Anybody into Tabletop games?

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  1. Haywired

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    Tabletop, yes. But wargames.

    Moved away from GW silliness long time ago before they axed their fantasy universe and never really cared about their WH40K universe. My last GW wargame was LoTR and after that I've discovered that historical wargames simply have much better written rulesets and much nicer miniatures than GW and less of it is trademarked (which means that I have no need of worrying about official models and GW rewriting things only to sell a new army book and new "better" models...).

    Never looked back at GW.
     
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  2. FanboyX

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    I've never had a chance to play any war games, but as our D&D characters are getting into the teens in levels we are beginning to command small armies and have been considering using a war game ruleset for large scale battles.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Cost is a factor, but if its quality its worth it.
     
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    There was a supplement for 3.5 ed D&D, The Miniatures Handbook.

    It had rulesets for large skirmishes played with this edition.

    Might require some tweaking and house rules for use with 4th and 5th editions.
     
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    Once, back in the day.

    Was way into Dungeons & Dragons and cut my teeth on 2nd Edition before moving to 3rd and 3.5. Tried a few other systems like Shadowrun, GURPs, Vampire, Werewolf, Millennium's End, but always ended up back at D&D as it was my favorite. Those were fun, geeky times as a high school kid, with pizza nights, snacks, and just good ol' hanging out with friends.

    Pathfinder and A Game of Thrones for 3rd Edition was pretty cool too. Started with tabletop as a player before moving to online live chat, message board, and PBeM (Play By E-Mail) as a DM, as I was pretty good at world building (still have maps and notes saved on my computer from that time), writing, story-telling, and such.

    Kinda dropped out of the D&D scene 15 years ago due to a drastic change of career and work, so I missed out on 4th Edition and didn't know that there was a 5th Edition until I read it here. I do miss it and want to get back into playing, but my studies and job (also tough to find like-minded players when you're overseas) on top of toy collecting take up a lot my time already (not to mention keeping the missus happy by spending time with her too :D ).
     
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    I may actually be getting back into D&D in a small way. My girlfriend, my daughter and her best friend are all interested. My daughter and her friend do RPing (role playing) on OviPets, which is chat-based. Same ideas but without the dice.
    All three are interested to give D&D a try, so I may dig out the old rulebooks and DM screen and give it a go.
     
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    Let us know how it works out if you all give it a try!
     
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    I played 4e for levels 1-10 a few years back, but I haven't found a new group - I work too much and my schedule's inconsistent. Combine that with me not liking any form of D&D other than 4e, and I'm kind of stuck. I have been looking into other games: Fate, for example.
     
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    Spin-Out "It's just... Asinine."

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    I need to find a 5E game I can regularly go to. I've played 4E and 3.5/PF as well. I don;t hate 4E as much as most people since it was the first edition I played - it still wasn't great compared to 5E, but it's not an abomination. I prefer regular 3.5 (EBERRON, BITCHES) to PF because I don't like how Pathfinder strays into edgelord territory too much. They have the best goblins ever, and I love them working cryptids, Japanese folklore and the Cthulhu mythos into it, but I think having the ogres basically be giant Deliverance hillbillies is going a bit too far.

    I mean, at least WH40K knows how ridiculous its over-the-top grimdarkness is. I don't play WH40K because anime conventons, video games and Transformers already devour too much money as is, but I still like DA ORKZ, and I basically just used a steampunk fantasy version of the Imperium of Man as the bad guys (unlike the Imperium of Man, who live in a universe where all the other races want them dead, the bad guys in my homebrew setting are human supremacists in a world where there are no Always Chaotic Evil races) in a homebrew setting I worked on that I hope I get to make into a JRPG-styled video game one day.

    My main issue with 5E is that they haven't officially done anything with Eberron aside from an Unearthed Arcana playtest thing. I'm not a big Forgotten Realms fan, TBH. However, they thankfully brought back Aasimar after replacing them with Devas in 4E, allowing me to bring my badass-yet-adorable Aasimar Cleric to the table.

    Honestly, since I rarely get to actually play D&D, I look up splatbooks from 3.X on the internet and cobble together bits and pieces from them into my own homebrew world. I know a lot about D&D's lore despite only playing it very rarely.
     
