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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
2:48 am
I'm not strong at religion but I know what we must "Prey" to! Did anybody play this game? I know that nobody. There will be armageddon in the supermarkets... http://game-era.com/preview/id/10
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
12:42 am
Looking for players in Madison, WI
My World of Darkness* game lost a player this evening and there was talk of disbanding completely if we couldn't find another player within the next two weeks.

If you have monday nights from 6 to 10pm free and live in the Madison area, please contact me and let me know if you're interested in joining.

* - Mage rulebooks, medieval setting
Monday, October 24th, 2005
4:55 pm
Anyone interested in Serenity RPG?
A friend of mine is looking to GM a Serenity RPG group and we're looking for a few more people. Right now it's tentatively set for Saturday nights but that's negotiable. No RP experience is necessary but it's helpful.
If you're interested post a comment and I'll pass it on. I'm also happy to answer any questions. He's a really good and experienced GM and it should be a fun game.

(x-posted to madisonwi_geeks)
Monday, August 15th, 2005
1:15 am
World of Darkness + Fantasy Setting
I used to GM a D&D game set in the Birthright campaign setting, but as I grew out of - or rather grew bord with - the D&D class structure I turned to other game systems and settings. I've come to really enjoy the storyteller system and I like a lot of the changes made in the new World of Darkness books. So I've started looking at a way to modify the unique aspects of the Birthright setting into the new WoD rules, but I think my idea of gaming in a fantasy setting with WoD rules is strange enough that it would be hard to recruit players into such a game.

A few things about Birthright:
1) It was the campaign setting that was supposed to provide rules for PCs to be the rulers of kingdoms, but it created a lot of campaign-specific rules that ended up bogging the whole setting down and essentially turning into a strategic wargame. Amongst some of the best concepts of the setting was that magic was an incredibly weak aspect of the game. In fact, wizards could only cast illusions and enchantments unless they had the lineage to command a Bloodline, and having one of these Bloodlines would not only give them full access to all of a wizard's spells but it allowed them to tap Source, the natural magic caught within ley lines and places of power. This Source could yield magical effects of devastating power.

2) Halflings became villainous. There was an in-game explanantion for how and why the undead existed, a parallel world called the Shadow Realm sometimes bled or pushed its way into the world, releasing its undead inhabitants into the world. But halflings were also native to the Shadow Realm and had innate abilities that allowed them to traverse spaces quickly and deal with the undead more directly. They became suspicious simply because of the secretive and xenophobic nature.

3) If the halflings were suspicious than the elves became villains outright. The backstory of the world held that humans had encroached upon elven lands after a centuries-long war between elves and goblinoid races. Humans were viewed as "another perverted race" like the goblins and relations between the two races were constantly charged with animosity.

4) Dwarves were descended from earth elementals. In fact, their powers were completely reworked in order to explain why they were so tough and liked to live inside mountains and caves. They became very powerful in ther own way, but sadly still retained many of their stereotypical aspects such as dour and taciturn natures.

5) The idea that any character could have a Bloodline became an imbalance to the already unbalanced power structure of AD&D. However, Bloodlines provided a natural in-game reason besdies money or patriotism for power struggles and historical battles. Bloodlines could be tracked, like family trees, but had the unusual problem of being able to move to new un-blooded families, either through magical means or by a non-blooded character killing a blooded character. Officially, this couldn't happen, but many DMs ignored that rule. Bloodlines not only provided powerful magical abilities, but also allowed rulers to gain energy, called Regency, from the lands they ruled. Regency could do allow many strange and mundane courses of action, but again the rules, as they were, helped degenerate the game into a simplistic wargame - which I usually tried to ignore.

So, my quandary is not only of trying to convert some of these aspects into WoD rules but also how to find players willing to try such a unique game.
What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
11:40 pm
New Game Store in Madison
Netherworld Games, a new game store is opening today at noon. It will be open Monday-Saturday noon to midnight, and noon to six on Sunday. It's located at 334 W Mifflin St. between Capitol Centre Foods and the Senior Center. We have play space from roleplaying, boardgaming, and card gaming. We carry these things and poker supplies. Please stop by sometime.
Monday, June 6th, 2005
4:43 pm
Star Wars
just a quick question, with potentially long answers, what is everyone's opinion on the latest star wars movie? mine can be found here.

Current Mood: simulkiklific
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
4:20 am
coming out of the woodwork!
i see you all
all you people who joined my community
it makes me so happy!
so let's have a round of introductions.

my name is brandon. i'm a virgo. i like candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and bludgeoning my enemies to shit with a +3 maul. i am a geek in every fashion imaginable. i play games. i am an accused music snob. i'm a self-avowed film freak. and, well, i'm obviously using a computer to convey my message of geekiness to you. my current obsessions are playing halo with my gf/so/cse cleo_3315, and attempting to get a D&D game up and running. oh, and trying to mp3-enize my absurdly large compact disc catalogue.

i've lived in madison for a little over 11 years now, and i love it. i would never want to leave if i could find a damn job in the area.

but enough about me, who the fuck are all of you?!

Current Mood: zoinks
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
4:31 am
Welcome Geeks
Welcome to the Madison Gamers livejournal community! Glad you came around. If you live in or around the Madison area and are remotely interested in sci-fi/fantasy roleplaying, videogames, or just random geek stuff, feel free to join and post.

To my first order of business, and the reason i created this community: I am looking for 2 or 3 players relatively new to D&D or to D&D 3/3.5e, to join in a game that would be hosted at my home, which I would DM. If you're interested just respond here and let me know what sort of game or character you'd like to play and we'll see if you're compatable with my envisioned campaign!
here's a look at my game world
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