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  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Okay I’ll kick this off with my current tabletop obsession Escape the Dark Castle!

    It’s a co-op chapter based adventure game with the aim of everyone escaping!

    So you have 15 chapter cards to work through that are randomly selected from over 100 chapter cards. There are three different start cards and 15 boss cards, you always start and end with one start and one boss. The black dice are the chapter dice which are only used during combat/traps/obstacles along side the white player dice. Each character has unique stats and accompanying dice.

    I’m playing with all three expansions mixed in and the player chapter die which makes he game a lot harder. You can play each of the expansions separately but I prefer to mix it all together.

    I haven’t covered everything in this so if you have any questions please ask!

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      Oh wow, that looks really fun! How do the expansions work? Do they just add different types of obstacles, or do they have different cards entirely?

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm

        So cult if the death Knight adds in the aspect of curse cards and monsters that can deal extra damage if you have the curse marked for death. There’s also the risk of one of the players fighting against you if they’re below half their health and have a specific curse and roll the curse dice badly.

        The Undead queen adds in NPC companions with special abilities to help you along the way and also adds the item spell book and it’s dice to the game.

        Blight if the plauge lord adds three new characters and also plague cards. So these cards can give you certain levels of plague and plague monsters also give you plague on attack. Level of plague is determined by the plague dice and if you go above 5 plague you take one damage. When you reach 15 plague you start loosing 2 hp. Also if you have plague and give an uninfected player one of your items they also get plague. If you leave the castle with plague you win but you’re probably gonna die eventually

    • Onward

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      August 10, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      I’ve hear of escape the dark castle a lot, what’s the average play time for it?

      • Rimor

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        August 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

        It’s about 30 mins to 45 depending on the ground and rolls, I’ve just backed their new one Escape the dark sector

  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Oh and the collectors box expansion I have adds in death die which are harder character die, the item living stone and it’s dice, character flaws and more bosses

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:24 pm

      Ooh! Those seem like fun mechanics, I love how curses and plagues work in games, slow effects are fun to try and figure out how to solve. It gives you time to be worried, but also time to try and do something about it! :blossom:

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:26 pm

        I believe there’s only one chapter card that can cure plague, also the chapter cards are beautifully drawn!

  • Rimor

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Okay so the three black symbols show what you need to roll to defeat each dice (In this case one cunning and two wisdom). The person symbol means you have to roll another chapter dice for each player and if you’re using the death dice it gets even harder!

    The two in the corner shows how much damage the monster does but if you roll a shield you can avoid damage. However this card has a combat special which prevents that! Some combat special target specific plays such as the weakest or most plague ridden

    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:31 pm

      Ooh, I like that. Seems like a tricky game, but a lot of fun! I love the hatching on the card, it’s a good way to make fantastic imagery that will still print well without any colour, I feel like more games should make use of it! :blossom:

      • Rimor

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:33 pm

        It’s really tricky but so fun when you get the hang of it!

        I can’t wait for the Dark Sector as they’ve massively overhauled the combat and the chapter function. From what I’ve heard they’ve split it into three different chapter sections so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done!

        • SabineBean

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm

          Ooh, sounds like they’re going to make it gradually increase in difficulty then, that’ll make it very interesting! :blossom:

  • Connielass

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    • SabineBean

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      Ooh, that looks fun! Love the way that’s drawn, reminds me of old pixel flash games! :blossom:

      • Connielass

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

        Well it’s the card-based tabletop version of one: The Oregon Trail.

        • SabineBean

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm

          Oh! That’d be why then. It suits it! They could’ve tried an imagery overhaul but i feel like it works better the way it is there! :blossom:

        • Rimor

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          June 14, 2019 at 8:38 pm

          Oh that’s cool!

  • SabineBean

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    June 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Other than ttrpgs (which I play a LOT of) I also like Hero Quest, Letters from Whitechapel and Sandwich Masters. I can’t take pictures right now, but I’ll find a couple online to illustrate my points.

    Hero quest is sort of like DnD, but only the combat and map exploration, there’s little to no roleplay and it’s very simple gameplay, but that’s part of what makes it fun! It also comes with physical 3d map pieces, which, since I can’t afford dnd minis or anything like that, is pretty much as close to that sort of game as I’m likely to get! Spells are little one-use cards, and items also come on cards, meaning there’s very little to write down. It’s also got a little screen for the dungeon master (or, in this case, Evil Wizard) to hide behind.

