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doho123
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For those that are interested....

I think I'm ready for this game to be "open tested," so for those who are wanting to dare...

Introducing...
Epic Solitaire Notebook Adventures can be downloaded from here: http://www.backglass.org/scotts/games/EpicAdventure/html/index.htm

It's a solitaire, wander-the-world, creature-bash, complete-the-quest, gain-loot game. Much like my previous game "PocketCiv" in this style of entry, it's designed around trying to make the game have a very low component count, aside from the rules book. So, it's an attempt of creating a very large, living and breathing world, only through the use of 20 cards.

Anyway, for those who take the time to print-and-playtest, thanks for any feedback, and your time.

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This sounds really cool. I'm

This sounds really cool. I'm downloading the stuff now and will try to play test. I'm pretty new to gaming, though I guess that's not necessarily bad for playtesting :-)

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doho123 wrote:Much like my

doho123 wrote:
Much like my previous game "PocketCiv" in this style of entry, it's designed around trying to make the game have a very low component count, aside from the rules book. So, it's an attempt of creating a very large, living and breathing world, only through the use of 20 cards.

To reduce the components still further, it looks like you could replace the cards with a series of tables that the player rolls on with a d20.

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with the monsters,

if you wanted to you could add a system similar to the one on my random tables site.

You first roll for its basic appearance. The result will always have at least one of "[animal]", "[human]", and "[plant]".

Then you roll to fill in the elements in square brackets.

For example you might get "This creature looks like [human] above the waist, [animal] below". Then you'd roll on the 'human' and 'animal' tables. This might give you "This creature looks like an old man above the waist, a snake below."

Most mythical and fantasy creatures seem to follow one of a few basic patterns, so you can have a lot of possible results, all of which will seem 'right', without taking up much space.

Anyway this is just 'fluff', but it seems to me that people who are likely to enjoy this game are also likely to enjoy that kind of fluff, so you might find it a useful idea.

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So far I'm having fun! I

So far I'm having fun! I cursed when I lost my first battle, so I guess that's one good sign. I was a bit confused about naming the Creatures, about whether I could name it starting with any letter, or if I should use a particular letter to start its name with, etc., but I got past it and am continuing to learn the rules. I like naming things and the Battle Strength system seems neat so far.

doho123
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Yes, that's true given I've

Yes, that's true given I've capped my card limit at 20 (so far!). However, I usually try to avoid tables as much as possible; I'm not a fan of constant researching for the correct table and referencing vertical/horizontal line to get a result. Of course, that's just my opinion. Maybe this is a result of too many session going practically blind staring at the chart for destination payouts playing "Rail Baron."

Also, I try to avoid dice rolling. Not that I am against dice, just the idea of ROLLING them, in the pursuit of trying to make a game that would be playable while in the middle of a flight on a plane.

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I'm not sure why you can't roll dice

on a plane? At least, assuming you have a flat surface where you can deal cards and draw on paper. I suppose it might fall on the floor, but that doesn't seem like a deal-breaker.

Also, the target audience for this is presumably role-players, who are used to charts?

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Downloading now - will give

Downloading now - will give it a spin. I love Pocket Civ so am looking forwards to to trying this.

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Sorry I haven't commented in

Sorry I haven't commented in a few days! I got the flu and then the A/C broke, couldn't really concentrate to play but now I got A/C and am rarin' to go :D

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