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« Reply #275 on: September 28, 2005, 11:39:14 PM »
http://www.jiawen.net/spheres.html

Spheres is my main science-fiction gaming setting (trying to figure out what you call this sort of thing is a bit of a headache). I guess you could say I started writing it in about 1993, when I started to brew some ideas about cyberpunk in combination with star-spanning communications. I've been developing it, in one form or another, since then.

Spheres is set in the year 2221 CE (or AD, if you prefer). Humanity has finally broken the lightspeed barrier, and has also discovered a handful of sentient races out among the stars. The area of space known to humanity, Known Space, is approximately 50 light-years in radius, roughly centered on the solar system.

I have tried to make the background pretty realistic, though with a few flights of fantasy (FTL starships being the main one). To keep it feeling real, I've often used real names, especially of countries and companies. These are intended in no way to make fun of or slander the parties mentioned; they are mentioned in satire only.

Spheres is also an RPG.
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« Reply #276 on: October 03, 2005, 11:12:36 PM »
http://www.hema.freehomepage.com/

HISTORICAL EUROPEAN MARTIAL ARTS

Welcome to  HEMA. This site is dedicated to the almost-lost arts of unarmed combat, dagger fighting and close-quarters sword combat as they were practiced throughout Europe centuries ago.

Over the past ten years there has been an explosion of interest in reviving the ancient European martial arts.  Many written and illustrated records of the fighting arts of Europe, especially during the Medieval and Renaissance periods, have now become freely available via the Internet.  Groups and individuals all over the world are working together to translate and interpret their lessons.

Consistently, what has been discovered represents a rich and sophisticated tradition, equal in all respects to the classical Asian martial arts. Just as modern practitioners look back with respect upon the ko-ryu (ancient schools) of Bujutsu, so too may they draw inspiration from the Masters of old Europe.

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InYo: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives on the Martial Arts and Sciences ISSN 1492-1669
Journal of Combative Sport ISSN 1492-1650

Journal of Non-lethal Combatives ISSN 1492-1634  
Journal of Theatrical Combatives ISSN 1492-1626
Journal of Western Martial Art ISSN 1492-1642
Journal of Manly Arts: European and Colonial Combatives, 1776 - 1914 (a subsection of JWMA)
Physical Training: Fitness for Combatives ISSN 1492-1685
The Iaido Journal ISSN 1492-1677
Kronos: A Chronological History of the Martial Arts and Combative Sports
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« Reply #277 on: October 06, 2005, 10:36:59 AM »
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« Reply #278 on: October 08, 2005, 04:27:45 PM »
So I read a number of "writing magazines". Here is a list that came up in a recent article

www.writermag.com (I think I posted this up before), but this is where this list comes from.

www.fwointl.com (Writing resources)

www.poewar.com HUGE

www.anotherrealm.com (Link source and lots of resources.)

www.steven-acre.com (sci-fi fantasy genre emphasis)

httpe://freelancewrite.about.com (What does about.com not do well besides RPGs?)

More focused:
www.fundsforwriters.com (Info for contests and such)
www.writersweekly.com (Newsletter well recommended and free)
www.writergazette.com (Articles)
http://writesuccess.com (well rounded site)
www.writing-world.com (Articles and cheaper books on writing)
www.worldwidefreelance.com
www.sellingwritingonline.com (self explanatory)
www.absolutewrite.com (much of everything... though hard to find)
www.writerscrossing.com
www.freelancewriting.com (for working writers)
www.oncewritten.com (Inspiration)
www.writerswrite.com ***

Movie
www.creativescreenwriting.com
www.moviebytes.com
www.wordplayer.com

fiction emphasis
www.marketlist.com
http://fictionaddiction.net

Fan Fic A place to begin
www.fanstory.com
www.fanfiction.net
www.fantasy-fan.org
www.ogaming.com/ A little fan fic is hidden in here.
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« Reply #279 on: October 12, 2005, 12:30:33 AM »
So somewhat was trying to explain this idea they had for a psuedo fantasy world. After listening it, "So this is a simplified Darkover?"  They had no idea what I was talking about. Others I have asked have no idea what I was talking about. I really could not believe it. Has cultural illiteracy gone so far in the gaming community that we have forgotten one of our roots? So here is some information you might want to have.

