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  1. Jutsei

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    It's compilcated, here's how it goes.
    White Wolf has The Original World of Darkness, Onyx Path had a lot of stuff from White Wolf and they made the New World of Darkness.
    Paradox bought White Wolf from CCP, White Wolf gets back on the block and is rebooting the Orignial World of Darkness as One World of Darkness.
    New World of Darkness is rebranded as Chronicles of Darkness and is allowed to continue to exist by licensing things out from White Wolf while still allowing them to have their own take on splats and previous things/feel.
    (They also get to do 20th Anniversary Editions of Original/Old World of Darkness)

    Changeling: The Lost is Onyx Path, basically.
    Changeling: The Dreaming is White Wolf.
    Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition is a lil' of both.
     
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    On that note, my gm and the head nech translator recently got in touch with the original publishers.

    They're discussing the possibility of making our English version official...!
     
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    Good luck with that.
    If it gets adjusted properly to not have some...questionable parts, I might consider purchasing it.

    Anyway, back to Changeling.
    Currently, it's sitting at $80,000. and Already has quite a few stretch goals smashed, and at the least, it's going to have a companion book, as well as a "Book of Kiths" (basically what the Fae turned you into)
    I wish it luck and hope some of you are interesed, because like I said, at the least at the $10 level you could potentially get every 1E book (Which is like an $100 value )
     
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    They won't be compromising or censoring the creativity by even an inch. Nechronica is a very special game thematically and tonally, and we're all very firm on protecting what makes it emotional and beautiful. At most they might consider a new artist, but the actual written material will remain exactly as is in all its bittersweet glory.
     
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    I dunno man, he's sounded like he's been shilling for months.
    I think he's too far gone.
     
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    I just really, really love the game. It's been one of the three best gaming experiences of my life ^_^
    I've cried several times.
    Admittedly, part of that is probably because Rak is a top notch GM and storyteller. He has been gm'ing shit for decades. Most certainly wouldn't be the same without him.

    I've been thinking of running a very short 3-4 session campaign for it over winter break (I've done side-plot gm'ing for raks game when he's busy) for anyone who might be interested. I know Paperbagsniper was, at least.
     
  8. DukeMagus

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    You'll need a proofreader, a professional editor and a ton of footnotes for the references.
     
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    Been a while since last post, but Changeling: The Lost's 2E kickstarter has 1 week to go and quite a few stretch goals left to get
    You can get some cool stuff with a relatively low buy-in, if you're interested. You could even get (almost) every 1E book if you want!
    (Shilling 'cuz I want it to be the best it can be)

    In non-shill related news, Humble Bundles offering a Third Party Bundle of cool D&D 5E (and some pathfinder) books.
    It includes the (fantastic) Tome of Beasts, if you're interested!

    Lastly, in some unfortunate news, Chaosium (The license holder of the Call of Cthulhu RPG) has opted not to renew the license with Cubicle 7, who have developed quite a few games under license.
    What does this mean? Same thing as what happened with Fantasy Flight Games and Warhammer. Everything's gotta go.
    If you were interested in any books in the World War Cthulhu, Cthulhu Britannica, or Laundry series, you'll wanna act now, and act REALLY fast.
    Thankfully, they're sane, and are offering all PDFs in that series for 25% off, if you're missing a few.
    At some point, they plan to reboot a lot of the books with a different system, (until now, they were relying on Call of Cthulhu's basic RPG system, so who knows, maybe this is for the best)
     
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    Another bump but, holy shit.
    Bundle of Holding is going absolutely ham right now, insane amount of deals right now.

    Starting at $18, and capping at $30 if you're feeling Generous, there is The Dracula Dossier, which gets you Nights Black Agents (Spies vs Vampires), as well as The Dracula Dossier, which is basically treating Bram Stokers Dracula as if it was a real event that happened, and is widely regarded as one of the best campaigns ever made

    If Tolkien-esqe journey and fellowship is more your bag though, there are a Pair of One Ring bundles, one that has the game + quite a few supplements, and another one that has many more recent books, including one if you wanna get your Riders of Rohan on.

    Lastly, Monte Cook has his revenge with a pair of bundles.
    The Cypher System, which is basically his Numenera system touched up, and has a pair of settings made just for the system

    And the revival of The Strange, which is basically the premiere game if you wanna do a bunch of universe hopping with your pals.
     
