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LurkNoMore

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Y'all know of any good monsters manuals with good art? Besides d&d and pathfindet stuff. I like to just take the art and make up my own details on the creatures for shitty fiction I write.
 

Juke and Jam

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Any thoughts on Cyberpunk Red? I've had some good times playing a few games online, but I'd like to hear some other people and their thoughts on it.
Rules have been streamlined from 2020, but mostly in a good way. The math is easier and despite the increase in hitpoints, combat is just as deadly, provided the player characters are semi-competent and facing at least an equal foe. There's a lot of sperging online with regards to the way autofire works now, but such analysis rarely takes anything except plain numbers into account. It strikes a good sweet spot in my groups experience and works fine in actual play. Many things have improved, but it's still quite basic compared to all the material that was released for 2020. The first Chrome Book is meant to come out soon, but naturally the coof has delayed things. Having the setting take place at a period of time, where most of the world is in a survival & scavenging mode might be a shock some fans of the old game, but I think the increased feeling of unease and lack of resources fits the bill. Just don't overdo it. Fixers have their night markets for a reason and there are plenty of places, especially in big cities, where the megacorp stores still have stocked shelves. Of course, the challenge is being able to access it all. Point is, the PCs should not expect to be able to quickly amass an insane arsenal of railguns and assault aerodynes, even if they manage to make loads of money. As for the weak stuff, the simplified economy system will be irksome to some players and GMs, even though it has worked fine for my group. Also, some rules might take you several readthroughs to fully understand, because certain minor clarifications are missing. At least Talsorian have a blog on their site now, where some of the biggest issues are cleared up. My main gripe with Red however, is the layout of the book. The color scheme is okay and it all looks very neat, but some of the information is setup in a weird order and it will take some muscle memory to get used to where everything can be found. If you're using the PDF, as I do when GMing, there's at least the bookmarks and the search function to aid you. Having run a campaign since it was released, I'd give it two thumbs up. I used to GM 2020 for many years, back in the day, so that colors my opinions, though.
 

Ozymandius12

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Rules have been streamlined from 2020, but mostly in a good way. The math is easier and despite the increase in hitpoints, combat is just as deadly, provided the player characters are semi-competent and facing at least an equal foe. There's a lot of sperging online with regards to the way autofire works now, but such analysis rarely takes anything except plain numbers into account. It strikes a good sweet spot in my groups experience and works fine in actual play. Many things have improved, but it's still quite basic compared to all the material that was released for 2020. The first Chrome Book is meant to come out soon, but naturally the coof has delayed things. Having the setting take place at a period of time, where most of the world is in a survival & scavenging mode might be a shock some fans of the old game, but I think the increased feeling of unease and lack of resources fits the bill. Just don't overdo it. Fixers have their night markets for a reason and there are plenty of places, especially in big cities, where the megacorp stores still have stocked shelves. Of course, the challenge is being able to access it all. Point is, the PCs should not expect to be able to quickly amass an insane arsenal of railguns and assault aerodynes, even if they manage to make loads of money. As for the weak stuff, the simplified economy system will be irksome to some players and GMs, even though it has worked fine for my group. Also, some rules might take you several readthroughs to fully understand, because certain minor clarifications are missing. At least Talsorian have a blog on their site now, where some of the biggest issues are cleared up. My main gripe with Red however, is the layout of the book. The color scheme is okay and it all looks very neat, but some of the information is setup in a weird order and it will take some muscle memory to get used to where everything can be found. If you're using the PDF, as I do when GMing, there's at least the bookmarks and the search function to aid you. Having run a campaign since it was released, I'd give it two thumbs up. I used to GM 2020 for many years, back in the day, so that colors my opinions, though.
Sounds good. Any possibility I could join in your group? An experienced GM sounds like a good thing to me.
 

Seminal Ointments Lain

PRESENT SNEED | FORMERLY CHUCK'S | HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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I keep trying to run my bizarre dungeon crawls but all the players are find either randomly flake without a word, whine about some random specific thing (like custom sheets or starting level) and leave anyways regardless of the answer or they somehow manage to make a character and attend a session and completely freeze when prompted to play in the first 15 minutes and do nothing.

I've been running these gay ass games on Roll20 for 7 years and after much deliberation have come to the conclusion that the majority of players do not want to play games. They want to fantasize about playing them. And god fucking help you if you don't adhere to the bullshit of Matt Mercer, who I would not hesitate to fill in the blanks in minecraft in minecraft in minecraft.