    Letters from Whitechapel is a game about Jack the Ripper. One person plays Jack, the others play as policemen trying to track Jack down. The game is heavily rigged in Jack’s favour, since there’s only one of him and he’s on the run at all times. The goal of Jack is to kill a certain number of victims and not get caught, and the goal of the police is to take Jack down before the time runs out. It’s a game about strategy and trying to surround an invisible enemy! The Victorian aesthetic is good fun as well, it’s well designed!

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    Sandwich masters is a rapid-fire game of sandwiches, subterfuge and sabotage. The goal is simple: make the most money. You can do this by completing sandwich orders. However… You can cheat with ‘bad ingredients’, and sabotage other people’s sandwiches. If an Inspector is called on anyone with a bad ingredient, they’ll have to pay up, or lose their sandwich, or, if they’re really unlucky, all of the sandwiches in their hand! And since you can have up to four sandwiches on the go at once, it can be devastating.

    As for ttrpgs, well… that’s a whole other story haha! :blossom:

    • Sellalellen

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      June 14, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Hero Quest was my entire childhood! Oh how nostalgic! We even had some house rules. For example, the dwarf (always played by Dad) could see under tables, and people with ranged weapons could shoot over his head. The seeing under tables bit was highly debated at first and we eventually agreed that he could see under them but not attack under a table. I wonder what happened to our set… it’s getting harder and harder to find nowadays so I’d rather not buy another one if we still own it somewhere.

      • SabineBean

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        June 14, 2019 at 10:12 pm

        Yeah, even finding a picture of the same type we have was tricky… I suppose because cardboard falls apart pretty easily? Most of the sets I’ve seen on sale either have bits missing or the prints on the items are messed up. I suppose it’s a sign of love, though! :blossom:

  • Shadow

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    June 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Anyone like Betrayal at House on the Hill?

  • Ashburn

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    That is on my list of Things I Would Like To Play If I Had Access To It And Other Players. :sweat_smile:

    • Shadow

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      June 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

      I recommend it a lot. One of my personal favorites. Just make sure to keep in mind that it’s one of those games where weaving a narrative is more important to the core experience than balance.

  • Connielass

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    I really want to play Pandemic

  • Shadow

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    June 15, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Same, I’ve heard so many good things about Pandemic. I only recently started getting into the boardgame scene so my wishlist increases by the day. Dead of Winter and Fury of Dracula are high up there on priority.

  • Ashburn

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    June 15, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I’ve basically had to live vicariously through Tabletop on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel (discontinued for a while now; they tried replacing it with Game the Game, but it’s not the same).

    From that show I’ve bought/been gifted Star Fluxx, Forbidden Island, and Forbidden Desert.

    Several years ago I also came across this game called Slash, which is supposed to be similar to Cards Against Humanity (a favorite part of getting together with my middle/high school friends), only you’re pairing up characters from a bunch of fandoms and trying to argue why yours is the best of the options (of course, I haven’t had anyone to play it with :sweat_smile:).

  • Shadow

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    June 16, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I want Tabletop back so bad, I still rewarch a lot of it. And slash reminds me of Super Fight where you build super heroes and villans using different subject and ability cards and debate amongts the table as to who would come out victorious. It’s a hilarious game and I suggest if anyone is interested to lookup the game that Sinvicta uploaded to his channel a couple of years ago.

  • Rimor

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    June 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Hey guys for anyone who’s interested Themeborne has released Escape the Dark Castle bundles as pledge add-ons to Escape the Dark Sector on Kickstarter!

    • SabineBean

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      June 17, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Ooh, very nice! I’ll have to check that out! :blossom:

  • Connielass

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    June 17, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I don’t know which thread to add this to, here or the general video games thread… But Catan is now available on Nintendo Switch.

    Argh if only I could afford the online membership.

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 9:34 pm

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    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      What is Catan?

      • Connielass

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        June 17, 2019 at 9:40 pm

        :flushed:

        What is…

        :flushed:

      • Sellalellen

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        June 17, 2019 at 9:52 pm

        I… cannot comprehend…

  • SabineBean

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    June 17, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t know what Catan is either, if it’s any consolation @Rimor

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      It must be an American thing :laughing:

      • Remus

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        July 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

        Actually, it’s a German thing, but that’s besides the point :joy: but it’s a great game that you should definitely check out.

