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Best 7th Sea Actual Play podcasts?

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:55

Ahoy there! My RPG group from a few years ago is on the verge of getting back together, and the subject of doing a pirate RPG came up. Now, I ran a 7th Sea game a good few years back, although in retrospect I suspect I fudged most of the rules and completely ignored the lore.

So what with the big overhaul having happened, and the fact that I listen to hours upon hours of podcasts on a regular basis, I was wondering if there were any particularly well-produced 7th Sea Actual Play podcasts that would give me a good idea of how the game plays. Anyone got any recommendations?

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Explorer's Society content question

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 13:10

Re-post from the FB group. A question about Explorer's Society: when making an NPC's stat block, how much game mechanics info are we allowed to put in? Only the names of advantages or virtues, or their effect too? If it's a duellist, can we put the special manoeuvre in? It would greatly save game-prep time. I'm asking about copyright and what ES allows authors to do and what is off limits. For example in the newest adventure (Release the Kraken) an NPC's stat block gives the mechanical effects of the Arcana and Advantages, essentially repateating info from the Core Book. Can we do the same in our ES publications (yay!) or rather give page references (boo)?

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Does an Aragosta Map Exist ?

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 09:38

It seems there is no map for Aragosta, I'm quite suprised, even La Bucca got some. Of course, this let us have more freedom about what it looks like... but it kind of bother me. And I can't find any unofficial vision of the thing ^

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7th Sea Fillable Sheets

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:53

Fillable Villain/Monsters/Hazards Sheets inspired by the Character one

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?author=Alessandro%20Monteverde

Not perfect, but I was unable to find anything similar out there. You all are welcome to buy and download this resource for free.

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I have a problem with a delivery made via johnwickpresents.com

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:32

I bought two manuals (both Nations of Théah) plus a set of Hero Points. The thing is that two manuals got delivered, but they are not the ones that I asked (both are the same, The New World). The set of Hero Points did arrive too.

I've already contacted johnwickpresent.com via the Contact section in their homepage and their Facebook account. My question is: has it happened this to you? If so, how much do they take to answer and what has been their proposed solution?

This is a dramatic sequence, each day is a Raise, and after 7 Raises spent (February 25) my friend who is in the US and got the manuals for me (we're Chilean) returns to Chile.

Thank you very much in advance!

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I've got a question about Seanchaidh Quirk.

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 01:47

Description states:

Earn a Hero Point when you enforce the ancient aws of your people.

Trouble is I don't have any idea where to look for these laws and ways. Any help is very welcome.

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[2e] Sorte costs

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:30

Am i readin the book right? Early in the mechanics it says:

"When a Strega uses a Tessere, she spends a Hero Point and takes at least 1 Lash"

And it also says:

"Using a Tessere during an Action Sequence must take place on your action, and costs 1 Raise in addition to any other costs"

Here's my problem. The descriptions under individual powers emphasise the use of Hero Points and Raises. Are all these inclusive?

Does a Major Blessing cost me 3 raises (Read, Kiss, Blessing) and 2 Hero Points (1 Tessere use +1 for Major?) And X lashes

Does Minor Arcana cost me 2 raises (Read, Arcana) and 2 Hero Points (1 Tessere +1 under Minor dezcription) and 1 lash?

I haven't got much experience of the game, but that feels awfully punitive. Should the base descriptions be ignored and only pay the costs under powers? Or have others found it balanced?

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Balkhans in 7th Sea

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:46

So I'm looking to start working on Explorer's Society content tonight and what I want to do is add three new nations in a region of a super island between Sarmatia and Anatol Ahy. I'm probably going to call it Illyria in reference to the real world Balkhans and put it under Crescent rule. It's to include three nations: one based on Croatia-Slovenia, one based on Serbia-Macedonia, and one based on Bosnia-Albania. Basically a Vaticine nation, an Orthodox nation, and a Dinist nation.

Here's the reason I'm posting here: I know a bit about the Balkans but not enough. Anyone have any suggestions or input for this write up or just a general desire to see it happen?

