[pnpgm] Fwd: Stuff to consider..

David Sanders dasandersx at comcast.net
Sat Feb 28 06:48:32 CET 2015


Formatting:

I read mine on my iPad.  Almost always just in email. Unless the format automatically wrapped, I wouldn't want a change.

Sadly, nothing I seem to do makes the maps make any sense.  My problem.  It doesn't seem to make much difference.

IBT time:

Kiet really needs to recharge.  About the only skills he could effectively learn anything about while on the road would be survival.  I think for next time I might have to do things like perform part of a play for the group when we stop for the night.  It might be fun!

I'm not a fan of 'on the road' IBT's (this is just a comment of personal preference, not a complaint) so I tend not to use them much.  Picking up experience for survival or horsemanship or driving the wagon makes sense.  I know, I know....it's whatever the GM allows 😃

Da Next Game:

I'm mostly just interested PnP as I am unfamiliar with any of those other systems.  On the other hand, I enjoy sci-fi a lot so wouldn't mind learning a new one.  But PnP is my preference.

Other stuff:

I've thought about running a PBEM...but I'm not really sure how it would be received.  Magic and magicians would be rare...any mage would find raising EL levels to be more difficult...riches would also be more difficult to obtain.  Weapons and armor would be limited, especially in civilized areas.  Some info about your character might even be kept secret by the GM.  On plus side, I would try to help you make your character more real, there would be images including maps.  