This hobby is fucking trash. It's a social activity for the socially retarded. It's math for the college drop-out. It's fun for the unfun. I regret not giving after my second attempt at a campaign collapsed. If I ever see a d20 or an autistic child again, I'm going to re-enact Blood Merdian on a global scale.
 

Capsaicin Addict

Dancing on the ashes of history.
True & Honest Fan
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I keep trying to run my bizarre dungeon crawls but all the players are find either randomly flake without a word, whine about some random specific thing (like custom sheets or starting level) and leave anyways regardless of the answer or they somehow manage to make a character and attend a session and completely freeze when prompted to play in the first 15 minutes and do nothing.

I've been running these gay ass games on Roll20 for 7 years and after much deliberation have come to the conclusion that the majority of players do not want to play games. They want to fantasize about playing them. And god fucking help you if you don't adhere to the bullshit of Matt Mercer, who I would not hesitate to fill in the blanks in minecraft in minecraft in minecraft.

This hobby is fucking trash. It's a social activity for the socially retarded. It's math for the college drop-out. It's fun for the unfun. I regret not giving after my second attempt at a campaign collapsed. If I ever see a d20 or an autistic child again, I'm going to re-enact Blood Merdian on a global scale.
Or maybe you just suck at being a DM.
 

EnemyStand

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I keep trying to run my bizarre dungeon crawls but all the players are find either randomly flake without a word, whine about some random specific thing (like custom sheets or starting level) and leave anyways regardless of the answer or they somehow manage to make a character and attend a session and completely freeze when prompted to play in the first 15 minutes and do nothing.

I've been running these gay ass games on Roll20 for 7 years and after much deliberation have come to the conclusion that the majority of players do not want to play games. They want to fantasize about playing them. And god fucking help you if you don't adhere to the bullshit of Matt Mercer, who I would not hesitate to fill in the blanks in minecraft in minecraft in minecraft.

This hobby is fucking trash. It's a social activity for the socially retarded. It's math for the college drop-out. It's fun for the unfun. I regret not giving after my second attempt at a campaign collapsed. If I ever see a d20 or an autistic child again, I'm going to re-enact Blood Merdian on a global scale.
You tried this shit on Roll20, bro. Trust me, only people on there are the absolute bottom of the barrel of the hobby. Dumbass speds who see Critical Role and dream of being as funny and charming as those hacks, but aren't even at THAT level.

TLDR:It's called making friends IRL, you autist.
 

Corn Flakes

Battle Creek's Finest
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I keep trying to run my bizarre dungeon crawls but all the players are find either randomly flake without a word, whine about some random specific thing (like custom sheets or starting level) and leave anyways regardless of the answer or they somehow manage to make a character and attend a session and completely freeze when prompted to play in the first 15 minutes and do nothing.

I've been running these gay ass games on Roll20 for 7 years and after much deliberation have come to the conclusion that the majority of players do not want to play games. They want to fantasize about playing them. And god fucking help you if you don't adhere to the bullshit of Matt Mercer, who I would not hesitate to fill in the blanks in minecraft in minecraft in minecraft.

This hobby is fucking trash. It's a social activity for the socially retarded. It's math for the college drop-out. It's fun for the unfun. I regret not giving after my second attempt at a campaign collapsed. If I ever see a d20 or an autistic child again, I'm going to re-enact Blood Merdian on a global scale.
Yeah, you're being a fucking sped if you think you can get good games on Roll20 without a lot of work.