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I've only ever played 5e. Thinking of running a "pirate" campaign. Should I homebrew 5e or use a different system (i.e. 7th Sea)?

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:43

I probably shouldn't tempt myself anyway since I've not nearly finished with the campaign I'm currently DMing... but... I have in mind an idea for another campaign I could run when I'm finished with this one.

My idea would be a very sandboxy game where the PC's all start off in a small fishing community, one of the characters having recently inherited their father's fishing boat... but all of them have much larger dreams than fishing their entire lives. One of them stumbles across a treasure map/rumours of treasure in a tavern, and they set off on an adventure.

I'd want them to be able to choose between being full-on pirates, being privateers (i.e. sponsored by one of the countries), or joining up with one of the countries' naval fleets to pursue a more formal/legal career.

I'd want them to be able to level up a bit in terms of individual power, so that they could handle being boarded/boarding other ships, and go on some short land-based adventures (e.g. to find treasure or infiltrate fortresses). But... the main power progression would come from buying new ships and upgrading them, all the way from an unarmed fishing boat, to some comically gigantic 5-6 decker frigate (or commanding several ships in a small fleet of their own).

Also, the ship combat would hopefully be highly strategic - the players would have to take into consideration the wind speed/direction, as well as any of the sea currents around the combat map (and would hopefully start to emulate real naval tactics such as using lines of their heaviest ships to sail past the enemy's lines etc.).

I dunno, as I say I'm already running a campaign (or supposed to be though I'm running out of steam with it a bit) so I'm not likely to try this sort of campaign anytime soon... but I'm just curious to know if 7th Sea would be the system to use if/when I decided to try it...

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Flash, Bash and Panache is BACK!

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 20:17
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What rules do you think are often forgotten?

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:12

I'm customizing my 7th Sea GM Screen with some rules that are easily forgotten (and, of course, not written on the screen), and I ask for your help to remember some of them. So far the ones that I've pointed out are:

  • Benefits and penalties from Dramatic Wounds.
  • Benefits of having a skill at Ranks 3, 4 and 5.
  • Use Flair and Improvisation
  • A homebrew rule about Pressure (Villains must spend a Danger Point to use it, so Heroes should spend a Hero Point to).
  • Some clarifications about Villains (up to how many dice they roll, how Influence is undermined or raised, how to compute her Wounds).

What other rules do you most likely forget? Which ones do you recommend me to write down? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!

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THE FOREVER REEF! Call for Collaborators for a Mega-Dungeon Design (for charity!)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 15:30

[X-posted to some Facebook groups]

Ahoy shipmates! This is a call for interest in a collaborative mega-dungeon project for charity:

In the Pirate Nations book, they refer to this mysterious system of caves and spiral ruins and underwater monsters beneath Aragosta, called the "Forever Reef" - but they don't give much detail. And I was thinking: "Wouldn't it be cool to get a bunch of 7th Sea players and GMs together and do a collaborative mega-dungeon design?" This might be the first mega-dungeon for 7th Sea 2nd ed!

Interested? Let me know! Here are the highlights:

The mega-dungeon is split into "zones:" for example "The Underground," "The Explorer's Society HQ," "The Upper Spiral," "The Lower Spiral," "The Old Cultist Hideout," "The Underground Lake," etc.

Every contributor is invited to write up descriptions for up to 3-4 rooms in a zone, or make some art, or design some NPCs or monsters that can be inserted anywhere. Room write-ups can describe the encounters within: hazards, puzzles, atmosphere, NPCs, Villains/monsters, etc.

If it works out, I'd also like for us to decide on one central theme or mystery for the lower part of the dungeon: what WERE the ruins, and what might happen when adventurers get to the "end" of the dungeon? Everyone who contributes will get to vote on that, and we'll choose one - or one "canon" one and a few alternatives. Other than that, though, contributors have the freedom to do whatever they like.

An editor (probably me) will piece all the rooms together into a more or less coherent experience. Then, we put it up on Drive-Thru RPG as Pay What You Want, and give the proceeds to a charity.

