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by Rudolphin » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:14 pm

So I'm finally running the first mission of my cyberpunk RPG tonight!

Bit nervous, there's a lot of clocks and timers and moves and stuff to keep juggling as the GM, but fingers crossed! No doubt I'll add a summary when we're done.

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by Rudolphin » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:12 pm

Well that was a bit of a disaster...roll20 was acting up all evening, and just as we were getting going the whole thing crashed and froze one of the players out. Then the players couldn't hear each other, only me, then the virtual tabletop became unresponsive. We abandoned play after about an hour and a half which was super disappointing.

OH WELL.

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by Tragic Magic » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:26 am

Anyone gonna buy Vampire The Masquerade 5th Edition? We watched the World of Darkness documentary tonight and now my wife is Googling "Vampire LARPs in England". Not something I've ever done but I wouldn't say no to giving it a go.

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by Rudolphin » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:38 pm

Tragic Magic wrote:Anyone gonna buy Vampire The Masquerade 5th Edition? We watched the World of Darkness documentary tonight and now my wife is Googling "Vampire LARPs in England". Not something I've ever done but I wouldn't say no to giving it a go.


Noooooooope. I follow a couple of former White Wolf devs/writers and there's been a huge controversy over the new Vampire. It's apparently incredibly misogynistic and transphobic and was developed in part by a guy who is known for bullying and harassing trans/queer RPG folks on twitter (as well as encouraging pile-ons from his army of followers.)

That would be enough for me, but it's apparently a terribly designed book too with unclear writing, vague rules and terrible artistic design.

EDIT: From reddit:

So is it safe to say that the 5th Edition of Vampire is going to be another reboot like Vampire the Requiem was?

Nope.

Do you believe Paradox Interactive will do a good job with the new series?


Nope.

For some reason #Paradox wants to continue with the original setting, yet doesn't seem to understand what made it so successful. And instead of leveraging the assets they paid for they've decided to reinvent the wheel. Finally there's how they handled criticism over pedophile vampires, use of the word '#Triggered', #HungerDice compelling characters to 'sexual assault', and the hiring of #ZakSmith, which does not bode well for how they'll handle any of the other controversial material they want to include.

So to say I have my doubts is an understatement.

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PostRe: The Tabletop RPG Thread
by Tragic Magic » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:43 pm

strawberry float. I didn't know any of that. Hopefully I can cancel my order.

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by Rudolphin » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:45 pm

Sorry my dude :(

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by Tragic Magic » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:30 am

Tafdolphin wrote:Sorry my dude :(


Well I'm really enjoying what I'm reading so far. Admittedly I'm not far in to it but I'm not seeing any misogyny or transphobia. I just hope I can run a game one day.

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by Tragic Magic » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:36 pm

I'm pretty far into Vampire 5e's rule book now and I do not understand the complaints one iota. It's everything I wanted and I can't wait to play it with people. The hunger system, in particular, really gets my juices going.

I've played D&D a lot with my friends but none of them know anything about Vampire or the World of Darkness so I'm planning to do a one shot (that might stretch into two parts) based on Vampire Bloodlines's opening missions. I.e. the goal will be for the players to destroy a Sabbat warehouse. They'll meet Mercurio, who'll have failed to obtain the explosives, which they'll have to retrieve before blowing up the warehouse. I plan on littering the scenario with hints about other things going on in the world, in the hopes that they like the game and say, "Hey! I really am intrigued by what was meant by x, y, z! Can we play more?" You know, things like the Elizabeth Dane being reported on the TV, Jeanette in the Asylum, the thin bloods on the beach and what not.

I've just been writing some location descriptions for it and I'm so, so excited.

I've never written a game from scratch before, hence why I'm just ripping off the video game beats. I've never been a Storyteller in a WoD game either so I'm just trying to make it as easy as possible for myself. I know the video game inside and out so it won't be difficult to make things up on the fly. The Storyteller screen and supplementary books can't come quick enough as far as I'm concerned. :msgreen:

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PostRe: The Tabletop RPG Thread
by Rudolphin » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:40 pm

Tragic Magic wrote:I'm pretty far into Vampire 5e's rule book now and I do not understand the complaints one iota.


I know this is from a while back but, due to White Wolf's continuously horrible content, Paradox (yes, the PC strategy game guys, they own WW) have stepped in and essentially shut them down:

Paradox Interactive have announced that they’re fully integrating tabletop RPG developers White Wolf after they used the suffering of Chechnya’s LGBTQ+ population as set-dressing “in a crude and disrespectful way” in Vampire: The Masquerade. White Wolf will receive new leadership and continue to “develop the guiding principles for its vision of the World of Darkness,” but will “no longer develop and publish these products internally.”

The rest of this post contains discussion of violent homophobia and transphobia, both real and fictional.

Paradox Interactive’s statement comes from its VP of business development, Shams Jorjani, who’s currently also acting as the interim manager at White Wolf. He states that the changes are part of “a process that has been ongoing since September,” and have “always been the intended goal for White Wolf as a company,” but the immediacy of their effect is clearly down to paragraphs included in the upcoming V5 Camarilla handbook that reference the persecution of LGBTQ+ people in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Reports, including graphic testimonies, say that Chechnya has arrested and tortured hundreds of LGBTQ+ people, and killed at least three. Chechen officials, on the other hand, claim that these international media reports are false, because “you cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic.”

The Camarilla handbook, which has now been delayed by approximately three weeks so that these sections can be edited out, explained that Chechnya is run by vampires, and described the atrocities as “a clever media manipulation.” It reads: “While homosexuals are indeed held in detention facilities for days, and humiliated, starved, tortured, and eventually fed upon and killed, this is not the point. The point is to distract from the truth of what Chechnya has become.”

In other words, the real-world imprisonment, torture, and murder of LGBTQ+ people is presented as secondary to the political goals of fictional monsters, simultaneously downplaying the human tragedy and erasing much of its context.


https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/1 ... asquerade/

Not before time IMO.

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PostRe: The Tabletop RPG Thread
by Gemini73 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:22 pm

Crikey. :shock:


Anyway, AD&D was my world when I was a teen and then most of my young adulthood. The last time I played before closing the books was a twice a week, 3 month long Dragonlance adventure I DMd just before my first daughter was born in May 2006. My players said it was the best game of D&D they'd played and together they bought me a Dragonlance art book for my birthday in June of the same year to show their appreciation for one last adventure. As you might imagine I was rather chuffed and supremely grateful.

I do miss D&D, but I just can't fit it in and the old crew have all moved on what with families of their own and whatnot.

“But I don't want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can't help that,” said the Cat: “we're all mad here".
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PostRe: The Tabletop RPG Thread
by Rudolphin » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:06 am

It's a hell of a timesink, and the hardest part of any game is getting people together. I've been lucky enough to find my first regular group over here, and even though everyone is childless (sounds depressing!) it's a pain to organise games.

Saying that, we played Monster of the Week last week and it went really well.

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