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    70 KB Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)15:20 No.4518764  
    Has anyone ever tried running a Transformers game? No, I'm not talking about mechanics, as everyone usually just goes "HERP DERP BESM/D20MECHA/MECHAMORPHOSIS", but I mean the actual story and setting. I want to get into one, but its just not clicking in the fluff side.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)15:22 No.4518783
    Nah, Transformers has some pretty god-awful fluff. A game where you play as Transformers would be pretty cool if the backstory and universe weren't so fucking convoluted and half-retarded.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)15:25 No.4518807
    Is that the fucking retard hoverfag thing that talked like he was pretending to be a fucking mermaid?
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)15:27 No.4518820
    One time in a Star Wars campaign our character's were gassed and all had strange dreams. Our pilots was that he was piloting our ship when suddenly it began to talk to him. Turns out, every vehicle we had ever liberated was a transformer, including our ship. In the dream he went on to conquer and enslave the entire party. The rest of the game he did his best to program AI's for all of our vehicles so that they would talk. We got a bi-polar land speeder out of it.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)15:30 No.4518844
    Transformers has such a retarded storyline and setting that it doesn't even fucking work for a tv show or comic, let alone something that requires actual THOUGHT like an RPG
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:04 No.4519113
    Run it in World of Darkness: the Transformers have to hide themselves from the humans so that the governments don't declare all out war on them or whatever. Quintessence = Energon
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:07 No.4519137
    Transformers is the Naruto of the 80s. This you cannot deny.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:14 No.4519203
    Naruto hasn't had thousands of retarded manchildren declare that the slightest change will ruin everything forever, bawwing constantly unless every single whim of theirs is met and making western comics look SENSIBLE in their plots and settings. Transformers is one of the most horrible abortions of intellectual property I've ever seen.

    In all seriousness, I'd rather see a Twilight RPG than a Transformers RPG.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:15 No.4519211
    I have a friend who is a Transformers fanatic, and he apparently invented some rules based on the little stat cards that come with the toys, and using the actual toys as miniatures. I'm not sure how it works, but the guys who played it seemed to enjoy it. I think it was pretty simple and a short campaign, though.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:18 No.4519236

    You could conceivably run a good Naruto RPG, though. Magical ninjas is a fun concept, and without the retarded main characters and filler I think it could make for a pretty sweet game in the right hands. The world and setting of Naruto aren't the problem, the plot and characters are, neither of which would be present in a well-run RPG.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:19 No.4519241
    Creepy as fuck. Fat faggot probably has hundreds of the plastic shits filling up his life.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:25 No.4519276
    To be honest, the last few chapters were kinda good. I think I like (well, not like like, but it makes sense as a motivation) Pain's philosophy, as dark/brooding/emo as it is.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:32 No.4519341
    Its official then. Naruto is better than Transformers.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:36 No.4519381
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    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:37 No.4519388
    At least in Transformers you have giant robots and the angst isn't in reatarded levels. It's the people who take it seriously that makes it bad.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:38 No.4519407
    I ran a game based off the IDW continuity, where Megatron is a pissed-off miner.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:39 No.4519412
    The Transformers wiki has articles on members of the fandom who have attacked the creators of various Transformers series for "ruining" the franchise. Naruto has the usual 13 year olds who latch onto anything japanese and popular.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:43 No.4519452

    That's because Naruto doesn't get countless reinventions and idiots calling people "manbabies" just because they don't like a hip modern take on their franchise.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:45 No.4519463
    I might have been able to stand a Transformers setting if it had stuck with JUST ONE SETTING, like G1 or something, but the fact that they reboot the series so there's new toys every 2-5 years makes me sick. Its like the creators have ADHD but still a fetish for dayglo robots dressed in American flag colors.

    I mean fuck, that newest set had three different reboots IN ONE STORY.

    Its fucking retarded.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:46 No.4519471

    He is a collector, yes, and has dozens of them lined up in his bedroom, plus about as many GI Joes. He isn't really creepy, though, so much as painfully nerdy. But yeah, he's pretty much the stereotypical geeky toy collector.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:48 No.4519492
    If you had ever been to school, you might have been able to READ the post you're quoting. Transformers is RIFE with people who declare "G1 OR BUST! YOU'RE RUINING TRANSFORMERS FOREVER" if anything is even slightly different from their 25 year old toy commercials. And no, I'm not JUST slandering the original cartoon series, they will send death threats to toy designers for not using the literal toy commercials as reference points.

