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General Discussion / Re: Prophets of White Dwarf?
« Last post by Loma on August 02, 2019, 09:57:12 AM »
I hope my Smart House doesn't have Myst as its OS. That would be my nightmare.
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Second Edition AD&D / Daragor the Wolflord
« Last post by AuldDragon on August 01, 2019, 12:47:48 PM »
The bloodthirsty and rapacious patron of werewolves and seawolves, Daragor the Wolflord is a wanderer who delights in nothing but sating his bloodlust. While he wanders the Lower Planes butchering the fiends and travelers he finds there, he sends his avatars to do the same on the Prime Material Plane.

Jeff
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Classic D&D / Re: World of Greyhawk 1980, Combat Computer 1983
« Last post by DMMike 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
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Classic D&D / Re: World of Greyhawk 1980, Combat Computer 1983
« Last post by sgtslag on August 01, 2019, 09:41:40 AM »
It is two circles, one smaller than the other, which are connected with a brass tack, in the center.  You rotate the upper circle to the number rolled on the attacker's d20, for To Hit.  Then look at the edges to locate the character's class, and level marking, to see what AC they successfully hit.   (I think...  Haven't used it since 1989!)

This was a device designed to free DM's from the 1e DMG tables and charts, for combat.  It actually did speed it up, but only marginally.  There is definitely a learning curve associated with using it.

I laminated mine, with Clear Contact Paper, from the hardware store.  It saw a lot of use in my games, during the latter half of my senior year in High School, and it saw limited use until 1989, when 2e rules were published.  It was much easier to hold it in your hands, rotate it to show the results, than to squint, lean over your tabletop to see the charts listed on your DM's Screen, or to look at the combat tables within your DMG...

It was published in Dragon Magazine, in color, on card stock insert pages, as something readers could cut out, and use.  It was a huge development, IMO.  Most DM's loved it.  I really hated looking up each and every combat roll, in my DMG, to see who hit what.  A great many of my gamer friends did not read Dragon Magazine, so they only heard about it when I showed it to them -- many tried to buy it off of me!  Remember, photocopy machines were not commonplace in 1983, and they were all B&W back then, when you did find one.

When THAC0 came out, it was a challenge to wrap your head around, but it was sooo much better than rolling dice, looking up class, level, and number rolled, on tables and charts, in the DMG.  Give me THAC0 over the Combat Computer, any day...  Cheers!
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Other Games / Re: Gramma World
« Last post by Shiftkitty on August 01, 2019, 07:21:35 AM »
Next you do something similar with English teachers and linguistic experts called "Grammar World"!
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Other Games / Re: Gamma World 1983
« Last post by Shiftkitty on August 01, 2019, 07:19:12 AM »
We played a but of the provided adventure (trying to get to Pittz Burke) and managed to score three laser rifles and a laser pistol. I adopted Scratch, assuming he looked kind of like a khajit, and so far his claws have proven more effective than guns we have no real clue how to use. We figured out how to fire them, but coming from a Level 1 society, our instinct is to go for our traditional weapons (clubs, short swords, etc.). I like it even better than the 3rd edition with the ACT table, which kind of killed us too often back in the day.
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Classic D&D / World of Greyhawk 1980, Combat Computer 1983
« Last post by Shiftkitty on July 31, 2019, 03:40:54 PM »
Found at local game shop, 2nd edition Gamma World and 1980 World of Greyhawk folio, both in nice condition. Cover/box show a little wear, and one of the Greyhawk maps has definitely been opened and closed pretty frequently (small hole, maybe a millimeter, at one of the fold intersections), but overall in nice shape. The Greyhawk folio has a supplement inside, a "combat computer" from a 1983 Dragon Magazine, uncut. Can anybody tell me about this Combat Computer?
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Other Games / Re: Gamma World 1983
« Last post by sgtslag on July 29, 2019, 07:52:40 AM »
Ahhh, I remember it well!  Played it in the early 80's.  The charts we rolled on, to see if we could figure out technology devices without killing/maiming ourselves...  Strange, funny, frustrating, but fun!  Enjoy!  Cheers!
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Other Games / Gamma World 1983
« Last post by Shiftkitty on July 26, 2019, 12:57:46 PM »
Just scored a 1983 Gamma World with everything but the dice. 44 bucks, but it was a well-deserved reward if I say so myself (just finished nursing school). Amy way, the box is only a little rough, but the books are in good shape. If anybody here had a mutant cat character named "Scratch", I have your game and it's in good hands! (There are other character sheets, but only Scratch has a name.)
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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
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