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General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/08/2018 6:33 pm

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@foxroe hahahahaha! good one. 

General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/06/2018 11:14 am

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@Brock Savage: Oh, I know you weren't pointing towards any particular edition, I'm just finding that some younger people are fine with simpler rules, maybe because it doesn't break up the action to refer to an action, item or particular statistic, and I'm hoping to keep that rhythm, but I do need to be versatile as well.

As far as the bar environment, it is very quiet and clean and the manager is trying to get away from the overused sports bar theme and engage or entertain people. Monday-Tuesday it is closed, then Wednesday is trivia night, Thursday is game night with one comedy night a month, Friday is karaoke, Saturday is live music and Sunday doesn't have a theme, it is just quiet bar time.

General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/06/2018 1:36 am

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Exactly my point (although I had sold them on the B/X concepts and why AC descends-two of the regulars are under 21 and allowed to play, they just cannot be at the bar itself). I'm bringing people in, encouraging them to spend money, and to bring others in. Sure, some people ARE interested in playing older games out of nostalgia too. There is also another guy that runs 3.5 so there is a cushion as far as more modern games, although the younger people in this might take to the game as is. I'm just plotting for the future as the endeavor grows, which it is fairly steadily. As is I have to shift between board/card and rpgs to keep people occupied and having fun.

General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/06/2018 12:07 am

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As an OSR guy who has written and illustrated for the OSR since 2009 I also really believe the setting and rules mesh perfectly together and hearken to an older style of play and evoke the feel of the inspirational literature. On the other hand, I get paid to run games in a bar and I need to be versatile because this situation is not all about what I want. However, if I had to run 5e, why not incorporate AS&SH as a setting?

General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/05/2018 9:35 pm

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I like to err on the side of caution with the torch and pitchfork brigade!
Ideally I would have tried Mythras, but D&D-esque games are pretty ingrained in the local populace.

General Discussion » Has anyone used the setting in 5e? » 1/05/2018 7:48 pm

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Before the torches & pitchforks come out: I am running a game pretty much RAW, with my house rules posted in the AS&SH section of ODD74. I am, however, contemplating a secondary game using 5e maybe, with the Hyperborea setting. Just wondering if anyone has used this and how it is going.

General Discussion » AS&SH Reviews » 1/02/2018 11:32 am

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As I get more organized for a few miniatures and game report posts I will reveal my alternative to dragons in Hyperborea.

General Discussion » Dungeon Prep » 1/01/2018 11:22 am

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Quite true, the Dungeon Alphabet and it's companion, the Monster Alphabet are great resources.

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Steve Jackson Games reclaims The Fantasy Trip! » 1/01/2018 12:47 am

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That would be neat. I remember buying the original games from the Johnson-Smith joke catalog when I was a nipper.

General Discussion » Dungeon Prep » 1/01/2018 12:42 am

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I use the following:

One dry erase battle mat.
A deck of dungeon mapping cards.
The GM screen, laminated.
The combat reference sheet, laminated.
A set of moleskine notebooks with the basic idea and encounters, once, treasure, etc. written for each session with a small container of 3x5 index cards for random encounters.
Miniatures and dice.
I print out the two pages for each player detailing their character class so they have access to their abilities.

And that is it. No module or adventure, I just kick off a campaign with a rough idea, it is up to the players to fill in the details. Having written an OSR blog since 2009 I have a lot of reference to use for something different here and there.

General Discussion » AS&SH Reviews » 12/31/2017 11:06 pm

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I like your review, under_score, I just wonder how you and ghul figure dragons are relegated to high fantasy. One of the grittiest fantasy settings, Glen Cook's Black Company series, has a dragon in it.

However, in the spirit of AS&SH I am omitting dragons as well and introducing a more savage and brutal menace.

General Discussion (Off-Topic) » Steve Jackson Games reclaims The Fantasy Trip! » 12/31/2017 10:53 pm

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I wonder how this affects Heroes & Other Worlds, a simulacrum.

General Discussion » Dungeon Prep » 12/31/2017 10:51 pm

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My players have a lot of problems already without even considering a dungeon. I made a couple of temples for them to explore with a battle mat and a Dungeon Deck of randomly drawn cards.

The strange and alien atmosphere of Hyperborea gnaws at them constantly.

General Discussion » Sorcery in the original Conan stories » 12/30/2017 8:53 pm

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I like the way old school Warhammer (a la Realms of Chaos books 1&2) handled corruption for followers of Chaos, whether sorcerer or not, with a reward/attribute system-gain enough rewards, become extremely powerful, gain too many attributes and you lose your mind and become a helpless Chaos Spawn. A very intense risk/reward system for all who would follow strange and chaotic deities.

This nicely mirrors many cautionary tales of those who would become powerful at any cost.

Announcements » HYPERBOREA: Beasts and Cannibals » 12/22/2017 7:58 pm

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Eagerly awaiting the kickstarter.

Artistic Inspirations » Zdzislaw Beksinski » 12/13/2017 9:06 pm

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Weird, creepy and brooding imagery.

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Artistic Inspirations » Vytautas Laisonas » 12/13/2017 8:58 pm

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If you look up the artist on a Google image search you see some similar work-over-crowded weird islands and ruins. A little different than the usual, but still evocative of the setting, I believe. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Television and Film » Fire and Ice » 12/13/2017 11:40 am

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And Ator, The Fighting Eagle, which has an interesting magic item that is useful to the hero in battling the big bad guy.

General Discussion » How many are starting a new campaign with the 2nd edition? » 12/11/2017 6:44 pm

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I didn't run the game shop Halloween game, however I will be running a tavern game of ASSH2E and I have half of the character made (Kimmerian Fighter, Hyperborean Ranger, Common Monk, Kelt Bard, not sure of the remaining three yet, we will make characters for them this week). They will waken on the shores of Brigand's Bay with their gear and in not too bad of shape. Which is good because there will be a giant crab attack as they are gathering their wits and we go on from there, sandbox style. What they don't know is that Hyperborea is alien to them and as they landed where they did a mysterious arcane twist of fate (or interference by Chaos) crashed a ship full of beastmen (goat-headed broo or Warhammer-style) along the Savage Boreal Coast and their shaman knows about the adventurers and believes they have the way back to their world (they probably don't) and to this end the beastmen will do everything that they can to strengthen their cult and get to the adventurers.

Bestiary » Orcs in Hyperborea » 12/11/2017 3:50 pm

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DominionClark Ashton Smith muffled levies rise, from mist and Lethe drawn,

Waging some goblin war at thy forgotten whim;
What travelers in lone Cimmeria, drear 

The Black Abbot of Puthuum (also by CAS):

The king had deemed that Zobal and Cushara should form an escort equal to all contingencies: for Izdrel was a land reputedly free of robbers, or, indeed, of any human inhabitants. Men said, however, that malign goblins, tall as giants and humped like camels, had oftentimes beset the wayfarers through Izdrel, that fair but ill-meaning lamiae had lured them to an eldritch death.

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