Carcosa – Warning: For Adults Only! Contains explicit DriveThruRPG: Your One -Stop Shop for the Best in RPG PDF Files! The Largest RPG. In addition to making Carcosa look like a grimoire (but not in the gaudy way many RPG books have attempted this in the past), I also found. Ok, fuck it. Let’s do this thing. This is a review of Geoffrey McKinney’s Carcosa, a setting and heavily-modified OSR game published by LotFP.
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LevyK 1 June at Roger Burgess February 17, at 8: I’ve been carcoza how reasonable people do anything with LotFP stuff. And the page numbers are synched properly so using it on a PC is cumbersome, too.
Well, I own it, I’ve used it, and I’ve reviewed it on rpg. Ed Dove February 19, at 2: I think later this spring the books will be available through US distributors.
I figure, if somebody can afford a fancy mobile device, then they can afford to buy Carcosa as a book. In short, the magic system is fucked.
Tekumel is a classic of Old-School setting; and just like McKinney’s claims that “Isle” is in the style of the Wilderlands of High Fantasy, the suggestion that his Carcosa is like Barker’s Tekumel pretty much falls flat. James Maliszewski February 16, at Basically find the cool hexes and work furiously to guide the PCs to them.
Wonder who is buying this stuff. Every time a sorcerer casts a ritual other than banishing they must make a saving throw to avoid aging between years. I think real-play experience is invaluable to share, especially for the weirder stuff. There’s also about 36 pages of bestiary, which include many of the Cthulhu Mythos classics Mi-go, Nyarlathotep, deep ones, shub-niggurath, even great Cthulhu himselfas well as a variety of other monsters, oozes, and a variety of weird creatures.
I do especially like the alignments turned into motives: Meanwhile, McKinney chooses to have hardly any detail at all about his setting’s background, societies or cultures while going into intricate lurid detail with his magical rituals and their grotesque human sacrifices. Please browse through our FAQ before posting. There is a lot more utility here than meets the eye.
There are a lot of great tables, useful in many types of games: But if what you want is truly weird or “dark” sophistication, you won’t find that here.
I have the original and am in no way tempted by improved presentation to “upgrade”. In theory, yes, that is what RPGs do, and that is why I appreciate them. Just like in carcosaa Western. Ed Dove February 18, at 5: I do like what RPGPundit said about a sense of humor.
Justin Alexander February 21, at 7: Brunomac February 16, at 7: That’s about as much as I can remember. In what is perhaps mankind’s only stroke of good luck on Carcosa, the Space Alien armada that made a hard landing on Carcosa had a lot of powerful high-tech stuff that humans can easily use and steal.
Geoffrey McKinney February 21, at But, despite the fact that the setting of Carcosa is inspired partly by those sources, actual play in that setting ends up having almost nothing rppg all to do with them.
Carcosa : Lamentations of the Flame Princess : Role Playing Game Publisher : Helsinki, Finland
February 16, at I’d like to see more pdf based products do this. Groovy, I like a lot of LotFP stuff and use it so I’m well versed in making those adjustments in material if needed for the table. But it’s things like classic gray aliens from Close Encounters riding on the backs of dinosaurs that made it hard for me not to picture in a cartoonish way, taking away from those choice hopeless elements for me.
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The end result is that “by the book”, the races all just blend together without anything to really make them special carcksa maybe the Bone Men ; of course, a GM might go to the trouble of trying to create cultural differences for himself, but as I’ve noted before this strikes me less like some kind of great stand for homeruling and more like laziness on the part of the writer.
I find it interesting. This is why, even if the original file didn’t have improperly synchronized page numbers, it still would have been a bad idea: And then, there’s your kids.
While several orders of magnitude better than Isle of the Unknown, the sandbox setting of Carcosa is still very far from a masterpiece; its quality varies from repetitive, to mediocre, with a few smatterings of very-interesting sprinkled literally about.