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RPG Supplement [chat]

BogartBogart Streetwise HerculesRegistered User, Moderator mod
So it's always nice to read the core books of an RPG, get your head around a new system, roll up a couple of characters, breathe in the heady aroma of possibility of what this could be like to play if, you know, you were able to lasso four friends on a regular basis to play it. But I think for me the best thing about RPGs are the supplements that come out after. The adventures, the campaigns, the settings. The stuff that pours the flavour-filled gravy over the meat and potatoes.

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Let's have a look at some, and why they're so sexy. First of all, obviously: maps. Pull out maps, floor layouts with an S for secret doors, little trees and symbols for marshlands, old-timey writing for place names, the lot.

Check out this monster pull out map from the 4E Forgotten Realms book. I pored over this for ages and took it out every time the players in my campaign went anywhere.

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Or this one, detailing the internal layout of the Tower of Isengard for Middle Earth Role Playing (MERP), in case anyone is insane enough to try and break in to take on Saruman. Gorgeous.

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It's not just the maps, of course, it's the tiny flavour illustrations as well. Are there little boxed insert pictures of all the major NPCs? There fuckin well better be, pal. I want them squinting suspiciously at the reader in little black and white headshots or I want my money back.

Or how about the deadly allure of a very long campaign, an epic you know in your heart you'll never actually keep the group together long enough to actually finish, but which give your sessions some sweeping narrative scope before Gary moves away and Phillipa decides that kids are more important than six hour sessions in your living room rolling dice and being a Wizard. The Enemy Within is a Warhammer campaign that is spread across five books. A real monster whose reputation is variable depending on which part you're doing, but which most agree contains some of the very best adventures ever printed. Five volumes of political chicanery, chaos corruption and intrigue? Fuck yes. Never played, want to desperately.

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Or maybe just a short adventure to get people in the mood? RPGs have started doing actual starter sets now, everything you need for babby's first adventure in one box. Here's the Call of Cthulhu one.

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So, you disgusting nerds, what's the RPG adventure or campaign or supplement that you love most? What sends a thrill of pleasure down your withered, ancient spine when you see the cover? What are some terrible ones you've read? What old reliables have you gone back to over the years with multiple groups?

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    WeaverWeaver Who are you? What do you want?Registered User regular
    Good morning.

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    bloodyroarxxbloodyroarxx Casa GrandeRegistered User regular
    edited July 2022
    tech folks

    kiddos and wife driving to Nova Scotia in just over a week.

    How powerful are the usb slots on a car? Can you charge a Switch through it?

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
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    Gestalt Swift Hunter//Soulbow

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    I played The Enemy Within in my early 20s

    I got through three characters, one of which died in the very first combat round because the archer in the party didn't think that shooting into a melee combat was that dangerous

    They've released an updated campaign for 4th Edition, which is pride of place on my shelf of games I hope to play one day

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    SleepSleep Registered User regular
    I’ve got the entire second edition encyclopedia magica. A set of 4 books with every single magic item in them. They are still a go to favorite for ideas.

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    The Ars Magica supplements are weighty tomes, too - expanded mechanics, more fluff, new example spells, the whole shebang

    One day...

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    tech folks

    kiddos and wife driving to Nova Scotia in just over a week.

    How powerful are the usb slots on a car? Can you charge a Switch through it?

    you'll probably want one of these https://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-Switch-Official-Play-Charge-Adapter/dp/B01MR5UGSA

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    the absolute unit of an onion i found today

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    chu did you paint that picture

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    VanguardVanguard But now the dream is over. And the insect is awake.Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    actually, skippy's son painted that picture for me

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    CouscousCouscous Registered User regular


    Like a Hitler themed restaurant in Israel

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    one time i was doing really badly and skippy sent me a care package with some things he knew i'd like (sichuan peppercorns, some guitar picks with john mayer doing guitar face on them, a book of poetry) including that painting. it's never been clear to me if his son just painted that because he liked it and then skippy was like yoink, my depressed friend would like this. or if he was like hey my friend would love a picture of pikachu, i'm commissioning you my boy

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    Organichu wrote: »
    one time i was doing really badly and skippy sent me a care package with some things he knew i'd like (sichuan peppercorns, some guitar picks with john mayer doing guitar face on them, a book of poetry) including that painting. it's never been clear to me if his son just painted that because he liked it and then skippy was like yoink, my depressed friend would like this. or if he was like hey my friend would love a picture of pikachu, i'm commissioning you my boy

    no i meant the whole picture

    it looks like you took it with a potato when viewed on a big screen

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    VanguardVanguard But now the dream is over. And the insect is awake.Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    The_Dark_of_Hot_Springs_Island_-_Cover_-_low01__27269.1499801109.jpg?c=2

    The Dark of Hot Springs Island is a system neutral island hex crawl distills a lot of what I like to run: exploration based campaigns with an emphasis around on survival and strong factions to combat/align oneself with.

