Lunarius
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Mon 12 Feb 2018
at 14:09
Lumberjanes?
So recently I've been binge-reading Lumberjanes (Noelle Stevenson; Grace Ellis; Shannon Watters; Kat Leyh; Faith Erin Hicks, from Boom! Studios) and I really love the feel of it.

Specifically in the comics these are young women from all different walks of life coming together at summer camp to earn badges and make friends. There are

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merpeople
& giant

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serpents
in the lake, monsters in the woods, and

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Greek gods
have even made an appearance. The books are playful and silly and really heart-warming.

I'd like to get in on a game like that. The system itself doesn't matter too much to me, but for sake of ease I'd suggest something very simple that won't get in the way of the awesome things we do. We should not be the Roanoke cabin group, but instead we'll make our own characters that will interact with the world at large.

Alternatively, I'd like to see a fantasy adventure game with a similar upbeat feel. It doesn't mean we won't encounter danger and terrible things, but the focus of the game would be on friendship and working together, about the bonds between the adventurers whether they win or lose. With this kind of game I'd like to see Pathfinder or 5e D&D, but I'm open to thoughts!

Thanks for looking. :)

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Eggy
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Mon 12 Feb 2018
at 16:11
Lumberjanes?
I like your idea. I tried to run a Changeling The Dreaming game centered around a scout troop. It felt apart because I changed too many rules and made the game very unstable. I haven't read Lumberjanes, but I looked it up. Very much something my daughter would read. I'm interested in trying again. Do you mind if I take some time to read these comics, before giving you a definite yes? If you go with someone else or can't wait, no hard feelings.
jshaffstall
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Mon 12 Feb 2018
at 19:37
Lumberjanes?
I've also read and loved Lumberjanes (my daughter and I read them together).  I recently read Tales From The Loop, which has a nice light mechanic and the basic premise of the kids never dying.  The skills might need tweaked (TftL is based around 80s style kids solving strange mysteries in and out of town), but other than that it would be a good system.
Lunarius
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Mon 12 Feb 2018
at 20:12
Lumberjanes?
Hey Eggy!

Absolutely! I hope you and your daughter enjoy the books, and if you do decide to run something in that vein please rMail me! :)

Friendship to the Max, jshaffstall!

I'm a pretty solid fan of Stålenhag's works, but I don't yet own TftL. It's on my list but I'd need some help with the mechanics. I really like that the Kickstarter page compares it to Stranger Things, too.
tusken eldritch
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Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 07:54
Lumberjanes?
I haven't read Lumberjanes, but I've been interested in it, mostly because I remember Danielle Corsetto (of the webcomic Girls With Slingshots) drawing covers for it.

Light-hearted weirdness is definitely something I could do with more of in my life! So if this project gets a GM, I'd be down to play!

Edit: on a slightly related note: do you read Beasts of Burden? Not so light-hearted, but still awesome comics about a group of animals (mostly house pets) defending their home town from evil forces.

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Lunarius
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Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 14:18
Lumberjanes?
In reply to tusken eldritch (msg # 5):

Her covers are pretty awesome! I was so glad to hear she'd done any work with the books when I saw her name; I loved GWS.

Glad to have another bunkmate! Hopefully with all this interest we'll see something take off and if we don't I may have to take matters into my own hands because, really. Lumberjanes. :D

I haven't! I'm going to check it out later today though, I like the premise!
ApolloEnder
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Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 19:58
Lumberjanes?
I just started reading Lumberjanes after I got caught up on Paper Girls. It is such a fun series! I also have to agree that Tales From the Loop, with a few minor tweaks, could be a really, really great system to run such a game. If this takes off, I would absolutely be interested in it.
jshaffstall
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Tue 13 Feb 2018
at 21:47
Re: Lumberjanes?
Lunarius:
I'm a pretty solid fan of Stålenhag's works, but I don't yet own TftL. It's on my list but I'd need some help with the mechanics. I really like that the Kickstarter page compares it to Stranger Things, too.


The mechanics are really simple, you'd have no issues at all.  I'd love to run a Tales From The Loop game.  I don't feel qualified to run anything canon Lumberjanes, but a more generic kids at camp investigating strange happenings could be fun.
Lunarius
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 06:38
Re: Lumberjanes?
ApolloEnder, yay! Thanks for saying so! Would you be interested in a similarly flavoured game like what jsaffstall is offering?

jshaffstall, I'd absolutely be down for a kids at camp game! Eee! All giddy now!
ApolloEnder
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 16:48
Re: Lumberjanes?
I would definitely be interested in the game. Everything about this sounds like it would be a complete blast.
jshaffstall
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 16:50
Re: Lumberjanes?
Let me put together a game, then.  I'll post here when it's ready.  For those that know Tales From The Loop, ideas about tweaking it for this sort of game are welcome.
ApolloEnder
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 17:57
Re: Lumberjanes?
I don't have the book in front of me at the moment, but only a few things come to mind.

The odd retro-futuristic level of technology is really core to the default setting of Tales From the Loop. I don't know how applicable the Tech skills (Tinker, Program, and Calculate) will be in a different setting. But who knows - maybe assembling a junkyard robot or reprogramming a rogue cellphone based AI might not be so out of place in a light hearted game of strange occurrences.

Also, in a camp themed game, parents probably won't be able to serve as Anchors for the kids. That's not really a problem. There are camp counselors, other kids, senior lodge members, and other adult figures (like Quiet Joey, the cashier from the 7/11 just off of camp grounds) could fit that role.

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jshaffstall
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 20:04
Re: Lumberjanes?
My draft right now has Craft replacing Tech.  I think Tinker and Comprehend work fine in the camp context, but Program not so much.  Tinker becomes more about mechanical tinkering, rather than electronic tinkering.

Here's the link to the game: link to another game
tusken eldritch
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 21:10
Re: Lumberjanes?
Awesome, I'll come up with something tomorrow!
ApolloEnder
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Wed 14 Feb 2018
at 22:12
Re: Lumberjanes?
Yeah without a tech focus I can certainly see those skills getting use! Arts and crafts are going to become super practical.

I submitted an RtJ, it might be a bit vague though.
Lunarius
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Thu 15 Feb 2018
at 03:43
Re: Lumberjanes?
Ahhh! Thanks so much, jshaffstall!




Hey mods, I think we're pretty golden! :) Thank you!