  • Ashburn

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    June 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    They play two different versions on that Tabletop show I mentioned. Big Bang Theory has it at least once as well in one of their episodes.

    • Rimor

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      June 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      Big bang theory?

      • Ashburn

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        June 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

        …a TV show that had I think 8 seasons? It was a big deal that it just ended last month. Bunch of nerds have an aspiring actress move in next door, assorted sitcom things ensue for several years.

        • Rimor

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          June 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

          I know what big bang theory is I’m just pulling your leg :laughing:

          There are so many episodes I don’t remember if I’ve seen the episode its shown in yet

          • Ashburn

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            June 17, 2019 at 10:27 pm

            :deirdrexd:

            No worries, I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen everything yet either. There just happen to be two or three channels that play it regularly.

            But back on topic, highly recommend Tabletop to get the gist of Settlers of Catan.

        • Connielass

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          June 18, 2019 at 12:06 am

          Twelve seasons, and it just aired its series finale.

  • Shadow

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    June 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Can I just say I loved that entire exchange.

  • Hwyl

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    June 18, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Has anyone ever played Cyberpunk 2020? Cyberpunk 77, a video game based on the original role playing game, is coming out in a year or two and I’d love to get into into it early.

    • SabineBean

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      June 18, 2019 at 1:31 am

      I haven’t played it, but I’ve heard about it from the games club at the comic shop near where I sometimes live! It seems really good fun :blossom:

    • Connielass

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      June 18, 2019 at 3:09 am

      Are you talking about Cyberpunk 2077? It’s going to be available on April 16 next year for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One

  • fungibility

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    July 12, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Has anyone here ever heard of or played The Quiet Year? It’s a really sweet collaborative storytelling tabletop game played with a deck of cards about a community. I just had the thought that if people were interested we could set up a thread to play it. I think there’s a limit to players, (four I’m sure, and two at minimum although you can middle through alone if you fudge some parts) but as the whole point is to tell a story of a community and watch it unfold it’s enjoyable to read accounts of it. And I’ve seen guides for playing alone that suggest using twitter (or other social media posts) polls to make certain choices/“discuss” things.

    There’s also a version (that I forgot the name of…) where you play as a community of monsters rather than humans which I own but haven’t spent as much time with but looks very enjoyable too!

    • SabineBean

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      July 12, 2019 at 5:46 am

      Ooh, this looks interesting! I’ll take a closer look when I have the time but so far it’s a very intriguing concept, I’d be interested if people want to play! Though if the limit is only 4 players then it might be a little rude to be playing it on the forum in such a way that nobody can join? I’m not sure what we’d do about that, but the idea is very good :blossom:

      • fungibility

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        July 13, 2019 at 3:15 am

        It could be for sure, but it might be entertaining just to read, however if there’s interest we could also probably fudge the rules and allow for more input so more people can be involved I’m sure!

  • Shadow

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    July 12, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    This reminds me a little of Microscope, if anyone here has heard of that one. It seems really cool and I would love to play if given the option. The whole forum could get involved the way fungibility was saying by having all the choices rely on a polling system. Kind of like TwitchPlays where the actions are decided by the community.

    Praise the Helix Fossil!

  • Ignatius

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    July 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    This is going to sound really, really weird but not too long ago I played a computer came that replicates table top games.

    • SabineBean

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      July 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Oh was it Tabletop Simulator? My computer can’t run it unfortunately (for my computer is apparently made of potatoes and the occasional nail) but it’s a good way of playing board games with online friends and getting to feel like you’re really playing the game! :blossom:

      • Ignatius

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        July 22, 2019 at 6:36 pm

        It was indeed! Although I was very bad at it so it was more of me grabbing things and whispering “Am I allowed to do this? Is this a thing I can do or am I slowly approaching death?” but overall it was fun!

        • SabineBean

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          July 22, 2019 at 6:39 pm

          haha yeah! That’s generally how that game goes. The one time I actually got it working my friends managed to crash my computer for me by flipping the table and making the cards 100 times larger. Sometimes… Too much customisability is a curse… I’m glad you had fun though!! :blossom:

          • Ignatius

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            July 22, 2019 at 6:44 pm

            I didn’t know you could flip the table, whenever i play it next I’m definitely doing this if I make a mistake and then say, “what mistake? I don’t see a mistake on the board”

            • SabineBean

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              July 22, 2019 at 6:46 pm

              Oh you sure can haha, it resets itself upright but you have to redo all the cards and stuff if I remember right (Though, yknow, my computer was coughing up dust at that point so I can’t really say for sure) the animation of it is pretty funny if you time it right, as I’m sure you will :blossom:

            • Ignatius

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              July 22, 2019 at 6:48 pm

              I’ll be sure to tell a story of it here when I do so!