Dave

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: pnpgm <pnpgm at comcast.net>
> Date: February 27, 2015 at 7:35:49 PM PST
> To: pnpgm at list.powersandperils.org
> Subject: [pnpgm] Stuff to consider..
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>    A couple things to talk about...this is not update related so
>    can handle as time permits.
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>    1) Formatting -
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>       When I first started PBEMs in the early 1980s we used methods
>    called posts (why its stuck as a term).  We'd post in simple
>    message databases and then extract and send those posts/replies
>    via the old 300 baud modems.  Back in those days we used BBS
>    (Bulleting Board Systems which were places folks could hang
>    out before websites).  I ran my own BBS for 15 or so years.
>    Did many PBEMs including my infamous Gamma World adventures
>    which were a hit with 17 ACTIVE players (those were the days).
>    Because of this format was CGA/EGA.  So screens were 25x80.
>    So I'd format posts and such with 80 columns.
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>       Well today obviously we have screens that can read hundreds
>     of characters wide easy not 80.  Email, websites are just plain
>     bigger now.  This is why you may have noticed the 80 small updates
>     (why is he still so small text? that idiot).  This is why.
> 
>       But with the recent estate map it was shown to go wider and
>     it worked.  So I need some input from you guys.
> 
>       A) What is your methods of viewing the updates:
>          Website, email, ipad, phone, etc.
>       B) Can you handle large width "stuff" posts.  Some phones you
>          see small stuff but websites like mine can be large yet
>          emails mess up tabs and so "large" blocks get all weird
>          and screwed up.  The biggest issue with emails are those
>          tabs and characters messing up things like the maps.
>       C) Would you like a larger format? 200 wide lines not 80.  This
>          would be a shift for me as I still use a old text editor
>          since its frankly FAR faster than windows.  But as I faze
>          out this old computer and move my pnp files to the new
>          one I'll have to use the modern editors.
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>      I will try to change the format if consensus wants it for
>    the next update.
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>    2) IBT Time -
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>         From this update we can see that IBT is a bit more elusive.
>       So I want to remind folks I do allow partial points.  Generally
>       my rule of thumb is:
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>         A) Full point for a full 8-12 hour session.  Actual time will
>       vary.  A person can't do sword for 12 hours but maybe just 8.
>       But a scribe translating books could for 12 hours with some breaks.
>         B) Tutors help with another point.  Actual tutorship stuff not
>       just hearing some lecture a block away from the guy yelling
>       on the street corner about how to bash people with shields. :)
>         C) If not able to do the full 8-12 hours then time and points
>       will be relative.  A person who uses horsemanship should at
>       least ride 10.5-12 hours (with eating and stopping) to earn
>       the full points.  But if a person can only ride 5 hours then
>       I can agree to award 0.5 points.  If only 2 hours then maybe
>       I could allow 0.33.  Though any fractions would be rounded up
>       at the end of the preset IBT and any excess lost.
>         D) Common sense- If you are riding a horse working on
>       delicate jewels might be a extreme difficult task and earning
>       points would be useless.  BUT someone reading a journal to
>       learn a language or speaking to a person could glance down
>       at the journal or speak to earn language points.  Doing
>       climbing points while your on a horse will NOT be common sense.
> 
>         So if your riding for days and want to work on some new
>       armor that could be a problem.  One you'd need tools and
>       a shop at best.  At worst you might have what 4-6 hours
>       at camp to work on it out of the 12 hours.  So At best
>       you might only earn a fraction of a point.
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>         Some things like horsemanship or language I do award
>       automatically based on time.  If you spend a month in
>       Katai then I have given say 8-10 points free in Katai.
>       I've done this in past.
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>         So keep this in mind while you select your IBT.
> 
>    3) Future game
>       I've opened the Future Adventure voting.  I've done this
>       for 15 years now.  I can never really tire of pnp though.
>       I've done it for what 30 years and still have not visited
>       and adventure in every Land.  This is why I expanded to
>       Katai and such.  But I'm always open if you guys want me
>       to run ANOTHER system.  I've run 26 or so systems.  I thought
>       I had a file on this ancient computer on that but can't find it.
>       Must be on CD.  So here are some from memory.
> 
>         * Star Wars                 Expert - Countless games run
>         * Star Trek                 Expert - Countless games run
>         * Gamma World               Expert - Countless games run
>         * Year of the Phoenix       Good - Few games
>         * Traveller/Mega Traveller  Normal - Few games
>         * Elric                     Good - Many games
>         * Stormbringer              Good - Many games
>         * Hawkmoon                  Expert - Many games
>         * James Bond                Normal - Easy and many games
>         * Cyberpunk                 Normal - Many games
>         * Top Secret                Good - Many games
>         * Fringeworthy              Expert - Countless games
>         * Ghostbusters              Normal - Few games
>         * Indiana Jones             Good - Many fun games
>         * Ringworld                 Poor - Few games
>         * Timeship                  Normal - Few games
>         * Tin Star/Owl Hoot         Normal - Few games
>         * Few others like Paranoia, Toon, etc.
> 
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>        Year of Phoenix - Folks in Space station around earth see
>          Nukes go off WWIII.  Survive and Live - Think of The 100
>          TV shows many factors like that and fun game.
>        Cyberpunk - Yep before Shadowrun and such but I think I prefer
>           CP old school myself.
>        Fringeworthy - one of my favs named my BBS after it Fringe BBS.
>          Think of sliders and Stargate SG1 with portals and many
>          places to explore and bad monsters.  Most realistic game
>          mechanics ever.
>        Ghostbusters - Ok.  Don't laugh it was big in 80s.  Its
>          coming back too!  One of the fastest games to learn like only
>          4 stats that fit on a index card and you can play.  Even
>          ran this at a convention one time.
>        Ringworld is not as good as Fringeworthy but I have the LEAST
>          amount of experience.  I just wish I had more time to
>          play/run that world.
>        Timeship - Time travel game that uses YOU are the characters.
>          So if your good in computers then your good in computers.
>          If you fire weapons nice then same thing.  Always liked
>          time travel stuff.  Thing of 80s show Voyagers.
>        Tin Star - My only western game.  Cowboys...indians...gun
>          fights fun times.
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>        I only give these things as a suggestion. There are many
>        like D&D, Gurps, Fantasy Hero that I tend to play more
>        than run.  Some like Paranoia and Toon can NOT really
>        be played well in pbem.  Call of Cthulu same thing.  Hard
>        to do Horror in pbems.
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>        I will still run pnp but I figure if you guys get tired
>        of the same stuff then I'm open for other stuff.  Who
>        knows maybe someone like Alex or David can GM some pnp? :)
>        Let me know what you think of this idea.  Some like
>        Bond, Indy jones might be hard for a party but NOT impossible.
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>    Keep in mind can only do 1 game at a time one is bad enough time wise.  Though somehting like scifi is easier since not as mechanic oriented..charts..etc.
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