Darkover is a mysterious world where a long-forgotten colony of humans have developed powerful mental abilities and resist being reintegrated into the mainstream of humanity.Darkover is the locus of the Darkover series of fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories by Marion Zimmer Bradley and others published since 1962. According to the novels, Darkover is only human-habitable of seven planets orbiting a fictional red giant star called Cottman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkover
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darkover_series
Yes Wikipedia does have everything a computer using gamer might need.

http://darkover.cx/
Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust

http://darkover.apiacoa.org/index.en.html or
http://www.darkover.com/new/darkover/index.en.html
Older site

The Encyclopedia has been moved a lot. This is not the best version, but it is available without long sever lag times.
http://darkover.apiacoa.org/encyclopedia/index.en.html

http://b.webring.com/hub?ring=darkoring
Webring. Most are active. Pretty good for a series that has had no new books in about 5 years.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/darkover-lovers-l/
Yahoo group

http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/8567/Links.html
Follow the Links...Follow the Links

http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/5916/darkover.html
Cute Travel Agency
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« Reply #280 on: October 14, 2005, 04:42:38 PM »
Sometimes you just need another language. Other languages are good for names, items, and if you are playing historical games... those bits of wording you want to throw in for versimiltude.

The first and one of the best. And a good search engine too.
http://babelfish.altavista.com/

Good for many languages
http://dictionary.reference.com/translate/text.html

One of the most sought after languages is Japanese. It is also the hardest to find. Japanese-English Dictionary Interface or Jedi is what you are looking for. While most dictionaries translate into Japanese characters, this translates into romaji or roman characters for the Japanese words. (romaji is what you need to search for when looking for such a dictionary. Once that key is found, the dictionaries pop up)

http://poets.notredame.ac.jp/cgi-bin/jedi

Others....
http://www.animelab.com/anime.manga/dictionary/
Anime lab is a cool large anime site...
http://www.solon.org/cgi-bin/j-e
More scholarly than some others

Now if I could find an Arabic and Latin translator....
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« Reply #281 on: October 16, 2005, 09:47:46 AM »
The Wargamer's Ring links wargaming webpages together into a community. Presently the ring has hundreds of member sites and is the largest and most popular wargaming ring on WebRing. The member pages include sites on boardgames, computer games, miniatures games, and even military history. The webring makes it easier for wargaming enthusiasts to find pages on the web that interest them

http://j.webring.com/hub?ring=wargamers


These links come highly recomended and are not part of the web ring

Miniature Manufacturers and Sellers

Games Workshop  http://www.games-workshop.com/

Command Magazine  http://www.umahexagon.com/index_command.html

Reaper Miniatures   http://www.umahexagon.com/index_command.html

Battlegames - Not Quite a Manufacturer, but a good site!   http://www.battlegames.co.uk/


Wargaming Resources

Wargaming Standards and Banners   http://www.warflag.com/

Historical Miniatures Page   http://my.erinet.com/~bp/hist.html

Seven Years War Association   http://www.warweb.com/sywassoc.html

Web Grognards - Board Wargaming Info  http://grognard.com/
Five Star site

French and Indian War Homepage - Historical Info from French Perspective
http://web.syr.edu/~laroux/

Uniformology - the name speaks for itself  http://www.uniformology.com/

MagWeb Magazine Service   http://www.magweb.com/
Five Star site

Rare Map Collection - Univ. Georgia Library   http://scarlett.libs.uga.edu/darchive/hargrett/maps/maps.html
[color="red"]Four Star site[/color]

French Site of Napoleonic Miniatures Wargaming   http://www.histofig.com/
In French

The Major General's Page - Excellent victorian Era Site   http://zeitcom.com/majgen/index.html



General Index of Wargaming Pages

Warweb Site   http://www.warweb.com/hist.html

Republique Rules   http://wtj.com/games/

Fire and Fury Rules    http://pease1.sr.unh.edu/FnF/

Principles of War   http://www.rdenning.demon.co.uk/npow/wargames.htm

DBx in Plastic Miniatures - Crisp, Attractive, Site   http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Ring/8582/tony_crusade.html
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« Reply #282 on: October 16, 2005, 01:11:28 PM »
This is a slightly interesting site.

http://www.rpgmp3.com/index.php

This site is dedicated to bringing a unique(ish) experience to roleplayers, gamers and web surfers everywhere. A combination of gaming and sound! The Audio Reviews let you listen to roleplaying games unscripted. You can even download them to your iPod or MP3 player.

