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by Penny-Whistle
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

So when you create these encounters your players just randomly run into, you don't care if its balanced? You don't make sure it isn't too tough? If you roll 300 Orcs for the encounter with the 1st level party , I see that you are inexperienced when it comes to a sandbox game. 300 orcs cannot appear...
by Penny-Whistle
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

In the game I was running last I started out using the monster charts from Delving Deeper for encounters in the wilderness. I went with whatever I got, be it rats or a dragon. But I didn't set up the encounters the same as I would in a dungeon where the PCs are a major threat and are trespassers. A...
by Penny-Whistle
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Funny you should say that Ard. One game that I played in was ran by Paul Culotta. Guy was a fantastic DM. Just going to the market was a wild ride. Anyhow, this particular session he had us playing a ball game equivalent vs orcs that were there to trade in town. I've always tried to play intelligen...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Spicing up classes
Replies: 22
Views: 4577

Re: Spicing up classes

Funny you'd ask that. I was just thinking about how Rhuvein's game (until recently) had three clerics in the party and that seemed to work really well. I don't feel we were clones of each other. We came from different races and worshipped different gods so that created some differences in flavour, m...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

I simply set up the nasties with a few random possibilities and let the PCs own greed and dice kill them. Though I do admit to fudging a roll result from time to time depending on if the PCs are being smart and having bad luck or being dipwits and ticking me off. 0:) It interests me how much people...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

So when you create these encounters your players just randomly run into, you don't care if its balanced? You don't make sure it isn't too tough? If you roll 300 Orcs for the encounter with the 1st level party , I see that you are inexperienced when it comes to a sandbox game. 300 orcs cannot appear...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Right, setting up those situations with all those monsters and NPC bad guys isn't trying to do anything. Right. In a sandbox it is the players who knowingly go after (or not) big nasty things. Especially since MOST of the world isn't evil and nasty towards the PCs. I have no desire to kill or, to k...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Yeah, when you have new players, meaning new to RPG's, you tend to have to lead them around until they get how to play. Now I have ran into people who never seem to learn how to play, but thats another issue. Anyways, once they "get it", I find its best to just sit back, throw out seed af...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Nov 05, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Online
Topic: Rhu's Sunday night playtest ~ Gnomeworld
Replies: 103
Views: 48792

Re: Rhu's Sunday night playest ~ Gnomeworld

Where can I get a subscription to the The Klaakagird Daily News? Too funny.
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

For me, my preferences lie with destroying worlds... taking elements and rearranging them in a way that makes them more "devolved." I am also not a fan of verisimilitude in world creation where a better, and more (perhaps only to me) idea can be placed such as a glass desert next to a pol...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Well, to be fair to myself, I was doing patrols on Submarines at the time, so had many, many, many hours to write and draw maps with. So it helped me maintain my sanity as much as anything. Assuming I can be called "sane". Off of the Subs, I have too many other things I can do instead. So...
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

"I never got to run games long enough in the setting for PC's to get powerful enough to worry about it (11th to 12th level), then all my maps/notes burned up in a house fire in 2003, and I haven't even tried to recreate it since. Plus, if I were to recreate it today, I would take the much easi...
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:04 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Well I'll admit I'm an oddity .... I'm balanced by faith, logic/philosophy, and history. As such, I like my worlds to make sense and work. At least the average and to a point. Even in a world where magic exists, there will still be general rules that things follow. Gravity works, physics works, and...
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

I think Aergraith pretty much nails the central factor, as well as his quote of Dick. As for actual world creating, I like to change up the standards we are used to seeing. Like in the only world I created from scratch, and named Cascandia, I had two central themes that differentiated it from other...
by Penny-Whistle
Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

I love Dick! ;) That essay is wild and all over the place. The first time I read it and he mentioned choas, I kept thinking of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Pack (who was pontificating about chaos theory) and couldn't concentrate on finishing my read, cause I then went googling for the quotes. Hilariou...
by Penny-Whistle
Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

When I say a bit of logic in the world I refer to things like placement of deserts and rivers and larger cities being closer to rivers or oceans due to trade/transport issues as well as water supplies. Dungeons have an ecology for food and water as well...and waste management in the case of intelli...
by Penny-Whistle
Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

I like to make my worlds where they follow a bit of logic and incorporate a bit of geography. That said however, I also allow room for plenty of that thing known as "suspension of disbelief" because sometimes the most memorable things to explore are those that make no common sense. :) Lik...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

Re: How to Build a Universe

Oh, but you have the wisdom to let a story unfold even if adjudicating the thing has no precedent or specific way to rule the action. I imagine a lot of leaders get all Grayfaced and are like, "Nope, no can do. There are no rules for what you want to do." For example, you could have shut u...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: How to Build a Universe
Replies: 58
Views: 10932

