I downloaded the free version of Lamentations of the Flame Princess to see if I wanted to dive into another clone. After glancing through the Rule Book, I stumbled across a chart of retainers. It contained the usual suspects — mercenary, craftsman, alchemist, scholar — but then I noticed the game’s true glory. Butler A… Continue reading How a butler sold me on LOTFP
Being a fan of Castles & Crusades, I’ve been attempting to catch up on buying some of their supplements. Over the last few weeks, I’ve ordered half a dozen different titles including the Tainted Lands box set; it’s roughly the C&C equivalent of the original Ravenloft boxed set. Even though I’ve not read enough of… Continue reading Fantasy horror settings
I spend my professional life studying genocide; which is to say, I spend my life in a world of academics and presenting papers and publishing obscure journal articles. Even though it’s an instant conversation killer at dinner parties, I still find it immensely rewarding. Unfortunately, the scholarly skew of my current writing, combined with the… Continue reading How do you combat Adult Onset Imagination Disease?
You can find charts in Mongoose’s Traveller for random patrons and allies (pages 75-81 in LBB) but what if you just need a quick idea of who the PCs are chatting up? Random Bar Mate 11 Criminal 12 Bureaucrat 13 Corporate Executive 14 Student 15 Law Enforcer 16 Traveller 21 Politician 22 Doctor 23 Philosopher… Continue reading You’re in a bar…
I’m sure it will come as no surprise to those who read this blog that Traveller is my default Sci Fi game. It would not be a stretch to say that I’ve been playing it longer than any other game outside of D&D and I might even say I’ve played it for longer stretches than… Continue reading Love the game, hate the setting
I’ve been thinking a lot about systems lately. I recently bought a copy of the Savage Worlds Super Powers Companion and after a preliminary look it seems like a perfect fit for this genre. This isn’t surprising though, as Savage Worlds lends itself so well to campaigns with a pulp feel. Since its release, I’ve… Continue reading Does genre dictate system?
Back in the early 80’s, when I first started to run Traveller games with the LBBs, I quickly discovered that I didn’t like the merchant campaign as presented. Not that I didn’t like the tramp freighter idea, I just didn’t care for the way the entire game revolved around bartering your way from one mortgage… Continue reading Give them a ship