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Offline thebinmann

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2020, 06:54:21 AM »

Sorry, by "we" I mean me, my mate and the bloke next door. 


Well that sounds like a killer team... I'd still be interested.

I find the ssandss cards the most appealing, but at the moment ordering them seems a long way off (I'm in Europe)

Thanks

Offline Ethelred the Almost Ready

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2020, 07:25:05 AM »
I went the el-cheapo way and just printed the cards on paper, cut them out and stuck them on to standard playing cards with a glue stick.  I can then add custom made event cards easily.

Offline Sunjester

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2020, 09:18:45 AM »
I went the el-cheapo way and just printed the cards on paper, cut them out and stuck them on to standard playing cards with a glue stick.  I can then add custom made event cards easily.
I did exactly the same, bought the pdfs and printed off the cards. I've also been able to make a lot of custom cards for my own monsters that way as well.

Offline 6mmfan

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2020, 10:56:36 AM »
Yeah I printed the cards and brought tarot card sleeves for them which were very cheap ($5 NZD). It does take a while to cut them all out though.  I'm also starting on my own cards and scenarios. I also brought the extra monster cards and downloaded all the extra monsters people had created on the SoBH FB group.

Online boneio

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2020, 01:22:58 PM »
Thanks for the report :)

If you have bad dice, RoSD can be even more 'swingy' as the difference between the d20 roll and the armour value, determines damage. Very easy for bad dice to cause a TPK.

I reckon I bought SS&SS at least a year ago... still "preparing" :D

Offline thebinmann

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2020, 01:38:46 PM »
Thanks

But if I use the ink for that my wife will kill me

Online The Bibliophile

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2020, 02:00:28 PM »
Quote
...I do really enjoy the tension and chaos that is Sellswords. RoSD seems more programmed and I'm not sure about repeatability of the scenarios, Sellswords is more open to developing your own scenarios and campaigns...

I agree with this completely. And not only is Rangers too programmed, but it is very swingy, making it just as deadly or more so in my opinion (a couple of bad roles and your Ranger is dead). In our first game the Ranger died trying to swim across a pond while being attacked by a giant fly. Less than heroic. The rest of the scenario played out in a pretty paint-by-numbers fashion, without any tension.

By comparison, you can't easily predict or plan around the events as they unfold during a game of SS&SS, creating a lot of unexpected dilemmas and excitement. I like that SS&SS feels like the old Mike Tyson adage: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face."

I think either system benefits from home-brewing scenarios, which is what I did with Sellswords, creating a two-part adaptation of the Conan story, "Beyond the Black River," which I just made available as a free 68-page PDF download on my blog: https://miniaturescrum.blogspot.com/2020/03/striking-back-against-covid-19-free.html
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Online The Bibliophile

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2020, 02:09:43 PM »
My game group, the Second Saturday Scrum Club, played Sellswords one week and Rangers the next and then had a discussion on video about the two that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/-NJ5uF72OQA


Offline thebinmann

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2020, 04:24:27 PM »


I think either system benefits from home-brewing scenarios, which is what I did with Sellswords, creating a two-part adaptation of the Conan story, "Beyond the Black River," which I just made available as a free 68-page PDF download on my blog: https://miniaturescrum.blogspot.com/2020/03/striking-back-against-covid-19-free.html

Thanks a lot for that!

Offline 6mmfan

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2020, 08:07:54 PM »
My game group, the Second Saturday Scrum Club, played Sellswords one week and Rangers the next and then had a discussion on video about the two that you can check out here:

Great video.

SS&SS really need some more scenarios like one you have released. I'm writing some and will try and post the in the next few weeks.

Offline Arundel

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2020, 09:28:18 PM »
Please do. I would love to see them, just for more ideas.

Offline ZeroTwentythree

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2020, 02:42:53 AM »
Thank you everyone for the continued input. I've been working on diving into solo gaming for a few years, but only really started less than a year ago. Sellswords is the third system I've tried and despite (or maybe because of?) the ups & downs, I've found it very interesting.

I think either system benefits from home-brewing scenarios, which is what I did with Sellswords, creating a two-part adaptation of the Conan story, "Beyond the Black River," which I just made available as a free 68-page PDF download on my blog: https://miniaturescrum.blogspot.com/2020/03/striking-back-against-covid-19-free.html

Thank you for that! I just bought the one "official" scenario add-on earlier this week. I will definitely take a look at yours.

I know there was talk of a supplement for dungeon crawls as well, but I'm looking at coming up with something like that for myself in the meantime.

My game group, the Second Saturday Scrum Club, played Sellswords one week and Rangers the next and then had a discussion on video about the two that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/-NJ5uF72OQA

And thank you for that as well. Just watched it. I haven't played Rangers, but it's still on my agenda. What I think you guys (and a lot of the comments on this thread) hit at is that one of strengths of Sellswords is that it keeps you on the edge of your seats. I do like the customization of characters as well.

Work and home life got busy the past week/end so no more to report yet. I was going to write up about my other games, but if I get some time this weekend I will probably try to play a fresh game or three instead.  lol

Thinking about maybe trying to get my wife & daughter (8) on board for their first miniatures game. We've been playing the classic Dungeon! boardgame as well as the newer Disney Villainous quite a bit lately I think Sellswords would be a pretty accessible gateway to miniatures. Plus we get to play co-op.


Offline Sunjester

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2020, 06:08:53 AM »
Andrea has just approved my synopsis for a campaign scenario book for Sellswords, so there will be new scenarios coming later this year.

Offline ZeroTwentythree

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2020, 02:43:08 AM »
Belated update. I played a few more games the last few weeks. Full updates & pics in a couple of blog entries. Links below.


https://www.zerotwentythree.com/2020/04/more-sellswords-solo-games-2-4.html




https://www.zerotwentythree.com/2020/04/low-rollers-head-to-broken-lands.html


Online boneio

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Re: Sellswords & Spellslingers (Solo)
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2020, 09:44:23 AM »
Great reports, glad you're enjoying the system. I'm enjoying reading about it!
I think you're right about the dice. All dice games have swing to them at times. For me the question is, is there enough tactical choice and decision making for it to be engaging. Rangers does that with event cards and interesting scenarios, keeping the system itself quite simple and pretty high in randomness. SS&SS seems to be more involved but lacks the narrative scenario structure (pending the forthcoming supplement from a member of these boards!)