Tabletop RPGs 2021

Was this on DriveThruRPG? Usually you get the pdf included when you order a physical book so you can start reading right away.

No - the store I bought it through (The physical edition) was a part of the Bits & Mortar thing, and I will get the PDF. But - they cant send it to me, before they have the book, and they had to get it from some other place, hence the two weeks delay - but thanks! :-)

Maybe try Scenario Compendium 1 for Coriolis? I can’t vouch for it, but I’ve been intermittently playing through some Symbaroum modules with a group since summer (alternating GM duties) and they’re usually interesting. I’ve GMed a couple of the adventure pack modules (someone else handles the ‘main’ story modules) and they’ve been enjoyable and well structured. Different writers and game system of course, but I imagine the same level of quality control for the Coriolis compendium.

I like this one by a lot of Star Wars alumni. Very much Star Wars with numbers filed off.

Thanks @ImaTarget - I’ve wishlisted it on Drivethru!

I have the core rulebook, but havent’ read it yet. Thats not a bad suggestion either - Free League are really hitting it out of the park these days.

How are you finding the treasure hunting and exploration rules? I really enjoy them on paper, but have only run one game with players, and, well, since it was the first time, it felt a little bit clunky. Combat was DEADLY though! The setting is incredible as well.

It’s funny you mention this, because I had some frustrations with these rules for one of the modules I GMed. The combat and setting are so well considered and fleshed out—and yes, excellent—I found it odd that more time wasn’t spent in the rules talking about, for example, overland travel since a big part of this game is organizing expeditions. You could hand wave it all away and start the adventure at the site, but for the group I’m playing with, one of the appeals is managing an adventuring company and planning the expeditions so that doesn’t quite work for us. Plus, thematically it makes less sense because so much of the setting is based around the idea of adventuring through a dangerous forest to get to even more dangerous ruins. And the combat itself is so fast and brutal the game would probably be over in 30-45 minutes without the expedition part. Also, the treasure rules often payout so much money that it’s hard to find things to spend it on without doing the outfitting-for-the-expedition parts. The ‘head’ GM of my group didn’t have any good answers either because he’s handling the Throne of Thorns story cycle for us and we haven’t needed to worry about it so far. I made it through eventually, but prepping for it was more time consuming than I wanted it to be.

But, I know that the exploration and adventuring rules are detailed more extensively in the Mother of Darkness book, so there are rules out there. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that at the time and that’s the fourth part of the story cycle and my group are still in the second book (I believe we were between the first and second at the time). Still, I might jump ahead to it if I have to GM another adventure pack module or standalone adventure before we get there.

Wtf is this pls

Read that Wired piece about TTRPG companies.

Really disappointing to hear. The same kind of muck you heard video game developers doing, especially at places like Blizzard, where you take a pay cut to work for the developer of your dreams.

Glad they have decided on a union though, I really hope it makes happier workers and better games!

I think it is an atmospheric Tabletop adventure set in the world of Cultist Simulator. Which is itself a neat and innovative game that contains 10 hours of pure beauty and 20 hours of increasingly boring grind.

And is the primary creation of an accused sexual predator (Cultist Simulator and the world thereof, at least - dunno about the tabletop RPG). :/

I backed Cultist Simulator before any of that came out, but it doesn’t make me want to support The Lady Afterwards or their next videogame project, as much as I love the setting and writing and art.

Yeah, they are my problematic fave. The terrible thing is I’m not sure you get a Cultist Simulator without a messed up creator. Like when the news came out about Weather Factory I was like “yeah, that makes sense.”

Tonight, Campaign 3 of Critical Role begins at 7PM PST (10PM EST)! What will Matt and the gang do this time? I have no idea! I can’t make myself even pretend to want to get through the early episodes of campaigns 1 or 2. But this time, I could watch as part of the zeitgeist, and if anything out there can motivate me to do shit, it’s FOMO!

