Carcosa – Warning: For Adults Only! Contains explicit DriveThruRPG: Your One -Stop Shop for the Best in RPG PDF Files! The Largest RPG. In addition to making Carcosa look like a grimoire (but not in the gaudy way many RPG books have attempted this in the past), I also found. Ok, fuck it. Let’s do this thing. This is a review of Geoffrey McKinney’s Carcosa, a setting and heavily-modified OSR game published by LotFP.
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My assessment pretty much matches yours, I use quite a bit of it for my Zharillia campaign but it’s not nearly as bleak as Geoffrey’s.
Experiences Running LotFP’s Carcosa? : rpg
The only other compliant I have with it is that the PDF is, as a practical matter, utterly unprintable. It’s formatted two pages to a PDF page which means that it can’t be effectively printed booklet style because it doesn’t paginate properly and it can’t be printed in standard format for spiral binding either – your only option there is flip-up but then you have to either print the obverse page upside down to read it flat or flip the book over every page.
If you want a print version, why not buy the book? It’s formatted to maximize its utility as a book. Carcosa is pages. I don’t see that working as a “booklet” regardless; you’ll save money by just buying the printed book.
Except it’s not very useful as a PDF, either. The format makes it completely unreadable on my Kindle DX or my wife’s iPad, for example, without a lot of fiddling around. And the page numbers are synched properly so using it on a PC is cumbersome, too. The printed book is one of the most beautiful and usefully cross-referenced RPG books I own. But the PDF is badly, badly flawed. No, it’s formatted to maximize its utility as a PDF on large wide-screen monitorswhich is a very different thing.
It can’t be taken to a printer because of the pagination issues. Not to mention, I know how to make books, I’m very good at it, and regardless of the cost it’s usually cheaper when I do it anyways, the equipment I have is paid for it’s something I like to do.
This is a really big deal to carcoea, it’s frustrating to have a product that, were it to conform to standards would be wonderful. The PDF does not carcpsa to standards and it is an issue.
Why isn’t there be a single page per PDF page version for people to read on small screens or print out parts of the book that they need? As a printer myself I will second that the pdf is less than useful both for printing and general use as a pdf. Single pages is always best both on PC, in print and on e-readers. I can’t think of a single reason why having spreads is useful.
So you can see two pages on a widescreen monitor? I’d rather have a single page on fit-to-screen and not have to squint. The linking in the pdf is incredible though. I’d like to see more pdf based products do this.
But I see your point. I didn’t even consider how it’d work for rich folks with their iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and such. And, frankly, I couldn’t possibly care less. I figure, if somebody can afford a fancy mobile device, then they can afford to buy Carcosa as a book.
You never know, it might be easy for him to knock out. I agree with you, by the way, though it’s not quite czrcosa big a deal to me. I was thinking of picking up the PDF, but now I won’t. Hrmm, you made me look back to see.
Don’t forget tell us if a single-page format PDF is in fact possible. It’s something I’d definitely prefer myself. In case somebody who wants a single-page format PDF doesn’t read all the way to the bottom of this page, I’m posting this in this sub-thread: Anyone that’s already bought it will be able to re-download at rpf convenience. I’ll let you know when it’s ready.
I just received this email from LotFP: Instead of displaying in page spreads as a default, it has now been changed to display single pages. I’ll be downloading the file that actually works properly.
As a reference for people like Ed: Every other PDF reader I’m familiar with features similar functionality. This is why, even if the original file didn’t have improperly synchronized page numbers, it still would have been a bad idea: It reduces utility without adding any utility.
I explained that myself, in a reply below, four days ago. Just like in real life, you don’t have to go along to get along. And that, I think, is where the greatest potential for adventure on Carcosa lies. I’m very skeptical of a claim that any game allows a range that even approaches real life. So there’s no reason why that situation should affect the worldview of any but the most extremely unusual of characters.
Second, even knowing that situation, there’s no compelling reason to go along with it. Even the temptation of great power is fraught with the likelihood of eventual disaster. So how a character chooses to deal with the situation is still completely up to the player. In theory, yes, that is what RPGs do, and that is why I appreciate them.
Apologies– I got called away and really shouldn’t have ended by comment on that note. They’re still playing the game. They’re just choosing to play it in a way that we find really boring. It sounds like a lot of adventures would come to town. For example, adventurers would probably come to your shop, and they’d probably be making trouble in the tavern for your wife’s old workmates.
Or current workmates, depending. You’d be interested in having the roads stay clear for trade, the crops staying good, and so forth. If the local teacher or healer got possessed, you’d definitely be moved to react. And then, there’s your kids.
What if they want to date elves? What if they want to date very dated elves who are thousands of years old, with bizarre goals that mortal humans find hard to understand?
GROGNARDIA: REVIEW: Carcosa (LotFP Edition)
A lot of stuff probably happens in a small fantasy world town. Just like in a Western. I agree with your overall assessment as well, but find myself drawn to the world of Carcosa. Not sure I can run an extended game there either, but a couple of one-shot games for sure. It is surely food for the imagination though.
Thank you for the review, James. There is a sliver of hope for humanity on Carcosa: The high-tech artifacts of the Space Aliens are mankind’s ace up the sleeve.
In what is perhaps mankind’s only stroke carcoss good luck on Carcosa, the Space Alien armada that made a hard landing on Carcosa had a lot of powerful high-tech stuff that humans can easily use and steal. All the way up to nuclear weapons. I include stats for the Old Ones in Carcosa with the full expectation that PCs will sometimes fight against and even sometimes slay the Old Ones.
The Old Ones rppg their rpv will in my mindover a long period of time, get blown away by men armed to the teeth. Most importantly, sooner or later someone is going to nuke Shub-Niggurath, and then it will all be over save cadcosa the mopping-up. Since Shub-Niggurath is the source of the vast majority of monsters on Carcosa, taking it out will put an end to the generation of new monsters.
As a fringe benefit, as Old Ones are destroyed, sorcery will ipso facto also be destroyed. That ritual that summons Nyarlathotep won’t do you any good after Nyarlathotep is destroyed. Oh god, my brain is overloading with post-revelation Carcosa ideas. Humans were once a pest on a planet rich in elements useful to aliens. But the aliens stirred the hornets nest. Now their galaxy-wide empire is getting a kick in the teeth from a bunch of stick-wielding neanderthals who are spreading like a virus amongst the stars.
What have we unleashed!? Very little, except to the extent that Carcosa isn’t a setting that explicitly lauds let alone carcowa altruism, honor, or civilization. You can play any sort of character you want — there are no restrictions in that regard rgp but most traditional fantasy archetypes would be fish out of water. Carcosa’s a bleak, brutal place and I expect that bleakness and brutality will very quickly color the way people play characters carcosw the setting.
That’s still completely up to whoever’s running the game. There’s no reason why whoever’s running the game can’t put places within that world where traditional fantasy archetypes would fit right in. And, anyway, only a small fraction of the people I’ve ever played RPGs with have ever just gone along with whatever’s been ‘normal’ in any of the game-worlds I’ve run. Almost all of csrcosa have tried to force their own worldviews upon those worlds.
Ed, for me it might not be enough that “whoever’s running the game” can “allow” PCs to originate from outlier cultures. That this hope involves unleashing horrifically destructive technologies says a lot. I think this is a great setting for experienced players who are jaded by the same old same old. From conversations I have had with Geoffrey in the past about extending the carcisa Holmes rulebook into a campaign in itself carcsoa.
As a fan of the original digest version, I look forward to the new version of this setting! The high mortality of characters doesn’t surprise me.