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abdul666lw Inactive Member23 Aug 2012 6:03 a.m. PST

"Paris Gothique" huh?

All for one: Regime Diabolique

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A number of (short and expensive, reportedly frown) supplements can be bought as pdf from the editor's site link, some also from DrivethruRPG link :
Force Majeure, Le Mousquetaire Déshonoré (campaign), Richelieu's Guide to Expanded Characters, Richelieu's Guide to Wondrous Devices, Richelieu's Guide to Creatures of Sin, Richelieu's Guide to Nobles & Courtiers, Richelieu's Guide to Nautical Adventures, Richelieu's Guide to the Church, Richelieu's Guide to Radicals, Richelieu's Guide to Fencing Schools, Richelieu's Guide to Villainy & Justice, Richelieu's Guide to the French Colonies et Richelieu's Guide to Warfare…

Intended for ca. 1645 AD, but could equally be set, for the tricorne lovers among us and those with a good collection of 'pirates' minis, in ca. 1745 AD in an 'alternate' France where the Fronde des Princes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fronde triumphed, thus the central power exerts no more control than a century earlier in 'our time line'. I used this setting decades ago to play 'Flashing blades' link in a 'Lace Wars' environment and it worked quite well.

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Some of Carnevale minis and Freebooter Assassins immediately spring to mind….

richarDISNEY Inactive Member23 Aug 2012 6:32 a.m. PST

I have it, and played it a few times.
*shrug* Its ok. It uses the Ubiquity dice system. That style is not for me.
I liked Witch Hunter :The Invisible World better.

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We took elements out of All For One and added it to Witch Hunter.

Please remember, both are RPGs…
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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2012 7:43 a.m. PST

What's the Ubiquity Dice system? Can you describe that plse?

Jovian1 Inactive Member23 Aug 2012 10:46 a.m. PST

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The system explained – somewhat.

abdul666lw Inactive Member23 Aug 2012 12:18 p.m. PST

Such RPG (plural: pick here and there thumbs up) can provide elements of background, ideas of scenarios and some game mechanisms for a campaign of 'skirmish' scale (think Morheim / Necromunda) played mainly with rules such as 'Gloire' link or 'Chaos in Carpathia' link


Freebooter Assassins link examples:

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Carnevale link examples

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(this one reminds me of a character in Barry Lyndon grin)

Aksakal Inactive Member24 Aug 2012 1:02 a.m. PST

Tristram shandy?

abdul666lw Inactive Member24 Aug 2012 3:07 a.m. PST

Chevalier du Balibari

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Btw, the Freebooter razorblades-edged fan is unfortunately thick as a waffle iron *shrug*
It was already the same with the Shadowforge 'NOT Sylvia in Brotherhood of the Wolf Scarlet Lady.
Seemingly, now as Shadowforge minis are sold by Eureka their 'Laughing Monk' is no longer available? Too bad, it included several interesting 'Gévaudan' characters.
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abdul666lw Inactive Member24 Aug 2012 12:54 p.m. PST

At Emperor vs Elector emperor-elector.blogspot.fr we already know of a 18th C. Milady de Winter: the Gross Hesse-Seewald masterspy link

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and of her dread Black Legion link

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spontoon29 Aug 2012 3:46 p.m. PST

Shades of "Brotherhood of the Wolf"!

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2012 6:52 p.m. PST

Thought I would mention ….

Not a set of rules, but a set of three books by French author Pierre Pevel. The series starts out with "The Cardinals Blades", the second is "The Alchemist in the Shadows" and for the life of me I can't remember the last.

Nicely researched, with a lot of Dumas type settings it seemed to me. Set in 17th century France with a number of names of characters that will be new to readers, though Athos does appear for a very short bit in the first book, and Richelieu is an important character. I very much enjoyed the bit in the second book(?) when Richlieu's head muscle Rochefort was tossed out a second story window by one of the blades. Never did like Rochefort.

There are a lot of well written sword fights, and each book features a grand fight near the end of the stories, just right for small scale skirmish games. You will need to have a ruleset that covers grenades, as one of the blades (Ballardieu) enjoys carrying a bandolier of bombs (it's fiction, guys) and lighting them with his ever present cigar and tossing them at the baddies. He nevers seems to roll a "1" and drop a lit one at his feet. Go figure.

abdul666lw Inactive Member31 Aug 2012 3:18 a.m. PST

Shades of "Brotherhood of the Wolf"!
Indeed -with real monsters. TMP link

Miniatures-wise, if unfortunately the NOT BotW Shadowforge / Laughing Monk ones are seemingly no longer available, the pack of 'characters' from 'A touch of Evil' flyingfrog.net/atouchofevil is available separately

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Galloping Major gallopingmajorwargames.com growing FIW range has some some figures with good 'generic' potential, such as this Provincial officer:

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Some interesting miniatures are hidden in odd places, for exemple Copplestone 'Duellist' (sic) [great cleavage]

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in the Science-Fiction 'Cobalt' range link
and this one among Bronze Age 'Fantasy' Werecreatures:
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Now, for more… intimate scenes, Foundry female 'Revenant Elves', their ears 'normalized', would look like 18th C. women

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(some, it's true, specially -but not exclusively- fitting for 18th C. witches or vampire countesses).

abdul666lw Inactive Member31 Aug 2012 5:48 a.m. PST

I believe Brigade Games had (has?) a 'Characters of Gevaudan' set.
Fenryll Chasseur de sorcières

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is hidden in a 'Medieval Fantasy' range.


Those Black Scorpion would be great for a 18th C. 'Horror' / 'Pulp' Lovecraftian game:

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but I no longer find them on the site: ?

Males in tricorne also are hidden among 'space pirates'
Hasslefree: link

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This Trollforged one: link
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looks by parts too 'modern' but after weapons conversions, and greenstuff plastic surgery leaving only a 'Goetz von Berlichingen'-like iron hand as mechanical part, is a potential outstanding '18th C. adventurer / special agent [Threshold, Torchwood?]'

Privateer Press 'Warmachine' is mostly Steampunk, but some "Mercenaries"
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have a 18th C. Pirates look.

Now I don't know how to characterize the ranges of Valiant Magnificient Egos 'Pilgrim'

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and Enigma Catherine
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Not irrelevant threads:
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abdul666lw Inactive Member01 Sep 2012 2:42 a.m. PST

Brotherhood of the Wolf with real werewolves

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(from link – illustrating a suggestion to play Strange Aeons link in the 18th C.) link
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chronologically averaged with
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Aberrant Games Vatacina Guard Captain link

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unfortunately, wears more of a bicorne: otherwise it could be used as a Papal Swiss Guard in monster hunting mission….


Now, with their tricornes and cuffs, Privateer Press link Arcane Tempest Gun Mages scream to appear in 'alternate 18th C.' games (Torchwood or Threshold agents, Seek And Slaughter operatives?):

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On males the (Eldar fashion) 'apron' may look rather silly, but on females it can be accepted as bringing a touch of femininity to a very practical uniform.

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