Supplements – Ep168

What are some of our favorite supplemental material for the games we play?

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Cast – Eric, Shannon, Dan, Brandon, Mike and Shawn… oh, and Jayson

Items Mentioned: Victoriana, Shadowrun, Ravenloft, Dungeons & Dragons, American Gods, Burning Wheel, Pathfinder, Punisher Armory, Dungeon Crawl Classics, World of Warcraft, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Pendragon, Penumbra

 

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12 Responses to Supplements – Ep168

  1. Sam says:

    I agree the Smoke is the best Victoriana source-book. It gives texture, Npcs, monsters, everything you need to make the city work as a setting.
    There is another book that is my favorite supplement, called the Book of the Smoke. It’s an in-character guide to 1930’s London’s occult scene written for Trail of Cthulhu. It’s very well written with countless adventure hooks.Those two books in conjunction are all you need for a long running London campaign.

    • Gamerstable says:

      Good one! We hadn’t heard of “Book of the Smoke” before, but it looks awesome and is definitely now on our must have list.

      • Sam says:

        Sure thing. If you are running a game in London in the 30’s you can just hand the book to the players and let them pick and choose what to investigate. Why wasn’t this done before?

  2. Joe C says:

    Love the show guys, but I miss you guys talking over the intro music. It was a good lead in and in my opinion, gave the show a little more professionally edited feel.

  3. Rick says:

    I found the best supplemental books are the ones that go deeper into each character class. Veterans such as yourselves probably don’t use them much any more, but a hobby gamer noob such as my self find a great deal of inspiration in them. By looking in each sub class and having a broad general idea of the type of game that is going to be played, I have a better chance of messing with the GM and keeping the game interesting for me and my fellow players.

  4. Brian Scott says:

    Great options especially the old Complete books. The Quintessential line by Mongoose paid respect to them for 3.x folks, but the writing wasn’t as good in my opinion. For Cthulhu oddly I got more use out of old newspapers and my copy of the 1902 Sears Roebuck Catalogue. There was one small one with a full zepplin diagram and plenty of crunch that I liked. I confess I fell into 3.5’s trappings of endless sourcebooks, although I still feel there is considerably more within pathfinder. Ultimate Campaign is fricking awesome, especially since it is in their free PRD online. I’m a sucker for city/campaign/legacy rules. Another favorite was the 2ed player’s guide for Vampire the Masquerade notable for its listing of HIGH level diciplines and VERY nasty explosive and military grade weapons. Everything an insane brujah needs to wreck a campaign.

    Some, are naturally too limited to do much more then take your cash. 3.5’s Cityscape, Sandstorm, Frostburn, and Stormwrack might all have been condensed into one or two books. Rumor is design has a standing concept of the one or two feats in the book that you like justifying ownership of the entire book. Although there is such thing as too much, some of the flood of d20 books packed with feats and monsters seemed rather too much crunch and not enough flavor or vice versa. I do think AEG had a few nice ones, there were some very good tables in their Toolkit for instance.

    Frankly, I feel someday I’m gonna stumble on some long forgotten ULTIMATE DM TABLE AND SYSTEM book that I’ll just go nuts over. I seem to find fragments everywhere, but not the holy grail.

    On a personal note, My first tests came back. Cancer treatment is working! I think I’ll celebrate by organizing my gaming collection.

    • this_is_Dan says:

      That is awesome news! On a side note I found a replica of an old Sears & Roebuck catalogue at a flea market and thought it would be great for Cutuhlu (but not at his asking price lol).
      Good luck on your rercovery!
      dan

      • Brian Scott says:

        Dan if you want, I’ll happily ship some stuff to you. I’ve the sears catalog, several newspaper reprint books great for turn of the century and texas gunslinging stuff, and I was planning on condensing that stuff anyway.

        Just let me know what kinda stuff you are looking for. I have a philosophy that I’d rather see an item used in someone’s campaign (for the good of the hobby) then rotting in a box.

  5. Avi says:

    Good episode. You get a share for mentioning my favorite game, burning wheel. The best game I know for role playing in an RPG that feels like an RPG and not just storytelling. As you say, burning wheel gold is gorgeous.

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