The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

Gaming stuff

Posted By on August 10, 2007

(This is partially a test of Deepest Sender, an LJ app which runs as a FF widget. I am not tremendously impressed – it gets clobbered if you use it in the sidebar and then open your history, which was the compelling thing about it…)


Video games:

I started playing Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn again. I'd forgotten how much fun this game was. Problem is, I was playing an “interesting” (read: dies easily) character – a bard/cleric, if I remember. If the character dies, your game ends. Finally, I just gave into it and remade the character as a fighter, restarting the game. If they're going to write an automated dungeon crawl, then I'll play the absurdly strong fighter.

Tabletop games:

  • I've managed to convince Liz to try out a Battletech campaign. She likes Battletech well enough to play, and the campaign makes it a little more interesting.

  • I might have convinced her to play an RPG, if we can get her friend Sarah to play, and it's only them, and it's a setting that they like. Liz's problem with RPG's is that they end up just dragging on as we look up rules and bicker. I tend to agree, but am willing to put up with it.

Anyway, In that vein, I am looking for simple, easy playing systems.

First, I had a look at Fugde. Meh. Their core mechanic is simple (tally the +’s and -‘s and they bump your skill up or down for an end result) but I don’t know if it is any more simple than d20 (d20 roll + bonuses – penalties = result). Then I pulled out my d20 modern book. It’s not a bad system, except there are some big things in it which I don’t like, specifically: – the wealth system – classes – the way armor is handled – some other things which I don’t quite recall. Now, d20 Call of Cthulhu fixed most of this. Problem is, my d20 Call of Cthulhu book seems to have been misplaced. Since they’re out of print, they’re going for obscene prices on ebay. I’ve also been looking at True 20, which might actually work well. However, I need to do more research to ensure that it is really compatible before I go spending money on it. Basically “will my big book of d20 guns work with this system”. If it works, I’ll probably buy the PDF. I’m really liking these PDF’s – they’re cheaper, I can grab the tables from them and make a GM screen, and if I do buy a paper copy of the book, using the PDF keeps the Mountain Dew stains off it.


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