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Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Ratpick posted:

When you lie naked with another, you can ask them for a promise. If they refuse, take 2 Strings on them.

I like this, just because there are so many ways to interpret that statement. You could just be having a conversation and argue that you can use this.

I see now why the dude who GMs my star wars game has really house ruled the poo poo out of it. Rolling a one on the wild die only does anything if you also massively fail your roll, and it's usually "the story just took an unexpected twist," and we only earn Dark Side points for killing, wounding with the force and succumbing to emotion in ways that hurt other people and even then I think Dark side points are a lot tamer. One of our players has like... 17 or something I think.

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Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Humbug Scoolbus posted:

I guess I am if those 'cool story moments' involve depression, angst, and melancholy.

I don't understand why melodrama necessarily equates with a strictly sad sad negative let's all cut ourselves emotional tone for a game. Or that something where the focus is interpersonal character interactions and relationships is just everyone sort of farting around not doing anything, both of those seem to just be a result of a lack of creativity. Buffy is one of the primary inspirations for the game apparently, and that show had a big bad guy every year, multiple plot things interacting with the characters, tons of jokes, maybe three times where Buffy had to fight evil robot us's AND an episode where everyone turned into what they dressed as for Halloween.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


I can see myself playing monsterhearts, I tbut I think it'd be a good game to try on one of my groups of friends who don't enjoy DnD and the like, but I think I'd have to play as a chosen or infernal or similar. For some reason I can't stand stories that are just soap operas with no real plot aside from character interactions, but slap on a flimsy pretence of "the characters are all teenage mutant superheroes" or "everyone is on a weird time travel island with a smoke monster" and I'll eat that poo poo with a spoon, and I can see why that aspect might put someone off, but that's what the menace and such seem to be for. I should probably buy this game and check it out.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Early years of watching Darkwing Duck, TMNT and the like have ingrained deep in my soul than anthropomorphic animal men are sweet as hell and totally tubular and way cool, it's nice when a game goes off that vein rather than being full of shirtless wolf men with dragon dicks and unbuttoned jeans. :(

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


hectorgrey posted:

To be fair, GURPS does actually come with optional rules for making the game more cinematic and less lethal. That said, the idea of someone taking out a gunman or two with only their bare hands/a knife without either the element of surprise, a shitload of kevlar or superpowers would probably pull me straight out of a game anyway. Even Jason Bourne only pulls it off with the element of surprise.

On the other hand, a spy game where I can't Solid Snake kill a helicopter and take out ten armed guards in an elevator with my bare hands and a kitchen knife is a spy game I really want no part of, so it depends on what you want I guess.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


anti_strunt posted:

I think the point was that you could make something as loving unimaginably inhuman as African child soldiering and make it part of the bathetic backstory of your lily-white bishonen ironically bishonen cyberpunk ninja superhero and not get called an insensitive hack over it.

Who gives a gently caress seriously

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


You mentioned the V-merang or something in the Maid review and thought Kamen Rider. You may well be right about that being the original source, but my first thought was:

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


I'm gonna say... Gifted Trollkin Sorcerer/Fell Caller. Thunder and Lightning!

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Evil Mastermind posted:

Hey, are we doing a new thread for 2015?

Are archives still broken? if so it's probably not a great idea.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


I have no experience of Torg outside of this thread, but it just sounds like such a disappointment. I mean, the idea that you have to create a reality bubble to sue your poo poo is rediculous, just go "you're a Storm Knight, your poo poo always works that's why you are special". Reality bubbles should only exist as a way for your character to turn a donkey into a rad motorcycle or a rusty gladius into a lightsaber or something.

Hell, lets look at a Living Land dude, forget all the ideas about playing a robot-dinosaur, which is awesome, lets say you are just some caveman dude. You come from a reality where technology and magic don't work, so if someone puts a gun to your head and pulls the trigger, it should do about as much good as just throwing a pebble at your head, as the bullet transforms in mid flight, that instantly gives you a reason to just play Captain Caveman, going around slicing tanks apart with your spear as the metal armour becomes hairy mammoth hide under your glass spear. It's such a cool setting idea and it seems like actually doing the cool poo poo that made you want to play in the first place would be impossible.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Young Freud posted:

Except it transforms mid-flight still going 1 kilometer per second. You can literally stand on the border of the Living Land, fire lasers into it, and, if they don't hit fog or storm, they'd still probably damage poo poo on the other side because they're still concentrated photons moving at the speed of light.

