Category Archives: What Do I Know About Gameplay

What Do I Know About Gameplay? Material Components and Access Gateways

  As often happens, Brandes Stoddard brought up some very thought-provoking ideas in one of his posts. Specifically, he was discussing how D&D could do some interesting things with ritual magic with higher-level effects, utilizing high-cost material components.  That’s a pretty thought-provoking line of conjecture, but it also reminded me of one of my old thought exercises, specifically looking at

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones XII

Its that time again  (it’s actually well past that time) when we look at the Marvel Universe as seen through the comics that came out this past Wednesday, and then mercilessly strip mine them for ideas for milestones. Our first stop on our tour of the Marvel Universe on Wednesday is a trip to outer space and a look at

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones XI

As the first Marvel Now issues begin to surface, and we get plenty of rumors and rampant speculation, let’s turn our attention mining the issues that did come out for some milestone inspiration.  Join me, won’t you? Let’s start at the beginning with the insanity that is Avenging Spider-Man #13 This Place Is A Mecca For Morons 1 XP  When

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What Do I Know About Houserules? Alignment (Cortex)

There was an interesting post a while back that I have just recently been contemplating, about hacking Marvel Heroic Roleplaying to emulate a 4th edition style game.  While reading through it, I noticed that the author mentioned not being entirely sure that the affiliation dice worked for a D&D style game but left them in. http://critical-hits.com/2012/03/26/fantasy-heroic-roleplaying-a-dd-4e-hack-for-marvel-heroic-roleplaying/ One of the strengths

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones IX

After reading a my Wednesday comics once again, here are some milestones inspired by actual comics!  Yet again!  No, really!  Let’s jump into the fray . . . First up, a set of milestones inspired by Amazing Spider-Man #695, and Madame Web’s (Julia Carpenter) warnings for Spider-Man over the last several years. It’s Too Late For That 1 XP  When

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones VIII

Hey, I’m a bit late, but that seems to be the case whenever I have my Marvel game on Thursday.  I certainly don’t regret that one bit.  However, without further delay, let’s dive into the comics that I happened to peruse this week through the wonderful lens of Milestones . . . We’ll start with Amazing Spider-Man #694, continuing Pete’s

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones VII

You know how much work this little endeavor is likely to become next month when Marvel Now launches?  When I have to sell an organ so I can sample a whole bunch of relaunched titles?  Ah well, what’s a kidney when it comes to comic book goodness? The first inspiration for this weeks milestones comes from Daredevil #18.  It is

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What Do I Know About Houserules? Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

I really do love the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game, so when I do something like this, it’s much more of a “let take things out to their logical conclusion/play off of some of the designer commentary” sort of thing. So I want to make sure this doesn’t come across as a “the game plays fine as long as you throw

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What Do I Know About Milestones? Milestones VI

Yes, I read my comics this Wednesday, but hoo boy does time get away from you when the time machine is in the shop. So, without further ado, let’s look at what the comics caused to sprout in my brain, shall we? First up, let’s look at Avengers Assemble #7.  There were cosmic events!  There were mass battles!  Explosion!  But

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