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Walter Jon Williams the author of Privateers & Gentlemen is also the author of the novel Hardwire, the inspiration for R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk. He also was one of the original test players of Cyberpunk.

I'm guessing the Save for Half group was not aware of Skull & Crossbones, published by Fantasy Games Unlimited in 1980. This was their pirate game. I've never seen it in person. I only know of its existence thanks to the website RPG Geek. It's extremely hard to find and expensive when it does come up in the marketplace. From the images and the brief description on RPG Geek, it sounds a lot like Privateers & Gentlemen. It's a combination RPG and hex-based board game with ship-to-ship combat rules. I've included a link to the listing on RPG geek below.

I'm glad one of your saves was the mention of the rules for homosexuality. I found it's inclusion when I read it to be very strange for an RPG written in the early 80s. What was more surprising is I think this might have been the first time that homosexuality was not treated as a mental disorder or a character flaw, as in the first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rolemaster, and GURPS. It was rather just stated without any negativity attached to it.

Keep up the great work. Your coverage of these forgotten games that came in a box is great to listen to.


Skull & Crossbones

Save for Half Podcast / Re: What's YOUR Top 5?
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:49:02 AM »
1. Dungeons & Dragons (B/X, BECMI)
2. Call of Cthulhu
3. Champions (4e)
4. Chill
5. Cyberpunk 2020

Does anybody else think it's odd that my top five fall with the first 4 letters of the alphabet?
It almost looks like I'm trying out games in alphabetical order and haven't made it past the E's yet.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Biting the sour apple
« on: March 02, 2017, 08:58:07 AM »
I've bought the NeXT Players Handbook.... cost me £6.40....

I will say more when it arrives, just got the confirmation it's been Dispatched from NY, United States (wherever that is :P ) and should hopefully be with your favourite Norwegian-Mancunian shortly ;)

Just thought I'ld share my misfortune :P

Wasn't NeXT as technology company that got bought out in the 90s?

General Discussion / Re: Are they having a laugh?????
« on: March 02, 2017, 08:54:14 AM »
I could go over there and ask them, since they are in my area, but their address is a P.O. at a UPS Store inside a Kroger (supermarket).

General Discussion / Re: maybe i'm just getting too old
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:45:57 PM »
I find that now I've sort of settled on "my" game (BFRPG, B/X, AD&D), I'm not that crazy about collecting stuff. I've got more than enough rules and supplements (more than I can play). When I've found older books in shops, I've often put them back on the shelf (even if they were a bargain). I hope some young person finds this treasure and it sparks a whole new passion in RPGs.

I wish I had that much self control.

Don't invest into individual pedals just yet. Individual pedal can be costly and as a beginner I'd suggest getting a multi-effect unit, rack or floor model if you did go this route. This way you can explore the different effects that are out their. Once you understand what these effect do to your sound then you can start hunting down the good quality pedals. Check your local guitar shop for used or craigslist for antiquated units. I'm luckily and live in a very populated area of musicians so I'm been able to pick up older effects units and preamps for under $50, mostly through craiglist. Alway do your research and try out the equipment before you make the deal.

Though effects are great to have, and can help entertain the novice player through the trials of improvement, pick-ups, your amp, and guitar playability and construction are the most important items to really focus on. Once you settled in on a couple effect that you like or a multi-effect unit focus on the core or your tone. If you can get all three to your liking adding effect will only enhance it. Effects won't improve your sound if you amp, pick-ups or guitars isn't producing the tone you want. Trust me I've gone through may guitars, pick-ups and amps until I found a tone that made me happy.

My pedal and effect collection is thus:
Ibanez Weeping Demon (wah wah pedal)
Pro Rat (distortion)
English Muff'n (Fuzz)
Marshall Govn'er Clone (Overdrive - from General Guitar Gadgets do it yourself kit)
Ibanez UE400 (old mulit-effects rack unit from the 90s)
Digitech GSP 7 (multi-effect rack-unit)
Digitech RDS 900 (delay rack unit)
ADA MP-1 (preamp and multi-effect rack-unit)

General Discussion / Dungeon & Dragons games in the strangest places
« on: January 13, 2017, 10:28:06 AM »
I was reading up on Chelsea Manning because quite frankly I didn't pay much attention when the controversy first erupted. So playing catch up, since she is back in the news, I started reading various news article written about her. It was then that I came across a recent article in the New York Time "Chelsea Manning Describes Bleak Life in a Men’s Prison". Surprising when reading the article I came across this paragraph.