  • TheBlackChouji

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    August 7, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Wow! The Ackerly Forum/threads are huge. I look forward to combing throuh the sections to learn about different tabletops. I learned about tabletop gaming in college playing DnD version 3.5. Yes I know I’m old.

    Haven’t played any recently so for now I am just looking and admiring at how tabletop has evolved and the many different versions and types.

    One day I would like to be able to create my own. Maybe a Pthfinder Dnd and RISUS hybrid. Or something completely different.

  • Kvornir

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    August 10, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    So one game I am absolutely in love with is Gloomhaven. Besides just the regular rpg elements, you unlock new characters and maps as you play through the massive story content in a coop group. I could easily see over 200+ hours from this game. If you haven’t heard of it, definitely check it out!

  • Connielass

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    August 11, 2019 at 12:29 am

    So we’re staying at an AirBnB.

    Has anyone played Munchkin or Codename?

    • SabineBean

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      August 11, 2019 at 12:39 am

      I’ve played munchkin! Specifically the adventure time edition. It’s my ex gf’s favourite game! It takes a little bit to get used to the rules but it is very fun once you do get used to it! I haven’t played codenames, but I’ve seen it around. Let me know if it turns out to be any good!! :blossom:

    • Ashburn

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      August 11, 2019 at 2:32 am

      I’ve played Munchkin at a friend’s baby shower. It helped to have players that knew what they were doing.

      I also see Cranium up there, which I recall playing once upon a time.

    • Kvornir

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      August 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Munchkin is great fun. Once you get the hang of it of course. It’s a mix of competitive and cooperative play, where you get new gear in order to fight stronger monsters. And the best part is that you can combine whatever expansions you want. Superhero steampunk, why not? Marvel samurai, sure.

  • Connielass

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    August 11, 2019 at 2:29 am

    I have a feeling we won’t have time, the rest of fam will be here til Tuesday, but three of us are leaving Sunday afternoon since we have work.

  • Connielass

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    August 11, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Yeah, not a fan of cranium myself. Splendor is good but my cousins don’t like playing by the rules…

  • Rimor

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    August 27, 2019 at 10:27 pm
    • SabineBean

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      August 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm

      Omg, ticket to ride… That game, my family and I played it once and never have since! My dad gets wayyyy too competitive, but unfortunately he’s not very lucky, the poor guy. Whenever someone else won, he’d be like “let’s do it again”, but, of course, ticket to ride takes a while to play, so we didn’t end up doing that haha. Looks like you had a fun time though!! :blossom:

      • Rimor

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        August 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm

        I’m the black train, I came third through some sneaky backroom dealing with my little sister :joy:

        I’ve wanted this game for so long and my older brother got me it for my birthday (We opened it earlier so we’d have more time to play). It’s now one of my top 5 favourite games!

        • SabineBean

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          August 27, 2019 at 11:02 pm

          Ooh, good job!! That’s always exciting, I’m glad you’re having a great time with it! It’s a really good mix of luck and skill, that one :blossom:

  • BairnSidhe

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    August 28, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Hi! I am a total table top nerd, so I’m happy there’s a thread for us. I’m currently running a game called Tales From the Loop, which is a kids on bikes genre rpg set in an alternate world inspired by this Swedish artist who paints steam-punk/automaton art. The same artist inspired Scythe, one of my favorite heavy strategy board games.

    Does anyone else like indie or non-standard rpgs? (i.e. not the Ye Olde Fantasy Europe games like DnD and Pathfinder)

    (Also, obligatory plug for any conversation involving games, I work for a charity that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network by doing a game marathon each year, check out Extra Life.)

    • oracle

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      August 28, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      That sounds really cool! Kids on bikes is one of my favorite genres, so Tales From the Loop sounds like it’s right up my alley.