  11. ArgonBern

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    Ravioli ravioli finally started Pathfinder as an Armor Masteroli (Fighter archetype)

    So, we're playing Skull and Shackles, the pirate-themed campaign where you get to kill a lotta Chelish Hellknights n shit. We have 2 DMs mastering and something like 8 players or more in the campaign; the quirk however is that not all players need to be present except for the Alchemist who became Captain. I got introduced while they were boarding a ghost ship.

    I made this silly but serious backstory for my character before learning that everyone else pretty much had nonsrs BGs and characters.

    The crew, all anti-Cheliax, anti-slavery people, consists of:

    - A Tiefling Grenadier Alchemist who staged a mutiny after learning the (now former) captain wanted to sell the crew as slaves; it's a long story actually. Cheliax defector who considers demons abominations and is extremely brutal with Hellknights and worshippers of Asmodeus. Wants to gather enough power to sail South and is taking any Feat that can help him become a dragon. CN
    - A Grippli Grenadier Musketeer rescued after the mutiny. Exploded the fleeing captain's head with a crit. His name is Kermit Thefrog. Yes, basically this. CG
    - An Undine UnMonk who doesn't speak because he has a funny accent that few people take seriously. LN
    - An Aasimar Oracle. One of the few normal people. CG
    - An old Gnome Bard who likes to prank the Captain. CN
    - An alcoholic Human Barbarian/Rogue who is also the chef on board. CN
    - The Half-elf Witch of the ship because ships need some magic backup. CG
    - An Aasimar Swashbuckler who was captain of another ship and was rescued by the party. Has a purple beard and that's it for his BG. CN iirc
    - And then there is me, the guy always in full plate armor who never takes it off and clearly doesn't belong on a ship but it's there for reasons. I also have 9 in Swim while in full plate and only -2 Armor Check Penalty. CG

    As you can see this is 100% coherent.
     
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    I love when there's a lawful amidst a band of chaotic chucklefucks
     
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    @ArgonBern asked me to notify him (And this thread) whenever a Warhammer 40K bundle might occur.
    It just now has

    Dark Heresy Bundle is live on Bundle of Holding.
    At least, the first Edition...
    Still want more? Say no more, there's a second bundle.
    Not quite my style, but I know there's some vehemant God Emperor servants in here, so I figured I'd link both.
     
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    Gonna be playing in the first episode of a very short campaign of Tenra Bansho Zero tomorrow.

    So far, in terms of beginner friendliness, I'd say the the JTRPG's I've played go like this:

    Terna Bansho Zero > Nechronica > Tokyo Nova

    Tenra's character creation is a little bit more time consuming than Nechronica's, but the battle system is also a lot simpler and lite compared to the other two IMO from what I saw in gm's tutorial. It's basically just a system of simple checks and counter checks. It does have an interesting risk/reward system in combat though, allowing you to make potentially worse and worse things happen to your character in exchange for better dice odds and effects. So it's combat is not completely outclassed in that department, even if it's not nearly as tactical.

    Nechronica's character creation (and monster creation, if you're a gm) is simple and understandable to the point of being addictively fun to create stuff. The battle system is probably the most complex of the three, and you'll probably need to see at least one battle to visualize how counts work (and a bit of experience to understand all the nuances). A bit daunting but rewarding for it.

    Tokyo Nova's character creation is the most complex. Part of that is because of the game's unique way of using cards in favor of dice. You'll have to wrap your head around the card checks, since they change the way almost everything works compared to other trpg's. But even beyond that, character creation is heavy. It's a very intrigue and social combat oriented game, so the web of connections and mental skills you need to work out when creating a character can be really daunting (it took me 3 days to work my sheet together, with guidance!). It's worth it though, it's a very interesting and unique take on cyberpunk (with some fantasy elements) and the system is great fun once you figure it out.

    I'd still like to get a Ryuutama one shot game in sometime.

    Yah opposites are great for chemistry. In muh Nech campaign, my character is pretty much the X to the other face's Zero. They really balance each out, it's great fun.
     
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  15. ArgonBern

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    @Jutsei Oooh, nice. I'll check it out!
     
