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    Discworld is one of those settings I have a lot of love for, if I tend to like the earlier books more. I'd love to try a campaign there if anyone is interested in running one. My GM-fu is very weak so I'd want to player as a player.

    The Discworld just seems like it would have a lot of possibilities for various styles in everything from classic swords and sorcery to police procedural.

    Ideally I'd prefer the official Discworld Roleplaying Game which I recently bought. It uses a trimmed down version of GURPS (that is compatible with the rest of GURPS), and for setting and campaign suggestions alone it is really worth it for a GM. However I'm not completely against using other systems.
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    I'd almost certainly be interested as a player.

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    Cool.

    As I said I'm open to what a potential GM would want to come up with but the book has a few ideas and sample settings.

    I also have a few ideas that could be fun:

    Unseen University undergrads (or junior faculty for a higher powered game), dealing with general university life and politics, accidentally (or intentionally) summoned critters, getting sent on suicide missions research expeditions to exotic locales and so on.

    New Age Retro Barbarians, normal citizens of Ankh-Morpork who decided the old fashioned barbarian lifestyle is due a comeback and they are the ones to do it even if everything they learned about barbarian heroing came from a book (think Njel the Destroyer from Sourcery.)

    Different city, same problems. A City Watch type campaign outside of Ankh-Morpork. Genua, Al-Khali or Hung Hung or anywhere in ‹berwald could all be fun or a non-canon town could be getting its first taste of proper policing (this could also work with the PCs as amateur sleuths.)

    All the news that's fit to print (and then some), based on The Truth, the PCs would be intrepid reporters for a new newspaper getting into all sorts of problems.

    Klatchian Nights. The Disc has a a pretty strongly presented 'Arabrian Adventures' setting in Klatch (in fact one of the settings in the rulebook is an independent Klatchian city state.) Plenty of room for Al-Qadim like adventures. Like the pseudo-barbarians above this might work for more traditional adventuring with a Discworld style.

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    I love Pratchett, and would potentially be willing to GM, but I don't really want to learn GURPS. I'll see if I can find a copy of the rulebook online and take a look, but in the meantime, would you be open to considering Donjon? It's probably my favorite RPG systemóit's pretty easy to learn, it's very player-driven, and in all the games I've played it's led to some very funny and absurd situations. (Basically, the way it works is that successful rolls will win you a number of "facts" that you can state about the outcome of the roll; for example, if you roll to search for traps and get three successes, you could state that you find a trap, that it seems to aim a pie at the head of whoever triggers the tripwire, and that it bears the telltale handiwork of the Clown's Guild of Ankh-Morpork.)

    I'm also open to other suggestions, and like I said I'll take a look at the GURPS thing; you're also welcome to wait for a GM who's more comfortable with the system if that's what you prefer. Just let me know what you want to do.
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    I've encountered Donjon before. It's really not my sort of thing. Even the Discworld (a place where the Gods only exist because people believe in them) is more narratively stable than that system.

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    (I added a 'Seeking Players' note to the title to see if we can drum up more interest.)

    Thanks for the link Plerumque, I had a brief look at Donjon. I've never played it but it looks kind of fun. Maybe better suited to the 'Swords and Sorcery' style of the earliest Discworld books than the social satire of the later stuff though. That isn't that much of a problem for me - I have a real soft spot for The Light Fantastic in particular - but it might be an issue for people whose default Discworld is more Moist von Lipwig or Tiffany Aching than Cohen or Rincewind.

    Anyr, what type of Discworld type campaign would you be interested in? Same question for any other interested player types!

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    Anyr, what type of Discworld type campaign would you be interested in? Same question for any other interested player types!
    An Unseen University campaign sounds like a lot of fun. Though it would rely on most players wanting to be Wizards. A group of journalists or detectives might have more room for diversity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anyr View Post
    An Unseen University campaign sounds like a lot of fun. Though it would rely on most players wanting to be Wizards. A group of journalists or detectives might have more room for diversity.
    Fair point.

    Still very much looking for interested players!

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    I would be interested in running this game, using the Barbarians of Lemuria rules - which I feel would be a particularly good fit for the tone and themes of the earlier books in the series.

    I have run several play by post games. Players have described my writing as "immersive" and "evocative." My interests as a DM tend toward role play and intrigue, although I'm definitely not averse to combat if that is where the characters go.

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    Thanks Tibbius, while I've never played before that looks a fun game and it would definitely fit a Rincewind-era Disc game. Did you have any particular sort of frame in mind?

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    it does looks and sound like fun.. will join depend on more details..
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    The classic Ankh Morpork setting ... though it's been about twenty years since I have read the series, I've missed out on some of the more recent books, so it may be a bit more my version of A-M rather than the canon setting.

    The Ramtops, which for some reason I feel I remember more distinctly than the urban setting.

    Or Klatch, with the pyramids and so on surrounding the great city of Djelibeybi.

    Or, perhaps best, whatever the interested players agree on.

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    I'd recommend the wiki.lspace.org website Tibbius - though rereading the books might be even more fun.

