Tabletop RPGs/story-building games - beyond D&D

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And from the same designer, Grey Ranks http://bullypulpitgames.com/games/grey-ranks/

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:34 (one year ago) link

it looks extremely interesting and i'd love to play it but i don't think it'll let me simulate what i have in mind from the description... altho maybe. i do like the idea of having separate cycles for interpersonal drama and then mission/conflict.

Mordy, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:35 (one year ago) link

oh that looks good too. i'll have to watch the gameplay vids after work to see if there's enough of a framework there that i can alter it to take place today.

Mordy, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:36 (one year ago) link

any ilxors interested in maybe trying a rotating RPG club online through maybe roll20 or fb chat or something? there are a bunch of systems and settings i'm interested in trying and my weekly group is pretty much committed to the current dnd campaign.

Mordy, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:34 (one year ago) link

already doing one. we use roll20 for the map and character sheets and dice and we use google chat for talking to each other, works pretty good.

the late great, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:46 (one year ago) link

plz can i get in?

Mordy, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:47 (one year ago) link

sure. i'm the GM, we're playing the 1982 edition of TSR's star frontiers, about halfway through the volturnus campaign.

the late great, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

how do u want to connect? i'm on facebook at facebook.com/mordy if u want to talk through there or you can just email me @ mms531 *A*T* nyu *D*O*T* e;d;u;

Mordy, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:59 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

i&I wanna be playing some call of cthulhu tbh

ian, Sunday, 19 April 2020 19:06 (one month ago) link

started a delta green campaign with four friends yesterday. it went pretty well.

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Monday, 20 April 2020 04:29 (one month ago) link

i think i'm about to be part of a cyberpunk 2020 group

pretty pumped

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 20 April 2020 05:22 (one month ago) link

I've been having fun running the newer WFRP 4e version of The Enemy Within, just in a discord server with a dice-rolling bot added.

The WFRP 4e rules are a bit of a messy patchwork but the fluff, its so crunchy

Dadjokke (Sgt. Biscuits), Monday, 20 April 2020 09:55 (one month ago) link

only ever played first edition but it's def my fav, both arcane and endlessly strange and grotty, squalid and real

ogmor, Monday, 20 April 2020 12:43 (one month ago) link

i think i'm about to be part of a cyberpunk 2020 group

pretty pumped

Jelly.

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:20 (one month ago) link

yeah me too. cyberpunk 2020 is one of my favorite tabletop systems i'd love to play it again

Mordy, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

lol

Leee i'm going to need you to expand on that, but i like where this is going

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:24 (one month ago) link

the system mechanics are only so-so iirc but the lore material is so good

Mordy, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:24 (one month ago) link

one of the best card games ever (netrunner) is set in its world

Mordy, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:26 (one month ago) link

the GM has never really ran a tabletop game of any sort before - are we doomed?

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:26 (one month ago) link

he is also incredibly bad at basic math. i guess part of the "are we doomed?" equation depends on how much i can chill out

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:27 (one month ago) link

no -- what's more important is the storytelling than the mechanics. as long as the GM feels comfortable learning as they go / fudging murky mechanics when they're too confusing and are slowing down the game i think you'll be fine. i suspect you're playing it more as a roleplaying game than a rollplaying game.

Mordy, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:27 (one month ago) link

iirc and you should google for more current + specific ideas, some of the rulesets are not super fun/functional particularly netrunning but maybe rigging too? ppl have workarounds including just using skill checks/storytelling as opposed to fully implementing all the details.

Mordy, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

Karl, one of my favorite gaming YT channels did a (hilarious) mini Cyberpunk 2020 campaign and basically hooked me into TT RPGs, at least as a viewer, I've been looking for my own game to join since then but have only managed to find some D&D/Pathfinder groups, which have been fun but I really rilly want to dive into the a sci-fi world at the moment.

Triceratops Vowell (Leee), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:51 (one month ago) link

anyone got recommendations for good channels/streams/whatever for non dnd content?

ogmor, Monday, 20 April 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

I just realized that maybe you were asking what "Jelly" means? It's jealous in kool kid talk, I'm surprised you don't know it!

Judd Apatowsaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:06 (one month ago) link

Leee, was that Playstation Access?

