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Where/what are the good tabletop RPG discussion/blogs nowadays?

Ages ago I used to be active on The Forge and it was great for gameplay design/discussion and for actual play reports of niche things. Where did those folk go when it closed down? What new stuff has popped up in the meantime?
posted by curious nu on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

If you're playing in my D&D campaign, please don't read this

I will be DMing a D&D campaign for the first time ever and I'm looking for some help/guidance on making this as enjoyable as possible for my players, mostly in terms of creating scenarios and encounters that are best resolved without combat. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jan 7, 2014 - 40 answers

Trying to find an old CRPG

I am trying to find this PC game I remember playing as a kid (mid-late 80's). It was maybe EGA era, definitely at least CGA. Me and a friend believe the name of it was something like "Destiny". It was a north/east/south/west/look kind of game with RPG elements. I don't remember a ton about it, except that we really enjoyed it, and never completed it because it was corrupted when we got to the end. One of the striking images I have is a green venus fly-trap like creature, with eyes on stalks. As you fought it and did damage, you would lop eyes off, and ichor would ooze out. (These were still images no animation, but updates throughout battles). I also remember something about a fountain and gems at the bottom of it as well (yeah, real specific I know!). I believe the end involved orcs and a throne or a crown, but it's getting real hazy at this time. If you have any recollection of this game, I'd love to hear about it, to prove that me and my childhood friend are not having group hallucinations, and to maybe track it down and play again.
posted by xipher on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Tabletop RPG advice: How do you learn to role-play a character well?

I'm about to join a tabletop RPG group (Shadowrun) for the first time since high school. I'm not *that* concerned about the game mechanics ā€“ I'm usually pretty good at learning rules ā€“ but I was never particularly good at the roleplaying aspects of RPGs. Any advice for starting out, particularly in terms of setting up an interesting character to roleplay and really getting comfortable playing him/her? The other members of the group are pretty experienced, and have been playing together for nearly a year. In observing them, I noticed that they do a really good job with the roleplaying aspects, and I'd like to be able to keep up with them!
posted by sdis on Jul 27, 2013 - 23 answers

How is the jargon in Shadowrun translated in other languages?

Kind of curious about this. I know Shadowrun does/did well in Germany, and has/had at least a nominal presence in Japan. One of the (for good or ill) characteristics of the setting is the jargon and street slang. How are these translated into other languages? What are some examples?
posted by curious nu on Jul 26, 2013 - 4 answers

RPGs for reading, not playing

I like reading pen-and-paper RPG rulebooks. Can you recommend some of your favorites? Extra points for: non-Tolkein universes, a cool new spin on classes or magic, and anything that has interesting non-combat systems. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Jun 8, 2013 - 40 answers

Help me identify a video game

I remember an RPG... I think it was for DOS or Windows. It was a kind of puzzle/mystery genre game, and it was like all video? Like your character walking around was sort of a mortal kombat video captured sprite walking around realistic (also kind of grainy video-y) backgrounds. The main character was a woman, I think she was asian, pretty sure she had long black hair. Can you identify the game?
posted by signsofrain on Feb 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Work Productivity as a Game

Is there software that allows you to treat work productivity like a game? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Feb 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Resources on Polynesian myth.

For a friend: Iā€™m writing about a fictional, Polynesian-inspired trickster god for a game. What are some resources I can consult so my storylines are respectful and grounded in authentic myth? Ideally, these sources will be fun to read as well.
posted by cthuljew on Feb 11, 2013 - 3 answers

"You have insufficient experience and character and hit points for creating that online game!"

I'd like to create an online board game, sort of a cross between Life and an RPG. If this could ultimately be ported into mobile apps, even better. Program suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Nov 17, 2012 - 1 answer

exquisite corpse: the game

How to best run a table top RPG with two people alternating between being the game master and playing a character? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Oct 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Non-annoying social gaming?

Is there a (preferably free) online game like Zynga's Adventure World that doesn't require me to hassle my friends for things to move forward? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Identify this shareware Mac RPG, please.

1) What was the name of the shareware, turn-based, tile-graphic RPG for Mac I played in the late '90s? 2) Is there anything like it nowadays? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Sep 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Can you identify this 80s-era CRPG?

Please help me identify a computer game I played in 1986. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Can anyone identify an old computer game that may not exist?

Another game of guess that old computer game... I'm looking for a pre-1997 RPG. [more inside]
posted by krisak on Mar 6, 2010 - 15 answers

Take my game from the table top to the screen

I'm designing my own tabletop role playing game. How difficult would it be to turn this into a video game? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on Jan 27, 2010 - 5 answers

RPG's for the SNES?

I loved Legend of Zelda on the SNES. I loved Secret of Mana on the SNES. What other RPG's for the SNES might I like? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Dec 27, 2008 - 31 answers

Name some playable RPG's, please

Please recommend some 2D RPG's I can play on my PC. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Mar 22, 2008 - 12 answers

Help me get game(s).

I've got a month off and I need a new game to play. I bought Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind in a bargain bin on a whim, played it and really liked it. What other games would I like? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Sep 13, 2007 - 17 answers

What are the best online resources for new World of Darkness players?

What are the best online resources for new World of Darkness players? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on May 7, 2007 - 1 answer

Advice for a first-time LARPer.

Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! [more inside] [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Oct 9, 2004 - 14 answers

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