I only ever played AD&D, basically since noone here had D&D rules. I only know those from some computergames (Neverwinter Nights uses plain D&D (or some derivation of that) iirc). The only other fantasy system we had around was The Dark Eye, but I didnt like that.
The whole AD&D fighting system always struck me as odd, with this THAC0 thing and all thise weird AC stuff. I also found it strange that despite all measures TSR took to restrict players choices of characters races (humans get all the golden stuff), etc, it was pretty easy to create ubar imbalanced fighters while the whole magic system was weak in the first levels and only gained momentum later. Especially with the additions of other sourcebooks, for example, elves got this bladesinger stuff, which lets you create a first level char with 3 attacks in two rounds dealing 2W6+X damage per hit... This nearly instakills any other 1st level char, if it isnt some knight in full armor.
I never played anything using the d20 system, but Kult is based around the 20sided dice, too. I think they even dropped everything else but d100, d10 and d5 for simplicity reasons. And it makes sense, since not everybody is a numbers freak. I also liked Shadowruns simple d6 approach, but in higher levels you need to throw a bucket load of dice and count/reroll the 6s for about 5 minutes...
The SAGA system might be something for the dice haters, they dropped the whole dice and math concept in favour of cards. I got myself the Dragonlance Fifth Age box just before I stopped RPGs completely, so I sadly never played it. But it did sound nice, putting the story in the main place and keeping the game mechanics simple.
Subject: diceless rpg rules/ideas
On this page you find ideas that "loosely describe Jeepform, the kind of freeform role-play at the heart of Vi åker Jeep's games." Seems to be diceless and focussed on story telling. These scandinavians must sure have shitty winters to come up with this amount of RPG stuff. :)
That's pretty cool, the_mgt!
Subject: some funny d12 tables
your own server as the host.
I wanted to see an uncensored table.
You can create your own table and give it any name you want.
as you play.
Texas Holdem is probably the most braindamaged version of poker I came across, I totally fail to understand its popularity. I'd rather play Koi-Koi.
been made from his dream.
Speaking of Koi-Koi I saw a travel show with an interesting game although I don't remember the name of the game
but I am almost sure it was Japanese. It is like blackjack except the value of the cards do not go over nine,
only the ones digit of the value counts. If you have and eight and a four the value of your hand is two. You
could hit or stay but I am not sure of the limits. I don't remember if you played against other players or just
the dealer but the highest value, the one closest to nine wins the hand. I think you bet on your initial two
My niece lived in Japan so I should ask her. The fact I didn't ask her now makes me think it isn't Japanese.
Interesting, I think had that on one of those asian multi-game cartridges for the original Gameboy. The whole thing was full of stuff I didn't understand, including this card game I could not make sense of. Also it drained the batteries in about 5 minutes. Thanks for filling this gap in my education!
I can't quite remember where this was posted (which itself is sorta sad), but it belongs here anyway, I suppose.
http;//vim-adventures.com looks like it might be a pretty decent game, but they only let you get through Level 3 approaching level 4 before they want you to spend $25 to continue playing.
It's a nifty game, but I've seen other games that charge far less for a similar amount of fun and learning.
A very nice learn Vim if you already know vim idea, if you want somebody to use something don't make them pay to
learn how to use it.