Mapache's Role-Playing Game Stuff

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Living Forgotten Realms

Living Forgotten Realms, the current ongoing public play campaign for Dungeons & Dragons 4E, is a heck of a lot of fun, but the Living aspect is a complete farce. Every week you get together with a random cast of other people that you've probably seen before, but you don't have any particular reason for getting together with. You then condense the vivid, exciting backstory and detailed appearance you have made up for your character down to a single-sentence introduction. You will be lucky if the other players remember your name, class, and race. (Even if you tell them otherwise, they will assume your character is the same gender as you unless you give them a name like Ovaria Birthgiver or Mansong Crotchgrabber.)

A Mish-Mash of Magic Items

D&D has a fine tradition of bizarre, useless magical items. Here's a collection bizarre, slightly useful ones with non-obvious applications:

Sling Bulettes
These smooth stone spheres look like normal ammunition for throwing from a sling. Once launched, they transmute in mid-air into a landshark. It is fully alive, and rather angry about having been freeze-dried and stored in your backpack. It is advisable to leave the area before it is done taking out part of its anger on the target of your sling, as it still has more anger left.

Roman Superheroes

"Zounds, the Visigoth has kidnapped the members of the Senate and is holding them ransom unless we pull out from Gaul! Quick, light the signal pyre to call the Justice League. The Gladiator, the Praetor, the Fascist, and Purple Toga will make short work of this problem!"

Exalted High School

Continuing with my ideas for alternate settings for RPGs, I present Exalted High! It's just a typical high school filled with teen angst…and earth-shattering kung fu!

SJ Games To Produce d20 GURPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — 31 March 2001

Steve Jackson Games is proud to announce that it has acquired a license from Wizards of the Coast to convert its GURPS role-playing game to the industry-standard d20 system. The award-winning GURPS game has long provided a universal system for multiple genres. Converting to the new d20 standard will better allow Steve Jackson Games to cooperate with other companies and produce products more accessible to the general gaming public.

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