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by spudeus
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Repost of Steve's latest facebook update for upcoming books
Replies: 4
Views: 1682

Re: Repost of Steve's latest facebook update for upcoming bo

That's a shame that Mr. Ward isn't working on G&M; I'm sure everybody on this forum was inspired by his 1e work! Maybe a Pantheon construction guide/tables in the appendix somewhere? Looking forward to the 'Planar Book'; I've always liked the idea of demi-planes and pocket dimensions as opposed to j...
by spudeus
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Weird Little Package
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Re: Weird Little Package

@rhuvein I might admit to one of those descriptors, but not both!

@Captain K Good to know, it was an intentional Troll decision. Doubt I would use a bottle opener, anyway.
by spudeus
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Weird Little Package
Replies: 4
Views: 1133

Weird Little Package

The other day I had a small package from the Troll Lords in my mailbox. Inside: 2 of the C&C coins, and 2 C&C USB drives. Thing is, I don't remember ordering this! Maybe a KS reward I don't recall? Did I get someone else's order? Ah well, they will make nice little handouts if/when I get a new gamin...
by spudeus
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Clerics switching gods and alignments
Replies: 9
Views: 1777

Re: Clerics switching gods and alignments

That does seem like a conflict in frpg gaming - cultures are assumed to be polytheistic, worshiping pantheons, but clerics and paladins are based on monotheistic Templar Knights and the like. I always thought dishonorable deeds are much more offensive than idle ceremonies. And I like the idea of an ...
by spudeus
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Some New Spells.... Not Fully Fleshed Out
Replies: 7
Views: 1630

Re: Some New Spells.... Not Fully Fleshed Out

mgtremaine wrote:And now the song is stuck in my head... DOH!
Yep, I figure the spell's 'verbal component' is pretty difficult: "S-S-S-S--A-A-A-A--F-F-F-F--E-E-E-E. . ."
by spudeus
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Repost of Steve's update from Facebook
Replies: 20
Views: 3327

Re: Repost of Steve's update from Facebook

Here is what is in the hopper (this does not include the two KSers) Adventurers Spell Book, Rogues Gallery, A18 The Torture Gardens (level 6 of Aufstrag), Gods & Monsters (2nd edition), and Planar Adventures (not the final title). Was just ruminating about book names, and was thinking: Rogues Galle...
by spudeus
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34858

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

The LOTR films had a sense of care and passion behind them - the Hobbit trilogy by comparison felt like a bloated cash-out. If LOTR had never existed, maybe the Hobbit would've gotten a better reception? Same could be said for the Star Wars prequels. . .
by spudeus
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Just received my color M&T!
Replies: 17
Views: 3819

Re: Just received my color M&T!

Wow, Captain I don't remember that version - picture? On the 5th printing, I have noticed that a few 'creepy-crawlies' seem absent: Beetle, Giant Slug, Giant Wasp, Giant (or Bee) Don't get me wrong, I like the new M&T, but doesn't it seem like these are classic, versatile critters that should be inc...
by spudeus
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: New Books
Replies: 6
Views: 1732

Re: New Books

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Cleric! Cleric! Can't u see I'm Burning, Burning!

I will have to get the Encounter Index - seems perfect for on the fly encounters at the table, opposed to lugging around a heavy book.
by spudeus
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Just received my color M&T!
Replies: 17
Views: 3819

Re: Just received my color M&T!

Maybe I was lucky to get mine quick. . . the Trolls did post on KS that storms/power outages have kept shipping to a crawl, but they are gradually getting back up to speed.
by spudeus
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34858

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

I finally watched Yor: The Hunter from the Future, and have to say it's among the worst movies of all time (acting, writing).

He starts out in a stone age environment but ends up in a laser battle with androids. Sort of like Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - if it were really, really bad!
by spudeus
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Just received my color M&T!
Replies: 17
Views: 3819

Re: Just received my color M&T!

Kayolan wrote:Is this the book or the binder?
This is the hardcover book - all 368 pages! I'm fairly close to Troll Lord here in Missouri, I'm sure everyone will be getting their copy in the near future.
by spudeus
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Just received my color M&T!
Replies: 17
Views: 3819

Just received my color M&T!

My hardcopy Monsters & Treasures arrived a couple days ago. It really does feel like a needed accessory - who wants to remember what monster is in what book? A few quick, first reactions: Not every monster has an illustration. Those that do are of high quality; it's nice to see full page art, a thro...
by spudeus
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Repost of Steve's update from Facebook
Replies: 20
Views: 3327

Re: Repost of Steve's update from Facebook

I suppose TLG is caught in a bind - 5e products are always going to reach a wider audience and be more profitable, while ignoring the core products? I've seen some game books with a 5e stat appendix to maximize sales, seems like a decent compromise.
by spudeus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Tome of the Unclean
Replies: 16
Views: 7457

Re: Tome of the Unclean

I'm pretty sure Lolth (along with the Drow) were retained as D&D IP; I figured I can always import her from my old Fiend Folio! I don't have my copy in front of me, but remember the various 'at will' powers increased the challenge level above and beyond mere HP and damage range. Seemed like that alw...
by spudeus
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Adventurers Back Pack
Replies: 7
Views: 3865

Re: Adventurers Back Pack

I was on the fence with this, but just ordered a discounted 'ding' copy. Who knows how much will actually see play, but it generates ideas that's the thing!
by spudeus
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?
Replies: 19
Views: 7715

Re: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?