If you're interested, please let me know! I'd like to get started soon!

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What are the major storylines in 7th Sea in 1667?

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 13:36

This thread is a good idea. I feel like it would be valuable to have a comprehensive but summarizing look at what's going on in the world circa 1667. Who are the major players, what are the major plays. The setting is a big one, and can be intimidating for new GMs (or just those new to the setting).

What do you think are the key storylines in the world at start?

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Running 7th Sea on Roll20 – a Tutorial

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:07

Sunday, February 11th @ 8:30 pm CST, I will be hosting an open tutorial for running 7th Sea over the Roll20 VTT system. Anyone who is interested in checking out Roll20 or specifically running 7th Sea on it are welcome to attend. If you are a seasoned 7th Sea GM with experience with Roll20, I would love to have you join the discussion. If you are interested in attending, you can leave a message here, or send me a private message on Roll20.

You will need at least a basic Roll20 profile to attend.

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Introducing newcomers to RPGs (specifically character creation)?

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:41

Let me be clear by saying that, while I am also new to 7th Sea and GMing as a whole, I at least have knowledge from DnD/Pathfinder in character creation, albeit them being fairly different.

But the people I'm considering trying to get to game with me, mostly various friends from school and what-have-you, have absolutely no knowledge of character creation or any sort of tabletop RPGs. I thought it would be fun to try to run a game for them, seeing as it would be a new experience for all of us, but if you don't sit down and read the rules it isn't exactly easy to make a character, and a Core Rulebook isn't exactly cheap...

So how can I try to explain the process of creating a Hero in a way that's somewhat easy for everyone to understand? Trying to do in-depth explanations to every single person might get overwhelming...

TLDR: I want to start a campaign with my friends, but they have no idea how to play an RPG, and mostly need help explaining the process of character creation.

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Mithaq Alqadim (Crescent empire sorcery) very underwhelming.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 04:25

We have recently started playing our 7th sea campaign, we have 5 players from all over and well, we all took sorcery to at least some extent. It made that comparing them was inevitable, and while we can easily understand how some are stronger or weaker than others, it all seems to be balanced in some way. All except Mithaq Alqadim, it feels. The sorcery does have some inherent bonuses just by having it (not to the one who actually has the sorcery, but that's the theme of it, and that is fine!) and the minor sorceries in it seem mostly fine, the major ones though...feel really underwhelming. The idea is that to activate a major sorcery you need to have 2 different characters each spending a hero point, so one would expect something quite amazing for that, and while some of it seems alright (agonize, for example, which basicaly doubles the effect for the extra hero point) Some just feel like they need a big change. I have 2 specific ones in mind at least and would like some thoughts/suggestions on the matter:

Khadim's gift: The minor version (1 hero point) allows the caster to activate an opportunity for another character, and is usable even when it isn't your turn to act. This seems like a fair use for a sorcery - something that isn't really doable otherwise, not a major change (1 person is using the raise instead of another, but also out of order, so hero point) The major version, however, basically states it allows to do what the minor does, or just create an opportunity for someone else in the scene. So, that's 2 hero points for something essentially anyone could do with a raise? That seems quite weird. This one was used in our game and what the GM did was allow to create something that wouldn't normally be possible, create something that wasn't there.

The other one that comes to mind is shared suffering. Minor version allows you to share the wounds someone takes during the scene, splitting it between the 2 of you. Major version (again, 2 characters must spend a hero point) allows you to take half of the damage and prevent all of it from the other character, but this can only be done on the one carrying your thiqa. While this seems like it...might be alright? The thing is we have another character in our group with the Mohwoo magic (the magical tattoos, from pirate nations) and she can do exactly that, on any character and not just one specific one, for 1 hero point, as a minor ability.

I can understand if the major abilities here would not all be double what a normal sorcery could do, as you are doing it in 1 action, but for one to be weaker than your minor version of the same one? or almost as good as a minor version of another sorcery?

I am wondering if anyone noticed this, has thought of ways to tackle this, or even better, are there any "official", so to speak, changes that may be in work?

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