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  1. A bit of an update. I've been reading through many of the OSR PDF's I have downloaded and am in the process of deleting a lot what I doubt I have no attention would ever use, and looking over my DriveThru records reveals that a good deal of the DnD retro-clones have been downloaded through proper channels leaving just a handful of that I should actually purchase. Fortunately, most of those are cheap if bought as PDF's. I still need to go through many of the non-DnD related stuff to see what I would be interested in. Of the one's I have obtained by unquestionable means include Swords &
  2. I'm trying to compare to a product that I haven't done anything with in almost 25 years; so, my ability to an exact comparison is limited, but FGG looks enough like ADD2 that it would be easier to describe the differences. First it includes the weapon proficiency options offered in the Fighter's Handbook, and it rewrote the paladin description so that he isn't too much of a goody two shoes for most adventuring parties.
  3. I got a PDF of For Gold & Glory that was offered for during the height of the lockdown. It's based on ADnD 2nd edition with some options that I really like. My first genuine introduction to roleplaying playing 2nd ed., and in spite of many complaints, second edition is still my favorite. It makes me want to run and play a game based on 2nd ed. again. I might even have to order the hard back version of the game; so, I can give them some monetary support to create more products.
  4. I've invested in the system and am interested in giving a try, but I have too many irons of the fire at the moment to do much work with it. I am also in the process of supporting a Facebook page and Discord channel for the discussion of RPG's with an emphasis on super heroes and science fiction. I do long hours at work, and I haven't done much to grow my brand, but if you want to lead a discussion on ICONS, I'd be willing to give you an invite.
  5. I'm currently trying to put together a game using all three core rules at once. It required a little bit of home brewing, but it wasn't tough. As far as getting them out of the DnD mindset, maybe, you can offer some kind of bonus reward when they play more heroically and let the players know ahead of time that being brave will bring on quicker advancement, but you would also have to maintain trust by not taking advantage of their bravery overly much. You get what you reward, as they say.
  6. Recently, I developed a yen for old school revival gaming systems and have downloaded several PDF's for perusal purposes, but if I were to play them seriously, I would feel ethically inclined to make sure I owned a legal copy. A lot of what I have downloaded, I know is legal. Some I know, I should buy a legitimate copy, but there are some that are in a gray zone. They are scans of old books that are out of print, and in some cases, the original publishers are out business. The question is, how can I check whether a download is free and clear or would require some action on my part to make
  7. I don't know if this has been mentioned, but villains based on hip culture seems to be popular in teen based hero groups. I'm not too up on modern teen hip culture, but how about Social Medium, a magic using villain who uses social media platforms to control the minds of victims.
  8. One of the biggest drivers in medical costs in our country is an unfriendly regulatory environment that causes doctors and hospitals to spend way to much time, energy, and money jumping through bureaucratic hoops. I have worked in the hospital environment before, and I am currently trying to get back in. Most of the actual effects of our regulations is turning the medical profession into a fear based environment where a lot of resources go into self-protective choices. Reforming the bureaucracy associated with the medical profession to the minimum necessary would go a long ways t
  9. I have connections who have been to Cuba and who are from Cuba; so, I have a lot of first hand accounts of what life on the inside is like. Cubans who live and work in the tourist friendly areas have it pretty good, but Cubans who live in areas outside of the tourist zones not so much. They struggle for basic survival, they live in constant fear of the secret police, and they lack even the most basic of human rights.
  10. Anyone who thinks that Castro wasn't that bad or that Cuba is a great country, should spend more time hanging out with Cubans. I know a few. They tend to be great people, but they also live unnecessarily hard lives as a result of the Cuban regime. They often live without the rights and necessities that even our poorest people take for granted.
  11. Bloomberg's ads were invasive and annoying and probably did him more harm than good.
  12. Regardless of whether or not we are talking about the Republicans or the Democrats, there is a divide between party leadership and the rank and file party members. Trump's initial advantage was his appeal to the disaffected party members within the Republican Party, Independents, and even some Democrats, and by doing so, he managed to beat both the Democrats and the Republicans leaderships. Bernie speaks well to the disaffected within the Democrat Party and the party leadership feel their positions threatened. That being said, I think the Democrat's best option to win disaffected
  13. I totally forgot the Ray Harryhausen movies. I also remember having a grade school teacher read the Chronicles of Narnia and Pilgrim's Progress during story time. Obviously, this was before those with certain political and philosophical views started raising a ruckus about such readings.