Great quote by the way ! Great because it's true!! Barbarians aren't much in they way of passive-aggressive. . . https://www.pressdemocrat.com/csp/mediapool/sites/dt.common.streams.StreamServer.cls?STREAMOID=Ism6eXaqGZ24ZlzEdolWR8$daE2N3K4ZzOUsqbU5sYtgyBVmtPKCFELeUT0tvWQPWCsjLu883Ygn4B49Lvm9bPe2QeM...
by spudeus
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 8335

Re: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.

dachda wrote:Digest is the perfect size when sitting on the can. Just too hard with the full-size hardbacks.
Okay, if they throw in some bonus T.P. with an embossed C&C logo, I'm in.
by spudeus
Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.
Replies: 25
Views: 8335

Re: Kickstarter - Digest, etc.

To each their own, I suppose.

I've backed the last couple Troll kickstarters, but am having trouble biting the bullet on this one. $100 for a box of flimsy little digests? I don't quite get the appeal . . .
by spudeus
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What gaming stuff are you reading?
Replies: 2012
Views: 551670

Re: What gaming stuff are you reading?

From what I see (on LuLu), ASE looks a lot more like Gamma World than FRPG. Still, based on the strength of these reviews I'll have to obtain!

A mix-n-match approach might work - e.g. a 'traditional' megadungeon with 'gonzo' side areas. . .(which actually sounds quite a bit like Castle Greyhawk).
by spudeus
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What gaming stuff are you reading?
Replies: 2012
Views: 551670

Re: What gaming stuff are you reading?

I finally got a copy of Stonehell (pt. I). A mega-dungeon written for Labyrinth Lord, put compatible with most D&D-style systems. I like what I've seen so far - as expected it is a huge complex, but broken down into bite-sized chunks so that it is relatively easy to read and absorb.
by spudeus
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?
Replies: 19
Views: 7715

Re: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?

Interesting reactions so far! No real consensus, but it's not either/or for many folks - sometimes it's situational. Even as an 'open roller', I admit that this may make it more difficult to avoid unsatisfying TPKs (which I consider to be 'allowable' fudging since you don't want to discourage new pl...
by spudeus
Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?
Replies: 19
Views: 7715

GM Hidden or Open Dice [Old Topic]?

Probably as old a discussion as RPGing itself, but Troll Lord's recent GM Tips got me thinking about it again. To quote: "The dice don’t run the game. You do. Roll dice behind a screen to allow yourself the option of fudging a dice for or against the party/character in order to keep momentum going o...
by spudeus
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best ON SCREEN dragon.
Replies: 15
Views: 7865

Re: Best ON SCREEN dragon.

To echo my comment in the earlier thread, I'd have to go with Vermithrax from Dragonslayer. He just moves in an organic way that matches my imagination - even puffs up his chest before he breathes fire! https://thewritersrealmblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/vermithraxheadside22.jpg Other favorites ...
by spudeus
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34858

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

Hmm, for what it's worth I own both Dragonslayer and Krull and watch them occasionally - and there are a few things I like about Krull like the cyclops and the creepy spider-web scene. But there's no accounting for taste! On the swords & sandals 80s craze, I think we tend to give them a pass because...
by spudeus
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Worst fantasy movie ...
Replies: 68
Views: 34858

Re: Worst fantasy movie ...

Is there hate for Dragonslayer on this thread?! Decent acting, good story, and in my mind hands-down the best dragon ever envisioned for the screen. I might go with that old standby Krull - totally flat performances, misfired effects, slow pace, just a hard slog. Honorable mention, though, to Jackso...
by spudeus
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Out of Print
Topic: C&C Product Line is there a list?
Replies: 15
Views: 17537

Re: C&C Product Line is there a list?

Wow, that list boggles! It would truly be an epic quest to accumulate that hoard.
by spudeus
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Fate Points from Hero
Replies: 9
Views: 4150

Re: Fate Points from Hero

That's the kind of thinking I wish more superhero rpgs embraced - in the comics they are always 'pushing' their powers to create new effects (and in some fantasy, too!).

I'm curious, does anyone else think it's fair to award 'villain points' to important NPCs?
by spudeus
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Wizards, Fighters, and Balance
Replies: 18
Views: 7420

Re: Wizards, Fighters, and Balance

This is the most common critique of C&C I see on the web, but I personally like the idea of a high level spellslinger being dangerous to an entire party. Very unfun for everyone when the sorcerer witch-king's most potent attacks continually fizzle! That said, I've never liked 'insta-death' spells/tr...
by spudeus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: What gaming stuff are you reading?
Replies: 2012
Views: 551670

Re: What gaming stuff are you reading?

Have you read Playing At the World ? I'm curious how the two accounts compare. I have a copy, but honestly found it to be a hard slog that I couldn't get through, as it dives deep into the history of kriegspiel and bizarre 19th century chess variants that eventually led to modern wargames (and thus...