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Second Edition AD&D / Re: Why Can't Druids Turn Undead?
« on: August 17, 2019, 05:46:39 PM »
Sounds reasonable to me, and IMC Druids of Meilikki are the main force against Orcus's undead.

Though a book series I've been reading recently (Dark Prophecy, Book 1: Orconomics and book 2: Son of a Liche) has me rethinking it a bit.

What clerics would be more against undead....than the clerics of a death god? Think about it, clerics of Anubis (for ex) should froth at the idea of spirits escaping the judgement of their heart weight!

DM (Good at think' bout weird stuff) Mike

Victorious / Evil in the White City, Act 1 Released!
« on: August 07, 2019, 04:37:41 PM »

The first part of the multi-scenario adventure pack "Evil in the White City" has just hit DrivethruRPG! Details are at:


DM (Good at Act 1 Pimpage) Mike

Classic D&D / Re: World of Greyhawk 1980, Combat Computer 1983
« on: August 01, 2019, 11:44:58 AM »
+1 on THACO.... Never understood the hostility some grogs have about it. <shrug>

DM (Good at knowing what he likes) Mike

Agreed, though Greyhawk was selective. Now that you've had time to look 'em over, any opinions?

DM (Good at responding after only a month or so) Mike

Save For Half episode # 18 1/2: ÒNorth Texas RPG Con 2019Ó

WhatÕs this? A Save for Half NTRPG Con wrap-up show before November? Thrills, chills, and Mike Badalatos abound in this overview of what the hosts did at NTRPGC! Well 3/4 of the hosts anyway. We review the con in its entirety, from the Wed. night elevator lines to the mini-tornado that hit the DFW area Sunday morning! Oh, and some gaming too...

No conventions were harmed in the making of this show, not even with tornados!

Links mentioned in this show:
Check This Artifact Ñ Post-Apoc Artifacts for your RPG

Colonial Troopers by Night Owl Workshop

Crypt of the Science Wizard

North Texas RPG Con Facebook page

Shane Plays Podcast/Radio show

Tabletop site for NTRPG Con

DonÕt forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:
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General Discussion / Re: Writing Adventures
« on: July 06, 2019, 06:13:52 PM »
When the players do something unexpcted, that's when the game really begins.

Quite true, especially when they come up with a way to resolve a monster/trap/etc. that I hadn't thought of. That's when as a DM I start having the most fun. ;)

DM (Good at enjoying losing a battle of wits) Mike

Victorious / Shane Plays...Victorious!
« on: June 22, 2019, 08:18:38 AM »
Greetings all,
Shane from the Shane Plays radio show and podcast caught up with us at the North Texas RPG Con and our conversation has gone live at:
We talk Victorious (of course!) along with Liz and my's early associations with Castles & Crusades along with our Save for Half podcast. Give it a listen, and if you enjoy the show give Shane a shoutout on the Aetherwebs!

DM (Good at Pimpage) Mike

General Discussion / Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« on: June 17, 2019, 03:37:32 PM »
Maybe like Roll20? Its a computer VR dungeon/etc. but everything is being guided by a live DM instead of a computer system?

DM (Good at supervising computers, one day!) Mike

General Discussion / Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« on: June 16, 2019, 08:07:17 AM »
...I wonder what it'll do to the OSR? Gary always thought tabletop will remain (like stage theater), though never as big as it was in the 1980s. I think his comparison was:

Tabletop RPGS = Theater
Computer RPGs = Movies
MMO's = Telivision

So, will this dynamic change? Or will we see the computer OSR? ;)

DM (Good at speculating) Mike

General Discussion / Prophets of White Dwarf?
« on: June 15, 2019, 12:29:39 PM »
The following is from the early 1981 issue of White Dwarf (#23).

Climbing out from underastack
of rulebooks, charts, tables,
scenarios, play-aids, dice and
figures led me to ponder the role
playing games of the future. How
long before role-playing game scenarios
are fed into home computers
with a visual display capable of
holographic effects?