    I'd sort of like to play a wizardry type of character.

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    I would up for anything. even roll randomly.
    Ank Morpork is fun. I loved the book about the post office
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    I think I'm going to bow out - sorry. I remember really liking the humor and pathos of the Discworld books. But I don't think that I would be able to run a Discworld game that could match the books, which is what we all would be hoping for.

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    Dang, well thanks for letting us know.

    Guess the hunt is still on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossN View Post
    (I added a 'Seeking Players' note to the title to see if we can drum up more interest.)

    Thanks for the link Plerumque, I had a brief look at Donjon. I've never played it but it looks kind of fun. Maybe better suited to the 'Swords and Sorcery' style of the earliest Discworld books than the social satire of the later stuff though. That isn't that much of a problem for me - I have a real soft spot for The Light Fantastic in particular - but it might be an issue for people whose default Discworld is more Moist von Lipwig or Tiffany Aching than Cohen or Rincewind.

    Anyr, what type of Discworld type campaign would you be interested in? Same question for any other interested player types!
    To be fair, I could totally see Moistís adventures being based on a game of donjon. Especially in Making Money he was mostly saved by staying ahead of the pack until bizarre circumstances occurred and then taking maximum advantage of them. That water-based ececomy the Igor built was basically Donjon applying to real life.

    Also, Iíd be interested in either Lemuria or donjon but sadly donít have the books for GURPS. Though I have read through a friendís copy out of my inherent intrest thatís not enough to play a game on.
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    I suddenly feel that my character is not as optimized as it could be...

    Oh well, it should still be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JbeJ275 View Post
    To be fair, I could totally see Moistís adventures being based on a game of donjon. Especially in Making Money he was mostly saved by staying ahead of the pack until bizarre circumstances occurred and then taking maximum advantage of them. That water-based ececomy the Igor built was basically Donjon applying to real life.

    Also, Iíd be interested in either Lemuria or donjon but sadly donít have the books for GURPS. Though I have read through a friendís copy out of my inherent intrest thatís not enough to play a game on.
    While I have a lot of fondness for the GURPs treatment and ideally would have liked to play that I'd say the book is as much about helping to run a campaign as anything - regardless of system.

    I haven't played either but both Donjon and Lemuria look like fun games. I'd also suggest WFRP might work - that game has its comedy side as well as the vaguely Rennaisance feel fits some aspects of the Disc.

    I guess it sort of depends what players want. A relatively 'normal' game - barbarian adventurers, city watchmen and women - with the jokes turned up could handle most systems. A game pushing a more narrative nature would probably need something more specialised especially if it is what GURPS calls a 'sitcom'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JbeJ275 View Post
    Also, Iíd be interested in either Lemuria or donjon but sadly donít have the books for GURPS. Though I have read through a friendís copy out of my inherent intrest thatís not enough to play a game on.
    For what it's worth, GURPS Discworld 4e is a standalone book. It doesn't require you to own any other supplements.

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    I'm still willing to run a Donjon Discworld game, if there's enough interest. I had a gander at the GURPS rules, but I just don't think I'd be comfortable running a game for the first time in an unfamiliar and fairly complex system while also trying to build interesting fiction.

    If you're curious about how I see Donjon working for this game, here's an example of a character I built for another gameóit wasn't a Discworld game, but the character was heavily inspired by Pratchett's Igors. ("Play God with the immutable laws of nature" is a Cast Spells ability; I use those mechanics for any especially versatile Main Ability.)

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    Virility 2 - "The heavietht thing Igor'th had to lift for a while wath a death ray."
    Cerebrality 6 - "Doeth Igor look thtupid?"
    Discernment 5 - "Igor'th got eyeth on the back of hith head. Literally."
    Adroitness 2 - "They've rebuilt thith leg a few too many timeth."
    Wherewithal 5 - "Igor lotht the capathity to feel pain a few dothen thurgerieth ago."
    Sociality 1 - "If they judge bookth by their coverth, Igor'th one of the oneth bound in human thkin."

    Main: Play God with the immutable laws of nature 4 (Protean, Vertebra, Anguish, Gullet) - "Igor'th picked up a few trickth over the yearth. Thith one wath all the rage back in '98. 1598, that ith."
    Supporting: Identify flaws in schemes of villainous proportions 3 - "Ah, a clathic mithtake. It wath actually what thpelled the doom of Igor'th old both Profethor Tholthtice. You thee, you jutht have to preth it right here-"
    Supporting: Make use of whimsical deformities 2 - "Igor'th left hand wath actually built with four extra jointth. It maketh for a great trick at partieth. Hey, wanna thee hith duodenum?Ē
    Supporting: Call upon reserve of exactingly precise anatomical knowledge 1 - "You look familiar. Did Igor ditthect your mother?"
    Supporting: Evade villagers with pitchforks 1 - "Igor just doethn't underthtand. He baked them cookieth and everything. Granted, maybe he thould have cleaned the thpoonth firtht..."

