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Just asking out of curiosity... Its been quite a while since I dusted off my rpg-writing skills (if you can call them that) and I have a fairly large project to complete this spring... and would love some feedback on it.

Anyone want the character creation rules once they're done?

This game is a modern-day genre wherein the players play "lan" or online participants in various online games that have the same character... the central online game played being called Inner City - a game where you're a crook stuck in a bad 70's cop show.

So you "play a player playing a game".

Weird, yes, but less convoluted than it probably sounds.

Anyway... let me know.
XXOOCC

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XXOOCC wrote:
Just asking out of curiosity...

I've tried to play RPGs, but I just don't get it.

I bought the SW:RPG starter set, invasion of Theed, and I played the included scenerios and liked them. I've looked at the books for the full version of the game, and it's all source manuals, equipment lists, game rules, etc.

Where is the game?

All RPGs I've looked at are like that.

I suppose you're supposed to have the gamemaster make up scenerios, but then are RPGs just for players in an RPG group with someone willing to write and run the game?

Jason

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Yeah I play RPG's. My hobby started there, led through CCG's, and then ended up in Board Games (which I seem to like more than the rest :) mostly because I have designs of BG's that actually get finished).
I still play RPG's when I get a good group, and find it an awful lot of fun.

I'd be happy to look at whatever. There are also similar Board to BGDF dedicated to RPGs. rpg.net and indie-rpgs.com come to mind. I still read, but not post, on those two.

Andy

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Hi, I've played RPG's on and off for the previous 8 years or so. Mostly I've played "book-RPG's" like dungeons and dragons, Vampire the Masquerade and so on. Occasionally I've tried a few online RPG's. So far they haven't been able to capture my attention for a long time , like the tabletop RPG's. Maybe yours will be a first. I hope so, and I'd be glad to help in looking at your material. Looking forward to it actually.

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Hmmm. I started role-playing with the "second-wave", which in the UK would be when the Red and Blue Box Dungeons and Dragons sets first appeared (around 1978) i.e. about six or seven years after the original AD&D sets started circulating but before the "third-wave" which was essentially triggered by White Wolf (that would be, what, 1986 or so?)

And I now have shelves of games that I shall never play :) (the role-player's paradox: you either have time and no money or money and no time...)

So yeah, I'd be happy to run my eye over them, if only because it'd be nice to see something different sometimes...

Anonymous
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Yes.
We have an RPG group that meats on Wed nights.
We tend to play different "mini" games every Wed... digging through my library of 40 or so different RPGs to determine what we'll play that night.

Heck.... the only time I've had my name in print on a game is proofing work I did for Eden Studios.

So in short, I'd be glad to look over whatever you'd like.

Tyler

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I've played RPGs for 25 years (though took a substantial break between the time EarthDawn had been out for about a year and D&D 3e was released). Up until a few months ago I had a regular Wednesday D&D group where we took turns DMing for a few weeks at a time.

I'm working on a D&D-based project, something that will be published (sort of... it's still pretty hush-hush). One of my boardgaming buddies is a professional editor and has recently done work for Green Ronin.

I don't have enough time or inclination to playtest any RPG material right now, but I wish you continued success in that arena!

Anonymous
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First, let me say something a little off topic:

Scurra wrote:
(around 1978)

FastLearner wrote:
I've played RPGs for 25 years

No offense to anyone, but I never realized how young I really am for this forum....

Anyway, I've been 'playing' D&D for 2 years. I say 'played' because my friends don't really like to play and my local game shop has a age restriction on their D&D groups, so I never really 'played' it. But, I've gotten into the game and I would be intrested in reading to rules as well.

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DragonKid wrote:
No offense to anyone, but I never realized how young I really am for this forum....

No offense taken by me: I'm old. :)

Here's where I reiterate how well-spoken (written) you are, and that you do a great job of holding your own in a crowd of mostly-adults (in tree rings, not necessarily at heart).

Anonymous
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I took my first swing at RPG in 1982, I think, with Dungeons and Dragons... which, at the time, seemed to be taking over the world (that is when the original Saturday AM cartoon came out)... anyhow, it took over MY world, but it also led to lots of fantasy/scifi/historical board and simulation games as well... some of my favorite of the time period were Starfleet Battles, Tunnels and Trolls, Titan, Kingmaker, Victory in the Pacific, Dune, and to a lesser extent Traveller, Gamma World, and many many others.

