[shopping] What have you splurged on recently?

Not all splurge, as Kids on Bikes was my pick from the Seven Hills raffle. However, the rest - yes... Splurge.

I have loved Dragon Age from the first time I played it, so picking up Faces of Thedas, which introduces a plethora of characters, factions and plot hooks from the console games and beyond was a no brainer.

And, while I remain very much on the fence with regard to the 2d20 system, John Carter of Mars was a fun game to playtest and it felt light enough that the system almost faded away.

I also picked up a damaged copy of Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk from Gameslore (about a third off for a spine shunt that I had to search for once it arrived) and Fil bought me a copy of the Stranger Things branded red box D&D Starter Set. Thus far, I'm unimpressed with the latter and have had no time to even crack open the former.

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Not all splurge, as Kids on Bikes was my pick from the Seven Hills raffle. However, the rest - yes... Splurge.

I have loved Dragon Age from the first time I played it, so picking up Faces of Thedas, which introduces a plethora of characters, factions and plot hooks from the console games and beyond was a no brainer.

And, while I remain very much on the fence with regard to the 2d20 system, John Carter of Mars was a fun game to playtest and it felt light enough that the system almost faded away.

I also picked up a damaged copy of Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk from Gameslore (about a third off for a spine shunt that I had to search for once it arrived) and Fil bought me a copy of the Stranger Things branded red box D&D Starter Set. Thus far, I'm unimpressed with the latter and have had no time to even crack open the former.

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So happy to see you collect 2d20 games like Star Trek Adventures and John Carter of Mars. I am guessing you have the Conan 2d20 too, and betting you may be curious enough about Achtung Cthulhu 2d20 to also get it. And being an old school lord of geek cool, I also bet Frank Herbert's Dune would bring you on board Modiphus' Dune if 2d20 in 2020. :)
 
So happy to see you collect 2d20 games like Star Trek Adventures and John Carter of Mars. I am guessing you have the Conan 2d20 too, and betting you may be curious enough about Achtung Cthulhu 2d20 to also get it. And being an old school lord of geek cool, I also bet Frank Herbert's Dune would bring you on board Modiphus' Dune if 2d20 in 2020. :)
Nope. That's me... Star Trek and John Carter—and I suspect my Trek will go up for sale at some future con bring'n'buy. I've only read a couple of Conan stories, so that game has never attracted my interest. Nothing else 2d20 excites me; we'll see with Dune. I'd be inclined to translate my knowledge of the books and run it with Fate.
 
...while I remain very much on the fence with regard to the 2d20 system, John Carter of Mars was a fun game to playtest and it felt light enough that the system almost faded away.

...Fil bought me a copy of the Stranger Things branded red box D&D Starter Set. Thus far, I'm unimpressed...
Can you tell us more? I feel strangely attracted to the John Carter book, maybe it's the landscape layout. If anyone wants to give me a copy for Easter that would be great.

I'm also still resisting the Stranger Things set, so anything you can say to bolster my defenses is welcome.
 
Can you tell us more? I feel strangely attracted to the John Carter book, maybe it's the landscape layout. If anyone wants to give me a copy for Easter that would be great.

I'm also still resisting the Stranger Things set, so anything you can say to bolster my defenses is welcome.
John Carter of Mars uses a very lightweight 2d20 engine, so there are no skills. Players sort of agree with the GM what best combination of two of the six total attributes are narratively combined to resolve a task.
 
Also fights in John Carter of Mars are pretty quick with a resource called Momentum easily dispatching minions. There are no weapons tables, because this is mostly a narrative game.

It uses a "roll under" mechanic with two d20 dice, and picking best role for most simple task difficulty of D1, that is your d20 roll must be under or equal to the combined total of two attributes you selected as key to the encounter task resolution.

More difficult tasks D2, require both your two d20 to be successful.

There are harder D3 tasks, where you bribe your GM for more dice using your pool of Luck or Momentum.
 
My latest splurges are:

From Seven Hills: Indie classic InSpectres. I devoured it in an evening. It looks great (and easy to manage) fun. I ought to bring it along for a convention outing.

Inspired by Seven Hills: Tachyon Squadron. A superb Fate space fighter pilot game. The WW2 hack was terrific fun, and I do want to do more with it, either as GM or player.

No Seven Hills connection: Star Wars 30th Anniversary Edition. Something damaged and reduced on Games Lore, and I can't see any signs of damage apart from a minute rip to the paper sleeve around the slip case.

I've never owned a Star Wars game before. Incredibly simple system, and a real blast from the past. There's something incredibly unpretentious about it all.
 
Can you tell us more? I feel strangely attracted to the John Carter book, maybe it's the landscape layout. If anyone wants to give me a copy for Easter that would be great.

I'm also still resisting the Stranger Things set, so anything you can say to bolster my defenses is welcome.
Sorry to nudge you offsite to Twitter, but I have posted two 10-tweet threads with an open box review and a view on the enclosed adventure: -- and on that basis I suspect you have saved yourself some money.
 

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Thanks, I suspect I did. Or saved myself from a disappointing birthday present!
I concur. This had been tempting me (if only for the miniature). I really wanted to get the Delta Green hack of the game that Fi 'won' at the last North Star out again and maybe use the miniature with it. However, I think that I'm probably not getting it yet. A lost opportunity for Wizards, I think.
 
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