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:22 (one month ago) link

Yes it was!

Judd Apatowsaurus (Leee), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:16 (one month ago) link

Awesome! I went in search of the videos you were describing and that was the one I found - they're really entertaining!

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 09:17 (one month ago) link

i've been thinking about starting up a DnD type game with my kids.. i've never really been a DM before though. any tips?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 09:19 (one month ago) link

my strategy, if i were to start it right now, would be to find a game, read the..... manual (??), get them to make characters, and roll percentile dice for everything

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 09:31 (one month ago) link

Dungeon World would work, though the guy wrote it turned out to be a creep, so avoid buying it with money

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 09:59 (one month ago) link

idk how old are your kids? are they the type to get into ~~system mastery~~ or ~~character-driven storytelling~~ or both? are you looking for swords and sorcery in particular or other genres? do you want to make up the world and have them be characters in the world, or do you want it to be more directly collaborative?

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:01 (one month ago) link

i'm... not sure!

they're 11 and 8 - they want to be silly and have fun

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:08 (one month ago) link

i've been thinking about starting up a DnD type game with my kids

I've been running a VERRRRY simple d'n'd type game I came up with for my 5yo daughter, where she's a witch at witch school, and I come up with stories and adventures she helps tell, with dice rolls, and puzzles and riddles to solve, and if she wants to use a spell, she has to come up with a rhyme to make it work. She loves it, and it's ever-so-vaguely educational, and I've found myself putting huge amounts of time and effort into coming up with scenarios and puzzles.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:33 (one month ago) link

the main focus is communal story-telling, which was an angle I missed when I was a kid playing RPGs who thought it was all about rolling the dice and winning.

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:33 (one month ago) link

that sounds amazing!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:37 (one month ago) link

yeah that sounds excellent, communal story telling beats game mechanics every time imo

ogmor, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:49 (one month ago) link

I would go to this witch school

zoomer death circus (sleeve), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:09 (one month ago) link

me too - that's awesome stevie, she must love it so much

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:46 (one month ago) link

Thirding for your wholesome witch school!

Judd Apatowsaurus (Leee), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

that's such a great idea. i've wanted to start a dnd game with my kids and my 8yo is about to finish the first harry potter book so it might be perfect timing

Mordy, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:19 (one month ago) link

Do it guys, it's a lot of fun and also it keeps em busy when they wake up too early on a sunday morning and you can't think of anything to keep their spirits up.

She calls it "cave game".

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:47 (one month ago) link

One of them I essentially just stole the main maze element of the old UK kids TV show. Another I gave her a bunch of word-search type things to solve, and another was a series of "my first is in fire but not in dire" type riddles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYvoWFBoEeM

Pinche Cumbion Bien Loco (stevie), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:49 (one month ago) link

they're 11 and 8 - they want to be silly and have fun

― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:08 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

look at dungeon world! it works really well for silly fun. most of the world is improvised in play, but it has kind of useful mental metrics for running a game in non-frustrating ways and not stymying players. everything is 2d6 rolls with some simple modifiers.

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Thursday, 23 April 2020 12:01 (one month ago) link

that sounds perfect. i will check it out!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 April 2020 12:02 (one month ago) link

stayed up later than I planned last night, wistfully reading the Amber Diceless Roleplaying rulebook.

lukas, Thursday, 23 April 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

just sharing my cyberpunk 2020 progress! we met for the first time, via Roll20. we ended up just creating characters, setting up abilities, figuring out how to use Roll20, and buying some equipment. Our first actual session is two weeks from now, and after that we should be playing every Thursday night for as long as Coronavirus lasts, I guess.

i posted this on another thread, but i'll leave it here too:

I'm playing Ten Ton Heat, a Fixer that also plays drums for an up-and-coming band that has a gig on a pirate radio station barge near Seattle in a couple weeks. I'm not quite sure what i look like, other than my Attractiveness level is 6 (making me the third hottest member of the band; we have a pair of identical twins from Chechnya that are incredibly hot and charismatic, with very low intelligence), and I've purchased a set of SmartGoggles with 3 CyberOptic modules: Teleoptics (20x zoom), MicroVideo Optic (I can record up to 20 minutes of video), and Infrared.