Haven't played ANY RPGs since college, tho (1992 or so). But I still think that they are a tremendous source of entertainment if one has the mind for such things. It took me a little while to get used to a game where most of the action takes place solely in dialogue and in the minds of the players, and I am certain that it isn't for everyone (or maybe even for many).

Anonymous
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I might be interested. I've been playing RPGs since the late 70's (so what, something like 25 years - gawd, am I getting that old. :D )

I personally love RPGs - I think they offer a great opportunity to involve a group of people to participate in building a story - something that is hard to achieve sometimes in a board game. A good RPG game allows the players to drive their charcters through a framework provided by the GM to create the kind of story you'd want to pick up off the shelves of Barnes & Noble. (A bad RPG game can devolve into hack & slash and juvenile humor.) It all depends on the players and the GM, each side can weaken the game.

That said, I've had the blessing to have some RPG material for D&D 3E sold to Atlas Games for publication and the first product from my own company is a RPG product designed for use with the D&D 3.5E rules.

As to XXOOCC's RPG idea, it sounds interesting. I would be happy to at least look over the material and could probably convince my players to give it a try.

- Geoff

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It's interesting that all the RPG fans seem to have been playing for at least 2 decades.

Are there many people who have picked up the genre in the past 5 years?

Jason

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I don't know anybody on the forum, but nearly all of my regular players (4 out of 7) have never played D&D before last year (and no RPGs at all), and 2 of my players haven't played in well over 5 years. Heck, 2 of my players have already 'graduated' to GMing their own campaigns, one in the Forgotten Realms D&D setting, and 1 in the d20 Star Wars RPG.

- Geoff

Anonymous
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First, happy new year to all ! ... (this is my first posting in 2004)

Out of curiosity, how many of you were really playing by the rules? ... you know, countless tables, modifiers, feats, races, abilities, etc. you know, the "hardcore" RPG stuff ...

I'm asking so because it appears to me that RPGs, in general, require tremendous amount of time and knowledge to play: For instance, a hero finds a door and that door is wood, metal, or something else so he/she needs to break it with a xDy + m ...

My wife and I attempted to play D&D 3e couple of years ago. I read the books (player's handbook and DM and also glanced at the monsters manual). We also bought the introductory set ( the one w/ few adventures and the precanned heroes) and tried them out ... we only did it twice. I never could correlate all the "hardcore" details to the adventures we played.

I even wanted to write my own campaign ... I had envisioned a "pretty neat" story line. I started writing it but lack of time didn't help.

We never played or saw playing other people so we never experienced the "real" RPG feeling.

So, rephrasing my question:
Does it playing by the strict rules really make a difference?

I think I have pretty good imagination ... I can picture in my mind what's going on quite vividly ... but I can't say if others do the same, even if what I do is what it takes to enjoy RPGs.

... just to keep the thread totally off BG topic ;)

- Henddher

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Actually,'the rules are more like a guideline or a rule of thumb. It's usefull if the DM knows them, and the players are familiar with the rules for the players. I've played 'strict'games, but it's the games in which you have more leeway, which are most interesting. A good DM can weave an interesting story and back it up with some rules to get a stable world. If there's a world in which the rules constantly change, it gets less believable and most of the times less fun to play. Of course there are exceptions to this. A comic parody on a real world can be as weird and loose as you want

Anonymous
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Dragonkid, you aren't alone. I too am a young'un!

I have tried to break into the role playing world for a couple years now but I have never quite understood the process. I have sat down and generated two or three characters now but once it comes to playing things get chaotic very fast. Every session that I have played in (read: 3) has degenerated into a brawl between the supposedly allied players.

One time it was accidental. While swinging my longsword to hit a monster, my character swiped a neighboring dwarf (nearly beheading him). It took about an hour to generate my character, 10 minutes to get to my turn, and another 30 seconds to determine the outcome of my swing. So, by the time I found out what may character had done, I was glad the game was on a downward slope.

I have two D&D books that I peruse every so often. I would remove them from my bookshelf if they weren't so motivational just sitting there. Everytime I look at them I marvel at the intricate games that geek designers can dream up (after being locked in a room with only pepsi and pizza for a week). After being struck by how dense the RPG is I can reflect on how shallow my own games are (thereby humbling me and inspiring me to do better next time).

Anyway, I will try to get into RPGs again soon. But even I, coming from the CCG camp, cannot fathom how people get into RPGs.

