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by Old Bear
Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Dark and Gritty tips
Replies: 87
Views: 17073

The very fact that Conan is so unusual means you CANNOT cite him as an example of success. Not every player will become a king. Aiming to become a king is, however, the very epitome of self-agrandisement. As for saving women, that's because he's Hyboria's number 1 shagger. It seems he values bonking...
by Old Bear
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Dark and Gritty tips
Replies: 87
Views: 17073

Winning in Hyboria is about survival and personal aggrandisemnt, not saving the village from orcs. If you are saving a tauran village from the Picts it's because you are white, they are white and you hate Picts. On the other hand, if you are Picts... While possibly true in a dark game, its phrased ...
by Old Bear
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Dark and Gritty tips
Replies: 87
Views: 17073

The truest thing is don't reward people being 'good'. And don't punish the 'bad'. Whoever said allow a bad NPC to honour a deal is so right. This alone will make players totally change their approach, because all through they'll be waiting for their 'bad' employer to shaft them. Even after it ends t...
by Old Bear
Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:52 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: Release schedule query
Replies: 31
Views: 8040

It's interesting that PDFs sell so poorly compared to their dead-tree counterparts. For me (as an IT professional with an unhealthy RPG collection) pdfs outnumber actual books by about 20 to 1. But... when I actually want to play a game I'll either purchase a real book if it's available or print ou...
by Old Bear
Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Granted, but the point is nobody is going around dissing the LOTR trilogy as being an embarrassment to the subject. That's not true either. I have Tolkien purist friends who think Peter Jackson is a hack, and hate how he butchered John Ronald Reuel's masterpiece. While I don't agree with them, I th...
by Old Bear
Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Granted, but the point is nobody is going around dissing the LOTR trilogy as being an embarrassment to the subject. You look at LOTR and can relate to the Middle Earth written about by Tolkien. You look at the Conan films and they have as much to do with Hyboria as Hawk the Slayer, for example, bar...
by Old Bear
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Granted, but the point is nobody is going around dissing the LOTR trilogy as being an embarrassment to the subject. You look at LOTR and can relate to the Middle Earth written about by Tolkien. You look at the Conan films and they have as much to do with Hyboria as Hawk the Slayer, for example, barr...
by Old Bear
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: Mongoose General Discussion
Topic: Release schedule query
Replies: 31
Views: 8040

I love the presumably intentional irony of 'dead-tree counterparts' in the sentence before printing out PDFs. :lol:
by Old Bear
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

While there is indeed a lot of work changing stories for the screen, LOTR showed it can be done with a great deal of sympathy.
by Old Bear
Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

The original Mad Max was released in Australia in 1979! If you can get your hands on that version (not the US dubbed version) you might be interested to hear Gibsons accent. There is certainly a generation of kids who haven't heard that . Sadly I can remember going to the cinema to see the original...
by Old Bear
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:06 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Gibson also acted in the Mad Max films, which had a Conanesque brutality. There would have been a time when poiting out Mel Gibson was Mad Max would be akin to saying God was in the Bible a bit. :wink: True, but remember Old BEar, there's a whole generation of youngsters out there that don't realis...
by Old Bear
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

WeakAsAKhitan wrote:Gibson also acted in the Mad Max films, which had a Conanesque brutality.
There would have been a time when poiting out Mel Gibson was Mad Max would be akin to saying God was in the Bible a bit. :wink:
by Old Bear
Tue Oct 28, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

A few years ago the bloke in line for Conan was Eric Bana. At least, he was top of the wish list in 2005.
by Old Bear
Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:11 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Production values of Xena are what you will more likely get, with Rosie O'Donnell as Belit...
by Old Bear
Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: News about new Conan movie
Replies: 83
Views: 17845

Pretty much anything this Ratner guy touches turns to crap. It's not just that he will bugger the Conan brand, but it may well become a laughing stock. http://au.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/brett_ratner/ It's not like the two Conan movies to date have a stack of credibility in any case. Arnie is o...
by Old Bear
Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmeria book cover is sweet!
Replies: 72
Views: 13730

The trouble with 'arguing' with you, Vincent, is that after about two posts I always end up agreeing with you. :lol: I don't recall the letter about the grandfather but I've always considered your knowledge of the subject superior to mine so I'll happily take your word for it. I guess all of this bo...
by Old Bear
Mon Oct 20, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmeria book cover is sweet!
Replies: 72
Views: 13730

How do you come to the conclusion that Conan is an atypical Cimmerian? My recollection oif Howard's writing is that Conan is painted as being typical of his surly kind. Howard did occasionally paint Conan as atypical. Here are two examples where Howard hints Conan is more like an Aesir in temperame...
by Old Bear
Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmeria book cover is sweet!
Replies: 72
Views: 13730

"Conan, what is best in life?"

"To crunch your muesli, never drive a chariot as it's bad for the environment, and to hear the repetitive nagging of old women."
by Old Bear
Fri Oct 17, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmeria book cover is sweet!
Replies: 72
Views: 13730

How do you come to the conclusion that Conan is an atypical Cimmerian? My recollection oif Howard's writing is that Conan is painted as being typical of his surly kind. Because he is the only Cimmerian living his life out of Cimmeria. So because of circumstance he is 'atypical'? :roll: I would sugg...
by Old Bear
Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmeria book cover is sweet!
Replies: 72
Views: 13730

I don't see the Cimmerians as PC treehuggers either. Whether or not they had women warleaders is open to debate, based as much on a lack of evidence, but throughout Conan's career I seem to recall his personal preference was for wine, women and song, not some half-baked eco-theory. Well Conan is an...