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Everything posted by GmMichael

  1. I hope I make it long enough to get lectured and verbally abused. I like a good toss, links to old threads, JH and Keeop GM guides, and long walks on the beach. For the Emperor.
  2. Good times. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  3. I understood you clearly and did not find you offensive in the least. You at least answered Emirikol's question. At face value the Core Box from 5 years ago is a good investment compared to the new Wizards PBH which traditionally is also an "incomplete" game. Yes, both are pricey and don't represent the whole picture, but at least one gave you some dice and a GM booklet. Pretty simple stuff.
  4. I hear ya, it's ugly. But yeah, FFG are stuck with the same bs that Wizards was as far as digital licensing. I'm glad you at least got the short and polite answer before the Forum Police wake up and arrive with their Snark Batons.
  5. I don't know about "standard" fighter, but the z-95 could and should be one of many arrows in your quiver.
  6. Just wait until you have about 18 splats and 2 more core's to lug around. WFRP with it's kazillion bits will technically be more portable at that point. That's where we're at folks. Star Wars: You play it at your house or find a good chiropractor.
  7. When discussing the expansions most people seem to focus on what they offer the players. This is important and all well and good but also keep in mind that several of them introduce the "themes" of the various Chaos gods. There's wonderful fluff and a few mechanics available in all of the boxes that are worth checking out. Winds of Magic - Tzeentch Signs of Faith - Nurgle Lure of Power - Slaneesh Omens of War - Khorne These 4, combined with the Core Box and an Adventurer's Toolkit are what I would consider a Basic Set. The rest of it is fantastic but the six items I've discussed here give you a mostly "complete" experience.
  8. Do you have the Core set then? Looking at the descriptions I would think the Players Vault is a "Must have". The Core set is currently unavailable everywhere unless you want to pay through the nose on EBAY, which I don't I do have the Core set. I believe the only reason to purchase the Players Vault is if you bought the hardcover Players Guide and do not have the Core Box.
  9. I bought the entire suite and have found value in everything except for the player's vault.
  10. I'm good with the basics. I've got Shadowrun for gadget porn.
  11. Not to further derail whatever this is, but I'd agree that the current state of DH 2e is an embarrassing train wreck.
  12. Where is the official statement? Some dude claims he got an e-mail response and Beren's pants are sticky. I don't get it.
  13. PWYW models seem to be working. At least to give people something to think about before they torrent.
  14. wow, that's a lot of players. I personally won't run a game for more than 4 anymore, but to each their own. You've got some interesting challenges there in order to keep things moving. cheers.
  15. My group went through a natural progression with this. I encouraged light narrative involvement with dice pool building and interpretation from the start but they did go through a small munchkin period where assist dice were just added "because I was standing there". Things have sort of settled down now and with system familiarity and general experience came a desire to have the dice "do their job" so to speak. I think now there's a nice balance between mechanical and narrative styles of play, which in my case fits the player makeup of my table perfectly.
  16. That's been a huge problem lately. I can't tell if this community is simply bored, or a troll farm. I suspect a bit of both.
  17. I suppose I don't get this "board game" idea. Both D&D 4 and Pathfinder have initiative trackers, condition markers, standups/tokens, and power cards. Newer titles like Star Wars and Shadowrun 4 are using gear and talent cards. A lot of you guys constantly bring up the component issue but this title is hardly exclusive in that regard. Sure, they put a lot in their core box instead of making them separate purchases but I don't view 3e as this massive experiment with components that went awry. Just an observation.
  18. I'm also a WFRP GM and this is siimilar to what I'll be doing with AoR. Haven't quite made up my mind on a few items yet. Hero's Call and Omen's of War have all kinds of great ideas on how to run larger encounters with the narrative dice. This is what I was attempting to explain to people in the other threads but it was clear that they either weren't open to it or simply didn't want it in their games. Whatevs. I'll be happy to share what I come up with once I've tried a few things at the table and see what works. It's a WAAAAGH! with starships.
  19. There will always be collectors within a niche for high quality product, but out in the wilds where most gamers and budgets live I think that even the current 3d tech, which is really in baby steps, will be more than adequate for many.
  20. I'm a big fan of the EU. I can't say that I'm an expert in the whole **** thing but frankly I doubt anyone really is. With that said I have areas that I really enjoy and am well versed in and areas that are a bit more in the dark. When I started my game I was pretty enthusiastic about embracing the whole nine yards but after six months of play I'm finding that dancing around every nook and cranny of the EU is kinda tiresome. I'm quickly getting to a point where I'm going to focus in on the original trilogy movies and the fluff FFG provides in their books and try not to get too wrapped up with the rest. I have a few players that are pretty hard core with it, but I'm hoping the more that they invest in their character's story the less they'll care about the serial number and Dark Horse comic book appearance of their freighter.
  21. I don't know... I guess my final input here is....4E...great, whenever, whatever. As far as FFG in general, I support them and enjoy their games and that's the only thing that really matters to me, period. If I ever find myself in the position that many of you seem to be in, where I'm just unhappy with large volumes of the company's work, I think I'll just own up to the fact that the problem is probably me, and simply take my money somewhere else and not perpetually bludgeon the web with my woes. Good gaming to all. As you were.
  22. I'd also settle for a sticky or separate category where the Usual Culprits could perpetually discuss 4, 5, and 6E Also...yeah....poor Earthdawn.
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