"Her cell door has a window looking onto a central “day room” with tables, chairs, pay phones and televisions. For a time, Ms. Manning played Dungeons & Dragons with a few fellow inmates, but she said she had had no time in recent months. She eats meals with other inmates in a dining facility and works on a team at the wood shop."

Did I read that correctly? Dungeons and Dragons in prison?

After reading that I could only think of was, what edition are they playing?


Old School Blues The Revival! / Re: OSB Episode 0 - Time Travel
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:40:28 AM »
Anyone using time travel in their games should read Pacesetter's TimeTricks supplement from Timemaster. It a good read and explains how to handle paradoxes in your games.

Old School Blues The Revival! / Re: Want something reviewed?
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:35:28 AM »
There are some people in the RPG community that have a misconception about the OSR and playing it old school, and that is it's rules light. How about a show that highlighting RPGs that were far from light. Games that used war gaming mechanics in roleplaying games. Some examples could include Top Secret's (1st edition) combat rules, Timemaster's use of military formations and hexmaps with counters, and final Aftermath for it's complexity with everything. This could be a good episode to included DM Mike for his past war gaming experience.

General Discussion / Re: Baseball
« on: May 17, 2016, 11:01:31 AM »
I haven't followed baseball since I was a kid, but hitting people with fastballs was never o.k. It does happens. Sometime batters will lean into a pitch to far or deliberately put them selves into a position to get hit so they can take a base. Some pitchers are accident. Deliberately hitting the batter would get you thrown out of the game. Throwing the bat is considered rude because the people can get hurt in it's path. Batters are supposed to drop the bat after they hit. Maybe things have changed since I watched and played baseball but players on both sides in major league games are supposed to show good sportmanship.

Great Episode.

I remember as a kid, in the early 80s, I would give my father a blank character sheet so he could run copies on the his office's Xerox machine.

General Discussion / Conan the Barbarian Movie 1982
« on: April 22, 2016, 01:39:32 PM »
I was listening to an old episode of The Cromcast Podcast and they were discussing the 1982 Conan the Barbarian Movie. They went through the whole movie giving a great synopsis. When they reached the end of the movie they shocked me with a scene I had never seen. They said that Conan and the Princess after the battle in the runes sneak back into the temple at the mountain of power.  Conan kills Thulsa Doom. Then after burning the temple at the mountain of power, Conan and the Princess walk off into the sunset. In my VHS copy the last time we see the princess is when she is chained to a big rock at the big battle. My version cuts out any scene with the princess after that. In my version Conan returns to the temple, kills Thulsa Doom, burns the temple, Conan on the throne, end of movie. Were extra scenes added to the DVD or was it part of the original theatrical release cut from the VHS version?

General Discussion / Re: D&D reference in popular media
« on: April 20, 2016, 09:17:11 PM »
I recently rewatched Steven's Spelberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial after not seeing it since I first saw it in the theaters. In the first 10 minutes Elliot's older brother Michael and his friend are sitting around the kitchen table playing a unnamed roleplaying game. One of the friends references being able to still use Death Spell, an elaborate three dimensional dungeon is in the center of the table, and at one point someone refers to Michael, Elliot's older brother, as the gamemaster. I guess Elliot's mom is not to concerned about the Satanic Panic that would have been going on at the time, 1982. Though she doesn't seem to be a very good parent in the first place. She leaves Elliot home alone after he fakes being sick and then again leaving Gertie who is 5 years old a home alone to get Elliot from school.

General Discussion / Re: D&D reference in popular media
« on: April 20, 2016, 02:11:41 PM »
Showtime's House of Lies - Season 5 - GAME THEORY

Jeannie's boyfriend drops a bomb that could devastate her; Marty goes after potential new business at Doug's "Dungeons & Dragons" game; Clyde uncovers an issue that affects Jeannie.


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