I know, because I went through it last year, looking for a Werewolf game:
This all happened over Roll20 and Discord, and they all blend together a bit without screencaps. Anyway, grab some popcorn, this will be a bit long.
  1. As mentioned, it was the usual menagerie of troons, furries and SJWs.
  2. Every group had at least one obvious tranny, one of the groups was basically 4 trannies (including the ST), one "enby", and me. This group was surprisingly well-behaved, although someone being called a "she" instead of a "they" caused some friction.
  3. Most troons didn't even make an attempt to pass. One of them did, but he had the squeakiest, fakest falsetto voice in the world. I kind of felt bad for that one.
  4. There was an even 3-way split between anime girl avatars, furry avatars and pony avatars, with a 50% chance of any given one having either the trans flag colors, or the flag itself in the background. There were only two exceptions: one had a photo of a female Japanese model, the other had the flag of Croatia (???).
  5. The furries were, as expected, incredibly obnoxious and horny on main. As I mentioned, two of them were adamant about playing Lupus characters against the ST's advice (the chronicles were meant to be 90% urban) and had links to the Bad Dragon store in their characters' bios. They were in different games, and yes I can confirm they were unrelated people.
  6. Another furry spammed worgen porn in the #character-images channel, saying it was all "inspiration".
  7. I'm pretty sure the ST of one of the games was a gore fetishist. At least one of the players looked like one as well. I can't confirm because I left the moment I saw the first disemboweled naked anime girl in the server's image channel. I'm usually not squeamish, but I noped the fuck out of there.
  8. The Uktena player in one of the games was adamant that only First Nations players be allowed to play Uktena or Wendigo, and he (preferred pronouns: they/them) also referred to them exclusively as Older Brother and Younger Brother no matter how much it confused other players. I'm 100% certain that he's 1/16th native at most because he also posted a selfie and in that selfie he looked paler than me. (PL: I'm of Scottish/Manx ancestry and I cultivate a healthy office tan.)
  9. At least one of the furry trannies was definitely into watersports, talking at length about how his character "marked her territory". And yes, that "she" character had a dick. And no, she was not Lupus, she was Homid.
  10. I saw two people who I was pretty sure were natal women, not troons. One was ultra-woke and spent most of the time making smug jokes towards me, asking who had "let me in". The other was "non-binary" and claimed male pronouns but sounded (and looked, according to her selfies on twitter) like a very squeaky-voiced tomboy.
  11. All the Black Furies were lesbians, no exception.
  12. Two of the games outright forbid playing as Get of Fenris. A third "heavily discouraged" Get, Shadow Lords and Silver Fangs, under penalty of receiving less XP.
  13. One of the games had 8 (!) players signed up for it, and I was the only one planning to make a Garou. 3 were making Bastet characters (one legit asked the ST if they could partially transform to have cat ears and tail in Homid form), 2 were making ISO-standard trickster Corax characters, and the final 2 were furries who were trying to play as their fursonas (a Mokole and a Gurahl).
  14. One of the troons was completely obsessed with the idea of "mouthfeel", and wanted to play as a transgender Child of Gaia.
  15. I was "playfully" threatened with rape by the ST of one of the games when I suggested I'd make a male character since the pack was shaping up to be all-female.
  16. To their credit, two of the STs looked like they were trying to run a sane game, but they were constantly frustrated by the players being uncooperative and threatening to quit every time they heard a "no".
  17. One of the games nearly fell apart due to a split between Bernie Bros and the rest. I have no idea what caused it, and I'm sure the game fell apart for good shortly after I left.
  18. (Last edit, I swear) One of the players was European (British or Dutch, I don't remember) and insisted we play in the early mornings, despite everybody else in the group being American. In the ST's defense, he said "fuck that!" to that demand, which triggered a massive spergout from the Eurotrash.
That's all I can remember off the top of my head, and it's not all in chronological order. Again, this all happened between only five games I joined and then left. The longest I lasted in one of them before quitting was three weeks (the game hadn't started as I was the only one with a character sheet filled in by then), and the shortest was just a couple of hours (that was the goremonglers' server). I would say about a third of the players seemed relatively chill, or at least were mostly quiet and didn't trip any red flags, but the other two thirds more than made up for in with their insanity.

So yeah. That was my experience trying to pan for gold in the open sewer that was publicly-advertised W20 games in early 2020. Thank you for coming to my TARD Talk.

[...] I should mention that four out of the five groups were operating out of already-established Discord servers with more people in the userlist than just the players. I tried to keep my report restricted to mentioning users I knew had signed up to the games, but I may have misattributed one or two things other people in the servers did.
 

Road Work Ahead

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Yeah, you're being a fucking sped if you think you can get good games on Roll20 without a lot of work.

I know, because I went through it last year, looking for a Werewolf game:
I must have gotten extremely lucky thank God. I've got 2 groups that started on reddit of all places that have been going steady for over 5 years now. Though the reddit of 2015 was very different than the reddit of 2021.

I really should try and get an IRL game going one of these days.
 

Big Nasty

CYBERGUNT 2021
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I just started listening to the latest Dice Scum episode and holy dogshit, you have really found the most unbelievably stupid game ever.
 

Adamska

Last Gunman
True & Honest Fan
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I just started listening to the latest Dice Scum episode and holy dogshit, you have really found the most unbelievably stupid game ever.
For those wondering:

Extreme Meatpunks Forever or whatever the hell it's called is arguably the worst book we've ever read on the show, with only Black Tokyo or MAYBE Beast matching it.

We gave up about halfway through, because the writing has this smug, condescending tone that you'd get from a tween who realized mommy won't spank them for using the big boy words. It's interspersed with them being godawful at explaining the system, since apparently this was them trying to refit a poorly received video game idea or something.

They refer to their system more like computer code than as a system you play. It was legitimately infuriating to read.
 
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