RPGMP3 have decided to take up the challenge of AEG's World's Largest Dungeon. It will be a difficult task but we intend to audio review the whole d**n thing if we can. :D

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« Reply #283 on: October 19, 2005, 08:13:39 PM »
http://www.rpgrm.com/index.php

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To our FREE, Resource and Play by Post ( PbP ) roleplaying site for HARP, rolemaster, Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Steve Jackson Games and any other non d20 game you want to bring along.

We have an active and vibrant community, developing roleplaying ideas, adventures, worlds and generally having fun.

So if you prefer to have Roleplaying as your emphasis rather than ruleplaying, come along and have some fun.
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« Reply #284 on: October 21, 2005, 10:58:21 AM »
http://www.omniglot.com

Omniglot is a guide to written langauge. It contains details of most alphabets and other writing systems currently in use, as well as quite a few ancient and invented ones. It also includes information about some of the languages written with those writing systems, multilingual texts, tips on learning languages, a book store, some useful phrases in many different languages, and a ever-growing collection of links to language-related resources.
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« Reply #285 on: October 22, 2005, 11:56:03 PM »
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/

The Internet History Sourcebooks are collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

THE INTERNET HISTORY SOURCEBOOKS

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, Internet Medieval Sourcebook, Internet Modern History Sourcebook, are the main ones. The alternate ones are numerous, but hit upon Internet African History Sourcebook,
Internet East Asian History Sourcebook, Internet Global History Sourcebook
Internet Indian History Sourcebook, Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
Internet Jewish History Sourcebook, Internet History of Science Sourcebook, Internet Women's History Sourcebook, People With a History: An Online Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* History

One of the more interesting is raveler's accounts of their journeys and the lands they visit are important sources in understanding the past. As outsiders, travelers often note aspects of a culture that are too commonplace for local commentators to mention. More than this, travelers often provide some insight into how their own society understood itself in relation to other cultures.
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« Reply #286 on: October 23, 2005, 05:52:17 PM »
http://kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu/~kamikaze/RPG/

Lots of misc resources from his own rule systems to a huge list of poisons.

Including a fun page on What's Wrong with AD&D.

Also has a page full of design principles and his own Computer Games he designed.

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« Reply #287 on: October 29, 2005, 09:19:11 PM »
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook

Sourcebook Contents

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary documents. Each individual section is still large - an organizational goal here is to avoid incessant "clicking" to get between pages and to information.

Selected Sources
This is an index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes. Since it had grown too large for many users to manage, as of October 10 1998, it has been extensively reorganized. For teachers who wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting point.

Full Text Sources
Full texts of medieval sources arranged according to type.

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« Reply #288 on: November 11, 2005, 10:53:24 AM »
http://www.ashotoforangejuice.com/gmrisk.html

Sort of gaming. Using Google's Maps you can play a game of risk.

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« Reply #289 on: November 29, 2005, 10:29:42 PM »
http://www.d20srd.org/index.htm

A fellow by the name of Jans Carton has taken the free SRD
documents published by Wizards of the Coast and fully
hyperlinked them into a fast, easy to use website. It
contains everything in the SRD (classes, monsters, skills,
feats, treasure, combat, epic level information, psionics,
spells, and more) and various items of d20 Open Content.

The website is astonishingly handy for both preparing
adventures and as a reference when playing. Imagine you are
playing D&D and someone says: "Hey, how do I use overrun
again?" or you suddenly have to know what it means to be
"Fascinated". Well, if you have a computer near your table
you can do a quick search, and boom, you find the
information. This is exceptionally awesome when looking at
spells or monsters. If you are looking up information on
Ghouls you can just instantly link to exactly what
"Paralysis" does, rather than flipping through another
rulebook. That is perhaps the biggest advantage of the
website: it's flip free and he rules are always right at
your fingertips.