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    Ebberon was the aborted love/poster child of 3rd edition. And predictably it failed spectacualrly. They threw tons of cash into it and attempted to hose it down our throats even when it had ragged public outcry by doing so. They delayed the release of the 3rd edition rules for Faerun (forgoten Realms) by about two years, on purpose to hook people on Ebberon. That failed too. Point is D&D became what it was because of settings such as Forgotten Realms (always is and always will be the flagship) and their policy on Ebberon practically sealed its fate. I am surprised it still exists and that they refuse to update other flagship settings such as Dragonlance, Ravenloft and Darksun. Then you have 4th edition which was....Akin to the dinobot beast. We shall not speak about it. At least from the little things I read 5th seems to be mostly on the right track.
     
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    Actually, if I recall, Eberron was well-received in most circles. Sure, the grognards hated it, but then again, the grognards hate everything. They make Geewunners look tolerant.
     
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    Spin-Out "It's just... Asinine."

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    Forgotten Realms isn't a bad setting, but I like how there's no such thing as "Always Chaotic Evil" in Eberron aside from beings that are literally made from evil (demons, devils, rakshasa). Eberron has sapient golems that are for all intents and purposes robots called Warforged, and two of the other Eberron races (Shifters and Changelings) are pretty cool. Plus, the magical technology reminds me of the Magitek from FFVI, and Eberron is one of the four big influences on my homebrew setting (the others being Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda and The Elder Scrolls).
     
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    Then tell me why it was a financial failure? And certainly I cant speak for everyone but in our little corner of the world the eberon suplements and campaign settings were left gathering dust.
     
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    Again, I don't recall Eberron being a financial failure. I seriously doubt that WotC would have redone it for 4e if it had been a dud in its premiere edition.
     
  14. FanboyX

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    Fifth Edition dungeons and dragons definitely has more 3/3.5 than 4th, but it takes some concepts from 4th and improves or streamlines them. I enjoyed 4th, but having looked into other games and previous editions I can totally understand why some feel it's anything BUT Dungeons and Dragons.

    WOTC's lack of support for other settings is disappointing, but I do like the Forgotten Realms. I like the idea of Ebberon but wasnt as involved in the community as I have been so I don't know anything about the forced feeding of the setting. Sounds like bad business.


    Thanks! I'm going to try and check that out.
     
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    Really haven't been too interested before, but recently I've begun looking into 40K a lot more. Definitely helps that I've got a friend who's into it.
    Already picked up a set of Space Marines and a few Death Guard, and am excited to build it.
     
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    Just purchased The One Ring RPG off Amazon. I've played Rolemaster/MERP and LotR RPG official before. Is this one better than those? Rolemaster is fun but cumbersome. LotR official wasn't well supported and didn't really set up very well either (only so many stories you can tell during the time span Frodo has the Ring). The One Ring seems to hit the sweet spot between the two...focusing on the events after the Hobbit and before LotR that aren't fleshed out too well by Tolkein and given more liberty via the movies moving events around a bit. It also seems to use Rolemaster's "training/vocational package" system for character set-up, which is actually really nice for my family who are not crusty old RPG vets but are familiar enough with the movies to understand the setting.
     
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    I've never played any LOTR rpgs besides Online for a month or so way back when, but if I have the opportunity I may try this out. I like the LOTR lore and would love to explore Middle Earth via tabletop but as you stated there's only so many stories to tell while Frodo has the ring and as far as i'm aware there is no official fiction outside the events of the Hobbit and LOTR.
     
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    There's quite a bit but it's all lead up like The Simirallion, The Lost Tales, etc. The rest comes within the appendices, which The Hobbit movies borrow heavily from (and I do mean "borrow" in the loosest term).

    But there's quite a bit to do between Hobbit and LotR. Saruman is now convinced The Ring is a viable weapon to be used against Sauron and starts secretly dredging the Anduin. The Woodland elves are still closed off from the rest of Mirkwood, leaving the spiders that are still around to wayward travelers and adventurers. Erebor needs a lot of cleaning up and a lot of diplomacy as the refugees of Dale and the dwarves obviously got off to a rocky start. And then there's the fate of Beorn and the Beornings.

    Meanwhile, the North Rangers are trying to keep an increasing amount of trolls and goblins from spilling into the Western lands past the Misty Mountains.
     
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    I picked up the Simirallion in middle school but I didn't get far. I have never heard of The Lost Tales but I will look into them. Is there anything you suggest?
     
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    Lost Tales is an easier read and concentrates on alternate or unproduced stories from the late First Age and Second Age.

    The Simirallion is divided into two sections. The first section reads like a history textbook. The second section dives more into a series of narratives that reads like "Tales of the Elves". What you do find out is that Galadriel is REALLY FREAKING OLD.
     

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