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Nonstop Pulp Action, HP Piles and Cartography

Good stuff for GMs from around the web:

You Could Learn A Lot From Lou Scheimer (Part I) [1]: Over on I Waste The Buddha With My Crossbow [2], Dr. Rotwang has a great post about running pulp sessions where the action literally never lets up. His jumping-off point is the 1979 pilot of the animated Flash Gordon series, which features a ludricous number of fights and chases in just 22 minutes.

d20 Hit Point Piles [3]: Always one to take rules in different directions, ars ludi [4] author Ben Robbins proposes that similar mooks [5] pool their HP, rather than being tracked individually. He’s talking d20, but I can see this applying nicely to other systems, too.

Cartographers’ Guild [6]: If you like creating maps, take a peek at the Cartographers’ Guild website. They’ve got forums for works in progress [7], discussing mapping software [8] and more. I’ve never seen a site devoted to mappers before, and it looks like they’ve got a good community going.

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#1 Comment By VV_GM On September 10, 2007 @ 11:48 am

That hit point piles method is awesome! I can see that working for several different systems.

#2 Comment By John Arcadian On September 10, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

The hit piles are an interesting idea. I can see the drawbacks that they list in the article as being fairly big (like one enemy tending to avoid death, or another one being cut off fresh by a relatively low powered character), but avoidable. Since the Game master gets to just pick one off when the numbers are past their HP level, they can choose to eliminate one over another. It depends on how much control you want to take over the game or not. It might get into a thing like fudging or no fudging. Do you change the course of a game manually as the GM once it is underway?

#3 Comment By Ben Robbins On September 13, 2007 @ 4:34 am

“Since the Game master gets to just pick one off when the numbers are past their HP level, they can choose to eliminate one over another.”

Also take a look at the option for running two piles instead of one towards the end of the article.

Thanks for the link Martin, as always!

#4 Comment By Martin On September 17, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

You’re welcome, Ben. Your blog is one of my favorites, and it’s been a must-read for me since I first discovered it.