A recent comment over on our Atomic Think Tank forum about how the Power Profiles for Mutants & Masterminds made the commenter feel like he was part of a "living game" got me thinking about the products we put out, the ways their perceived by all of you, and how our philosophy has changed over the years.
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Gamers can't what? Not, not "gamers cannot," gamers' cant, the unique jargon and terminology that develops amongst gamers and gaming groups. You know, the way you know somebody you've just met is a gamer when they slip, laugh, and say "Missed my Dex roll!"
Then there are the specific "dialects" of gamers' cant that develop amongst game groups. Every group I've encountered has their own: in-jokes and references to games, some of them from years ago, which linger in their collective memory. Some have even been passed on to new members of the group, who weren't even around for the original incident, but still "remember" it through the group's lingo. My own gaming group (which has been together in various configurations since college) is no different. Here's a look at some of the more popular bits of gamers' cant in our dialect:
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About this time last year I conceived the idea of A Game of Thrones Edition of A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. We were running low on core rulebooks and also on the Peril at King's Landing adventure. With a new season of the Game of Thrones TV show scheduled to debut in April 2012, I wanted to make sure we had core books ready to sell. I also wanted to get the phrase "Game of Thrones" on the cover, so people not familiar with the novels would make the connection between the show and our game. The solution seemed simple enough. Take the original core book, update it, and append Peril at King's Landing. That'd put a full length adventure right in the rulebook, which would be useful to new GMs. I explained the plan to George and asked if we could call the new rulebook "A Game of Thrones Edition" and he said sure. Simple enough plan, right?
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Coming Soon: The Night's Watch
Happy Friday, folks.
Well, we've got one more episode of this season of Game of Thrones, and it's been a heck of a ride. But don't despair—with HBO wrapping up the current season, and Mr. Martin working steadily on the next book, we here at Green Ronin will help keep your appetite sated for All Things Westerosi.
We've already revealed the cover for our next presentation for the line, Night's Watch. This sourcebook details the history of the Night's Watch and the geography of the Wall, along with rules for creating those brothers who've taken the Black. It also details the wild lands north of the Wall, with a chapter on wildling tribes, cultures and characters. Finally, it includes an appendix that takes a look at the Lords of the Long Night: the Others. In fact, as a bit of an appetite-whetter, we present the Child-Taker, one of the many terrifying legends the hearthwives and storytellers among the wildlings use to frighten their children into behaving...and to warn one another.
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