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    The Tabletop Games turned Video Game hits just keep comin'.

    Now I wanna play Mutant: Year Zero........
     
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    I promised myself I wouldn't gush about Nechronica any more, but last month we had a session that was an absolute testament to good roleplaying and coordination, and is easily one of the top 3 sessions I've ever had. Been meaning to talk about it~


    So, went like this:

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    Principle characters involved in this story, for reference:
    Zona, my character. Described above. Class is based around mutations.
    Hilda, MemeD's character. Class is based around mutations and eating other mutants.

    So, MemeD went on a trip to Japan for Comitek, and thus was absent for a few weeks. They and the DM agreed to fluff this as them sneaking off to a certain in-universe location...which we find out a few sessions later is the settings equivalent of R'yleh / Azathoth's Court. Oops.

    Meanwhile MemeD and gm have been conspiring secretly.

    Weeks later. Big chapter climax time: the settings equivalent of the godhand descend on the island we're stuck on. Start sinking it, psionically flay and liquefy tons of npc's, etc. lots of bloodpumping horror. The opposing gods also show up to hold them off, and the place becomes a nuclear battlefield as they roll against eachother with the powers of destruction. Then the not-godhand - in an act of sadism towards us - summon Hilda, who they captured and horrifically mutated into what can only be described as a hybrid between a centaur and an anglerfish. Player actually had a JP artist friend draw a sketch of it while he was in Japan <3!

    So this is pretty heartbreaking for my character. They were like sisters, and Hilda has now gone completely insane and now is preaching the flesh gods gospel on repeat and moving to eat us. I thought quickly, and went back and retrieved some of the text we had from an earlier session in which Hilda made Zona tearfully promise to kill her if she ever went fully berserk. I rewrote, abridged, and reformatted parts of it into a dramatic flashback to that scene, right as the GM engaged the brutal pvp battle. The music he chose fit both the flashback and the battle perfectly.

    Battle starts, and Hilda lands a nasty critical hit on me right off the bat. Bites off half my body. However, despite being a borderline pacifist, Zona is fucking strong regenerative and transforming mutant (I accidentally min-maxed my build, hue). I morph my hand into an organic pilebunker (think the Xenomorph tongue, but shooting out of the arm after it splits in half down the middle) and land an unblockable armor piercing blow on her mutated half, blowing most of it away.

    It grows back.

    But! I knew that would happen (in and out of character), and that was all I needed. The blow delayed her and pushed her back out of attacking range. I then commence slashing her mutated form apart with my long reaching razor wires as she struggles to get back into attacking range. After an epic battle (wherein she used special evil monster skills like borrowing through the earth and water to try and get at me) She's finally reduced to an impotent torso that can't move, still screaming for us to "return to the earth". Time for the finishing blow!

    So, Zona - being Zona - elects to hug her instead, pleading with her not to die and to come back, and trying to tearfully reminisce about good times. The other parties (in-character) clamor that this is hopeless and Hilda will probably regenerate and kill me instead.

    Commence madness / mental corruption cure check on Hilda

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Pass

    With Zona's hug reminding her of who she really is, Hilda passes out as her two ego's rage against eachother. The corrupted one slowly dies as Hilda's memories are able to break through and give her strength to resist the madness.



    Perfect session.


    Aside from that, I'm also in a Tenra Bansho Zero and Tokyo Nova game.

    Second TN game I've been in, but this one is unique in that the gm is taking a very light hearted, humor oriented approach to the cyberpunk anime setting. We're basically playing a rag tag group of bumbling misfits trying to make a living in super cyberpunk megalopolis. It's cozy, cute, and fun, never knew how much I wanted this.

    Also revisiting TN, the system is a lot less complex then I remembered it. Combat's pretty simple, and character creation only seems daunting if you're overthinking it.
     
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    In other news...
    Warhammer 40K: Wrath and Glory, the upcoming new RPG set on everyones favorite Grimdark is still in development, and it even got a comic showing off how it'll be played.
    My friend is already planning to run an Adeptus Mechanicus only Campaign, of which I will participate.
    But man, I just wanna run an Ork Only Campaign...
    Really hope there's tons of support for the 12 Factions.
     
  19. ArgonBern

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    Interesting... would love playing a Chaos Space Marine of the Sons of Malice if only he was canon again...
     
