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Old April 5th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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Long (back in early 90's) ago, I played in a campaign of PBM (not yet email, as most people didn't have it by then) based on the Nobles Book (1E) where each player was a petty noble (a banneret at the begining) begining in 492 (just after Uther's death) and whose objective was to grow your family and fief and raise glory.

It was run in quarterly turns, each divided in 3 months, in each of wich you took a major action (akin of En Garde!'s weeks).
It should be noted that the GM was bending things about for that one - tho' Nobles Book (or the 3/4e Lordly Domains, for that matter) work in year-long economic cycles, and a few events per year, broken down only to seasons. I've often made use of both books. When it becomes relevant in my next campaign, i'll be using my homebrewed hybrid...

Which reminds me - I was looking at the Nocturnal Media forums (NM is the company producing 5e now), and noticed that Greg Stafford admits to Pendragon never being "done" - he tinkers constantly. And he runs Pendragon, not just designs it. He also keeps dissing on 3e and 4e... apparently, he wasn't involved.
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Old April 5th, 2013, 02:10 PM
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It should be noted that the GM was bending things about for that one - tho' Nobles Book (or the 3/4e Lordly Domains, for that matter) work in year-long economic cycles, and a few events per year, broken down only to seasons. I've often made use of both books. When it becomes relevant in my next campaign, i'll be using my homebrewed hybrid...
Sure he did. After all, he converted a RPG into a more strategic one. Some skills were deleted, while some others were given added importance, as did having a family (if you died heirless, you started again with another banneret).

In any case, the fact that converting it into such diferent game was so easy shown us how adaptable the game was, and the campaign was quite fun.
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Some of my favorite arthurian novels:
Parke Godwin's Firelord, Beloved Exile, The Last Rainbow (Arthur, Guinevere after his death, and St. Patrick).
Jack Whyte's Skystone series (start's with Arthur's great-grampas, a Roman general and a Roman centurion, works it's way through Arthur)
Mary Stewart's Hollow Hills series
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon series
H. Warner Munn's Merlin's Godson books
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Forgot to add, I forget the author's name, but there was another series that had Merlin inducted into the Mysteries of Mithras, that I liked. Don't have it here, so I'm not sure the title or author.
John Jakes had a decent Arthurian novel, tho I can't recall the title.
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One of my favorite game. I was GM for it.
But relatively recently , I found all Chivalry & Sorcery 1st and 2nd ed. after decades of difficulties...and was amazed. So , I think Pendragon I wouln't use.
Nevertheles, it has definitely an amazing "flavour" that no other game have...
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Default I remember playing Pendragon some years ago.

Of course, I had a character called Sir Cumference (for some reason the D.M. wouldn't let me do Sir Cumcision; not entirely sure why) and one of the other players had a character called Sir Loin de Boeuf.

As I recall, we were chasing down the Whetstone of Tydwyl Tyclyff1 and wound up in the faerie kingdom. I also tried (and failed) to write a mocking poem. Nobody elected to buy any unusual dogs.

And, yes, there were many, many Holy Grail quotes. 'Twas a silly place ...

1 Which, incidentally, gets a mention in the Book of the Wyrd - something cited by various old school RPG designer types (Gygax and Stafford at least IIRC) and which is still in print (or was not that long ago) and can be plundered for ideas.

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The new Pendragon stuff coming out is much less fantastic and far more political/conquest related. Take a look at the Book of the Warlord for an idea. Stoltz has put years into plotting out estates and nobles throughout the kingdom. It's impressive.

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The new Pendragon stuff coming out is much less fantastic and far more political/conquest related. Take a look at the Book of the Warlord for an idea. Stoltz has put years into plotting out estates and nobles throughout the kingdom. It's impressive.
It's also a turn-off for many fans of 4th ed. Myself and my friends amongst them.

Greg's moved is "Let's do realistic dark ages" into his Pendragon efforts, and alienated a large portion of the player base... those for whom Camelot should be a magical place.
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Agree

The original Pendragon was a brilliant game - Le Morte d' Arthur, The Crystal Cave etc... (to put a modern slant on it you could definitely add a Game of Thrones element to Uther period right up to Arthurs's crowning, and revisit these themes during the twilight days of Arthur's reign)

If I want a dark ages Brits vs Angles, Saxons, Danes and Jutes with a touch of magic thrown in I would use a different game system all together.
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