      I’m new to the world of table top/actual play, but I’ve been listening to an actual play podcast done by a friend of mine that I’ve really been enjoying that I think fits the bill. It’s technically D&D because they use the 5th edition rules and stuff but it’s a homebrew set in the modern world with supernatural/paranormal elements, where they work for Lucifer aka Lucy (who’s more like a CEO/businesswoman in the podcast) retrieving souls that have escaped hell. It’s definitely been making my work commute waaay better

    • Johquil

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      September 9, 2019 at 3:23 am

      I’ve been known to dabble in Warhammer 40k Dark Heresy, a d10 based game. I play as an adeptas sororitas (named Iris) and can I just say it’s amazing how many places a habit will get you :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

      I played a savage worlds game…damn…the Wierd west one…

      My group mostly play Pathfinder, but we like to break up or bookend our PF campaigns with little campaigns in different settings.

  • Kallisti

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    August 29, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Ooooh! @Psychopomp what do you think of the sound of Tales From the Loop?

    • Psychopomp

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      August 29, 2019 at 10:44 am

      Interesting. There was an episode of One Shot that used Kids on Bikes. I don’t remember too much about it though.

      • BairnSidhe

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        August 30, 2019 at 10:15 pm

        @Psychopomp Kids On Bikes is also the name of a game, Tales From the Loop has it’s own mechanics, but is in the genre. It sort of plays like Savage Worlds, with scenes and minimal dice rolling, but it’s all d6’s.

  • SabineBean

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    August 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    If we’re talking games with all d6’s, I’m a huge huge fan of Monster Of The Week (Have I already brought it up? I might have, I’m obsessed haha) for its fantastic setup. It’s rules-light roleplay-heavy, you make your characters together (unlike dnd) and you work with each other to come up with base concepts… Secrets can come later (and oh boy, they sure do):blossom:

    If i were to start talking about my MotW character i’d never stop, so I’ll spare you all for now, but… Well, if anyone’s interested I might go on a little story ramble for you all haha :blossom:

    • Helios

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      August 30, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      I would love to hear your MotW story! I had my first MotW campaign last summer with a few friends and have always wanted to hear about other people’s campaigns.

      • SabineBean

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        August 30, 2019 at 10:50 pm

        Oh, that sounds like fun! I’ve done a LOT of dnd, so when I was invited to play MotW I was a little surprised (but EVER SO HAPPY! Out of all of our friends, I got chosen!) because other than me it’s entirely swedes in there haha! It’s set in a fake america, and the setup is that we don’t know about magic, monsters etc (or if we do, it’s vague and unclear) so it’s a very hidden magic setting, which I adore. We have my character, Eloise, The Spooky, who’s a southern gal who moved to the big city as a teenager due to certain secret events… So secret, in fact, that even she doesn’t remember them. She’s currently 22, and, of course, she can see ghosts… But until recently she’d simply assumed she had hallucinations, and ignored them. We have Mariella, The Flake, a rich gal who’s obsessed with the paranormal and has always believed, but never had proof. She’s a descendant of the city’s founder, but she has no interest in anything but her fixations and her friends. We have Trip, The Crooked, who’s in all sorts of rough places and owes his life (and, unfortunately, all of the money he ever earns) to a gang in the shady underbelly of the city… He’s a good dude though, just trying to get by. And then we have Aaren, The Spell-Slinger, who used to be a volunteer firefighter but was forced to get a job that pays money (the firefighters wouldn’t hire him without a certain amount of years of training, but he needed money asap ) so that he can support his seven siblings, whom he loves and helps look after… And, of course, he has ice powers that he only recently found out about.

        Our first mystery started with the four of us meeting in the in-world equivalent of McDonalds, with Aaren telling Trip about his newfound powers. Eloise just happened to be there, and, seeing some weird stuff with her Sight, came over out of curiosity. Trip called Mariella, since he knew she’s into weird stuff, and thus the four had a very awkward first meeting. Mariella insisted that they all come to her house, and so they did… But at the same time, an amber alert was put out for a missing child. Eloise, who has premonitions (one at the beginning of every mystery) had seen something weird to do with Mariella’s little brother, and Trip’s friend had also seen something odd the night the kid went missing… And thus started our investigation.

        At Mariella’s house, we met Lewis, her brother, who proceeded to immediately started to be absolutely awful and bratty and stuck-up… But, of course, that all changed when we saved him from a freaky shadow demon that tried to attack him in his bedroom. He’s still a brat, but he’s much nicer to us now. The demon marked all of us but Trip, and since Trip’s friend was marked too he had no choice but to stay with the group… As we got another amber alert. Kids were going missing, but oddly enough, they all seemed to be Lewis’s friends. Doing some digging, we found out that every single one who’d gone missing had been nasty to this one guy in their school, by the name of Victor, who happened to be the kid of Aaren’s boss.

