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Yithian

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Both roleplaying and wargaming were cornerstones of my teenage years (along with books, heavy metal and the later ale, they held up the roof of sanity). I bought my first models at age nine and started roleplaying and then live roleplaying at age eleven and twelve, but I've never played more than a handful of D&D sessions (which is the usual point of access to the hobby). My games of choice back in the day were Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Call of Cthulhu, Paranoia, and later the endlessly-expanding World of Darkness games. Along the way I've played a fair whack of Rolemaster, Middle Earth Roleplaying, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, Cyberpunk and a few other homebrew systems.

Real life intervened and it must have been eight or nine years since I rolled a die with intent, but my interest has been piqued by two projects, the first of which I backed on a whim last year:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461807648/cthulhu-britannica-london-call-of-cthulhu-rpg-boxe



The second looks fascinating and I'm umming and ahing over whether to order - the box set looks lovely but isn't cheap - I may just buy the sumptuous looking core-book:

http://www.numenera.com



The artwork looks stunning (reminds me of Rodney Mathews with extra watercolour and washes) and the setting ('The Ninth World') intriguing. The trend in modern roleplaying games seems to be narrative-driven but minus the self-obsession and personal-path driven navel-gazing that characterised the years of White Wolf dominance. Numenera would appear to swim along with that current but retain some slightly simplified number-crunching and charts for old-school devotees. I don't care much for systems and mechanics - they needn't be realistic for me to enjoy the game and, like many, I've played one 'world' with the system of another in the past. I'm hoping that if I do step back into the hobby I can recapture that note of wonder that was occasionally struck when the game was at its best. We shall see...

Any thoughts?
 
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I played a lot of MERP way, way back. Was lucky to know a truly great games master with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Tolkein's work. Spent most of my time away from the game thinking about what I was going to do in that evening's session. And yes, there was metal on the hi-fi.
 

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Yes, I gamed a lot. Still am in touch with my gaming group and we meet up a couple of times a year.

Call of Cthulu as Ronnie James howled Holy Diver at us! Ah my sweet romantic twenty-year old nights :)

There was a distopian one where The Computer Is Your Friend?
 

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I love a good computer-based RPG, but must I confess I've never played a 'proper' one. The nearest I ever got was GW's Space Hulk.

Used to subscribe to White Dwarf though! Just loved reading about them.

Has anyone else played Tales Of The Arabian Nights? http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/34119/tales-arabian-nights

Had a game at Christmas with MrsCarlos and my folks, and we had a great time. I spent most of the game locked in a trunk, which no doubt will go down in family lore.
 

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Had a game at Christmas with MrsCarlos and my folks, and we had a great time. I spent most of the game locked in a trunk, which no doubt will go down in family lore.
ROFLMAO :D

I had several sessions of Touch of Evil in December. Great fun but it's tough to get a grip on first couple of times out.
 

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Yes, I gamed a lot. Still am in touch with my gaming group and we meet up a couple of times a year.

Call of Cthulu as Ronnie James howled Holy Diver at us! Ah my sweet romantic twenty-year old nights :)

There was a distopian one where The Computer Is Your Friend?
Paranoia.

Carlos, Space Hulk was an excellent little game - and not so little with the Deathwing and Genestealer expansions. There was quite an early PC-Version, but it was fiendishly difficult.

Whisper it quietly, but I had a Saturday job in Games Workshop for a couple of years.
 

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We are not worthy........

Did anyone else paint the miniatures?
 

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Never did me any harm..... and I still maintain

I am not worthy! :D

did you get a discount and could you take your wages in kind????
 

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The Original RuneQuest. The best roleplaying game ever made, nothing has come close to touching it. The mythos was amazing.
 

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Never did me any harm..... and I still maintain

I am not worthy! :D

did you get a discount and could you take your wages in kind????
The discount was almost entirely at the discretion of the manager. He often sold things an huge discounts to make his sales target and receive a bonus, but even so I was still young and had built up my (considerable) collection very slowly over time. It was even worth the manager's while lending others his money to buy things and then receiving it back plus bonuses! At that time I was very interested in older things that predated my interest in the hobby; accordingly, I was more that happy to receive out-of-production models, old editions of White Dwarf, unsold books and unneeded figures from the store's old armies. I got paid an absurdly small amount of money, below the minimum wage accounting for inflation, but I loved the hobby; it was like a social club for me and I would have been there anyway.
 
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Forgot to mention, I found out years after the fact that I was the only one of four staff (manager, assistant and two monkeys) who wasn't stealing stock. It made me feel very naïve to have not noticed or expected it - security was non-existent.
 
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don't get me started (... young whippersnappers on my grass ... I remember)

World of Greyhawke with photocopied rules shipped over from the States
Tunnels and Trolls with what seemed like 200 d6
RuneQuest (with the impossible critical hit rules)
Traveller (original) where the GM needed a photographic memory to find the equipment.
and, of course, D'n'D
 
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We are not worthy........

Did anyone else paint the miniatures?
Still have them all but they're all Sci Fi and Grenadier's Star Wars minis from the mid 80's....400+...vehicles....monsters....sci fi and Star Wars tiles with cool painted Sci Fi doors when required....

....an anorak....

Who's up for game??
 
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I'm a big fan of Numenera - it has some really elegant rules and enemies manage to get away with running on a single stat (not unlike Monster Rating in Tunnels & Trolls). The nice thing about this game is that players get experience just for discovering things, making it a game of exploration as much as anything.

You may have heard that the newest edition of D&D is out - 5th edition. The designers have pretty much made a 'best of' version of the game that's much simpler than most previous editions. Oh, and the basic game is completely free.

If you like Call of Cthulhu then check out Trail of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark, the latter being a free rules-lite game.
 

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Cthulhu Dark, the latter being a free rules-lite game.
nice phrasing! ;)

I remember Cthulhu as being genuinely worrisome and providing quite long stretches of adrenaline fear, usually when hiding from something and making save after save as it prowled and hunted.... Or failing to make them which was even worse because that lead to running away.... :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

to my eternal shame I had to ask the DM to escort me to the loo and talk continuously while i was in there so that he couldn't be taken over while I couldn't see him. And to his eternal credit he did just that!

Happy days :D
 
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Sounds like you had a great Keeper, Frideswide. It's my favourite game to run exactly for those reasons. I feel that if my players can sleep that night then I've not done my job.
 

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I own Trail of Cthulhu and a few supplements but have yet to play it owing to geographical issues.

Some of my best roleplaying memories come from Cthulhu sessions - most notably the classic haunted-house-type adventure in the back of the rulebook and, much later, the Horror on the Orient Express campaign and the non-Mythos Halloween specials in, IIRC, Blood Brothers.

Welovefolklore, minor point, but I wondered whether there were US and British English versions of Numenera or not?
 
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ooooh! pretty! and can you remember who made the Jedi?
Wizards of the Coast...for their D20 version from the prequel era. AFAIK there were 8 including a Gungan, a Wookie, a Cerean and a couple of Rodians. The rest were all humans. 28mm scale.....great metal minis that had a short life due to the release of WotC plastic figure range.
 

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That's cool.
I can probably save myself some money by ordering from Amazon.com rather than .co.uk, then.
I prefer physical copies of books and they do cheap-ish International postage.
 
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It's a really beautiful book too - definitely one for the bookshelf rather than the hard drive. I'd also recommend The Devil's Spine campaign to go along with it. A really nice introduction to the Ninth World.
 

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