If you digitally prepare your adventures, such as with Open
Office, you can easily copy and paste stats of monsters and
spells right into it. It's also quite easy to make your own
reference sheets for your DM screen or what have you. Having
all the rules in electronic format is awesome.

The SRD contains a remarkable amount of information, and
Jans is constantly updating it with things that are not in
the official SRD, but are still open game content, such as
optional rules from Unearthed Arcana. The updates are quite
frequent, despite the site's free status (though you can
help him out by donating a few bucks).

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Re: Interesting Gaming Websites
« Reply #290 on: November 30, 2005, 05:35:14 PM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Role-playing_game_terminology

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« Reply #291 on: March 05, 2006, 04:24:09 PM »
http://legendaryquest.netfirms.com/

(good even if already mentioned...check out the  Design Patterns of Successful Role-Playing Games)

LQ is based entirely on actual European and Mediterranean folklore and mythology.  There's no fluff here.  It is a work of heart lovingly crafted by history-minded gamers that will blow your mind and just might teach you a thing or two about ancient European beliefs.  Even if you're not interested in switching to a new gaming system right now, Legendary Quest offers a slew of fresh ideas to incorporate into your current campaigns.

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« Reply #292 on: March 05, 2006, 04:27:41 PM »
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/

About The Escapist

The Escapist covers gaming and gamer culture with a progressive editorial style, with articles and columns by the top writers in and outside of the industry. A weekly publication, its magazine-style updates offer content for a mature audience of gamers, entertainment enthusiasts, industry insiders, and other "NetSet" readers.

Each issue, The Escapist explores a central theme. Tuesday's main publish addresses head-on the topics relevant to gamers, while the weekend extra, Casual Friday, explores the lighter side of these heavy issues.

Combining print-quality writing and magazine-style aesthetics with the accessibility of the web, The Escapist is available online, via PDF, and through RSS for broad syndication.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/8/3

"The machinery of gaming has run amok... An industry that was once the most innovative and exciting artistic field on the planet has become a morass of drudgery and imitation... It is time for revolution!"

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« Reply #293 on: March 05, 2006, 04:30:44 PM »
http://jeepen.org/dict/

This is not a manifesto. This is in part a collection of general guidelines, called truths, for writing freeform scenarios, likely table-top and larp scenarios as well. It is also an attempt at describing Jeepform, the subset of freeform at the heart of Vi åker Jeep's games. Further down, we include a dictionary of terms used and some techniques.

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« Reply #294 on: March 05, 2006, 04:42:32 PM »
http://manifestogames.com/

Building a Path to Market for Independent Games

The machinery of gaming has run amok. Instead of serving creative vision, it suppresses it. Instead of encouraging innovation, it represses it. Instead of taking its cue from our most imaginative minds, it takes its cue from the latest month's PC Data list. Instead of rewarding those who succeed, it penalizes them with development budgets so high and royalties so low that there can be no reward for creators. Instead of ascribing credit to those who deserve it, it seeks to associate success with the corporate machine. It is time for revolution.
      -- The Scratchware Manifesto

 
PC Gamers of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Retail Chains!

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« Reply #295 on: March 05, 2006, 05:16:45 PM »
http://bankuei.blogspot.com/2006/02/flag-framing_03.html

This a method I've used to help myself improvise and scene frame, initially an outgrowth of techniques from my Feng Shui days to now. It works with most traditional games and replaces the need to pre-plan events and scenes (whether linear or branching) and cuts down prep time by a LOT.

The Basic Idea

Traditionally improvisation has been considered an advanced technique. Mostly because all the advice we've seen is about preparing adventures either like a videogame level (map, NPCs, monsters go here), or else preparing a set of events, either linear or branching and then trying to engineer the player characters into the events.

The players show up every week with just a character sheet and seem to improvise just fine. "But wait! Players only have to deal with just one character! They don't have to figure out what will happen!"

