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 Weekly Free Chat - 05/27/23
Posted: 2023-05-27T11:03:04+00:00
Author: /u/AutoModerator

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 RPG and socialising win!
Posted: 2023-05-31T14:36:06+00:00
Author: /u/sushikat323

So I'm pregnant and am considered very high risk, this has meant that there's a lot of things I'm not able to do, seriously a 10 minute walk exhausts me. This has lead me to be quite socially isolated as my only social interactions have been with my mum and nan or with my fiancé (all three have been wonderful, but there's only so many times you can have similar conversations).

I have been a D&D 3.5 player for longer than I care to mention, so I figured I'll look for a 5e group. I was accepted into a group with an experienced DM and 5 other players run through Forge, D&Dbeyond and talking through Discord, I'm also the only woman in the group but that hasn't stopped the guys all treating me as an equal, accepting my little grumbles, sometime emotional irrationality due to my pregnancy or my excited and soppy little comments about how my life is going.

My feelings of isolation from society at large have basically evaporated in the few weeks we have been planning games and playing together and I've even been working on my own homebrew world again after all but shelving for a couple years. I just wanted to share a little win I've had from ttrpgs and the communities that come from them.

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 TTRPGs where you have the option to role-play a real religious background: can you do it tastefully?
Posted: 2023-05-31T21:38:56+00:00
Author: /u/CreativeAlfalfa93

A game I saw recently on /r/osr is Helvéczia, a game set in a fantastical, polyglot, 17th-century Switzerland. I lurk that sub a lot for cool finds like this..., it looks cool af, but one thing gives me pause: the ability to have a Jewish background with some mechanical differentiation... in fact, the game is steeped in religiosity. I mean, that seems super different than anything else on the market, but it also feels like it could be done poorly

I can see this being a big hit with a mature group, but I hesitate to bring it into a public con game or something. OTOH I feel like using Jewish as a background like you'd be a Calvinist or something distills an entire, oft-oppressed, IRL identity into a plaything, and that feels wrong. OTOH, it feels like an opportunity could present itself to think critically about religious identity in an interesting way that only TTRPGs can do with the right group. I posed this question to a Jewish friend of mine, who said he'd have 0 issues with anyone role-playing with that background, as long as it was done respectfully. He's only one person, tho.

Does real religion have a role to play (ha ha) in TTRPGs? Or is religion, when it comes up, destined to be 100% fictional with some vague IRL analogues at best?

Just curious what your thoughts are. Anyone played? Just don't want to offend anyone and be as inclusive as possible when playing these kinds of games. People on the other sub seemed curious about it but basically nobody has given it a shot.

Have you ever role-played a real religious identity or seen it done tastefully? Or is it a recipe for disaster?


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 Odd question, but does anyone believe since 5e, the practice of 'I want to play [x] character, and I've brought them across to your game' has increased?
Posted: 2023-05-31T16:32:34+00:00
Author: /u/VanityEvolved

One thing I've noticed a lot in a recent Discord I joined and on Reddit is the prevalence of (Only normally 5e D&D) players not only assuming their character is fine, but that this is what they'll be playing for a person's campaign.

To give you an idea, even in a one-shot which was ran recently as an event, where it was confirmed in the Discord that pre-gens would be provided on the day. One of the players just decided to come into the game, with 'pre-rolled' stats (which just so happened to be great), but 'chose to weaken themselves, out of respect for the GM'.

And I notice this more and more. "I'm looking to play my character, Bob Bobson the Battlemaster Fighter. He does [x] and [y], and I'd be happy to roll them back to 1st if needed, and tweak their attributes if you believe they need to."

Admittedly, I've not played D&D really since 3.x, but I never recall people just assuming everything was available to them, they could just generate stats on their own or even listen to the DM before making a character.

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 What unread RPGs are sitting on your shelf
Posted: 2023-06-01T02:34:22+00:00
Author: /u/The_Last_radio

Personally i have Sword of the Serpetine and Blackbirds

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 ELEMENTAL has gone Platinum! We’d like to celebrate with a big thank you to all those who supported us…and a free adventure!
Posted: 2023-05-31T21:01:28+00:00
Author: /u/GildorJM

In this harrowing desert adventure, a reptilian sorcerer commands the last outpost of a vanished empire, torn between madness and continuing the task set for him by his silent masters. This is our free adaptation of The Oracle's Decree, one of the Ennie award-winning Trilemma Adventures, a very cool collection of one-shot dungeons featuring beautiful 3D isometric maps by Michael Prescott.

So yeah, the Deal of the Day on the core book yesterday pushed ELEMENTAL to Platinum status on DriveThruRPG! We’re thrilled and thankful for the growing community of gamers who enjoy what we’re doing and took a chance on the game. We took the plunge without Kickstarter, relying solely on good word of mouth, real products not promises, and actively supporting the game over time. And it worked!

To celebrate the occasion, we’ve decided to extend the Deal of the Day by two extra days. That means we’re keeping the ELEMENTAL Complete Guide at $8.99, a 40% discount, until the end of Thursday. Hope you’ll check it out!

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 what setting books have been your favorite?
Posted: 2023-05-31T18:37:01+00:00
Author: /u/The_Last_radio

as the title, which supplement or core book has had the best Setting information.

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 1d4chan is back for the 3rd time
Posted: 2023-05-31T21:39:15+00:00
Author: /u/vvokhom

While there are different views on that resource - for me, 1d4chan was mostly an archive of overviews on various RPG systems. It had 2 lengthy periods of downtime - but currently the service is working.

I think this is a relevant enough information for the subreddit.

P. S.: if maintaining the server is difficult, idk why the owner does not try to partially crowdfund costs. I am sure they will get at least a couple of dollars a month.

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 This is how i currently deal with villages as a GM, how do you do it?
Posted: 2023-05-31T18:05:54+00:00
Author: /u/golemtrout

How do I create villages: i don't even use maps anymore, before i thought they were necessary, now i realized they aren't, i just use region maps.

I come up with a few locations (stores, temples, government buildings, points of interest) and populate them with NPCs, some of them are useful, some of them have quests.

When the PCs arrive, i just tell them what they see.

I don't know how to handle bigger cities, for which i believe I will need a map just to clarify the division in districts. After that i would just treat districts like villages, repeating the process above.

Sorry for the long post, i just want to share my world building process and i hope someone shares my method/has some suggestions :) (especially for cities)

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 Ancient RPGs
Posted: 2023-05-31T17:58:58+00:00
Author: /u/DilfInTraining124

Im looking for table tops set in ancient civilizations like: the Sumerians, the Assyrians, the Han Dynasty, the Inca, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, the Aztecs, etc. I’m aware that not all of these are ancient but I’m looking for a good historical setting. no generic fantasy please

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 whats a setting from from an RPG you have taken to run using a different game.
Posted: 2023-06-01T02:26:49+00:00
Author: /u/The_Last_radio

Personally i was running a Stars Without Number game with the degenesis setting.

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 Question regarding systems
Posted: 2023-06-01T00:39:19+00:00
Author: /u/TJTheGamer1

I'm looking for any information regarding relevant/appropriate ttrpg systems for a specific type of campaign. I imagine a lot of people are familiar with the 40k all gaurdsmen party* greentexts. In short, I'm interesting in running a similar campaign but in either a fantasy (D&D/Pathfinder like) or realistic military (Either modern or ww2) setting. What I'm really looking for are recommendations for decent systems. Any recommendations are welcome.

*for anyone who doesn't, the tldr is players playing individuals in a military unit, having to deal with situations and exist within a military structure

Many thanks for your time and sorry if I've used the wrong flair. Am very new to the subreddit.

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