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Call of Cthulhu Char Gen and Skills

Call of Cthulhu Char Gen and Skills

Tweet I’ve started going through the first step in seriously playing and or running a game. Last night, while my daughter was catching up on math homework, I rolled up a couple of Call of Cthulhu characters.  I have played Call of Cthulhu before, but it was a very long time ago, and I remember almost nothing about it. Yes, “rolled up” characters, as in, rolling dice for attributes. Even though I wasn’t making characters that I intend … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, General Gaming

Thou Shalt Not Play with Assholes

Tweet Should subjective tabletop RPG rules be eliminated since they can allow the GM’s biases to influence the game? This rather hot topic has arisen lately, especially regarding mechanics where the GM can reward players for their role-playing. This discussion was started by site called Gaming for Women and we recently discussed it on an episode of the Happy Jack’s RPG podcast. While misogynistic behavior was the main concern of the article, any time you allow the human element into activities it opens the door for prejudice. I will be the first to admit that this can lead to horrible situations in games and in gaming groups. However, I argue that this subjectivity is imperative to gaming and especially vital with reward mechanics. The human element is the reason we play tabletop … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, General Gaming, Opinion, Table Politics

Adventure Seed Fiction: The Nevada Pestilence Part 2

Tweet The Nevada Pestilence Part II by Stu Venable, Jr. The stench, as I found purchase to gain footing upon the caboose’s railings, was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Having served with the 51st Ohio Infantry, I was not unfamiliar with the smell of rotting human flesh. This however seemed to me to be the smell of cooking human flesh, a scent with which I was far less familiar, having only caught the briefest whiff of it when an occasional wound need cauterization. But my senses were met with the cannibalistic equivalent of some festive feast. Deep within my mind, the memories of my ancestors met the smell with revulsion and horror. I tensed my jaw and looked more closely into the interior of the caboose. It was then that I noticed that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure Seed Fiction

Don’t Retcon Me

Tweet I’m not a huge fan of retconning in the games I play. I believe the game should unfold naturally and the players and GM live with the results. If your character lives, great. If they die, you best get to rolling up a new one. An example: In the same Call of Cthulhu game session I mentioned in my previous column, Guns & Cthulhu, we ran up against a pretty hardcore fight in a subterranean cavern. The Big Bad in there was willing to let us walk out of there in exchange for another human soul. The group, still reeling from how badly we were getting our asses kicked just a few seconds previous, decided to take this bargain. Long story short, we found an innocent guy we had left back in … Read entire article »

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