    Save vs. Illusion and Confusion 1 - "Why do you think Igor ended up working for tho many madmen?"
    Save vs. Poison, Polymorph, and Petrefaction 3 - "Igor hath hith grandpa'th liver. And hith grandma'th, too."
    Flesh Wounds 3 - "You call that a beating? Igor'th mathter uthed to do worthe than that if Igor dropped the tea-thet."

    Wealth 3 - "Crime payth."
    Supplies 5 - "Igor maketh a point of alwayth carrying at leatht one extra thpleen. For emergencieth."

    If you want me to run this game, I would probably just ask all the players to create a character along these lines, with some good flavor and connections to Discworld lore, then put you all together in a high-pressure situation (Unseen University pre-Ridcully, a Watch investigating a crime, some sort of supernatural incursion) and see what happens. You would be welcome to pick a guiding conceit for your characters together, but you could also just run wild and I could engineer a way to get your characters in the same place.

    One other thing, in case it's a dealbreaker: I'm a big fan of Pratchett and I've read all the novels, but I don't have an encyclopedic knowledge and don't have time to do a whole lot of research, so I'll probably shy away from settings and characters who are well-established in the books. I'm happy to run a game set in Unseen University, for example, but I wouldn't want to go digging to make sure the names are the same as the ones in Sourcery. I'll do my best to maintain the tone of the setting, but as far as absolute fidelity to the canon you might have to look elsewhere.

    That said, if you're still interested given those caveats, I'm happy to pop up some character creation guidelines and let y'all have at it!
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    This looks interesting, and I love discworld and trying new systems. I'd be willing to play, if it's still open.
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    As stated above Iíd be interested in discworld donjon.
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    I never have run Donjon but it looks interesting.

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    Virility (3d6)[6][4][6](16) = 6
    Cerebrality (3d6)[5][2][4](11) = 4
    Discernment (3d6)[5][1][5](11) = 5
    Adroitness (3d6)[1][1][6](8) = 1
    Wherewithal (3d6)[3][5][5](13) = 5
    Sociality (3d6)[6][4][3](13) = 4

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    Such an interesting assortment of attributes. Imagine a brutishly big and clumsy fellow, his above-average intelligence masked by muscles, klutziness, and a boisterous personality. He can take a lot of beating, and can dish one out if he can ever connect with a blow - but generally he prefers to resolve matters with a few well-thought words. If pressed into violence, his signature move is to grab and squeeze til squeaking stops.

    Class: Well-Oiled Life of the Party

    Main Ability: Throwing His Weight Around = 2
    Supporting Ability 1: Clownish Bumbling = 1
    Supporting Ability 2: Threatening People = 3
    Supporting Ability 3: Taking a Beating = 3
    Supporting Ability 4: Crushing Embrace = 3

    Save vs. <Mental Stuff> = 2
    Save vs. <Body Stuff> = 2

    Flesh Wounds = 4

    Wealth = 5
    Provisions = 3
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    Donjon could work for me. Unfortunately I'm having to use my phone at the moment so it might be tomorrow before I get a chance to build a character but definite interest - I'm thinking a spellcasting type.

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    Apologies for the double post but I need to roll some dice.

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    Virility (3d6)[4][5][6](15) = 5
    Cerebrality (3d6)[2][5][6](13) = 5
    Discernment (3d6)[3][3][4](10) = 3
    Adroitness (3d6)[4][3][2](9) = 3
    Wherewithal (3d6)[4][4][6](14) = 4
    Sociality (3d6)[4][1][2](7) = 1

    Edit: Well... obviously I'm not the party face at least. Those are some interesting results. Bulging muscles, mixed with high intellect and either a face only a mother could love or a 'difficult' personality.

    Sociality doesn't just cover good looks and charm but overall impressiveness which makes things tricky - my physical attributes would make a good troll (and an uncommonly brilliant one) but he wouldn't look or sound intimidating.

    Hmm, I'll have to give this some thought.
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    Rolls
    Virility: (3d6)[1][5][5](11) = 5
    Cerebrality: (3d6)[1][1][4](6) = 1
    Discernment: (3d6)[3][6][3](12) =3
    Adroitness: (3d6)[6][4][5](15) = 5
    Wherewithal: (3d6)[2][3][1](6) = 3

    Not smart, but strong and fast. A good assassin, or a good clown. Further planning to come with the adventure concept.
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    Sorry for the double post, but I missed Sociality.
    (3d6)[3][3][1](7) = 3
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    Rolls
    Virility: (3d6)[6][6][4](16)=6
    Cerebrality: (3d6)[6][2][3](11)=3
    Discernment: (3d6)[5][5][5](15)=5
    Adroitness: (3d6)[5][6][2](13)=5
    Wherewithal: (3d6)[1][5][1](7)=1
    Sociality: 2

    Agile, Wise and strong but not particularly tough
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    Whoops (3d6)[1][2][2](5)
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    I suddenly feel that my character is not as optimized as it could be...

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    I think Earnest would make a good bartender. Or possibly a very friendly probation officer.

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