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Victorious / Re: Temporal Damage = Kinetic Damage?
« Last post by sgtslag on October 23, 2018, 02:00:01 PM »
Thanks, DMMIKE, for confirming my experiences with Dragonsfoot forum!  I left it after a couple of years, due to their, "Thou Shalt Only Play Our Way...", attitude.   :o    Nice to know I was not mis-reading their attitude.  Cheers!
Victorious / Re: Temporal Damage = Kinetic Damage?
« Last post by DMMike on October 23, 2018, 12:05:44 PM »
LOL... I know its kinda repetitive, but years of being on dragonsfoot and hearing "XYZ says its this way so you MUST ONLY play it that way..." has scarred me forever. I know most Genteel Magistrates know its a given, but like I reiterated on Game School 206 I really believe its your game. I just wrote some ideas down that I like... :D

"Temporal" was an attempt to use as much Victorian verbage without going overboard and boring everyone to death. For instance, I'd toyed with having Martial Arts as "Baritsu", but finally decided clarity was better than obscure yet faithful terms. In fact, to be truly accurate it should be "Temporal" and "Spiritual" but I went with "Mystical" instead to avoid the issues loaded with the Spiritual concepts.

I like the idea of the Leprechaun, so long as you don't make it like those awful 80s-90s movies!

GM (Good at avoiding little psychos) Mike

Victorious / Re: Temporal Damage = Kinetic Damage?
« Last post by dramaman on October 22, 2018, 07:41:38 PM »
Thanks for the reply. It's good to have a better understanding of what was meant by these terms. Perhaps conventional or non-magical would be a better substitute for temporal.

I always get a kick out of your disclaimer that your guidance is just opinion and not official. You are the author of the game. I tend to think that gives your explanations some added weight and not merely one GM's opinion. That being said, I still can choose to ignore it ;)

My apologies for not replying sooner. We haven't had a follow up game in several weeks and I don't get on OSR gaming much. Yes, we are playing on Tuesday nights... usually. We last played prior to original question being posted due to scheduling conflicts and writer's block. I'm a bad procrastinator and am working on tomorrow night's game. I've got an idea for an adversary - The Leprechaun, a mischievous magical villain who steals gold and then creates dangerous challenges for the greedy to get his pot of gold for his amusement. Kind of a cross between Mxyplyzyk and Arcade.
General Discussion / Re: Greg Stafford (1948 - 2018)
« Last post by DMMike on October 22, 2018, 12:20:39 PM »
Damn shame...I never played Runequest, but I played a lot of Call of Cthulhu back in the day and always wanted to chat and/or game with him.

Here's hoping he's dicing with Gary and the others in that great gaming room in the sky...!

DM (Good at hoping for a gaming afterlife) Mike
General Discussion / Greg Stafford (1948 - 2018)
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 21, 2018, 04:04:31 PM »
Greg Stafford, the founder of Chaosium, passed away on October 12th.
WotC D&D / Re: 5e campaigns
« Last post by Greymist on October 20, 2018, 08:02:06 PM »
You're definitely being grumpy...bordering on curmudgeonly!  ;)

I'm currently playing in a monthly 5E game at a wargaming club. The DM is using a mash-up of Adventurer's League modules from the Dragons campaign. While the group is in Phlan on the Moonsea in the Forgotten Realms the only piece of Realmslore that has been brought up in the game was some background that I created for my PC - and it is absolutely pure fluff with no gaming consequences at all.

I assume that you will not be gaming with this group of school kids for years, so ignoring the Realmsian background should not be much different than my game. Use the place names and the gorgeous maps and ignore everything else. And if that does not work, there are LOTS of free or Pay What You Want modules online. A search for 'Free 5E Modules' brings up tons of hits. I suggest starting with Merric Blackman's list of 5E adventures, sorted by level and marked as free, pay what you want, or otherwise.

I DM'd my first 5E game for my daughter and my friend, and his son (first time ever playing D&D for the kids) a couple of weeks ago and I used "A Most Potent Brew" as the starting module - at the recommendation of my DM. A lot of fun for the first timers and it was completely setting-generic.

Good luck.
WotC D&D / Re: 5e campaigns
« Last post by sgtslag on October 19, 2018, 02:21:16 PM »
I played one 2e AD&D session being run in the FR setting, recently...  The maps are amazing, but it is likely the most detailed fantasy game setting, to date, even surpassing, IMO, Harn.  I cringed, looking at the FR maps, considering them from a DM's perspective...  It's all detailed out, and before I could really begin modifying it, I would need to familiarize myself with the whole, so that I understood it fully, to begin massaging it without destroying it, and contradicting it per the published materials...

I've been running my own game world since I mapped it out back in 1983.  I've amassed a lot of "documentation" on my game world, by playing in it for the past 35 years, but most of the "documentation", is in my head, not on paper.

By running my own game world, which I create (very much on the fly, during game play, with the Players assisting me in defining it...), I am in full control over it.  My players help shape it, through play, so they take ownership of it, as well, which has value, and meaning, to them.  They feel comfortable in it, and that they own it, to an extent, shaping its history, as they play.  I don't see that so much in published settings which are so detailed, such as FR.

YMMV.  Cheers!
WotC D&D / 5e campaigns
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 19, 2018, 10:34:37 AM »
Just wondering out loud here. I've been playing 5e with a school group and everything we've played has been from the WOTC stable of adventures in the Forgotten Realms. It's fun, but I don't want to read 50 pages of history just so I can go and kill some orcs. Is there anyone out there just making or running adventures that aren't tied to these official backgrounds? Does anyone else dislike this FR overkill? Am I just a grumpy Monk?
WotC D&D / Re: Started a new 5e game last week
« Last post by Angry Monk on October 19, 2018, 10:26:50 AM »
How's the campaign going?
Victorious / Victorious on Game School podcast
« Last post by DMMike on October 19, 2018, 08:59:33 AM »
Greetings, all you Foes of Villany!

      Your humble Genteel magistrate was on the Game School podcast describing the Victorious RPG and running the hosts Jay-Cee and Spence through a quick game to show them the system.

It’s all here at:


Give it a listen, and tell ’em what you think!
GM (Good at finding his way on other podcasts) Mike

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