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How do you feel about the use of props (everything from lit candles, in-period cosplay, character cards, music, etc.) to set the mood? What sort of props have you or would you like to use (if you feel positively about props)?

Raillery in 2014?

What is the most novel roleplaying system you've seen? If they aren't the same thing, what is the most novel system that you've seen that seems like it would actually work?

Thoughts on D&D Next/5e or D&D in general? What are your thoughts of gameplay elements in systems which are modular and optional?

How do you feel about cooperative boardgames (e.g. Pandemic, Arkham Horror)?

RPGs / Re: Game Fodder / Story Fodder
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:43:33 AM »
Harvard has found 3 books in their collection bound in human skin.

It is a little know fact when Miskatonic U folded in he seventies because of the high rate of student body deaths Harvard bought up most of their library.

Luckily, it was only their bodies which died. Most of the students' souls were harvested intact and continue to have full and meaningful lives.

General Chaos / Re: Favorite NON RPG Tabletop Games
« on: April 19, 2014, 03:38:31 PM »
Pretty much everything I enjoy has already been mentioned but I'm going to mention it again!

Pandemic and Eldritch Horror (which it Arkham Horror's globetrotting brother) are both great cooperative games.

Card Against Humanity and Love Letter are both really fun card games perfect for pickup games, and Love Letter has the added bonus of being highly portable. Bananagrams is another highly portable pickup games for friends who like Scrabble.

Ticket to Ride and Power Grid are both really fun competitive games.

Dixit is great just because of the novel play and the beautiful illustration on the cards.

I'm also fond of dominoes in different forms but especially Mexican train dominoes.

General Chaos / Re: GenCon 2014 and the 5th RPPR Fan Meet-up
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:59:06 PM »
I am going but unfortunately I'm staying at one of the outlying hotels. Even factoring in paying for parking, my Hilton discount was too good to pass up. Hope to see you guys there, in any case!

General Chaos / Re: Best Internet Vidyas
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:26:15 PM »
Why you never backup with a Hypercorp.

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General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:01:06 PM »
I also have it, but I haven't really touched it.

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:07:41 PM »
Huh, great advice. I'll have to play it with that in mind.

Thanks for the links!

General Chaos / Re: Linux Distribution Question
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:35:48 AM »
Well there's a whole class of Linux distros that are designed to be lightweight. Piggybacking on the Ubuntu suggestion I would suggest Lubuntu, it's the lightweight distro of Ubuntu.

That said, here's a springboard link for researching:

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: January 05, 2014, 03:29:56 AM »
I've been playing a bunch of indie titles that I got off the Steam sale.

I got Gone Home, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and Papers, Please., and I've got to say, I haven't been disappointed with any of them (I got them because of reviews/GotY videos I'd seen on the internet, so I suppose I shouldn't be).

Thomas Was Alone is cute and The Stanley Parable was a bit like I expect Surgeon Simulator to be: novel for an hour or so but something I won't come back to.

Chivalry is fun in short bursts. I haven't gotten tired of it yet. There's something exhilarating about screaming whilst running around with a billhook primed and likewise very satisfying about actually timing the animation right to stick it straight into someone's gut with the dash.

I also got Crusader Kings II (the one exception to my indie purchases) but I just haven't been able to get into it, unfortunately.

RPGs / Re: Eclipse Phase
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:40:11 AM »
This maybe the oldest news that ever news-ed but I am digging this blog. Basically a daily dose of EP content.

About every 5 or 6th thing I like quite a bit.

Personal Favs -

That guy is super cool. He does some stuff over on the Shadowrun side too (he was/is pretty active on Dumpshock).

RPGs / Re: Lost: A tenative idea for an Eclipse Phase campaign
« on: November 24, 2013, 01:36:36 AM »
I remember you talking about this on Skype. I still think it's a pretty cool idea for a game.

My thoughts and suggestions on it:

The English-style boarding school on an exoplanet or even simply a Mars that is still terraforming is a good choice.

You have to remember the time this was being done, though. It was right after the Fall and by a hypercorp within the main school of thought, which is that uplifts are property. I'd have the teachers be the scientists doing the projects and their muses, perhaps "guest speakers" in the system that are experts in their specific fields within Cognite. An internal mesh that has data that only upholds that Cognite way of thought. The "village" or city surrounding the school, if they simply weren't allowed to leave, would probably be primarily made up of nanny AI, uplifts, and indentures (probably more of the former two than the latter, indentures have a nasty habit of forming their own opinions which are problematic to cut them out of since they have "rights".

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: RPPR offends England
« on: September 05, 2012, 03:43:30 PM »
As far as I a native SW Missourian, Everything they said about England was correct.

No, don't encourage him.

Ross Payton is a MONSTER.

(Edit: and by association, so is the rest of the RPPR crew)

General Chaos / Re: Introduction
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:31:36 AM »
Ahoy, I am Bishop, or, if you wish to call me by my full title, the Bishop Sans-Pants.

I currently live in Oklahoma City. I don't have a career, just a series of odd jobs that keeps me clothed, fed, and sheltered (usually).

I have two fairly disparate gaming groups: a D&D/Pathfinder group that is more of a beer-and-snacks group (although we do have a fairly long-running world wherein we run story arcs until the group eventually dies, fails, or gets to 15th level) and a more dramatic group that I play the one-roll system, Fiasco, and games of those ilk with. I shall soon be a part of a third, Call of Cthulhu group. I have a habit, it's cool, I feel alive.

I got into tabletop my freshman year of college and never looked back.

I also enjoy video games (console mostly, but sometimes I play computer-based), spending an inordinate amount of time on Wikipedia, and consuming entertainment media (e.g. movies and music).

My favorites are percentile systems such as Call of Cthulhu and Eclipse Phase.

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