|Monday, May 16th, 2005|
10:43p - Teaching kids to tabletop RP
So our kids, ages 14, 14 (both girls) and 12 (boy) want to learn how to roleplay. The systems we have at home are D&D (all three editions, though we only have 3.5 on PDF) , GURPS, and BTVS Eden - which of these is a good starter system for kids, or is there something else that you guys recommend?
Any hints for teaching kids to play in general would be appreciated. My husband and I both know how to play all the aforementioned systems, and one of us would be GMing for the kids while the other would be doing the whole player thing (and doubtlessly helping the kids along, though hopefully not too much, because that would likely annoy them).
X-posted a bit
current mood: curious
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11:42p - Trenchoat Katana Gumby Attack!
The following is a post of mine from a thread on the white wolf forums
that I felt like sharing, because I felt like sharing it. I enjoyed
posting it both there and here, because I'm kinda like that. If you
like trenchcoat katana gumbies, well so be it.
|"Posted: 16 May 2005 22:28 Post subject: I had to...
|darklordthor wrote: |
|What's wrong with Trenchcoat/Katana Gumby character archetype? |
This is what:
Cook Killed In Katana Gumby Attack In Hospital
regrettably, this reflects what tends to happen when trenchcoat katana
gumbies exist in a game. Trivial personal conflict happens, out comes
the two-thousand-year-old katana and some random person, PC or
otherwise, goes down (or better yet, beats the katana gumby down for
being stupid enough to pull a katana in an urban environment).
Note that in the article, we know nothing about the attacker other
than his age and the fact that he had a katana (trenchcoat is not
mentioned, but for sake of argument we will assume it existed.
). This is identical to the amount of background and character
development we get with the typical katana gumby. Who is he? He's a guy
with a sword, yo, and he'll kill ya. Where does he come from? from
someplace where he was able to get the sword, yo. Why is he here? So he
can use the sword, yo.
The alternative is the katana gumby with the ridiculously
overblown, melodramatic 'background' that maunders on for fifty pages
about the injustices and cruelty of the world and how this character is
the only cool guy alive, and that his coolness is infinitely enhanced
because for some overwrought reason, he has somehow not only gotten a
1000 year-old katana despite all realistic personal factors, and gotten
it out of Japan somehow (export for the real thing..especially the
ancient ones... no) so that he can tote it around in his trenchcoat
like a common sawed-off shotgun, to be whipped out at a moment's notice
and thus demonstrate the character's infinite, trenchcoated coolness.
Wow, talk about run-on sentences."
There. I have inflicted whatever it was that I inflicted upon you. I
had to post s a brief rant on character archetypes defined by the
weapon they carry and a single article of clothing rather than anything
to do with being a person. Disclaimer: I like trenchcoats and I like
katanas, but characters with depth are far cooler than either... if a
character is super-cool, a trenchcoat's fine. The katana...takes a bit
more convincing, naturally..
current mood: mischievous
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