Have one of those big dice on the table, with the "1" facing up. As they go through the dungeon (or whatever), every once in a while, pick up and change the die so that it increases, to "2", then "3"... This escalating number will bring on a sense of horror (and should actually reflect in-game difficulty; getting closer to the big 'thing' or higher difficulty monsters/traps/weirdness). I had a GM do this to us... he was tracking the difficulty "level" of the place, as both a warning to us and a reminder to him. We all loved it. There was that "oh shit" moment whenever the die side went up.
So, speaking of strong opinions on PbtA, have you played any of the cyberpunk-esque PbtA games? Specifically thinking of The Sprawl (very mission based) and The Veil (more about exploring the themes and feels).
I read an article that stated it was important for Yoda to be the one to burn the tree down. Yoda's arguably the most important Jedi, so him being the one to burn everything down meant it was the right thing to do. I buy that.
I can see that, but it still remains that Luke went to the tree with a torch with the intention to burn it, and didn't.
And yet the books were saved. I'm assuming you guys saw that when Finn got his jacket or whatever from Rey's compartment toward the end that the books were in there?
Per some article:
"That library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess," Yoda says. It sounds cheeky, but he’s being literal: as we see later, Rey snatched the books before fleeing Ahch-To and hid them in a drawer on the Millennium Falcon (we briefly see her store them as she takes off, and get a better look near the film’s end when Finn opens the drawer to get a blanket for Rose). So yes, in addition to Luke’s lessons that Rey no doubt took to heart, she also has the literal tools to reform the Jedi Order, something Luke failed to fully accomplish. That’s another lesson Yoda imparts on Luke: "We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters."
That is one of the best parts for me. Names can be so evocative and helpful in fleshing out a character.
Yep. To be fair, might come off a little weird if all the names were straight Asian (Chou), or straight Avatar rip-offs (Azula) - cause of lawsuits. But honestly, just some pseudo Asian-Avatar sounding shit would've been perfect.
Panya Toan Ravi Asoon Bahn-Li
I mean shit, I made those up in a few seconds. Can't be that hard.
tomes also came over and Saturday and ran Legends of the Elements for his daughter, my kids and myself., It wasn’t recoreed, becuase kids.
My daughter took SO LONG to make her character!! By the time she was done, I was exhausted.
Kids are such kind-hearted role-players. And Zach is destined to play sidebar-crazy theives — sorry, rogues.
OK, so first off: The selection of names took the longest time. Legend of the Elements totally fails in not having example names aplenty on the sheet (almost a PbtA standard). I mean, some folks don't like that stuff, but I'm a huge fan, and maybe Stu's daughter would've chosen a name faster (nah... who am I kidding... she would've read the list and said "nope. nope. nope."
Oh, I think one rule I messed up on: A player can only use a Chi to upgrade a roll by taking advantage of a Tag (environmental or otherwise). I think my daughter used her Chi token to upgrade a roll, and I just didn't think twice. I think the purpose of the rule is to encourage more scene setup by doing things to add Tags around, which in turn allows everyone to work together and play off of each others prior successes. (At least that was my impression from prior games.)
Also, in retrospect some more hard framing and forcing a more railroaded story could've worked well for a kid group and short one-shot, but my daughter resists the rails like the plague. She's a wrench thrower when she feels like she's being railroaded.
Yep. Looks like they got serious blow-back. Doesn't say they commit to not rolling out some similar type changes, but they claim they will do so more transparently. We'll see. Like he says in the post "I know it will take a long time for us to earn back your trust." Damn straight. But this is a good first step.
I can't remember what the formal name is for those. Standing Mat? Fatigue Mat?
I had one at the first job that provided me with a standing desk. I am finding it was better than my current plan of "Standing on Hardwood Floors, Barefoot."
Yah, that plan sucks. :-)
If you optimize financially, just get a thick, cheapo yoga mat. Cut it into maybe 4 pieces, and use them one at a time until they wear out. Then double them up and keep using them until that wears out.
Oh, you could even get one of those Kitchen mats (https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Ergonomically-Engineered-Non-Slip-Waterproof/dp/B01ITE7948), which are similar-ish material, but at almost 70% of the pro cost, I'd go "pro"
All the time. I probably spend about 80% of the time standing, at the desk. I like the various nubs and edges that provide different gradients cause then you can stretch the feet and it varies the standing positions and such.
I read a bit about standing desks, and the advantages are varying your posture, but they do claim you shouldn't stand on hard ground for extended periods of time. (sources pending)
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