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by fmitchell
Wed 16 Sep 2020, 05:11
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Using Levels of Difficulty?
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Using Levels of Difficulty?

After having read drafts of the core book during the Kickstarter, I (belatedly) started reading the final published version and saw the section on Levels of Difficulty (p 41). First off, I didn't remember seeing this in the prior drafts, though I didn't save them so I can't go back and check. Anyone...
by fmitchell
Tue 07 Apr 2020, 04:05
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Nations in the Mythic North
Replies: 43
Views: 3451

Re: Nations in the Mythic North

Re: languages in RPGs: maybe you could make an argument for listing which languages a character speaks, perhaps rated by fluency. Since a tabletop role-playing game is basically conversation punctuated by die rolls, it's kind of counterproductive to make part of that conversation contingent on a goo...
by fmitchell
Mon 06 Apr 2020, 08:21
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Nations in the Mythic North
Replies: 43
Views: 3451

Re: Nations in the Mythic North

As I was looking into the history of 19th century Scandinavia, I also followed some historical threads that made the other regions interesting places to visit, e.g. the Northern Crusades against pagans in the Baltic States, and how those crusaders, notably the Teutonic Knights, founded the state of ...
by fmitchell
Sun 05 Apr 2020, 04:51
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Nations in the Mythic North
Replies: 43
Views: 3451

Nations in the Mythic North

The (draft) Mythic North map includes territories that in our 19th century belonged to an independent Denmark (halfway through the century), a semi-independent Norway (which consciously uncoupled from Sweden shortly after century's end), and the Russian Empire (Finland and the present-day Balkan sta...
by fmitchell
Fri 27 Mar 2020, 12:54
Forum: GM Only
Topic: Why Vaesen exist, a bit simple?
Replies: 11
Views: 1539

Re: Why Vaesen exist, a bit simple?

In our world, Vaesen are a reflection of human beliefs, because they don't exist. In the original folklore Christian symbols repelled or destroyed them because Christianized people thought that their new god had power over the (possibly demonic) spirits of the old religion. Same with vampires and ot...
by fmitchell
Mon 16 Mar 2020, 12:54
Forum: OGL
Topic: Year Zero Engine OGL in HTML
Replies: 1
Views: 1101

Year Zero Engine OGL in HTML

As part of a project to use the OGL Year Zero rules, I created a "clean" HTML copy of the rules, with some minor fixes and edits. The results are here: Year Zero Engine OGL I also put a "making of"  post (of sorts) on my blog at the same site. It details the small changes I made to the text for (wha...
by fmitchell
Sat 22 Feb 2020, 14:46
Forum: General
Topic: VAESEN in videos or podcasts
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

It confirms my suspicions that the Linnea hook isn’t such a good hook to begin with. (I'm not that keen to wade through four hours of video, so I'll take your word for it.) If/when I run Vaesen , I'll probably make the butler Algot Frisk the hook, as part of a "session zero". He approaches all the ...
by fmitchell
Sat 22 Feb 2020, 00:28
Forum: General
Topic: VAESEN in videos or podcasts
Replies: 9
Views: 1217

Re: VAESEN in videos or podcasts

But the push mechanism they use there is somehow strange, actually "Ones" don't have any special meaning for Vaesen. Also conditions aren´t triggered if a pushed roll fails, but always. Wait, so in the podcast they did give special status to ones and makes Conditions ... well, conditional? Were the...
by fmitchell
Fri 21 Feb 2020, 10:37
Forum: General
Topic: Christianity in Vaesen
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

Re: Christianity in Vaesen

Historically, priests traditionally served as counsellors, whether it was a sacrament or simply charity. Look at chaplains in various armies, for example. The names of the talents are roughly appropriate to their function, even if they confer no otherworldly sacrament. Also, my impression from a few...
by fmitchell
Thu 20 Feb 2020, 00:31
Forum: OGL
Topic: What are your Year Zero plans?
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Re: What are your Year Zero plans?

I've thought about making a Tales from the Loop "retroclone", then applying it to some other setting. Candidates include something like the Hilda series of children's books (sort of kid-friendly Vaesen ), adult ghost hunters (also Vaesen -ish but without threats to life and limb), and one where play...
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