  20. DukeMagus

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    i'll really try to join you one day and see how it goes. you makes it look too cool
     
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    Ha ha, thanks <3 I feel I've really stumbled into a great set of groups with creative players and gm's who share my interests and passions. With TRPG's, that's really the ultimate thing, and often the hardest part. You get out what you put in, so the more passion you put into role play the more fun and emotion you'll get out of it.

    On that note! Here's an environmental description that Rak belted out for the place we're now in in Nech

    Rak is a good gm.
     
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    Felt like sharing.
    Golden Sky Stories is currently having a Kickstarter for it's first supplement: Twilight Tales
    Which adds character types based on Yokai (Oni, Kappa, Ghost, etc), as well as some other depending on Stretch Goals.
    It's basically this really cute RPG where you're a group of supernatural creatures in a small town trying to help the people who live there and make them happy
    If you back at the $20 level, you get the original game, the supplemet and PDFs of every add-on/spin-off ever made for it (Which includes extra stuff, a spin-off based on Fae/Faeries, and another spin-off based on D&D Monsters)
    Pretty good deal, and the current highest stretch goal adds a Magical Girl class, so that's another thing.
     
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    Angry Joe is two weeks away from putting his Game on Kickstarter.



    I am intrigued and will be supporting it, especially because if it succeeds it will have Mortal Kombat & Dragon Ball as cross compatible spinoffs. You can finally have Ryu vs Scorpion that we really are not going to get any other way.
     
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    This weekends game was wild, going in top 5 favorite sessions now.

    At the bottom of the ocean in a multidimensional mc escther city fighting one of the main antagonists (who is basically a villainous GUTS, and who has also become a biomechanical mecha knight hybrid with a giant sword made out of star fire, and is the chosen empowered warrior of a man-made eldritch god) to save the soul of a lost friend* (and the world).

    Then he belts out this line:

    Metal as fuck.

    Then she takes off her helmet and not only is he a she but HOLY SHIT SHE'S ME

    I'm Zona.

    So it turns out I'm a clone of her.

    My PC, by far the most soft hearted, gentle, and spiritual party member, is a clone of the most savagely metal blood knight in the setting. All her cherished memories of her family (from when she was alive) are potentially fake, which means her parents may not be watching over her from Heaven, as she so dearly believed and hoped. Instead, those memories belong to someone else...someone who's heart has long since been broken...

    Goodbye Heaven, hello

    E M O T I O N A L
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    God, I love these games.
     
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    Bundle of Holding strikes with some cool hits once again
    Delta Green has a bundle of pretty much all it's recent books. Delta Green isa modern day Call of Cthulhu game where you are a secret agent who eventually gets unwound by the stress of burning work and the Mythos, I have literally heard NOTHING but good things about Delta Green, give it alook
    Second, there's Eclipse Phase, with another bundle. I've heard this is a pretty great sci-fi setting with Horror, if need be.
    I'm sure there's more that can be sid about that.

    But yeah, that's what's new in Tabletop Gaming bundles.

    But there's also some other news
    D&D has revealed it's annual Adventure for this year.
    You'll be headed to Waterdeep and take part in a grand heist to steal some very magical artifacts. Be careful, because might be tangling with Xanathar himself!

    Lastly, Geist: The Sin Eaters will be getting it's Kickstarter for 2nd Edition next week... Very exciting
     
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    Been a while since I last posted in here, woopsy.
    Anyway, lotsa good deals going on right now
    Drivethru RPG is hosting a 75% off sale on ALL Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and Mage: The Ascension books. That's insane savings, especially for one book that came out THIS year. Managed to basically get 7 books for the price of one normally priced WoD Book.
    Sale here
    Second, Bundle of Holding is at it again with a Two Part Arthur Pendragon Bundle, if you wanna bring your players to Arthurian Times.
    Regular ole' bundle with the newest edition (and a very long Campaign)
    And a Bundle of older things w/ a buncha settings if you wanna do some backwork

    And lastly, Bundle of Holding has a bundle of Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine, a chill system made for slice of life type RP with some weirdness and heartwarming tales to it
    It also comes with Nobilis and basically all written material for it so far so.
    Pretty good deal there too.
     

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