    Goergous hand drawn art

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    just a great, instructive resource if you've ever been curious to do something hex based or west marches style

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    couscous did you know that shortly after the founding of israel (and through their banning by the israeli government in the early 60s) there was a genre of porn that was popular featuring mainly female nazi guards dominating jewish men. in particular, the children of survivors were mega horny for this stuff.

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    Couscous wrote: »
    http s://t witter.com/MCU_Direct/status/1544767495474761732

    Like a Hitler themed restaurant in Israel

    Dublin has the Viking Splash Tour where you get in a bus shaped like a boat and you put on a fake viking helmet and shout at people on the street and they show you where all the raping and pillaging happened

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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    oh i guess the compression is just a function of however it was resized/converted to jpg. i took it on a newer smartphone

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    RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Tav wrote: »
    Couscous wrote: »
    http s://t witter.com/MCU_Direct/status/1544767495474761732

    Like a Hitler themed restaurant in Israel

    Dublin has the Viking Splash Tour where you get in a bus shaped like a boat and you put on a fake viking helmet and shout at people on the street and they show you where all the raping and pillaging happened

    Does it end with atonement at Clontarf and the death of Ireland's best chance?

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    21stCentury21stCentury Call me Pixel, or Pix for short! [They/Them]Registered User regular
    on-topic: I hope i can make my RPG popular enough to justify writing supplemental materials.

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    21stCentury21stCentury Call me Pixel, or Pix for short! [They/Them]Registered User regular
    edited July 2022
    i have lots of ideas for extra stuff. :)

    like 9 to 24 classes.... that's a lot of possibility.

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    I love my Monster Care Squad book. Full color! Full of fantastic ideas! Containing a relatively simple ruleset to be a bunch of Studio Ghibli-styled heroes going from town to town curing the local mythical animals from a strange disease.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    Aldo that art is too beautiful

    PSN: Honkalot
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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    Google Translate tells me bögenhafen is Swedish for gay harbor

    Allegedly a voice of reason.
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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    sometimes i think anthony hopkins is a horrifically shitty conservative and then i remember wait, nevermind, that's jon voight

    sorry, anthony

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    Echo wrote: »

    i recall there was a thing about him getting into them a couple months ago and accusations of elder abuse

    Allegedly a voice of reason.
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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    I was briefly considering adding "or is this some sort of elder abuse?" comment but felt that was a bit tacky.

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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator mod
    I have waxed rhapsodic about the glory days of White Dwarf before, back when it was a general hobbyists magazine and not purely an in-house publication, but some of the scenarios they published were fantastic. And they had regular features that gave you new D&D monsters, Call of Cthulhu material like a huge list of phobias you could give your investigators. And once, across four issues, they put together a complete city for AD&D, called Irillian.


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    TuminTumin Registered User regular
    edited July 2022
    If abusing our elders is what it takes to stop NFTs, you have my gas(light)

    Tumin on
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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    if someone over the age of 75 claims to love NFTs then it's 100% elder abuse there is literally no other explanation

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    SanderJKSanderJK Crocodylus Pontifex Sinterklasicus Madrid, 3000 ADRegistered User regular
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py1d_eui0zU

    This guy started during lockdown solo on a bike. It looks like 5k people showing up.

    Steam: SanderJK Origin: SanderJK
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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited July 2022
    I still have lots of these Traveller alien modules. How many fursonas were born in the eighties as a direct result of these being published?

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    at first glance i thought that was "Proud Warrior Race: Asian" and i was like

    d-damn wow okay

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    also Vargr means Wolfr

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    This chat really hammers home how much I miss DnD

    PSN: Honkalot
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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    Honk wrote: »
    Aldo that art is too beautiful

    It's Leafy, who is fantastic.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    Hönsr

    PSN: Honkalot
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    OrganichuOrganichu poops peesRegistered User, Moderator mod
    tav i'm putting together a 36 question rubric that i will ask every first date moving forward, feeling p good about it

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