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:34 (three weeks ago) link

what system are you using?

sleeve, Friday, 8 May 2020 15:35 (three weeks ago) link

we rolled most of our character's backstories and "Life Events", although we did manually adjust a few things for more fun. here's what the other crew ended up like:

Rockerboy (one of the twins, and the one that is pretty much the band's "leader", even though we're agreed that we're a group of equals, and i've demanded that we share any band income equally. he put everything into Cool and Attractiveness, and the Rockerboy Special Ability: Charismatic Leadership, which allows him to sway an audience up to his level (10) squared, x 200. which is 20,000 people! in a strange twist of random rolling luck, he has the most starting money out of all of us - $24,000 Eurodollars, compared to my $3000 and the Nomad's $1000), but he also just lost his job, so he has no more monthly income coming in. since he's the rich guy in the group, i made him buy me top of the line electronic drums ($800).)

Techie (the other hot twin, more of a multi-instrumentalist. He and the identical twin Rockerboy grew up with a family that "vanished", which is funny because my family also "vanished", separately, in Vietnam. normally the Techie will be visually distinguishable from the Rockerboy because he'll always have lots of hologram related gear on. but we've also established that if the situation demands it, the twins can truly seem identical to other people, so there will definitely be fun shenanigans.)

Nomad (the bass player. also an orphan or abandoned earlier in life. all four of us are like that, and generally we have no money (except for the Rockerboy's previous windfall of cash from his previous gig).

i'm going to work on my character portrait later this week. can't wait to get started for real!

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

sleeve, what do you mean by "system"? if you mean the overall game setup, we're playing version 2.0 (Cyberpunk 2.0.2.0). however, a new version JUST came out - Cyberpunk Red - so after this first campaign we may migrate over to that if we're still interested. we're all planning on playing the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 videogame too, this fall

let me be your friend on the other end! (Karl Malone), Friday, 8 May 2020 15:49 (three weeks ago) link

What's RPI?

So buttons. (Leee), Monday, 18 May 2020 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

roleplay intensive as opposed to more mechanically interested or combat oriented games normally. it's a term of art i know from the MOO/MUD days when some servers distinguished themselves along those grounds and normally didn't allow any OOC (out of character) interaction. my dnd group is more about cracking jokes and ppl have varying levels of immersion. one thing i like about a lot of these indie games is they seem to be designed exclusively for RP - some hardly have any mechanics at all!

Mordy, Monday, 18 May 2020 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

That sounds like it might be up my alley!

So buttons. (Leee), Monday, 18 May 2020 22:24 (two weeks ago) link

Definitely keep me updated, I'm interested but might not be able to fit in with you US players. Ideally I'd go for RPI *and* cracking jokes, nothing too strict but everyone giving it their best.

emil.y, Monday, 18 May 2020 22:38 (two weeks ago) link

RPI & jokes is the holy combo. I'm also interested but GMTing it

The Cognitive Peasant (ogmor), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:48 (one week ago) link

reposted from idiot thread repository:

i have been devouring information about dungeon world and it feels like just the right kind of loosey-goosey for me. run and gun. the fiction is paramount. HOWEVER.

i am getting extremely ANXIOUS to GM (DM?) this game with my kids. i have no idea wtf i'm doing. i'm supposed make up villages on the spot and give them tags? if i make up a monster to battle my kids i need to create special moves for them on the fly??

how do i dispense with this anxiety??

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 24 May 2020 22:37 (one week ago) link

i think as you do it you'll get more comfortable with it. doing it with your kids should be forgiving i'd think and good practice for dming for adults?

Mordy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 22:43 (one week ago) link

just don't tell your kids you made any of it up, let them believe it all comes from the game and they'll think it's all cool. worked on the adults i made stuff up on the fly for!

Hackers (1995) (Will M.), Sunday, 24 May 2020 22:56 (one week ago) link

both those posts sound wise.

i've gone way down a rabbit hole with this. these are fun: http://lumpley.com/hardcore.html

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:18 (one week ago) link

what do ppl think about forum roleplaying? probably too embarrassing to ever do on ilx...

Mordy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:39 (one week ago) link


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