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  • #16121

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    This RPG just launched launched….

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modiphius/john-carter-of-mars-the-roleplaying-game

    Supposedly almost complete, which given Modiphius tendancy to miss deadlines by a year, or more is probably a good thing.

    I’m watching for now and will download the quickstart which is promised before the is ends.

    Uses streamlined version of Modiphius 2d20 system which I own twice (Conan and Infinity).

    My issue with 2d20 is the level of complexity the talents adds to the relatively simple rules. I was tempted to strip talents out completely to speed up play and character creation…

    But they have stripped out the skills, leaving just talents, which sounds odd and that’s why I want to see he quickstart first.

    I like the setting and the landscape rules look interesting, but I don’t want to commit to another RPG I may not play until I see more.

    It’s already funded.

    And for anyone who has read the books…. Dejah Thoria isn’t naked in book art, or miniature form…

    #16128

    CK Lai
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    Actually for anyone who’s read the books: EVERYONE is naked in the books 😛

    #16129

    8th
    Participant

    @CK… That is true, but I think most EOG is a male audience.

    And I’m fairly certain that no one wants to see a four armed male Martian in the nude… that’s rather specialised porn…

    #16131

    CK Lai
    Participant

    We have to have equal rights. If we want Dejah Thoris to be nude, we have to be prepared for every eventuality 😉

    #16132

    Universal Head
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    Wow, English Kickstarters tend to be seriously pricey. The item costs and the shipping are both very high on this one.

    Interesting you mention EOG visitors are mostly male. I’ve noticed the same thing and I’d really love to have more diversity in my little corner of the internet. I’ll have to have a good think about what I can do to appeal to a wider audience. 🙂

    #16133

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    I thing it boils down to more gamers are male.

    And maybe women prefer different sorts of social media.

    I think Modiphius overcharge for miniatures. And they go nuts for add-ons. I tend to go for lower end with pdfs.

    And american ks can cost stupid expensive postage if it’s a small company. Flash Gordon recently was very expensive outside America.

    #16134

    Universal Head
    Keymaster

    The percentage of female gamers in both video and boardgame worlds is very high and growing all the time, and I don’t think 50% of the population prefers a particular type of internet use. 😉 I find it helpful to avoid ever saying ‘women do this’ or ‘men do this’ as it’s always an inaccurate generalisation. What would really help in my case is to get a woman on the ‘staff’ – I’ll have to renew my efforts to rope in my long-suffering partner a bit more!

    Anyway, OT … no RPGs for me, I have my hands full with miniatures-based games at the moment and I’m desperately trying to get through the painting backlog.

    #16135

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    It could just be that women are less obsessed with talking about gaming.

    And I think I won’t be backing John Carter. I need to see what they did with the rules in the quickstart.

    #16139

    CK Lai
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    Re: gender imbalance in the EOG.

    I thought it was due to the types of games we tend to focus on in the EOG tend to be more combat focused with minis and dice.

    So while it is true that the percentage of female gamers overall is growing, I think the numbers of female gamers in our little niche will be low and (if growing) very imperceptible.

    My 2 cents. YMMV.

    #16140

    Universal Head
    Keymaster

    While that may be historically true, there’s no reason why it should be so and again, the percentage is growing fast as the hobby becomes less of a ‘boy’s club’. As the hobby (including tabletop, combat focussed games) begins to include more diversity and becomes more aware of the limited pre-pubescent male obsessions that have historically plagued it, more women get interested in joining in.

    ‘Women don’t play tabletop, combat-focussed games’ is the kind of comment that stops women from trying and enjoying them. I’ve seen plenty of videos about tabletop games (including combat ones) by women spring up, and it’s great. It’s our responsibility to press publishers to lift their game so all people are welcome to gaming, and to pull it out of the same old tired tropes.

    Video games are ahead of us in this regard. Look at the difference between the original Tomb Raider games and the latest Lara Croft adventures. In the end, with everyone’s inclusion, these hobbies become richer and more interesting and secure their future.

    #16162

    CK Lai
    Participant

    Oh, I agree with you entirely, UH. Notice I did not say “women don’t play”, I said say the number of female gamers in our little niche is low but slowly growing. Just not noticeable compared to gaming overall. Historically, the numbers of females in our niche has been low. No denying that. The good thing about the rise of social media and YouTube channels is now they are more visible, hence encouraging others to join.

    In the case of the EOG, maybe it’s time to film battle reports with female gamers if you want to attract them to this site? (At the moment, it’s just Will and yourself, but must admit I’ve not watched ALL the battle reports).

    #16163

    Universal Head
    Keymaster

    I’m not able to convince my partner to get on camera for the EOG yet, though we did film a playthrough of a boardgame once – she wasn’t really happy with the result so it never saw the light of day!

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