The speed of light? Light doesn't have a speed, it just is! And a rock couldn't move at a 1000km an hour, that's ludicrous, even the fastest proto-cheeta or dino is nowhere near that speed! Next you'll say that in the Victorian cosm someone could build some kind of horseless carriage that would move upwards of 50 miles an hour, when any good natural philosopher knows that the very wind would flay the flesh from a man at that speed.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Why are Furries always such crazy right-wing nutjobs? I mean, I want to say it's because of the brain damage but I haven't done the research to back that up.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Tatum Girlparts posted:

Remember all those the times the hero of a story was enraged that his younger child brother desperately wanted to cling to a world where he was not only not a cripple but an active and respected part of 'normal' society for the first time in his life, and constantly demanded his child brother face the facts that he'd always be a gimp shunned by society?

Then he did the same to a girl his age who I don't remember if she was like abused or whatever but she clearly had something going on to make her feel life wasn't living as it was and while that's not an awesome place to be literal escape into a real alternate world that you're eager and willing to be a part of isn't the same as just reading fantasy books all your life and never doing anything or whatever.

All those heroic stories.

The red headed girl was an albino and had to dye her hair in the real world or something lame. The kid who became prince got his "mother" back and people actually liked him, Cid became an awesome badass rather than a sclubish loser, Marche got to be in charge of a clan of cool warriors, his brother got a normal life and an entire world full of living, intelligent beings was brought into existence.

Nope, gotta go home and if we're lucky my little brother will live to see 25 and Ci will be able to stave off suicide long enough to scrape together enough money to feed his family.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Zereth posted:

The Nile Empire, duh. Gotta find out what Dr. Mobius is up to.

:agreed:

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Tasoth posted:

Y'know, if they wanted to make one of those groups the mad killers, it should have been the weasels. Sure, cats are killers and most are pretty big, but their prey tends to be roughly on par with them in regards to size. A least weasel? They can bring down rabbits with are significantly bigger than them. It'd be like a lion climbing on top of an adult elephant and killing it by severing its spine. But the split between felidae and canidae makes some sense within that group as order Carnivora has a feliformes and caniformes supergrouping that divides carnivores into whether their phenotype shares more in common with cats or dogs. Still doesn't make half assing the reptiles acceptable or even forgetting something like goatmen or deer people.

Weasels are great antagonists to use in Mouse Guard. Your little group is a bunch of Mice who are like a mix between monster hunters, rangers and knights, and Weasels are the Mongol Horde except they are all four or five times your size and they will loving eat you.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


PurpleXVI posted:

Someone who breaks the game with money?

Make Scrooge McDuck!

And hell, make Darwing Duck or Gizmo Duck too while you are at it.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


theironjef posted:



Vanishing Point is a pretty darn good game and we're glad to have found it. Whether or not it's a total ripoff of Neverwhere is a different discussion. It's insane steampunk weirdos fighting and getting into goofy victorian intrigue on Planet Brain.

It's an old argument, but steampunk is one of those things I really want to like, because I like a lot of the ideas and poo poo in it, but it sucks complete balls because most of the time it ain't a genre it's a (poo poo) fashion, and it might be steam but it sure as hell ain't punk,. If you have a bunch of people flouncing around as posh london gentlemen you're missing the point, it'd be like playing a cyberpunk game where you are all in charge of OCP and basically run the world, running around having a bunch of circuit-boards and poo poo stuck to your suit.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


PurpleXVI posted:

I'm noting that all the animals in Ironclaw seem to be birds and mammals. What about aquatic animals, insects, reptiles, etc.? Are those added in another supplement, reserved for villains, etc.? Or are they just not in the game as anything except normal animals?

In this situation I like to imagine that all the shark and stingray people and whatever are busy chilling in furry not-atlantis, so hopefully that's it.

Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


Tasoth posted:

It'd have been easier just to lift Zelazney's idea of a spikard. You have an item of power (in this case an implant) that is tethered to fonts of power in other dimensions. When you use it, you jiggle the tether and said font sends a jolt of itself down the line and back to you. Keeps a similar idea, divorces the 'lol random' part from it and now you have alien entities to deal with when you push it too hard.

So a Green Lantern ring?

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Rohan Kishibe
Oct 29, 2011

Frankly, I don't like you
and I never have.


LornMarkus posted:

Hey, theironjef, love the podcast and earlier today I had the crazy thought of sending you guys the completed rules for a fan-made Final Fantasy pen and paper that I used to play back in high school. Any chance you guys would be interested in seeing that at all? It's hilariously broken in quite a few ways but could probably provide some entertaining reading if only for seeing its attempts to reconcile ancient design philosophy with emulating Final Fantasy.

I've always thought that in dealing with Final Fantasy you'd have to kind of approach the mechanics at a 90 degree angle, if you want them to emulate the mechanics of the game. Like, accuracy in Final Fantasy games only really matters against certain enemies and for some status effects like blink and such, so the default assumption should be that attacks auto-hit. I've always been tempted to give it a go myself because I love Ivalice as a setting, but it's a lot of work and it was hard enough to get my friends to try playing anything that isn't called DnD. Maybe I could whip something up and call it Dark Clouds and Dissidia.

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