How to Build a Universe

I ran into this old essay and thought I'd share it here. "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" by P.K. Dick http://deoxy.org/pkd_how2build.htm One of his points that I think connects to gaming is this idea: "However, I will reveal a secret to you: I like to ...
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Online
Topic: Rhu's Sunday night playtest ~ Gnomeworld
Replies: 103
Views: 48792

Re: Rhu's Sunday night playest ~ Gnomeworld

in prog Penny-Whistle Scrubroot, Elderly (300 years old) Female Gnome Cleric Level 3 STR 10 prime DEX 7 CON 9 INT 11 10 +1 (for gnome race) WIS 17 prime CHA 10 prime AC 17 (cuir bouille and buckler) Hit points 17 Weapons: gnome thrower roll + bth + strength + misc atk + magic + 1 + 3 damage: 1d4+1 +...
by Penny-Whistle
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: [Bluffside] Putting the "Steam" In Steam Gnomes...
Replies: 27
Views: 3442

Re: [Bluffside] Putting the "Steam" In Steam Gnomes...

Gnomes of course have access to all kinds of wonderous powders that seem rare to us: fool's gold, pixie dust, butterfly scales and a special iridescent glitter ground from the shells of scarab beetles.
by Penny-Whistle
Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: [Bluffside] Putting the "Steam" In Steam Gnomes...
Replies: 27
Views: 3442

Re: [Bluffside] Putting the "Steam" In Steam Gnomes...

IMO you can't have proper pirates without flintlocks and cannons broadsiding ships). Pirates existed in FAR greater numbers across the globe BEFORE powder weapons than since that tech development... True, but the classical image to me is flintlicks and cutlasses. I like the sawdust/lampblack idea. ...
by Penny-Whistle
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:21 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Online
Topic: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game
Replies: 91
Views: 44848

Re: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game

I really enjoyed gaming with you, ssfsx17. It sounds like yyou've got a whole lot of big changes coming your way. Best of luck.
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Online
Topic: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game
Replies: 91
Views: 44848

Re: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game

Norik's Journal Barduris keeps pulling out bloody good shows out of his arse. Seems like scarcely a day goes by when he ain't slaying baddies in one hit, or getting good use out of artifacts meant for someone else. Today he gave a good whalloping to a whole Baby Balrog! We woulda been goners for su...
by Penny-Whistle
Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Some positive news...
Replies: 10
Views: 6827

Re: Some positive news...

Treebore wrote:This is my second dog to be nominated. The very first dog my wife and I raised, trained, and gave away was also nominated a few years back.
Wow! Congratulations. That is wonderful news. =)
by Penny-Whistle
Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Online
Topic: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game
Replies: 91
Views: 44848

Re: Rhu's Sunday night Underworld playtest game

Um. This will probably sound weird but I may have to leave the game early tonight ... say ... 9:15 central time to get my camera ready for the lunar eclipse. If the sky is going to be as cloudy as predicted though I will be able to play through.
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Upon the Forge's Anvil!
Topic: Gripe: book spines not glued
Replies: 20
Views: 20156

Re: Gripe: book spines not glued

So you would be ok with some guy using the skin of someone you loved for making placemats for his dinner table or binding up a copy of his Yellow Pages from 1978? No problem. When I'm gone I've donated my carcass to Burning Man. BTW, I'd REALLY be careful about voicing your uneducated diatribes abo...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Upon the Forge's Anvil!
Topic: Gripe: book spines not glued
Replies: 20
Views: 20156

Re: Gripe: book spines not glued

So you would be ok with some guy using the skin of someone you loved for making placemats for his dinner table or binding up a copy of his Yellow Pages from 1978? That skin you have on your book probably belonged to someone who had a family. I can't imagine a scenario where that skin was ethically c...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Upon the Forge's Anvil!
Topic: Gripe: book spines not glued
Replies: 20
Views: 20156

Re: Gripe: book spines not glued

I don't think 'common' is a good descriptor. The Harvard collection only contains one book like that after all. Wellcome also only has one book like that. Simon Chaplin, head of the Wellcome Library has gone on record saying, "There are not a huge number of these books out there, it has been an...
by Penny-Whistle
Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Question on Purify Water/food
Replies: 27
Views: 7806

Re: Question on Purify Water/food

PLUS, that is one of those spells that never seems to come up. It comes up quite a bit if your GM doesn't assume that PCs can magically carry/obtain large amounts of food & water during extended overland adventures. I guess I should offer thanks to all the Copperpots that kind of thing doesn't ...