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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Ravendas » 24 Oct 2012, 10:22

Blaquesmith wrote:I just don't understand why people like D&D so much and disregard other RPG systems... Usually, playing D&D involves insane amounts of both random and planned encounters and is very "hack&slash" oriented. Back in the day, I used to run games of Dark Sun, Spelljammer, Ravenloft... But in these games settings, the players used to go for the most straightforward plans. Once, after a specially weird (and VERY bloody) gaming afternoon, I decided that I would not be a surrogate gaming console for my gamers. If they feel like killing things an entire day, they can buy an Xbox (or a Playstation).

It took me some Cyberpunk 2020 games to reset my players' software and restart them in "cautious" mode. Nothing as a couple of friday night gunfights to make anyone realize getting involved in violence is usually a bad idea.

Then the World Of Darkness games allowed me to do some innovative role-playing. That is, until some of the players began to screw it up and fell again into their violent tendences' grasp. Then the campaign fell apart and we didn't have enough time to set it right again.

Oh, well... (*rant mode off*)


D&D is the most well known, and entry level game out there. That's why so many play it.
Back in the day I picked up a World of Darkness book, and in the 'example of play' section, it was all about playing out a romance between the PCs and the DM or some such. I decided to go back to elves and spells.

Anyways, if your players just went hack and slashing through Ravenloft and Darksun, I think there was something missing. Darksun is supposed to be incredibly brutal, with death around the corner at all times from an uncaring world, and Ravenloft is like the undead version of that, where the world really is out to get you.

My campaign is all homemade stuff, cities, overworld maps, dungeons, etc. One thing I tell my players early on is that not everything is beatable. Just because they encounter it, doesn't mean it can be overcome, and you have to decide what to go after and what you can really do. After a warrior idiotically charged a dozen peaceful myconids, and died for it, they got the idea pretty well that fuckups will kill them. Since then, they've been quite cautious, and we've actually had entire sessions without any real fighting or hack and slash, just talking to various NPCs, dealing with issues, exploring the cities, rooting out mysteries, etc etc. It's been 3 sessions since they've seen a dungeon actually.

Really, it's not about the system so much, as about how you run it.
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Gorf » 24 Oct 2012, 10:36

Ravendas wrote:Might want to just message them, or email them, as this thread is months between replies.

I did, at the same time I posted. I don't and didn't expect an instant response.

Ravendas wrote:Also, you can take those pdf's to print shops and print them out for 1nt per double sided black/white page, plus 20nt for soft cover binding. At least, that's what the major chain here in Taipei charges. So a 300page PHB would cost ~170nt.

What? I can't bring my netbook to a meeting? This ain't 1984 when the only laptop was a Tandy Model 100.

Cost is irrelevant. I'm lazy and don't want to drag around the weight of three or four books.

Ravendas wrote:I approve of old school D&D! My 2e game is still going strong, a few years here now, with my own campaign world, dungeons, cities, etc.

The problem isn't people liking different systems. As with most things, the problem is idiots who "think" others aren't allowed to disagree with themselves or like different things (or like certain things, period).
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Ravendas » 24 Oct 2012, 12:25

When there are 5 people around a table, and your sole source of books is just a netbook, things slow to a crawl. Person A needs to check some spells, B wants to shop for goods, C wants to check some random rule, D needs to make a new character because he just failed a save vs death...

I use a netbook, but I also use hard copies for the common stuff (PHB). Then again, we meet in my apartment, so there's no problem of weight.
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby omerojs » 24 Oct 2012, 15:33

Gorf wrote:
omerojs wrote:well my life is changing a bit now and i may have more time on the weekends... are there any players in Hsinchu? technically I know 2 more players but we have no GM/DM... so nay one out there?


ujedi7 wrote:I just arrived in Hsinchu, North dist., and have been playing D&D 2e on and off since 1978. I am looking for a game and hope someone will pm me. I have DMed , but I'm rusty.



Both of your posts were a while ago, but in case you're checking in, let me know. I live in the Hsinchu area and thought about taking up the game again.

I have PDFs of the first edition (the classic hardcovers) as well as the Basic and Expert books (with the old Erol Otus covers), plus a pile of unique dice.


Sounds good to me... maybe 1 or 2 sessions per month could work.. full day sessions ;P
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Isivaa Sanaru » 01 Feb 2013, 01:51

Hey,

Wondering if this post is still active somewhere deep beneath the frozen ground?

I'm looking for some people to play role-playing games with (World of Darkness or anything at all). Maybe I could join up with some of you?

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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby The Shack » 01 Feb 2013, 08:16

I'm still here and would love some gaming... but the "here" has changed. I'm now in Yilan county
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Isivaa Sanaru » 01 Feb 2013, 14:36

Yilan County is rather far for me, are you staying there permanently? Taipei would be more suitable for me but if we find more people we could definitely find a location as well.
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby The Shack » 02 Feb 2013, 14:44

it looks permanent to me.... If the gaming session is to be many hours at a time, I have no problem spending an entire day or even a weekend in Taipei
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby natahem » 16 Jul 2013, 16:59

Hey !

Any gamers of roles playing games (on papers) still looking for other gamers? (in Taipei is better ^^)
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Re: Dungeons and Dragons "D&D" (pen and paper, and PSP)

Postby Ravendas » 22 Jul 2013, 00:18

natahem wrote:Hey !

Any gamers of roles playing games (on papers) still looking for other gamers? (in Taipei is better ^^)


Try the Taipei RPG and Models group on Facebook. 48 members and slowly growing. There are some games going on of various kinds. Join, post what you're looking for and maybe something will come up.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/taipeidnd/
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