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  1. Z

    Sci-Fi Science hand-waving vs Hardcore realism.

    Been playing a Sci-Fi RPG for about a year and a half with a group of good players. Whenever any technical sci-fi problems arise I (the GM) will simply explain how the technology works in terms of outcome. The problem happened when a friend of one of the players decided to sit in for a session...
  2. PlotDevice

    MASS Part Two – Genre and Generic

    Or, what’s a Generic RPG anyhow and why, when someone says Genre, do I get the screaming heebie-jeebies? This part has a lot of questions and answers. The format is a little stilted, but it represents my thought process more or less. There are so many games out there that do an amazing job of...
  3. S

    What is the "RPG genre", really?

    This is something that I've found myself thinking about again again for years now: as a genre designator in videogames, I find "RPG" to be largely useless. Does it mean that the game will include character improvement (leveling, stat increases, equipment upgrades)? That it will be dialogue...
  4. H

    [Setting Riff] Fantasy Science

    I've heard something like Star Wars described as Science Fantasy, where it's basically a fantasy story wrapped up in science fiction trappings, but what about the reverse? What would it look like to have a science fiction story wrapped up in fantasy trappings? I first think of something like...
  5. The Fat Hero

    Patrick Rothfuss On Academic Snobbery

    Looks like he was justifiably pissed off. He posted this on his Gplus account, and I thought to bring it here for discussion. http://youtu.be/QFI30pcv4sM
  6. M

    [create-a-setting] spampunk

    In a world... where every claim in your spam folder is true... Obviously there are the famous examples: poor Nigeria, much less stable and more prince-ridden than in our world, with all that money flying out. More generally, though, ordinary people are being offered opportunities - ones which...
  7. E_MacLeod

    Genre Generator

    Has anyone created a genre generator? Something you could roll twice on to get two words, combine those and get a baseline for a campaign. This would be especially useful for light, universal games like Risus and FU. I think the inclusion of a simple setting element might help give the genre a...
  8. O

    The Genre You Love to Mix With

    So I know there's already a few threads on genres, but I can't help it; I love talking about RPG genres. Looking at a thread just created a while ago and just using basic logic, it's easy to see quite a few people, even if they aren't picky with their games, tend to like one type in particular...
  9. R

    [Superheros, gaming] Your thoughts on no-kill supers.

    One notable aspect of superheros and the superhero genre is the general reluctance of superheros to kill, even in circumstances that seem to warrant it. There are a lot of reasons why this makes sense in the medium of superhero comics (the legacy of the Comics Code, the need to re-use popular...
  10. T

    NOT STEAMPUNK..what's the term for "steam-fantasy-setting-sans-punk" like in WFRP?

    Steampunk implies "punk and pulp." What's the term for a setting with steam-power, that is fantasy (such as the steam power dwarfs produce in WFRP)? jh
  11. K

    [Fantasy] Why bother with a setting if you're dungeon-crawling 95% of the time?

    This is partly spun off this thread, but also a sense I get on certain other fora that people wouldn't know what to do without a dungeon to delve. To get to the title, if you play a game where most of the sessions take place in dungeons, why bother with a setting? What's the point of getting a...
  12. E

    "Most fantasy lit is about elves and dwarves on a quest!" - Why do people think this?

    I've come across this belief, primarily from people who don't actually read fantasy books, but also from some who have read some. The belief expressed is that the majority or even vast majority of fantasy novels/books, even today, even not including licensed D&D-setting-based books, are about...
  13. Quasar

    Cyberpunk, Fantasy and the future of Science Fiction

    So I ran across this IO9 article about how many of the cyberpunk authors have now turned to dark fantasy. http://io9.com/#!5795217/why-do-so-many-former-cyberpunk-authors-now-write-dark-fantasy John Shirley noting that "Cyberpunk is uncomfortably like the present day world, and the coming...
  14. H

    What goes away if you lose (Fantasy) adventurers?

    The fantasy game concept of adventurers was always sort of contrived. If there's a dungeon full of treasure someone's going to get it, sure, but why always 3-5 people? How does it work out so often that doing a selfless quest for someone else always turns out to get you a ton of rewards? What...
  15. C

    turning the superhero genre on its head and giving it a new edge...

    How to go about doing that exactly ? Giving supers a modern 21 st Century injection of awesome sauce ? Any ideas ? I threw away the capes and the costumes for one thing. Secondly, I thought in the real world either supers would ultra mega stars living in penthouses with PR agents wearing Gucci...
  16. CodexofRome

    A post-apocalypitic environment is...

    For a series of TBA resources, I've been trying to come up with a general definition that covers, in the broadest sense, what a post-apocalyptic environment entails. For the purposes of this project, I don't want to include causes within the definition itself. Here's the statement I'm working...
  17. N

    [Exalted] What is essential for Exalted?

    Of course, Players are free to change pretty much anything and everything about their games from mechanics to setting details Exalted included, of course. That practically goes without saying. There are no gaming police after all. But after a certain point are those people playing "Exalted"...
  18. David J Prokopetz

    Highly specific genres that have yet to receive an RPG.

    Over in the "what aren't superhero RPGs more popular?" thread, I observed that, if the contents of the comics shelf at my local bookstore are any indicator, imported Japanese comics about high school girls talking about their feelings are more popular than four-colour superhero comics. I was...
  19. M

    Why arent superheroic rpgs dominant?

    With all of the people who read about the dramas of mask wearing vigilante style heroes I wonder why most of the readers arent playing M&M, Wild Talents or something else along those lines? How many supers rpgs have you seen advertised in a comic about supers?
  20. C

    Adapting children's horror into something actually scary?

    Okay, so the other day I was at a garage sale and I bought this book called The Flat Man for my son. I figured he might like something that would seem scary to a little kid but wasn't too scary. And as I'm looking at the book afterward, I got to thinking, "you know, this monster would only need...
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