But that's not the key difference in play. The difference is that the players have prepared a tool for improvisation -the character. With the character, the players don't need to prep a list of possible events and responses, they simply use the character as a focus to improvise with. They can make up on the spot how a "hot-headed young knight out for glory" ought to act without thinking too hard.

What the GM needs is to prep tools that do the same thing. Instead of trying to guess what might happen, what the players might do, what they might find interesting, you can instead prep tools that react to what IS happening, what the players SHOW you they want to do.

The GM's role really boils down to helping make interesting stuff happen. This breaks out into framing engaging scenes (and conflicts) and presenting neat NPCs. So let's talk about how to make that happen...

http://bankuei.blogspot.com/2006/02/conflict-web.html

Yesterday I told you how to make Scene Frame on the fly, with an easy tool. Here's another prep tool to make scenarios full of conflict for your games. This is part brainstorming and part R-map.

How Big?

The first question is how big the conflict is going to be. "Big", not measured by the number of characters, but by the number of potential "sides" and subconflicts that might emerge. If you have armies of millions at war, but there's only 2 sides and no betrayals or secondary motivations- it's a very simple conflict (GI Joe). If you have 3 people with multiple motivations, betrayals and layers, it can be terribly messy (House of Flying Daggers).

You don't need to nail down an exact number of potential sides, but you want a good idea before you get to work, so that you don't end up making an intense multilayered George R.R. Martin level of conflict for a one-shot.

A magic number to go with is 3 sides. 3 sides is enough to make things interesting, but not so many people get confused.

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Re: Interesting Gaming Websites
« Reply #296 on: March 05, 2006, 05:26:05 PM »
http://designwave.co.za/disphere/

Welcome to "The Nemron 5 Mythology" (N5M for short) project. This page is dedicated to the development of the N5M game, a title proudly developed in South-Africa.

The N5M uses the DiSphere game system. The DiSphere Game system and the Nemron 5 Mythology world are both open source. Any documents containing the Creative Commons Licence are free to copy and use, as long as it's for non-commercial uses. Thats right, the core rules for the N5M game are free!
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« Reply #297 on: March 09, 2006, 06:46:02 PM »
http://www.wanderersguild.com/

Couldn't find a description and don't have time to write one. Check it out!

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Re: Interesting Gaming Websites
« Reply #298 on: July 03, 2006, 06:00:02 PM »
Plots...for the love of...

http://www.angelfire.com/nc/tcrpress/plots1.html

This site is designed to help novel, short story, movie, television, play, and video game writers develop new plot ideas. Over 2000 scenarios ranging from the normal to the bizarre are provided as a spark for the imagination. Some plots are sitcom cliches (that might deserve a new twist) while others are unusual happenings gleaned from the world of news and a few odd minds. Other story ideas are subtle suggestions that could be taken several ways - according to your mood or whim at the moment. Some others are everyday situations given an interesting wrinkle. Take a look for yourself.

And since this site will always be a work-in-progress check back for updates. And send us your additions to share with other writers....

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Re: Interesting Gaming Websites
« Reply #299 on: October 08, 2006, 09:13:08 PM »
http://www.ropecon.fi/brap/

Beyond Role and Play
Tools, Toys and Theory for Harnessing the Imagination

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The book for Solmukohta 2004. Edited by Markus Montola and Jaakko Stenros, foreword by Frans Mäyrä.

Beyond Role and Play is a collection of articles by researchers and role-playing game enthusiasts from seven countries, made for the Nordic role-playing convention Solmukohta 04. The book offers practical tools, analytical viewpoints, inspirational game reviews and fresh methodological ideas for all who take role-playing seriously. The book covers both tabletop and live-action role-playing as an artform, a political tool, an educational method and as great entertainment.

As Beyond Role and Play is now out of print, the book is published in the Internet for free, as a courtesy of the authors, the editors and Ropecon ry.

The theory section consists of articles that are mostly of interest to researchers, practice includes tried and true tools for both game designers and players. Games holds descriptive reviews of coompleted projects and analyses of a number of Nordic larps, and finally openings provokes with radical new ideas that are of equal interest to both researchers and game masters.

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