I want to play that!

February 28, 2007 at 2:16 pm (ウィッチクエスト ALSHARD, ウィッチクエスト Witch quest., Games, Reborn Rebirth)

Over at Yudhishthira’s Dice, Brand poses the question:

Ladies, what RPG covers (or interiors) have you seen that involve a woman in the art that make you say, “I want to play that” or, just as good “I want to play her.” Or that make you feel like it is a game you could like, or be included in by a group of guys you’d never met and whose maturity you didn’t neccisarily know?

Meme Rules:

  1. Copy the text of the original challenge from Yudhishthira’s Dice and give a proper link attribution.
  2. Copy these rules exactly.
  3. Find images of game covers (interiors are okay, too) that make you want to play the game. Any kind of game — video game, card game, tabletop RPG, etc — is fine. Post them and include a short (or long) explanation on why the image makes/made you want to play the game.
  4. The original challenge is about finding out what women think about how game art is marketed and therefore it is targeted at women. I’d like to keep it that way, please.
  5. You can tag as many or as few people as you want. You do not need to be tagged to participate in the meme.
  6. When you make your post, please post the link on this thread so we can all see what others have said.

Since I was tagged. Here I go.

 ウィッチクエスト. Witch quest. A system based off Kikis delivery service. I dont think the picture I’m showing is the cover of the rulebook, but I have picked up systems after looking at supplements.

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The reasons I want to play this is partly based on the film itself. The film is a great woman postive film. The settup also gives the gm lots of ideas 🙂 This game looks like it will be fun for kids as well as adults. Which I consider important as it gives the gm flexibility (lets parents and kids game together for one) and helps get more people into the hobby.

Its a new take on the fantesy game. The hero in Kikis delivery service was a brave young girl. Its easy as a gm, to think of plots for younger or older witches doing the same job kiki was. An older witch in a large town might have a lot of different, difficult or dangerous problems and younger witches might easily gang up to share information on a new problem which might be a lot smaller.

There isn’t any fan service on the book cover (which would be more disturbing than normal as the character looks young), I don’t like that on a rule book. I think if a gm wants to make the game sexy, they can. The designers don’t need to help, plus it rules out the choice to use the game for kids.

ウィッチクエスト ALSHARD

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This game is simular to final fantesy. FF is a big draw for geeky women, or at least it is for me. The covers have more fan service than I like but there is a lof of good here too, and there are HEROS here. I want to play a hero. I want to be an rpg hero when I play. I want to save the world. The three covers based off the game give three different styles and are all cool. If I was a secondary student again back in convent school. I would love to play a convert girl with a sword saving the world. Hell I’d play it now for memories sake of secondary school life.  I like that my experiences of life seem to have been show in a cooler hero way.

Oh in the first one seems swords and magic saving the world. They show one guy and two girls. This view says you can run this as an adult game for 20 somethings. Pure ff7 or ff8 stylings. Cool. The second seems to be someone who has martial arts and uses a gun. When I was taking martial arts this would have looked even better to me. The last is schoolgirls with swords, so you could run this for a bunch of your secondary school friends.. 

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Japanese Gurps: Reborn Rebirth. I love this cover. I like the woman with the red hair and a spear. I also like the religious/demon theme they have running here. I wonder if its based off crono crusade, which has a very cool main character who is a nun. Again all the characters look like heros, and I always play a hero.

Read on : Shrub.com

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Blue Rose: O-Parts Hunters, Shin En

February 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm (Blue Rose O-Parts Hunters, Shin En 深淵)

Ah. A different blue rose rpg.

Hmm now if I could only figure out what its saying. Anyone fan translated this?

The same publisher as does Shin En 深淵 which in english is deep pool or bottomless abyss. I like the concept.
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Amazon through babel suggest tempting ideas of mortals fighting demons with pet family demon creatures.  Where is the competitor for this in the Irish market?

Both games comes from Suzuka Games. Suzuka as a lot of people know is a japanese fire guardian creature.

If I find out more about these games, I’ll post it here.

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Shadowrun 4ed

February 26, 2007 at 10:31 am (Shadowrun)

Wow, lots of bad commentary from the older players. And a lot of, havent seen it, havent bothered. Don’t blame them really. I hate dnd 3.5 and cyberpunk 3.0. Sometimes you just dont like the way a series goes.

btw I still take offence of the player in that warpcon game who thought I (or anyone) likes cp3.0 *shakes fist*

As someone new to the Shadowrun system, I quite like it. I would like to pick up, the older, better series though. I’d be thinking of 2ed revised if I could find it. The character creation is a bit long, I’d say an hour per character and hard to do all the characters at once. Rolemaster still takes the title of longest character creation ever. Kiding you not I think it took about 36 hours to do up a character. Then only 3 games of the campaign happened. 😦

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You know your gm is evil when

February 26, 2007 at 10:14 am (Fun)

Amusing. 

their dice have the souls of past players trapped inside them.

your get arthritis in your wrist from rolling up PCs

You find a deck of many things with 1(one) card left, and she’s smiling.

they look at you, look at their notes, repeat the process, then get a scary look on their face and burst out in hideous laughter just before your gaming session is to begin.

http://www.dndadventure.com/html/articles/art_evilgm.html

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Star wars droids

February 22, 2007 at 11:44 am (Star wars)

One player got a pit droid last game thats more like a little assassin or war droid and a sucidal r2 droid that wants a mindwipe. I picked up an astromech droid, an R2 I have named R2K0 or reko. Another player got a super battle droid bodyguard. 