Imagine, each of the players with a
hand controller watching their characters
walking down a dark corridor.
Around a bend and a party of vicious
goblins in glorious 3-D colour appear
on the screen. There would be no
arguments about who is standing
where or choice of opponent as the
computer urges its goblins with axes
swinging at the heads of your characters.
Players would be screaming
at each other, with sweat dripping
off their worried foreheads as fingers
dart over the hand controllers to
save their characters' lives.

We have the games, we will soon
have the technology, let's hope we
are around to have the chance. (White Dwarf #23, Feb/Mar 1981)

...sound familiar? Ok we dont' have 3D yet, but...?

DM (Good at finding weird stuff) Mike

General Discussion / Re: NTRPGCon 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 04:51:19 PM »
Awesome, I think Liz and I went by your Discos table while searching BadMike's mags at his booth. We should've stopped by and said "Hi"!

Black Blade apparently had the game but sold out Sat. morning. Which sucks because I only found out about it Sat morning when Steve Perrin joined Liz and I for breakfast and told us about the system. As a dyed in the wool pulp SFF fan I loved the idea....But of course, no game. :P

Maybe we can meet up next year, since you and your lady WILL be there right? LOL!

DM (Good at Veiled Hints) Mike

...then check out this announcement! :)


DM (Good at sharing) Mike

General Discussion / Re: NTRPGCon 2019
« on: June 11, 2019, 12:18:55 PM »
Yeah, I was just noting to Liz yesterday that we never got to chat with you. The con was great as usual, though I had an allergy attack Saturday afternoon at the raffle and spent most of the evening coughing up my lungs. But I got over it, and Sunday was a blast.

We played in...

Steve Perrin's Superhero 2044 game set in Dallas. As expected we caused the usual property damage. :) Liz played in Matt Finch's Swords & Wizardry game that night while I Pal'd around with my old Middle School friends the Fialkow bros.

Today was my Victorious game "Moriarty Must Die!" and everyone seemed to have a great time. At least, we sold out of Vict rulebooks and the players were about half the purchasers so that was good.

Today was Chris Clark's AD&D 1E game with....let's say a lot of current political satire in it. LOL!

 Sunday was supposed to be a power-down day and general visiting, but I got conned into running a zombie apok game for Liz and the aforementioned Fialkows. It was in the 1980s and set in a HS. Sort of John Hughs meets George Romero. LOL!

As far as swag goes, I picked up some Different Worlds issues I was missing along with some minis from Pacesetter games. I finally have a Purple Worm!

My biggest disappointment (other than not getting to chat with more people) was that NOBODY had a print copy of Colonial Troopers by Steve Perrin for sale! :P Its a SciFi game based on OD&D that emulates the old Asimov-Heinlin novels. <sigh> Maybe next year.

Anyone else get some goodies?

DM (Good at <Ah-Choo!>) Mike

General Discussion / Re: NTRPGCon 2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 12:48:28 PM »
Liz and I are going, leaving in a couple of hours and will be there Wed night-Mon morning. Look us up Dizzy as Liz has a table (guest artist)!


Save For Half episode # 18: “James Bond: 007 by Victory Games"

It’s Half. Save for Half, and this time the Fab Four are discussing that espionage title of RPGs from the 1980s, the James Bond 007 RPG from Victory Games. We are joined by a fifth guest host, DM Gary, who is not only well versed in the game but is the 007 RPG Gamemaster for DMs Mike and Liz’s ongoing "View to a Kill" adventure. Car and snowmobile chases, Ease Ratings, and Five point (or is that Six?) Seductions are all here for your listening enjoyment!

No covert agents were harmed in the making of this podcast, only overt ones.

It's all here at: http://saveforhalf.com/

Links mentioned in this show:

Classified: 007 retro-clone at DTRPG

Designers & Dragons - Evil Hat Productions

James Bond 007 RPG on Wikipedia

Search & Destroy - Supers Supplement

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

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