a positive one otherwise there's no risk.
by Longman
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolls to think of things
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Rolls to think of things

Some of my younger players are in the habit of asking to make Intelligence rolls to see if they can think of clues or 'work things out', when they themselves can't figure out what's going on. In a lot of modern games there's an 'Investigate' skill and I guess that's what they are looking for. I'm re...
by Longman
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Village/ Town Encounters
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: Village/ Town Encounters

My group uses the acronym 'PRP' - pointless role-play. It can happen when characters get into town and go around chatting to NPCS. You typically end up with one person interacting with the GM while everyone else listens. It's more fun if player characters role-play with each other. I tend not to des...
by Longman
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Healing Option
Replies: 42
Views: 6962

Re: Healing Option

Maybe this is just me but I sometimes find being a heal-bot kinda fun. When you think about it, its just another way of modifying the total hit point pool of the combat, and swinging it in the party's favour. You just do it in a different way. Also, actually getting close enough to heal a fighter wh...
by Longman
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skills?
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Skills?

Thanks, Solo. (It's been a while since I was here. Still intending to do more blogging when I get a chance...life just keeps chucking stuff at me.) One more thing to add on topic: in Old School games, part of the appeal for me is that people won't do too much stuff that's out of their character arch...
by Longman
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skills?
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Skills?

Hide and Move Silently and Climb are the only ones that I have to think about as a GM, because other characters can do 'mundane' versions of these things that are a bit like the thief skill, but not as good. Swim, Ride, and other physical activities do not duplicate thief skills and can be covered b...
by Longman
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weird Question with a Purpose
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Re: Weird Question with a Purpose

You've said a war-game. But are you planning to run a "you are role-playing yourselves at the table right now when something weird happens" RPG set-up? I have longed to run one of those, but I always get the response that people don't want to play themselves as that's too wacky and hasn't worked bef...