        Immediately after that, Victor went missing too… But we now knew why. We found out about a witchy shop that had been broken into, and going in there, the shopkeeper realized that two of us were magical and shared with us what she knew. She’s a sorcerer, and some of her wares are magic… And one, funnily enough, was stolen the night before kids started to disappear. A Grudge Amulet, which creates horrible shadowy monsters that act on grudges, kidnapping those that its host hates and giving them nightmares, feeding off their fear. We now knew the method, but also that the kid himself had been possessed, and probably hadn’t meant to cause so much trouble, the poor guy.

        We had to figure out how to save all of the victims, as well as Victor himself, while also not dying or getting caught ourselves… Twitch, Trip’s friend who’d witnessed the monster on the first night, got injured so badly he fell into a coma, and all of us knew we’d be next if we couldn’t solve it fast. Luckily, Victor’s mum told us (after MUCH nagging and prying) that Victor sometimes played in an abandoned warehouse a few blocks away… So of course, when we go there, the place is swarming with shadowy grudge monsters. It was genuinely terrifying!!

        So, of course, that’s where we decided we’d fight the monster. The original, large one would stay by its host, but it would also have to defend the place it was keeping its victims. Their weakness is light, we learned, and I did some research about warehouse roof stability (in character, of course), and together, we devised a plan. We’d tear down parts of the roof while the sun was still up, and we’d also send in a wheelbarrow full to the brim with as many superbright torches as we could afford… Luckily, with Mariella on our side, we could afford a lot .

        The time came, and, unfortunately, a police officer caught us… However, he was the same officer who was on the case of figuring out how Twitch became comatose, and he was vaguely willing to listen to us… For just long enough for us to prove the shadow monster’s existence to him. He became our temporary ally for the duration of the boss fight, and his presence was absolutely welcomed, despite our character’s personal feelings about this guy and police in general. An extra gun against a terrifying shadow monster? Yes please!

        The plan went well at first, until the original shadow monster showed up. We’d reduced the numbers fairly well, and had freed some of the victims from their shadowy cocoons, thus luring the boss right to us. Trip tried to talk Victor down, but Mariella, Eloise and Aaren were still in the warehouse, and Trip was outside… Being led towards a shadowy area, where the creature would be stronger. Eloise barely managed to break free from her own fight in time to save his life, while inside the building the monsters were showing Aaren illusions of his beloved siblings getting hurt, as well as swarming the officer. Things weren’t looking too good. Trip fled the monster once Eloise had saved him, and the monster climbed, with its host, into the building once more. Trip was the only one close enough to be of much help, and in trying to help got knocked out… But, luckily, Mariella managed to free Aaren from the illusion just in time for him to get a good shot at the amulet… With his magic, of course.

        In a blast of ice, the grudge amulet was shattered, and the shadows, like screams in the wind, dispersed, leaving us alone, bleeding, semi-conscious, but alive and victorious . We had finally won! And all of the victims, Victor included, had been saved thanks to our hard work. :cherry_blossom:

        I love a happy ending… Of course, that’s not the end of their story, just the end of the first mystery (summarised, of course, there’s over 30 hours of gameplay in there!). We’re currently halfway through the second… i’ll tell more about that one once it’s done! But for now, Twitch is still in a coma, Eloise is struggling with emotions, Trip’s struggling with his fear of ghosts, Mariella broke up with her boyfriend and Aaren is just doing his best and we love him! :blossom:

  • KitKatch

    Member
    September 2, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Currently really love lords of waterdeep and really want to get my hands on cat lady. Also I watch geek and sundry because I know even if I get the games, i don’t really have anyone to play them with.

    • BrokenVoid

      Member
      September 3, 2019 at 12:03 am

      Yeah that’s my problem too, I love board games but I never have anyone around to play them. That’s why virtual board games are kinda cool because you can play online but the feeling of moving the pieces and rolling dice just isn’t the same as a real game.

