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Apocalypse World / Re: New Playbook: The Abacus
« on: February 29, 2012, 06:03:51 AM »
This seems really promising. Any more progress on a final version?

Apocalypse World / Re: Exchange harm for harm
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:01:44 PM »
Awesome, thanks.

Apocalypse World / Exchange harm for harm
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:32:33 PM »
In the list of MC moves, there's "Trade harm for harm (as established)."  On p 119, there are a couple of examples that aren't entirely clear to me, but I think are meant to show that the MC can just say "okay, the outcome is you took a bullet for 2-harm, and one of their guys is down and bleeding", without anyone needing to roll.  It also says to see the Harm & Healing chapter, but if there's anything else there about trading or exchanging harm, I don't see it.

So, how do you guys play it?  "Trade harm for harm" is just like two "Inflict harm" moves, that happen to apply to people on opposite sides of the fight?  Is there any reason that the harm exchanged should be of the same amount?  What does "as established" mean, where it's listed in the MC moves?

At first I thought "exchange harm for harm" might be meant to apply more to a situation more like, "well, the rifle normally does 3-harm, but I'm going to lower it to 1-harm and also smash your relic iPhone."  But as best I can tell, that's not what's implied in the examples.

other lumpley games / Review of Murderous Ghosts?
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:24:57 AM »
So, hm, how to put this -- do I want to buy Murderous Ghosts?  The mechanic sounds like it might be neat ("choose your own adventure, but with the bugs fixed", whatever that means), and I like the idea of a game that can be played with only two players.  On the other hand, intense horror doesn't really sound like my thing.  Or my fiancée's thing. 

Basically, I can't find a review or anything resembling an Actual Play for the game, and Vincent's merch copy ( is very short and very cryptic.  Can anyone who's played the game comment? 

I guess I could just give Vincent his $5 -- I'll probably do that anyway -- but that won't help sell the game to anyone else, right?

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