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Offline Hurin

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #120 on: December 30, 2015, 09:37:41 AM »
That is an interesting poll. The vast majority of players started with RM2 or before.

I wonder how many people made the switch to RMSS or FRP? The RMU boards seem pretty evenly divided between RM2 and RMSS though.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #121 on: December 30, 2015, 10:13:21 AM »
Here's a small pic [Attachment].  Await approval.

That is an interesting poll. The vast majority of players started with RM2 or before.

I wonder how many people made the switch to RMSS or FRP? The RMU boards seem pretty evenly divided between RM2 and RMSS though.

Yes.  It is.  87.3% for ≤RM2; 94.1% for ≤RMSS.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #122 on: December 30, 2015, 10:36:31 AM »
Started with MERP and then the RM2 boxed set in high school. (I think? Maybe it was RM2 and then MERP.) Our current RMSS campaign started with the RM2 rules but quickly switched over the RMSS once we discovered it. That was in the 1990's. We will probably switch to RMU once the rules are finalized. Running a separate game in the RMU beta lets us see how that will go.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #123 on: January 05, 2016, 01:25:54 PM »
My current campaign world started with the boxed set and mimeographed sheets.  I have included most of RMSS and left it there, but I have used the same setting for other (DnD and Pathfinder) games and always converted back to RMSS.  Most of my players like the campaign and rule set.

We are looking at using RMU when it it finalized.  We have a test game running now using the Beta 2 rules.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #124 on: January 06, 2016, 12:42:57 PM »
As a teenager with MERP back in 2002, run a campaign and played online on forums along with some sessions at the table. Then RMFRP for just a little while, then stopped played because of writer's block just when I found HARP.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #125 on: April 30, 2017, 12:51:34 PM »
The first ICS game I played was MERP 1st Ed. in 1984 or 1985, then with full on Rolemaster soon after that.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #126 on: April 30, 2017, 02:23:52 PM »
As with the majority, modified RM2(Crystal Warrior Mage, anyone?) with MERP/T$R adventures.

Later to RM2 ShadowWorld, with a sprinkling of RMSS rules applied but more just for owning the books than using the ruleset...didn't bother with RMFRP(watered down RMSS with a tonne of replication without full citing of rules/too many errors).

I think this is why most folks want to see a return to RM2 glory days at the height of ICE's success.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #127 on: May 03, 2017, 04:31:13 PM »
Cyberspace - I ran it back in the day though I owned the 1st RM box set; it was too confusing at the time.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #128 on: May 03, 2017, 10:12:48 PM »
I conned my parents into buying me the big blue box for Christmas in 87.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #129 on: May 07, 2017, 04:00:57 AM »
Mainly MERP around '88.
Later we incorporated some Rolemaster rules and Shadow world modules.
Also we had lots of Drangonlance campaings with self made stat and bonus conversions.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #130 on: May 15, 2017, 01:42:39 PM »
Technically it was pre-Rolemaster.
It was when Arms Law came out.
There was no Rolemaster yet.  ;)

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #131 on: December 24, 2017, 06:07:22 PM »
For Christmas one year my Mom got my Dad the Star Trek RPG & he got her MERP.  My Mom & I tried both.  Then we moved to a new city & I fell in with the RPG crowd of kids at the new school.  I GM'd a Star Trek & then a MERP game for friends before going on to being a PC in my buddy's Shadow-World-based RM2 game (where we hated his NPC Jax  ;D). From there he & I took turns GMing RM2 campaigns until we graduated high school & moved onto being in bands.  Since then I've basically used a RM2/RMSS-Frankenstein as the backbone to my creative writing, though from time to time I have GMd a game.  Still miss the good times around the table…  Thanks for all the great memories!

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #132 on: December 26, 2017, 04:21:19 PM »
1976 UVA, I was 17, Pete's proto-rolemaster game.  ;)
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #133 on: January 13, 2018, 03:02:23 AM »
I was first introduced to Rolemaster in 93, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of my friends wanted to break away from the AD&D games we were playing off and on, and he had just picked up this new system in Australia. As it was a chance for me to play, rather then GM, I jumped at it. Played that campaign in his setting for the next two years, till I got out of the Navy. Picked up RMSS when it first came out, and have been there ever since. Lost all the books a few years ago, but still want to play it.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #134 on: July 19, 2018, 01:44:53 PM »
I voted RMSS, with qualifications.

My affair with RM is long and storied. Back in the 80s I used Arms Law for both D&D and to replace the crit table in DragonQuest. In the 90s, we played MERP and when we hit 5th level we converted our characters to RMSS (we'd been using Spell Law with MERP already anyway). I've owned and run RMFRP which is where I still am.
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #135 on: July 30, 2018, 05:45:57 PM »
1989, when I bought the boxed character/campaign, spell and arms law set it came with the Cloudlords of Tanara. Originally I slotted Tanara into my existing game world. It wasn't until 91 that I moved all my games into the Shadow World.

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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #136 on: September 02, 2018, 03:39:22 AM »
Back in the 80s I used Arms Law for both D&D and to replace the crit table in DragonQuest. In the 90s, we played MERP and when we hit 5th level we converted our characters to RMSS (we'd been using Spell Law with MERP already anyway). I've owned and run RMFRP which is where I still am.
That sounds almost exactly like our groups progression (although we didn't bother much with RMFRP unless it was actually new material).
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #137 on: March 29, 2019, 01:38:16 PM »
Bought the individual Arms Law, Spell Law and Character Law books in I think 1982 or '83, when I first saw them in a store for the first time after seeing an ad in the unmentionable magazine that ICE's biggest competitor put out.  The black and white drawing along with the text explaining something to the effect of there should be no limits to your imagination and with Rolemaster anything is possible.  Had been playing the other game for a couple of years prior, but had actually gotten started in fantasy gaming with Avalon Hill's Magic Realm game, which I got for Christmas in 1979.  Picked up MERP a year or so later, but never really used it much (except as source material for Rolemaster, as well as a few other MERP modules over the following few years).

After getting Rolemaster, that was nearly all I used for nearly 20 years (90% of my gaming, with me and then one other GM in college (Patrick F.) running a lot of Rolemaster). 

Over the past 15 years or so have started to play other RPG's a little more often, but still will choose Rolemaster/Spacemaster over anything else in a heartbeat.

Got to hear the story behind the game incident that started Rolemaster from Coleman Carlton at GenCon in 2017.  Was great getting to chat with him and learn about a lot of the early history of Rolemaster and MERP and ICE.  Have also gotten to talk in person to a couple of other early employees of the company at GenCon that year. 

Was also interesting as last year (2018) at GenCon was chatting with Larry Elmore at his birthday party and he was telling me and couple of the other people who were operating the ICE booth that he had actually done a little work for ICE (artwork for a single MERP module). 
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #138 on: March 29, 2019, 02:40:11 PM »
I wonder what MERP module that was the Larry Elmore was working on?
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Re: When did you start playing ICE rpg's?
« Reply #139 on: March 30, 2019, 09:29:08 PM »
 8114 River Running cover.
(Had to look it up ;))