  • SabineBean

    Member
    September 7, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Last night we finally got to play MotW again after like 2 weeks, and it was AMAZING!!! It was so spooky that I actually couldn’t sleep for a good four hours after the game ended… And it ended at midnight. Oops! But even though it was scary enough to keep me awake, it wasn’t too scary for me (notoriously weak and easily scared) so I still had fun! It had the perfect balance of funny conversation, friendly banter, awkward moments, and ‘oh god no I hope the faceless ghosts aren’t trying to kill my friend’. Next game is on Monday. I’m so excited!!! :cherry_blossom:

  • Connielass

    Member
    September 17, 2019 at 5:12 am

    WOO! I just found out today that my local library hosts monthly meetings of a tabletop gaming group!

    does a happy boogie

  • hannah-thomas

    Member
    September 19, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Advertising the Games Society to all the freshers at my uni today. Surrounded by dice and games and having a great time. Wish I could get a photo of our full collection but its all in lockers we can’t unlock yet :grimacing:

    • Graevan

      Member
      September 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      It’s been ages since I’ve played Shadows. Need to get that fixed.

      You can have a lot of fun with Sheriff of Nottingham by adopting a character and sticking to it.

      Sheriff to me: “What’s in the bag sir?”

      Me, in the most cockney accent I could muster: “Stairs!”

      “Stairs?”

      “Yeah, stairs! Apples and pears! A pair of apples!

      …I’ve got two apples, guv.”

      The Sheriff broke down into laughter, and when he finally composed himself just let me pass without a fuss.

      Need to play that again too.

  • BrokenVoid

    Member
    September 20, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I think Betrayal at House on the Hill is a really good one, though the rules can seem a little complicated at first.

    • hannah-thomas

      Member
      September 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      It was at the top of the pile because it gave me a chance to tell people how much I love it when they came over :sweat_smile:

  • KhaosRose

    Member
    December 16, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Anyone go to PAX Unplugged about a week ago? Whole tabletop convention in Philly.

    • BrokenVoid

      Member
      December 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      I just found out that’s a thing when I saw some pictures from it. It looks so cool and I’d love to go sometime.

  • KhaosRose

    Member
    December 16, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Definitely a lot of fun. I went the first 2 years, but had an exam this year so I missed it. But they’ve got everything. Booths, playtest areas, tournaments, miniature painting, panels, etc. It’s huge and a lot of fun. We should have a meet-up next year. Heck, AG might even be able to have a booth or panel, since they have rpg stuff as well.

    • KhaosRose

      Member
      December 16, 2019 at 8:12 pm

      Wow @Catherine typed that last suggestion just before I saw the polls that are up! Even more fitting now XD

  • Catherine

    Member
    December 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    That’s definitely a dream!! But yes you folks on this thread especially might want to take a look at this poll if you haven’t already!!

  • Connielass

    Member
    December 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I live outside Philly!!

  • Mikasi

    Member
    December 21, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Would wargaming go here? I ask because I’m finally investing into Age of Sigmar (Skaven specifically) and was thinking of sharing pictures as my builds progress. Also just being able to talk about it, or any other war games (such as One Page, or Warmachine, or other ones.)

    • SabineBean

      Member
      December 21, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Yep, all of those can go here! They’re tabletop games, after all! :blossom:

  • Kallisti

    Member
    March 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I tried (and subsequently bought) a new game when I went to a con last month. Y’all should try Stuffed Fables, especially if you have kids. It’s really fun even for adults, and also fairly easy to learn.

  • BairnSidhe

    Member
    March 19, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I love Stuffed Fables!

  • Augustus_Octavian

    Member
    January 22, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Where our TTRPG players at? Come check out and comment on the Neithernor RPG Guild Bearing class reveals and help shape the future of the Briarverse’s own RPG!

  • david-wendt

    Member
    February 23, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    New to the forums. Currently, I’m running 5e and the Sentinels Comics RPGs (both virtually of course). But literally have a wall of shelves of other games and game materials.

    What are people playing and enjoying during this time of isolation?

    • SabineBean

      Member
      February 23, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      I still have enough dnd games to count on one hand, but I’m also joining a Vampire the Masquerade game soon! 5th edition. The sourcebook is hard for me to read though, because it’s a PDF and I do badly with light text on dark backgrounds, and it has a LOT of that. When I can afford it, I’ll buy the actual book, though! :blossom:

  • BrokenVoid

    Member
    February 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Just started DMing a 5e game with a couple close friends and my fiancée. We’re starting with The Lost Mine of Phandelver to get the newer players acquainted with how D&D works.

