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irdeggman
08-08-2006, 08:38 PM
I figured that it would be a good idea to get a grasp on where people's personal history is with the setting/game.

You can make more than one choice - so pick all that apply.

Cmalik
08-08-2006, 09:04 PM
I bought the boxed set the day it came out ( I had it on order) Read every book and own 2 copies now of every thing tsr put out for Birthright. Including all the unpublished stuff. I love Birthright.

dalor
08-08-2006, 11:00 PM
I had the setting the day before it was supposed to go
on sale...bought it at a store in Radford VA.

The longest running campaign I played was from the
beginning that lasted nearly three years. In it we
had seven different monarchs I think...and two Dungeon
Masters to run it all. We used the Chainmail System
for our battles because we also had lots of historical
miniatures...had a really great time in that one.

I played Talinie and used a Paladin as a Regent. I
quickly conquered the petty kingdom of Thurazor...the
goblins just couldn`t stand against Longbowmen and
Knights. Of course, they also couldn`t stand against
a larger army...I nearly bankrupt Talinie in that war.
Horrified, the DMs massed a huge army in the Five
Peaks to attack my rear, but that ended badly for them
and I stalemated the incursion while I settled the
lands of Thurazor (the Goblins were driven into the
Five Peaks...or else cut down as they tried to stop my
armies). By game end, my Paladin was killed by the
Manslayer when I answered the call of my Lord who was
being raided by the Dark Elf.

I`ve played several other campaigns over the years,
always in 2nd Edition Rules.


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> setting/game.

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The Swordgaunt
08-08-2006, 11:28 PM
My first BR character was a minor southern regent (can't remember which realm) who proved to be utterly useless as a ruler. On the other hand, he never lost a battle. He rapidly ran his realm bankrupt, and was forced to sell it to a distant relative with Kahlien's backing. He then made a career as a general, and was appointed ruler over several vassal states during the years. He always ran the coffers dry fielding more armies.

It ended up with him being appointed Lord Protector of Anuire by his Liege, who by then had claimed the Iron Throne.

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Now I don't own a single BR suplement, what I have, I have dl'ed. I left the AD&D system about ten years ago, and have never looked back. Birthright was still one of my favourite settings, so I was extatic when I found this pearl of a site. I don't think I said this before, but those of you who work an toil to convert and improve the setting, thanks. Thanks a whole lot.

nagebenfro
08-09-2006, 02:20 AM
I have the dubious distinction of being the first to admit to being a newbie. I am currently in my third play by e-mail game of the BRCS playtest doc, the first two of which collaped. The first was due to poor DMing, (he refused to read the rulebook, and frequently made contradictory rulings to different players) and the seocnd collapsed under the weight of too many house rules.

Since then I have been determined to find out as much as possible about the "real" rules of the game, to ensure that this current game continues without a simlar collapse.

All three games have taken place in custom settings, away from cerelia.

Before all of these, I briefly participated in a weekly tabletop birthright game that used the AD&D rules, but again, the setting was custom and there were so many house rules it was not really birthright. That game was a success, however, though perhaps not from the point of view of my realm.

gazza666
08-09-2006, 03:01 AM
I voted "played 2nd edition", but I must qualify my response here. The poll questions are set up to imply that this means I have great familiarity with the setting; this isn't really the case.

My group's general use of any published setting - FR, Eberron, BR, Dark Sun, Spelljammer, or whatever - is to use the rules, pick up anything we think is nice about the setting, and ruthlessly prune/ignore the rest. I've never read anything beyond what comes in the boxed set (and even then I've only read Atlas of Cerilia once, several years ago).

Unfortunately there didn't seem to be a more appropriate place for me to vote; I hope this doesn't skew your results too much.

cvgawde
08-09-2006, 05:05 AM
I was originally in a campaign of the 2nd edition Birthright setting that lasted four years. This first campaign was a mutilated version of the information found in the box set. After this campaign ended I DMed a campaign that was much more loyal to the original setting and it lasted another three years.

With the advent of 3rd edition and the loss of further Birthright material my group abandoned it in favor of more updated settings, though my interest in Birthright remained. I enjoy low-magic settings and a more political atmosphere in my campaigns.

I'm hoping with the abundance of 3rd edition material I may start a campaign in the near future.

Arjan
08-09-2006, 11:44 AM
Had the box when it came out in my hands, but we chose for Mystara.. after a couple of weeks i did buy the BR box and was sold to the setting... and after that i aquired everything that came out

i have tried to run a few campaigns, but eventually some players didnt like the setting (yup, the two powerplayers) so we switched back to a somewhat mix between planescape/weel of time
as for now... havnt played DnD in almost 1.5 years... the whole group got addicted to World of Warcraft :(

Blackfrost
08-10-2006, 10:10 AM
Alas... that is the trouble with the youth of today. Since the introduction of computer/video games I have found fewer people willing to play RPG's at all.

I purchased the boxed set back when it first hit the shelves. I bought nearly every BR product produced after that (minus the Domain Secrets items).

Our BR campaigns tended towards adventuring rather that domain play.

Currently I've also been picking up products from the Conan RPG put out by Mongoose. It uses a fairly decent combat system that I want to apply to our next BR campaign session... whenever we get the opportunity that is...

gazza666
08-10-2006, 02:23 PM
Most of our group have played WoW to the point of getting sick of it (one guy still plays it a lot, and another plays on occasion - I cancelled my account months ago with no regrets).