- Silverdagon0

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Whew, i thought that i was along in the DDRPG club. I have been playing since 1982, (bored Saturday night on Ramstein AB) and have not looked back since. I've played marathon games with breaks for only nature and nachos that have gone close to 48 hours. Maybe it was because I hated math that I was so hooked. Sounds strange, but after the nuns of elementary school and my parents drumming formulae and rules into my head, working out the results of 2D10+init+bonus+...just came easy. Add in my over active imagination and it is a match made in heaven. Throw me into the pot to look over what rules you have, it sounds very interesting.

Dwarves to the Bone!

NuYawkDawg

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Henddher wrote:
Out of curiosity, how many of you were really playing by the rules? ... you know, countless tables, modifiers, feats, races, abilities, etc. you know, the "hardcore" RPG stuff ...

I can't speak for others, but I don't play and GM in the 'hardcore' way. Sure I use the the tables and the rules and the feats and all the 'structure' found in the rulesbooks. They are put in there for a reason (sometimes you don't know the reason - but there was a reason). But that doesn't mean that the rules shouldn't be bent - in fact, I enyoy the times when I can break the rules and re-write them.

The rules are the structure upon which the game is built. It's equivalent to the cards and rules in CCGs and the board and rules in board games. Without the rules you have no starting point to begin the game. But since its only a framework, how you use the rules is up to you.

The real secret to RPGs, I have found, and what often separates it greatly from CCGs, regular card games, and board games, is that the rules are meant to be bent and broken. I can't imagine playing Settlers of Catan when one player decides that they should get an extra resource card because they feel their settlers worked harder that turn. The rules are there to make the game as equal as possible for all the players to win. But in RPGs, playing strictly by the rules often leads to unhappy and disgruntled players. In fact, the 'rules' in the Dungeon Master's Guide suggest that you bend the rules to suit your needs. The goal of a RPG is often very different from the goal of a board game: in the RPG, the 'group' is working together to reach a common goal, in the CCG and board game, the individual is working to win the game (not always, but most of the time).

In the RPG it is up to the GM, acting as the leader and storyteller, to make sure that all players are having fun in the game. If your players are having fun, even though you may be bending and breaking rules left and right, then the game is a success. To me, that is what separates the RPG from other games, and what makes them so fun to play.

OK - I've probably rambled enough here to really confuse the issue. Let me just say that some people like board games, some like card games, and some like RPGs and that's fine. Some of us like all three, and that's fine too. As long as you have fun playing the game, then it doesn't matter what you are playing.

Just my two pence - though after all the rambling I wouldn't be surprised if you all ask for a refund. :D

- Geoff

Anonymous
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Holy Cripes!

I posted this a couple of days ago figuring I'd get a few "lets see 'ems" and all of a sudden there's boo-koodles replies!

I'll post the chargen rules when they're done in the download section here.

...I've actually been designing and writing source material for rpgs longer than I have been designing board and minis games... I'm just better known (by both of my fans) for my minis and boardgames.

...and I'm coming up on 42 (tree rings)...
XXOOCC

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I have been playing a D&D 3.5 campain mostly every weekend for the past year and a half. And I have played with RPGs for several years now.(Longer if you count reading the D&D 1.0 monster manual as a kid).

Anonymous
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I've never gotten into full-scale tabletop RPGs. Mostly, I never had the people or time for it. I have enjoyed many computer RPGs, which aren't quite the same, however, both tabletop and computer RPGs are great sources of structure, theme, and storytelling (when done well).

Anyways...just my half a cent. :)

Have fun all!

-Vexx

Anonymous
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XXOOCC wrote:
Just asking out of curiosity... Its been quite a while since I dusted off my rpg-writing skills (if you can call them that) and I have a fairly large project to complete this spring... and would love some feedback on it.

This spring being last spring, then? :? Sorry I'm so late with my reply!

I've been roleplaying for (mumble mumble) years. I was one of the playtesters of D&D's 3rd edition. I also created the rpg-create YahooGroup, though it was a OneList at the time. :wink: That is a great forum for getting good feedback as long as you do it right. Don't just post a link and say "what do you think of this game." Select some aspect of your system and post that for comments. Ask directed questions. The folks on that group have been extremely informative over the years, and have a lot of experience with a lot of different RPG systems.

More recently, I have been doing some live-action role playing, but that's really off-topic for you. :wink:

- Brett
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