  • Nimueh

    Member
    February 23, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Been helping a friend of mine work on a new player friendly community for DnD, so I’ve been playing a lot of one-shots to help with that. We’re about to start or first longer campaign by also playing Phandelver, something I’ve never played myself before either. Also 30+ sessions into a Curse of Strahd run that’s streamed weekly (if anyone wants to watch).

    Besides 5e, I recently tested a new card based system I backed on KS called Legends of Avallen. Going to be a really fun system when they get some of the balancing set, and hoping I’ll be able to GM games in the future (when I eventually gain some GM confidence). Also there’s a new LOTR system and a system that uses ASL/BSL for magic that I’ll be playing soon and I’m really looking forward to both!

  • Javi

    Member
    March 3, 2021 at 1:46 am

    So I’m running Cyberpunk Red for the first time and I’m having some difficulty trying to think of a way to make gunplay interesting? I’m probably going to try and stick to roleplaying as much as I can since that’s what my friends like to do the most but combat is probably inevitable and I’m not sure how I can flavor shooting guns the same way you can flavor a spell or melee in D&D. Anyone got some ideas or advice?

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    April 24, 2021 at 1:01 am

    An incomplete list of oddly specific house rules at my Neurodiverse dnd table

    • People who move in thier seats will be provided a rocking or swivel chair. Clumsy people must have chairs with armrests.

    •There is a collective bowl of stim toys at the table. Anyone can use them but if you break one, it is your responsibility to replace it (with something less fragile). This way the communal toys gradually evolve to be more fun and durable as time goes on.

    •if a stim toy is too interesting to too many people, it is outlawed. We can’t have people hypnotizing eachother during combat, so toys that are only interesting to one person or a few are ideal.

    Items banned under this rule include sling rings and pop-its.

    •Sticky items are not allowed in the communal bowl, as they cause meltdowns in too many members. You can own and bring your own sticky toys but you cannot use them to derail other players.

    • Oodie and other viral giant hoodies are banned. They are universally comfortable and 3/4 party members who have worn it fell asleep at the table.

    •you can stand up and wander the room during roleplay but not combat.

    •dice must be kept in designated bowls or they will be lost. Object permanence is weak in our group as a whole.

    • Sel must sit to the right of the DM as she is blind on her right and needs to lipread to process. Whoever else needs to lipread in order to process language sits on DM’s left.

    •Eating supper mid game is acceptable, as long as you only drip on your own character sheet, however tomato sauce causes sensory issues for too many members so must be eaten in a different room (preferably before or after the game)

    • people are not to be resented for accidental throwing of pens, stim toys, or dice do to vigorous stimming or tics. Deliberate throwing of dice is disgouraged.

  • Cynical

    Member
    August 27, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I wanted to share my new copy of a rpg book that came today, as I thought it might be of interest to some of the folks here!

    I’d probably describe Thousand Year Old Vampire as ‘solo rpg-meets creative writing assignment’. You chronicle the adventures of a vampire of your own creation through the centuries. It focuses on how immortal monsters process time, and how they’ll inevitably forget more memories than most people make in a lifetime.

    You can play a quick game, where each experience and memory you make is encompassed in a single sentence summary, or you can play a longer game, where you write whole diary entries and flowing prose about the horrific atrocities you commit. Regardless of how you play, you will eventually reach a point where your diaries are overflowing, and where your mind can no longer hold any new memories within, and you will have to choose what to remember, and what to forget.

    I’ve had the pdf version of this game for a while now, and have always loved it! I’m extremely excited to finally have a physical copy for my bookshelf! The game is so beautiful, and the collage style really sparks my imagination!

    Anyways, if anybody is interested, you can find out more about the game here: thousandyearoldvampire.com

    • Ashburn

      Member
      August 29, 2022 at 9:02 am

      where you write whole diary entries and flowing prose about the horrific atrocities you commit.

      Ha! The phrasing reminds me of when a coworker at the store was describing me to a new person as “liking long walks on the beach and plotting murder.” (because he’s fun-weird; has also recently been assigning Pokemon to various coworkers)

      The physical book is stunning, and that does sound kind of fun (though not too fond of the forgetting part).

    • CJB

      Administrator
      September 15, 2022 at 8:21 am

      This is one of my favorite books/games from the past few years and I’ve played it three times. Beautiful, clever, heartbreaking… Thank you for sharing, though you might have inspired me to play it again!