Even at its height, though, it didn't replace roleplaying. In fact, it really does increase my appreciation of tabletop gaming when you see just how fundamentally bad computers are at it. I'm not saying WoW isn't fun - no regrets, remember? - but it doesn't offer a roleplaying experience. Playing WoW is akin to playing Diablo 2, except that the world is persistent.

Diablo 2 is a fun game as well, but it's no substitute for even a fairly poor RPG session. We had far more problems when the Magic the Gathering craze hit a few years back than we did with WoW.

The consolation is this: roleplaying is one of those hobbies where you can still feel like you're participating even when you're not actively gaming. There's new rulesbooks to buy and read, there's message forums to post on, there's magazines to subscribe to. If your players are typical, then WoW will not hold their attention forever. This craze, like all others, must pass. ;)

Khrysanth
08-10-2006, 04:09 PM
Most of our group have played WoW to the point of getting sick of it (one guy still plays it a lot, and another plays on occasion - I cancelled my account months ago with no regrets).

Even at its height, though, it didn't replace roleplaying. In fact, it really does increase my appreciation of tabletop gaming when you see just how fundamentally bad computers are at it. I'm not saying WoW isn't fun - no regrets, remember? - but it doesn't offer a roleplaying experience. Playing WoW is akin to playing Diablo 2, except that the world is persistent.

Diablo 2 is a fun game as well, but it's no substitute for even a fairly poor RPG session. We had far more problems when the Magic the Gathering craze hit a few years back than we did with WoW.

The consolation is this: roleplaying is one of those hobbies where you can still feel like you're participating even when you're not actively gaming. There's new rulesbooks to buy and read, there's message forums to post on, there's magazines to subscribe to. If your players are typical, then WoW will not hold their attention forever. This craze, like all others, must pass. ;)

To be fair, I've been playing MUDs and MMOs since I first had an internet connection in 1992. Saying the craze will "pass" is somewhat of an error. More than likely, however, they'll "burn out" of constant playing, and begin to drift from one game to another, and most of the time they'll drift right back into pen and paper roleplaying. There is nothing even remotely similar to it, despite the best efforts of computer programmers. Even play by e-mail or play by IRC lacks certain qualities that can only be found in a face to face game, which, in part, is why M:tG had a greater impact on RPGs than any of the computerised attempts.

Green Knight
08-12-2006, 07:25 PM
Think I've read and played all BR-related material.

The funny thing about it is that I initially was less than enthusiastic about the setting. I had abandoned AD&D some time prior to BR being published, and I inaccurately assumed that this was yet another lame TSR product...

Benjamin
08-14-2006, 11:43 AM
I own everything ever published for BR. I read all the books. I read all the boxed sets and Player's Guides. I ran 2 table top campaigns. I've been in pbems, often times multiple at once, since 1997. I ran my own pbem in 1998. Basically, I'm an old fogey veteran of the stuff.

ausrick
08-15-2006, 02:03 PM
I bought it from the second I saw it in stores, probably a good number of months after it came out as there were several products in the line by the time I noticed it. I immediately fell in love with it and started running it.

I must admit that I dove into running it with much more ferver than would be recommended, leading to the fact that I didn't read it thoroughly first and adding to some very accidental but huge mistakes, such as Elven Priests :eek: and the Blood-Skull Barony being ruled by Vampires that animated Skeletal Armies infused with blood so that they would regenerate from death. :D

All that aside, after reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading the material I think I have a lot better feel of the setting and have mostly eliminated or atleast shrunk the enormity of my DM-boo-boo's.

gazza666
08-16-2006, 10:35 AM
I must admit that I dove into running it with much more ferver than would be recommended, leading to the fact that I didn't read it thoroughly first and adding to some very accidental but huge mistakes, such as Elven Priests :eek: and the Blood-Skull Barony being ruled by Vampires that animated Skeletal Armies infused with blood so that they would regenerate from death. :D

If that's a mistake, then I don't see the virtue in correcting it! That sounds cool. Screw the rules, screw the setting - if you have to bend things to get vampires with skeletal armies infused with blood, then it's in a good cause.

epicsoul
08-17-2006, 03:41 PM
Hmmmm.... I bought BR before it came out, having owned a game store at the time... own everything ever published for BR (although I can't find my copy of the Sword of Roele anymore), with some doubles, and also have downloaded everything.

In fact, other than the PHB and DMG, BRCS is the ONLY thing for 3.0 (3.5) D&D that I own or have downloaded. I haven't bothered to get anything else... gamed for too damn long to change now. Hells, took me long enough to switch from 1e to 2e, let alone to 3e. My gaming collection can't afford to take up more space, or my wife will kill me.

ThatSeanGuy
08-17-2006, 06:29 PM
Screw the rules, screw the setting - if you have to bend things to get vampires with skeletal armies infused with blood, then it's in a good cause.

Sir, I like the cut of your jib. And while I can see ol'Britter Kalt with an army of horrible blood-bone monsters, maybe, its a neat idea regardless. Can non-awenshegh(Or however its spelled, my book's a ways away.) undead be blooded?

As for me, a friend and I picked up Birthright when it first came out. We tried a couple times to get a game going, but never really graduated to 'campaign' level before we all went to high school and the group fell apart. Its a shame, too, because I've always liked the setting, and I still think a King of the Giantdowns campaign would be awesome.