  14. I have yet to read Lord of the Rings. I liked Arthurian legend and Greek mythology were my earliest connections with fantasy, and I've read the Myth, Xanth, Dancing God, Mallorean, and Belgariad. I am also greatly inspired by Robin Hood and the Three Musketeers. Truth is, I am far more of a science fiction guy and that is where most of my fiction reading goes. Almost forgot the Adept series which had both science fiction and fantasy elements.
  15. Yeah, I've been guilty of doing everything I complain about and try to not to be too much of a jerk about stuff like that when running and playing games. I just chalk it up as a different genre of fantasy.
  16. I probably would have liked The Knight's Tale better if I knew what to expect going into it. It's kind of like when you are expecting Sprite and getting water or water but getting Sprite.
  17. Related to Hermit's statement on religion, I think that his argument can be broadened to differences in station in general. I might not hold serving people in especially low regard or the well-to-do in high regard. I judge people equally regardless of station, but I was raised that way, but that is not how I would have been raised in medieval Europe where everyone was expected to live according to their station whether they liked it or not. So, I find it jarring when I see a character talking smack to noblemen in general conversation without having their heads summarily removed. Admittedly
  18. What I want most out of a setting is internal consistency. Basically, the physics and metaphysics of the universe should be true and the same throughout the entire story. If the physics and metaphysics are thrown together haphazardly or changes from scene to scene without an internal explanation, that throws me off. Regarding the use of anachronisms in storytelling, I am mixed and it strongly depends on how it is used. There are many great and engrossing works of literature and cinema that are chock full of anachronisms. Some times, the anachronisms are intended. Sometimes, th
  19. My idea for Star Trek is to place it some where between the original series and the movies while adding in nuggets from what I like best of the later series and from some of my own ideas. I'd keep the design of the original uniforms and phasers. Older ships would like the ships from the series. New ships would look like the ones from the movies. Klingons would be divided into two subspecies, one with the ridges and one without, and they would still be an enemy species. I would add some of the races from TNG and DS9, and I would make Federation society and economics into something I consid
  20. The biggest problem with the hyperdrive maneuver is that that is not how hyperdrive is supposed to work in Star Wars. In Star Wars, hyperdrive sends you into an alternate dimension with different time-space physics. So the time in which a Star Wars ships maintains a high velocity is very short. For that matter, it isn't supposed to work within the gravity well of a planet either without instantly obliterating the offender. The singled kamikaze attack taking out a super star destroyer is stupid, but hubris is the greatest weakness of the Empire; so, it's not outside of reason.
  21. I admit I haven't in the Crisis TV shows. I've cut the cable a long time ago, and I am not going to pay for umpteen millions streaming subscriptions to watch show for which I am not even the main target audience, but I remember the comic books series. I grew up reading DC comics in the 70s, and I love the multiple universes where alternate of well known characters could co-exist. I even use it for my super hero campaign. I read the Crisis books, and my feelings were mixed in regards to results. First of all there was the killing off of favorite characters without the prospect t
  22. I admit I liked the early 80s than I did the late 80s. By the late 80s, my tastes were leaning away from pop culture and pop music to more retro styles. I was listening to a lot of late 60s and 70s stuff before they were called classic rock, and I also listened to a lot golden oldies which comprised 50s and early 60s. It was also when my interests starting to expand to include blues, jazz, and classical. I will catch myself enjoying late 80s pop and old school hip hop out of sense of nostalgia even though I did not like those musical styles at the time. By the way, have I ever mentioned t
  23. Popular Movies: Wargames Fast Times at Ridgemont High E.T. Raiders of the Lost Ark Excalibur Clash of the Titans Bladerunner Popular Bands and Musicians: Cyndi Lauper Madonna Prince Flock of Seagulls Men at Work U2 The Scorpions Ratt Cars Iron Maiden It was also when I had discovered roleplaying games for the first time even though finding games to actually play in was difficult in my hometown.
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