Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail

There exists no more rancid a pustule and blemish upon the mechanical mores of our hobby than the modern D20 systems.  In fact it is well within acceptable boundaries to posit that their continued existence and market dominance is an affront to God himself by the defiance of good iterative design principles alone.

Many proponents of D20 systems hide behind assertions that people can like what they like.  This is certainly true, to an extent.  However, a role playing game system exists to facilitate a unique art form, and can and should be critiqued on the merits of its ability to accomplish this. Continue reading “Rules as Written: How D20 Systems and Their Derivatives Fail”

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Little Wars Episode 32: Old Man Josefius Looks for a 3D Printer

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Mongoose, Jon, and Jack have a fun and freewheeling time talking about Edge of Empire, session 0, and shilling Ryuutama.  Then Jack and Mongoose talk with Myles Poland about how to save money by spending your time 3d printing plastic dudes.

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Truth and Reconciliation, Coming to a Table Near You

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Episode 30 of Little Wars discussed various means of ‘safety’ that see usage among certain RPG circles. These methods, trinkets, and baubles certainly entertain in a sort of point and laugh, ‘look at these fragile fools’ sort of way. But this development gives us unique insight into linguistic and conversational control and the future of traditional games as a hobby. Continue reading “Truth and Reconciliation, Coming to a Table Near You”

Little Wars Episode 30: Dueling Consent Flowers: A Soy Wars Story

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Jack, Jon and Mongoose strap in for a review of edge of empire.  After surviving Mongoose’s yoda impression Mongoose then tortures them with talk of 1984 afghansty VDV miniatures.  They finish it off with deep thoughts about ‘consent’ and ‘safety’ mechanisms in games.

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FLAMES OF WAR V4: MONGOOSE REVIEWS EVERY UNIT RELEVANT TO THE AMERICAN RIFLE COMPANY PART 3

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What is the greatest weapon of the greatest war?  The atom bomb?  The medium tank?  The assault rifle?  The jet aircraft?  No.  The greatest technological development, in my opinion, was the mortar.  Artillery and machine guns defined the previous war, and unfortunately flashier weapons overshadowed the simple grenade launching tube.  The mortar and other artillery killed more men in combat than any other weapon, vastly outstripping any other cause by most estimations.  Incidentally, a lot of these combat stats vindicate a few old scapegoats, like the venerable M4, but we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it. Continue reading “FLAMES OF WAR V4: MONGOOSE REVIEWS EVERY UNIT RELEVANT TO THE AMERICAN RIFLE COMPANY PART 3”