Ok, but what about physically distanced board games.

Like, played in person but with really big pieces that you push around on long sticks, like those giant wall chessboards they used to use to show the audience what was going on

@Canageek I love the concept of Dragonborn, and in general the inclusion of races that are just allowed to be fun.

But this image is a prime example of some of the worst trends in "fantasy" design. Just add more of everything until it becomes even more generic. I loved D&D4E (relatively), but the visual identity of characters and monsters was a big letdown.

@Canageek Well, Final Fantasy mixes anime and MMOs, which are the two biggest examples of this level of over the top. It is hardly "typical".

But I think 5E D&D stepped back on that (at least compared to 4E)? And there are other trends in different games and movies. It all tends a bit towards "grimdark pseudo-realism" these days, but it tends to far be less exaggerated. 4E went all-in to pauldrons the size of a horse, and it still shows.

Dragonborn look really cool, but they are suck a product of current D&D design asthetics. I would love to see someone draw them in the classic fantasy 2nd edition art style, when armour was still at least loosely based on historical designs and such

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HUH, this is strange. It seems NO ONE has done a Let's Read of the Star Drive campaign setting for Alternity that google can find?

Am I wrong on this? o.0

Oh my gosh, the Cosmic Wimpout people made a comic in 1979 and it is on their website, and it is SO 1979, I could see my Dad saying half the stuff in the comic when hanging out with his old friends. (Not so much today, but when I was growing up... heck, I think he named an NPC in a D&D game he ran for me as a kid Arckle)


Commander Legends, been waiting for this one literally as long as I've been playing Magic 

Reading about Car Wars GURPS scenarios and.... "A town - one it suggest the GM set as connected to at least on of the PCs - is being menaced by a group of raiders "Four on the Floor" who have been riding into town, attacking, looting, and then fleeing."

Now makes me think of car sized otters in pirate outfits dashing into town, raiding it then bouncing off into the night due to @Oneironott

(Ok, so I"m thinking of like a ferret/otter hybride, due to otters not moving SUPER well on land)

Star Drive: Galactic War 2 happened and The Verge was cut off for ages, now we've reestablished contact! (They just messed up the timescale so the campaign is set like THIRTY YEARS later. There are TWO generations that won't REMEMBER being cut off due to the war!)

Eberron: The Last War *just* ended a year or two ago, and no one knows what peace means and there are old military bases, battle fields and secret weapons are all over the damn place.

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Also it is amazing how much elements of Eberron and Star Drive have influenced my ideas for campaign settings.

I have two custom campaign settings I'm suggesting I could run for the group, and both of them involve a recently ended war and a weakened nation giving rise to adventure opportunities in regions that the player's nation hasn't been to for a while or are damaged by the war.

Writing up setting ideas and one of them has been summed up by one of my players as "Kyresti Made Me a Furry For Great Justice"

(I might have been less then subtle with the inspiration for one of my wizard-engineers NPCs in the setting description. Specifically the one that figures out permanent transformation magic and how to give people new bodies)


I might have gotten a LITTLE overboard mapping out possible things to run while our other DM recovers.....

@KitRedgrave (Also, you can REALLY tell that this was written in the late 90s with the whole information wants to be free thing)

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As part of developing your character, d20 Modern provides an optional allegiances system that serve primarily as a roleplaying tool. You can declare your character to be aligned with a person or group, or a larger organization, nation, or belief system, or even a moral or ethical philosophy,"

I still REALLY like this system.

The Charm tree leads off with Charm (of course!), which gives you a bonus to Charisma-based skill checks against a chosen gender (and you can’t choose twice). --A review of d20 Modern

Dear WotC design team, circa 2002: Bite me bisexual ass ^^

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