Or you could follow an actual play with a more exciting game system and more interesting stories. :P

I’m sure CR is fine but, yeah, bounced right the hell off campaign 1 and ultimately was like “I guess I could try to force myself to get into a D&D-ass D&D podcast that generates 4+ hours of content every week I’d have to find time for…or hey, these people are doing Masks, and these people are doing Numenera, and these people are doing Blades in the Dark, and these 17 different groups are doing Call of Cthulhu or Delta Green, and…” Or there’s the one where the host plays 2 player RPGs with a whole host of cool folks, or…

I mean, yes, D&D bores me to absolute tears at this point, but also, I just generally find actual plays incredibly trying on my patience to begin with. CR is one of a tiny number featuring a cast who is almost universally likeable and charismatic enough that I don’t mind staring at their faces for 4 hours a week (and audio-only content is a total nonstarter; my aphantasia makes it impossible to enjoy or even understand, frequently).

jesus - you guys are REALLY downers sometimes.

I LOVE Critical role. All the rules nerding aside, its a bunch of friends sitting around a table, having a great time doing what they, and what I love, playing an RPG. Matt is great at weaving tales, and the fact that they are voice actors, only enhances the experience. Laura is a national treasure…hell, they are ALL great people.
Production value wise they are leagues beyond anything else out there, making it pretty rough to listen / watch to some of the other content creators and their plays.

Anyways - we will be watching it later today, and enjoying it quite a lot, thank you very much.

I’m glad they’re having fun, and they’re making pretty intense amounts of money doing it (Critical Role’s channel is apparently the most profitable on Twitch by a substantial margin, and they’re also getting sponsorships, doing D&D books, etc). When I tried listening to them, I heard extremely standard D&D adventuring in the Underdark, with characters I didn’t have any investment in and couldn’t keep straight because there were freaking eight of them and a whole lotta extremely tedious combat. It certainly didn’t help that campaign 1 was already in progress before they started doing the stream/podcast. I’m sure people looking for D&D are already going to have a much better time, and people watching the video version (which just does not work for how I consume actual play or my schedule) would have an easier time keeping track of what’s going on and who’s doing and playing what (not to mention the costumes they do and such). And of course I’d probably have a better time with a fresh campaign where they’re better at onboarding, have been doing it longer.

But also…why bother? It’s a huge time investment in games being run in a system I don’t like or want to play, that’s designed to tell stories I’m not inherently invested in, and I’ve heard nothing to indicate Matt’s doing something wildly original or hooky with it in any of his campaigns. Again, if what you want is a really good, solid classic D&D adventuring story, cool. Seems like he’s doing that. I don’t. I want, generally speaking, either horror stories (Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, Vampire, etc), or people using exciting and innovative indie narrativist systems, especially if they can introduce me to ones I didn’t already know but want to get into. Production values are nice but I’m not here for a Hollywood-quality audio drama (I do like those but, different story). I’m here for stories told in a way that doesn’t make my ears bleed or drive me nuts with tics, anything else is gravy. If they ever decide to do a campaign of something I’m actually into, I’m sure I’ll check it out. (I know they’ve done a couple one-shots.) But it seems like D&D is what they wanna do, and more power to them.

So like…I’m not here to crap on CR. I know plenty of people that love them. But I am here to endorse not worrying about trying to get into them at this point if you haven’t already fallen for them.

I’m not sold either way at this point, but it was fun enough to watch.

Also the whole “levels don’t exist” thing bugs me, so Travis playing a level 18 dude at level 3 is just weird. But Matt also had them fight looters in Campaign 1 that were all apparently level 10 rogues. It’s part of the way he does stuff, but it also feels so strange when near-god-like beings often struggle with regular schmucks.

Edit: Also I hope Sam’s character dies because I hate his design. Him doing some sort of Pinocchio is also acceptable since otherwise he seems fine. Taliesin is my clear front runner though.

I dunno, I just can’t watch people play TTRPGs.

I gotta play em!

This is me as well. The few times I’ve tried watching RPGs online I just couldn’t deal with the fact they were playing to an audience. It totally takes me out of whatever world their playing in and just forces me to listen to generally poor improv by people who are much less funny than they think. And the times I’ve watched the campaigns were almost as weak and silly but that’s certainly more a taste thing on me.

I’m generally not interested in AP that’s just about cracking jokes - a bit of table humor is fine, that’s just the roleplaying experience, but having it as a focus of your play turns me off. I know there’s a lot of those, but trust me, there’s plenty that aren’t there to do an improv comedy show, too.