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« on: September 24, 2011, 10:50:08 pm »

A topic that is sorely needed here!  Discuss RPGs in general here, from dice superstition to GM-ing styles to which version of D&D you like best, and of course, this is the place to discuss any of the RPGs here that don't have their own discussion topic (or even those that do!)

I'll get us started with this gem of wisdom from Darths & Droids:

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It's good to incorporate background legends and mythology in your campaign world. Stories that aren't necessarily true, but that characters within the world know as part of their cultural background. Most of the time this is just detailed world-building, but sometimes it can provide a hook for the players and the NPCs to hang important plot stuff on.

This is the basic goal of campaign world building: providing hooks. You need to provide plenty of hooks, because your players will pick and choose only certain ones to hang things on. The thing is, they'll have plot elements in their heads, just looking for these hooks. And if the hooks aren't there, they won't get things attached to them and any potential story can unravel and end up loose on the floor. You can end up with a world in which the PCs wander aimlessly from one encounter to the next, fighting monsters or villains, and then going in search of the next challenge, but without any over-arching theme or story arc.

(This is a risk - we're not saying it will happen. Diligent GMing is a multi-faceted discipline, and you can weave a story out of all sorts of threads if you spend the time and skill doing so. We're just suggesting one possible tool to make it easier.)

But with hooks in place, the players can pick them up and use them to weave their own story fragments. Build their own legends. Become a part of the world-building. This achieves two things: lightens your load as the GM, and gets them intimately involved in the world.

Which of these two ends is more important may depend on your GMing style, but most GMs will agree that at least one of them is worthwhile.
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2011, 10:52:48 pm »

 Hey, that's what I'm trying to do in my RPG. =P

 That's why Vanon is in there. I'm going to assume that you guys are all curious as to what happens with him and Kelsier.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2011, 12:09:58 am »

Am I reading this right, may I also a theme for an RPG?
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2011, 12:25:32 am »

Theme?  There are all kinds of themes/settings for RPGs, from fantasy to sci-fi-to steampunk to generic urban role-playing.

EDIT: Darths & Droids is one of the most helpful resources I've ever used to understand the way to play RPGs; it's a webcomic with a storyline that the Star Wars movies is actually the RPG campaign of a group of gamers.  Yes, it's a webcomic, and yes, it does satirize RPG culture to a degree.  But that gives me valuable insight into said culture, and the way the GM of the story really does set a fine example of how to run an RPG.  It also attempts to explain unfamiliar RPG jargon in a way that non-gamers will understand, which is also quite helpful.  Link here:
http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0001.html

As an added bonus, it actually makes more sense than the Star Wars prequel movies; case in point: one of the most memorable lines is, "Jar Jar, you're a genius!"  And it's actually true. Tongue


Also: why don't our RPGs have more player-generated plans like this?
http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0098.html
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2011, 07:57:47 am »

Flipz, first post, quote: Yeah, that sounds about right. In the RPG form of TML(Still pending because BZP decided to be upgraded just as I was finishing off the first post, and before I could copy the post to the placeholder here. >_^), I have a legend, a few locations, explanations of the powers, and a bunch of other stuff.

And it's the legend that's throwing me off everything, including Fate of Elaine. D=

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Flipz, post 4: Well, some of us have plans like that, but we've never actually been in a large enough group for something like that before en masse. =P Would we coordinate in or OOC? Hard to tell in that comic. =P
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2011, 02:32:15 pm »

Actually, Blade, Jim (Qui-Gon) came up with that plan all on his own.  Read forward a few comics and see how it turns out. Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2011, 02:38:08 pm »

Nice. xD

Though, technically, some of my sub plots could use that type of planning. =P
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011, 02:58:35 pm »

Yeah, but you're the GM (most of the time).  We need more plans like that by the players.

Here's why GM-created plans like that don't count: they miss the opportunity for the last panel of this:
http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0100.html
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2011, 03:00:55 pm »

Saw that one already. =P

Also, I was meaning more stuff in SHIRA or Shapers or so. =P You have a point, though.
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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2011, 06:42:57 pm »

 Where'd you guys get the ideas for your RPG's? Mostly talking to Blade, but I could be wrong about where Flipz got his. =P
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2011, 06:50:18 pm »

Dreams or just thinking up ideas. =P

I'm being literal for DoaH. =P TML a little bit based on that, but it's had major, major, MAJOR revisions. =P

Skies, only slightly, that was mostly just thinking up an idea, however. =P

And the LoZ RPG is obviously based off LoZ. =P
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« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2011, 07:01:58 pm »

 That LoZ RPG was a big suprise. =P

 That's pretty much how I thought up mine; randomly when I was really bored. =P
 
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2011, 10:09:18 am »

Surprisingly, I have an idea that was thought of purposely; and it's not an idea that was directly based off anything. It has basis in a couple things, but I want it to be separate from those things, and be judged on it's own merits.

I haven't figured out if I want the powers to be based only in the object, or allow characters to actually perform techniques that couldn't typically be done, such as super jumps or the like. If those were in, however, it'd only be for the purposes of fighting or quick travel. =P Aka; it wouldn't be abused.
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2011, 11:49:26 am »

Ok this confuses me.. in fact the whole RPG concept still confuses me...
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2011, 11:51:30 am »

What confuses you? *Blinks*

Also, the RPG concept that we tend to use is more or less a collaborated story in a way. Though, I'm gonna hopefully try and add in more elements of other things, like D&D style stuff... The one problem with that, is that I've never played a game of D&D at all. =P
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« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2011, 02:47:30 pm »

Here ya go.  I'd type up the entire first chapter of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game (Saga Edition) rulebook, but this is easier. Tongue  (I've played SWRPG (Saga edition) and built a character for D&D 3.5, but I haven't actually played D&D.)

http://www.howcast.com/videos/259689-How-To-Play-Dungeons-and-Dragons
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2011, 03:11:59 pm »

Is there anything that has info in text? =P

The other problem is character sheets; I've never seen one before.
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« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2011, 11:45:00 pm »

 I think that the profile sheets we create seem to work fairly well.
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« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2011, 12:53:51 am »

Lemme find one, I'll edit this post when I get a link. Wink

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« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2011, 08:20:04 am »

I sounds like a broken record; but that site safe? =P

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