Another player, the captain got two battle droids and a Droideka to guard the ship. I got the shields working on the droideka but its rolling function isnt working. I also had to fit heavy repeating blasters onto the droideka. I also had to turn on the aggression functions of the battle droids and gave them the old blaster rifles that was on the droideka.

So a lot of droid work last game. Its cool though, because they add a lot to a star wars game.  

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Poverty and NPC’s

February 20, 2007 at 12:32 pm (Gming)

Pinko feminist hellcat wrote

There is a term that I heard in college a lot: Poverty is violence.  I used to scoff at it until I got schooled on the subject.  And it’s true.  It’s violence–impersonal, state-sponsored violence.

Yah. I kind of agree. This is a good quote to help any gm creating a character from a lower social class than their own.  

Poverty makes you bitter, angry and afraid. You get angry at people who have had it ‘easy’ and never had the worrys you had. It makes you used to being treated badly. It takes away hope for the future and makes it hard to imagine yourself in the future.

You get afraid your going to have the lives of the older people around you. That you will die because you cant afford health care. That you will starve or lose the place your living because your ill and can’t work or can’t take care of yourself. That you will live a ‘trapped’ life living day to day, week to week, month to month.

 You know you don’t matter because you don’t have money. You know that you won’t have justice because you don’t have money. And its hard to get away from all that. Its hard to make more of your life.  

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The spartacus ale house!

February 20, 2007 at 12:19 pm (Games)

Shakespheres sister shows a picture of the spartacus ale house. Cool. Got to use that place in some game.

The sign says

Thracian gladiators drink free 2-nite.

Thracian gladiator’s get the women and men you know 😉

Among the graffiti slogans still scrawled on walls at Pompeii, the famous Roman town preserved under a layer of volcanic ash, are: “Caladus, the Thracian, makes all the girls sigh,” and “Crescens, the net fighter, holds the hearts of all the girls.”

The gladitor types are the Samnite, Thracian, Murmilo and Retiarus.

A Samnite carried a sword or a lance, a scutum (the rectangular shield used by Roman legionary soldiers),a metal helmet, and protective armor on his right arm and left leg.

Another type, the Thracian (so named because he resembled fighters from Thrace, a region of northern Greece), was not as elaborately armed. He wielded a curved short sword, the sica, and a small round shield, the parma.

A third kind of gladiator, the murmillo, or “fishman” (after the fish-shaped crest on his helmet), was apparently similar to a Samnite but less heavily armed. A murmillo customarily fought still another kind of warrior, the retiarius.

The retiarius or “net-man,” who wore no armor at all. A retiarius attempted to ensnare his opponent in his net (or used the net to trip the other man) and then to stab him with a long, razor-sharp trident, or three-pronged spear.

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Spell components in Dnd 3.0

February 19, 2007 at 4:39 pm (DND)

I have thought about spell components a couple of times as a gm. I would like to start having mages record them, and record what they use. I think it could be very fun and open a new flavour in a game.

To do this standard spell component bags need to be generated and master components lists have to be prepared.

I think if this system was running, gms could then offer advanced components that strengthen a spell or rare ingredients could become more important in a campaign.

Saying this I havent ever tested this, but I aim to at some point.

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What games do you want to run?

February 16, 2007 at 1:51 pm (Gming)

What games do you want to run?

Western, Oriental, Cop, Space opera, Star wars, Star trek, Lor, Superhero, Conspirecy, Dreams, War?

Do you get the kick of running them via once offs? Are you waiting to run them as campaigns? Do you use them as flavors in a standard system, ex cowboys in space.

Or have you already ran through the lot?

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Designing good roleplaying adventures

February 16, 2007 at 1:06 pm (Gming)

You might like reading Designing good roleplaying adventures. Then again, I hate the name, it sounds arrogent and I’d rather have something more specific that tells me what the articles about. I’d have used ‘components of a short storyline’, as the writer speaks of a plot that runs 2-3 games and what should be used to make that plot.

Adventure to me sounds like the main plot, which might take a campaign to run, not a sub plot that takes a couple of games. Then again, the terms I used are based from writing/tv and I don’t use ready made adventures. It might be I’m just out of touch.

I don’t really agree with the thoughts the gm has about the components they pick, but its always interesting to hear a another opinion.

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