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I don't know if it's stress, the side-effects of working my way off the Cymbalta, or just me being neurotic, but I seem to be obsessively coming up with, and then discarding, gaming ideas. The sheer scope of work required for most of the ideas is what's throwing me off — I was so spoiled by the era in which Dungeon magazine, the Dungeon Crawl Classics line, and E-Tools were doing all the heavy lifting for me, that now that I'm faced with doing without those, I'm freezing up. I don't have the free time to just come up with dungeons for the fun of it any more — and if I did have the time, I'd need to spend it on other stuff anyway. (Like drawing. I notice there's no Suburban Jungle today, Gneech.)

For a brief, shining moment, I was excited by the idea of doing a Saga-ized sequel to Red Hand of Doom, and I put together some converted classes, but I never could come up with a method I liked for dealing with spellcasters — not to mention the fact that the idea of converting a bazillion spells just makes me curl up into a ball and whimper.

So what do I do? See if I can scrape the crap off of 4E and just approach it as a ruleset? It might be tolerable once the annoying bits (read: tieflings, flash-bang-noise, etc.) are shaved off. Goodman Games' Punjar series looks intriguing. Or maybe pick them up and convert them to S&S Saga?

Does the potential usefulness of things like the D&D Insider outweigh the stick-in-my-crawness of it all?

I don't know, maybe I'm just having one of my periodical fits. :P Certainly I'm very twitchy.

Any of my players who want to weigh in on the topic, particularly with what you'd like to see, please feel free. Any decision I made today would just be overridden by the decision I make tomorrow, and I'm hoping something will happen at Dragon*Con to kick me out of this mental feedback loop; but knowing that you guys actually had an opinion one way or another would definitely help. :)

-The Gneech

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sirfox
Sep. 1st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'll contribute to a "buy a month or two of online access" to try it out. Who knows, for one person it might not be worth it, but for a gaming group resource, we probably spend more on pizza.
rowanyote
Sep. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not your player, but I do have a suggestion. You can always back up to a version that you are comfortable in and that fits your gameplay style. It also solves the e-tools issue and there are a billion used rulebooks, dungeons, and resources around, so player access isn't a problem.

IMO 4E is crap. It is moving D&D away from Lord of the Rings and other early fantasy sources and towards World of Warcraft, in a way that I personally don't really like or find enjoyable to play.
the_gneech
Sep. 1st, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, Vista breaks E-Tools, or I would have stuck with it. I only have one machine that E-Tools works with now, and it's a laptop ... not so great for doing my game prep on. :)

The real problem is finding new source material ... but if the Goodman Games stuff is good, I can easily convert it. So I'm going to check that out.

-The Gneech
rowanyote
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Has anybody tried the E-tools on windows 7? I am curious if that might fix them. You could downgrade to XP ; )
vakkotaur
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I can look up Cymbalta and see what it's supposed to do and read of its (side) effects.. but just what does/did it do to you? Since different people have different reactions and all.
the_gneech
Sep. 1st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
A variety of stuff I'd rather not post over the intarwebs. :) Suffice to say, I've reached the point where the side-effects are more annoying than the leg pain.

But like all its family, Cymbalta does weird things to your brain, especially when withdrawal comes up.

-TG
daemionfox
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're looking for a game adaptation project, I've been trying to get one together for almost 2 years, but am also having scope issues.

It doesn't help that it's been almost a decade since I last threw dice (something I seriously regret)

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