Rule sets and settings. The gap between Rolemaster and Shadow World.

A recent forum thread started me thinking about the “tensions” between a game setting and a game system. Specifically rulesets and worlds published by the same company (not like Peter’s use of FR for his RM game). Certainly Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms were designed to incorporate the full breadth of the D&D rules, but what

Revisiting Rolemaster Magic Realms

Rolemaster’s 3 realms (Essence, Channeling, Mentalism) creates conflicts and limitations. Certain spell lists never fit well in certain realms and casting mechanism were basically the same between realms even when the spell called for very different methods (alchemy imbedding, runes, circles, bard/singing etc). As part of our own Spell Law Redesign (Project BASil) we deconstructed

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RMC House Rules – My Experience System #2 Stat Gains

I have touched on this before in an earlier post ( where I said that the stats you are using are the ones you roll for. What I want to do is break the connection between every time your skills improve you also do your stat gain rolls. This is one of the things that

The Essaence: Thoughts for magic in Shadow World.

  As we gather here, of primary importance is to answer this question: what is this “Viir”, as we now call it, this seeming essential force that permeates our planetary system?  Let us review.  It’s been almost 75 years since our orbital sensors first detected these energy emissions.  Tachyon detectors, plasma traps, electron screens and