Sad story and an opportunity

Bucyrus sees suffering everywhere he goes, so he isn’t the poster boy of reacting to it in commonly accepted way. Because of that he won’t discuss it here, but since so it happens that suffering opens a new window of opportunity:

RPGDT site started selling a bundle of books, to help a fellow gamer and game developer, who recently lost his small daughter. For mere 20$ one can buy books worth over 250$. Among them are Accursed, Necropolis 2350 and Low Life (all for Savage Worlds), A time of War (Battletech RPG, very good game), Shadowrun 5th edition, a few interesting floor plans (Modern Mall looks mighty useful) and Valiant Universe (Bucyrus heard it’s a very good superhero themed game).

So if you happen to have a 20$ and planned to make some RPG purchases, this seems like a good investment.

– Bundle itself –

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Sad story and an opportunity

Shock – oh fuck it

“Shock” by Joshua Newman is called “Social SF game”. It’s possible, but Bucyrus can’t say, since he didn’t get past introductory stage.

Why? Just look:

Shock:  uses  genderless  personal pronouns when the gender of a person — a character or a player — is unknown or is irrelevant. In these cases, Shock: uses the genderless personal pronouns preferred by many contemporary gender theorists, using “zie” instead of “she” or “he”, and “hir” instead of “he” or “she”.

If this is disorienting to you, that’s what a Shock is.
If it’s not, you’ll feel right at home playing the game.

Actually no. Neither. You see, this isn’t disorienting, it’s just a replacement instead of some groundshaking change. It’s also rather “disheartening”, or simply “making things more complicated that they ought to be“. On the other hand, it’s not giving the feel of being “right at home” either.

Way Bucyrus sees it, it’s an attempt to emphasize how much of different experience the game delivers. And while it’s completely ok to develop atypical games, the difference should come from what the game has to say, rather than the way it wants to say it.

Why? Glad you asked. If you think about making the game complicated to read and learn for typical player, then you’re effectively taking a dump on accessibility while saying “I don’t really care about the game being played or not”. Well, if you don’t, then everyone else is obliged to return the favor, right?

This or that, it’s one of worst selling points.

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Bucyrus can’t comment on the rest of this game, since his time, energy and patience are too limited to waste on something that puts more emphasis on “different” than on “interesting”. Wanna something different AND interesting? There’s Eclipse Phase, Magicians, or if you’re feeling  extra adventurous, Low Life for Savage Worlds.

On second thought, how about a good piece of New Wave music instead? The album comes from Neo and serves as the soundtrack for truly amazing Hungarian movie titled “Kontroll“, which could be as well a scenario for KULT, or other modern urban horror role playing game.

Shock – oh fuck it

Illusion of numbers

Tamar came to visit Bucyrus. Tamar is both very tall and very thin for a human being, and has this special facial expression that makes her look like she’s walking through (literal) Hell rather than the place where she currently is. But this isn’t that important. Important thing is the way her mind works.

In different reality she’d probably be an equal of some top-level scientists and researchers. Here, where we live it’s very hard to achieve anything and Tamar herself says she doesn’t give much shit about anything to try and change her life, which doesn’t help at all. Still, her mind is like a clockwork, constantly moving, calculating, computing and such.

misc-watch

Yesterday, we discussed various rulesets for role playing games…

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Illusion of numbers

Conflicts!

Today will be a little bit different than usually, since Bucyrus is full of morphine and euphoria.

CONFLICTS!

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Not those nice in-game conflicts, no sireee! We’re talking about moments when things near the table become unpleasant, people start to argue & shit. Conflicts! Nobody likes them, not everyone knows how to deal with them. Many people try to avoid them. WRONG!…

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Conflicts!

Quo Vadis Pathfinder?

Before we start: if you’re a big enemy of Pathfinder Role Playing Game, consider not reading this thread. If you’re its big fan, consider not reading this thread either. If you’re just a fellow player who likes to treat games as a hobby, please stay and enjoy. Thank you.

Bucyrus likes Pathfinder RPG. Not as much as other games, but he likes it nevertheless and it’s even despite it being very far from perfect.

The day is too short to present all its advantages and night not dark enough to cover all its flaws, be it mechanical- or fluff-wise, but there’s no denying that it’s an awesome game, one that pretty much every RPG player should be familiar with and play at least a few times.

rpg-pfrpgOne of its biggest strengths and substantial selling point is that it constantly evolves and expands. It’s like a meteor – it doesn’t stop, there’s always something new and interesting for players to await, and it will be released just month from now on. Currently, the game is so much different to what it was in its early stages, that it’s not unreasonable to assume that it’s entirely different kind of experience.

For example, look at Golarion – its default world…

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Quo Vadis Pathfinder?

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Yet another sleepless night at the hospital. But not entirely unfruitful!

While browsing the Internet for sources of inspiration, Bucyrus found this site: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort. It’s tourism oriented www, but just like Nizwa Fort it has some immediate applications – with a bit of tinkering and further studying the place, it might serve as a potential background for some story or two.

Just look at it… Do you hear the sound of sand moving with the wind gently touching infinite ocean of dunes? Can you hear the voices of small enclave awakening, greeting yet another day?

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort photo. Click to enlarge.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort photo. Click to enlarge.
Map of the complex. Click to enlarge.
Map of the complex. Click to enlarge.
Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort