March 31st, 2008

[World of Darkness] How 'real' is the world?

It's something that I've been pondering for a while but from the books and the background how close to the real world is the old WOD? I know that any GM can run the world according to how they and the players want to go but how is it written in published material?

How is it 'dark' I guess I'm asking.

Are people just more selfish?
Is murder and violent crime more common?
Are the police and legal-system inept / uncaring / corrupt which allows for the people to get away with more, influence the local authorities, get away with murder etc?
Is the government more authoritarian less likely to give assistance to people?
Are the corporations uncaring monoliths?

This is probably all related to the fact that I feel some dystopia settings don't work for me. It's not that I don't believe that people can be brutal and nasty but more integrity of a setting doesn't hang right for example when a corporation that relies on people buying their stuff is universally corrupt and uncaring.
Penny Arcade Zombie sad

D&D 3.5 players, a question

I'm about to DM a game of D&D 3.5 for the first time, and I'm wondering from those who have played/DM'd games before, how many of you have the players use spell components? I know when playing I hate keeping track of them, and I was just wondering what the D&D players here thought.

I'm aware it's my call as far as the game goes, I'm just looking for feedback.
Shadow person

You know what I'd like to see?

You know what I'd like to see in the future?

Astronauts doing tabletop roleplaying on board the International Space Station.

There's a scientific precedent. How do you roll dice in a microgravity environment?

Somebody pass this thought on to NASA, please ... :)

F'list, do any of you know of any NASA or ESA contacts?
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