Alcuin
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 Retired Bureaucrat
 RPGing since 1974
Tue 1 Jun 2021
at 17:29
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
I haven't DM'd for a long time and I decided I wanted to play a game set in 16th century Russia with a mad king on the throne, with Lithuanians, Poles and Crusaders to the North and West and beyond them the Finns and the Ice.  With Turks and wildlings to the South and with the mountains to the East, not to mention Baba Yaga in the forests nearby.

I had the idea of people randomly selecting beginning classes and roleplaying with what they had.  How would people feel about that?

Failing that, would people be interested in a game set in Ivan's Orichnina and if so, what 'classes' would people wish to play?

Or is it a non-starter?
Arkyn
 member, 692 posts
 ISO D&D, SW
 The Reddest Knight
Tue 1 Jun 2021
at 17:50
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
In reply to Alcuin (msg # 1):

A pretty cool idea.  I would think a good roleplayer could play nearly anything.  But that said, the possibilities for each class still have to be fun.  No one wants to be the idiot serf who's good for nothing.
Anachronist
 member, 58 posts
Tue 1 Jun 2021
at 17:53
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
I think it's a cool premise, especially with the addition of local myth and legend.
Alcuin
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Tue 1 Jun 2021
at 20:16
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
In reply to Arkyn (msg # 2):

True but there's got to be fun in finding out what the idiot serf can do.  In Russian folk tales, he's the youngest brother who triumphs where the other two meet destruction.
Alyse
 member, 747 posts
 Pretty, witty, and gay
 [married since 2011!]
Tue 1 Jun 2021
at 21:54
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
Darn, if I had not just joined a new game I would be very interested. Idiot serfs and idiot nobles are equally fun, and make for great comic relief.
Alcuin
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Wed 2 Jun 2021
at 07:05
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
In reply to Alyse (msg # 5):

Never mind Alyss. My preparations may not be as fast as I hope.
Alyse
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Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 04:00
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
In reply to Alcuin (msg # 1):

I presume you mean Oprichniki (опри́чнина), the guard corps and secret police established by Ivan the Terrible? Oprichnina (опри́чнина) refers to the state policy enacted by Ivan to root out and destroy those disloyal to him, chiefly amongst the boyars (aristocracy). They were akin to the Okhrana of the Romanov dynasty, the Red Terror-era Cheka, and the Great Purge-era NKVD... responsible for oppressing, terrorizing, and executing alleged threats to 'state security' (those suspected of disloyalty to the supreme leaders of those times, guilty or no).
Alcuin
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Sun 6 Jun 2021
at 10:50
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
I'm sorry that was a typo.  I meant Oprichnina, but only one aspect of it, the fact that it established a different but separate realm contiguous with the kingdom.  Some members were subject to certain laws (Englishmen, Merchants, Boyars and as you say any who could be considered a threat to the state) while Peasants, Priests and slaves were subject to the older laws with a lighter regime.
Alyse
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Mon 7 Jun 2021
at 19:19
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
Ah, I thought you might be going for something along the lines of Hounds Of The Tsar.
Alcuin
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Mon 7 Jun 2021
at 19:25
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
Ahh, no.  Until a couple of minutes ago, I'd never even heard of it.  I was thinking of converting GURPS Russia to Zweihänder.
Alyse
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Mon 7 Jun 2021
at 19:47
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
GURPS Russia and Mythic Russia are both excellent resources.
Alcuin
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Mon 7 Jun 2021
at 20:49
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
As is the first book I remember reading as a child.  Russian Folk Tales by Alexandr Afanasyev.
dparasol
 member, 34 posts
 looking to uh have fun
 and destroy civilization
Tue 8 Jun 2021
at 08:05
IC: Zweihänder in the reign of Ivan the Terrible
I'd be pretty interested in this, I think.