    Tip: Its not THOSE people throwing the word manbaby around. They don't have time, between death threats and filling every flat surface in their house with a plastic toy thats in slightly different colors from the last 10 versions.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:49 No.4519494
    Naruto has been going on for three or four years. Transformers has been going for 25. And Transformers will go on, while Naruto gets replaced with the same angsty wapanese shit.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:52 No.4519519
    What are you talking about? I'm a really big transformers fan and I'm sure we never had that.
    >> Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin AKA Brutikiss 05/10/09(Sun)16:54 No.4519536
    >>implying that someone is a basement dweller
    >>4chan /co/
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:58 No.4519567
    I'd much rather run a Godmars campaign
    It's better than both Naruto and Transformers.
    Better theme too.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)16:59 No.4519575
    I dont frequent any boards outside of /m/ too much but I can tell you that you sir are lost.

    also GEEWUN
    >> SpeedStriker 05/10/09(Sun)16:59 No.4519576
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    Say that again, I dare you! I double dare you, you mutherfucker!
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:08 No.4519643

    You could conceivably run a good Transformers RPG, though. Fightan robots is a fun concept, and without the retarded main characters and filler I think it could make for a pretty sweet game in the right hands. The world and setting of Transformers aren't the problem, the plot and characters are, neither of which would be present in a well-run RPG.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:13 No.4519699
    Armada: Minicons most important thing ever, created by robot satan, critical to the war.
    Energon: Minicons sometimes mentioned. Omnicons and Terrorcons suddenly appear and are the critical hinge in the war. Ability to combine two random transformers critical to war. Satan is reactivated twice and destroyed for a third time.
    Cybertron: Humanity forgets transformers exist. Minicons forgotten. New planets spontaneously exist, and only massive keys found on them can prevent a planet from falling into a black hole.

    Three universes, one story.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:34 No.4519838
    Itt a bunch of faggots bawwing because they cant understand anything thats not a bunch of hairy men sweating all over each other
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:42 No.4519890
    Holy shit, this is an awful lot of troll for not being /tg/ related at all. The new Bloody Path?
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:46 No.4519913
    Stop trolling us. /m/ has declared this entire board to be worthless.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)17:54 No.4519983
    Look, its got combat, right? Thats all you D&D fags ever want. Just take some warforged, and "pretend" your furry shit all over it. There. Done.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)18:12 No.4520117
    im sorry your dungeons and dragons movie sucked /tg/
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)18:49 No.4520346
    What the fuck, this has nothing to do with how cool it would be to have an RPG where you play as a robot who transforms into things.

    This could fit into a D20 system no problem. Different stats on each form like transforming into a bear. Energon would replace food with some bonuses to stats when overloaded with it.

    There was already a class based system for the Transformers so it would flow rather easily. Soundwave is a spy/infiltrator, Starscream is a ranged DPS, Optimus is a warrior.

    Come on guys, you get to make your own robots that transform then roll dice to see if they succeed on their ride skill.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)18:57 No.4520382
    Energon and Cybertron were Armada sequels.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)18:59 No.4520395

    Congratulations, you worthless excuse for afterbirth, you managed to come up with the fact that the mechanics are possible, just like the OP admitted and exampled IN THE FIRST FUCKING POST.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)19:10 No.4520464
    Congrats worthless faggots, your pitiful crossboard trolling has only made it so that /a/, /co/, /m/, and /toy/ are all in agreement.

    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:08 No.4521345
    >naruto is better than TF.

    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:09 No.4521352
    I think you can blame the English dub for that more than anything else.

    And besides, all three of those series were shit, anyways.

    And you don't have to yell; it makes you sound all butthurt.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:13 No.4521379
    ..No. Thats not the English Dub. Thats the way they are. In Cybertron humanity just randomly forgets that Transformers exist.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:18 No.4521406
    sure is herp derp in here
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:19 No.4521413

    Well, that just makes those three series stupider than I thought they were.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:26 No.4521456
    Energon is the sequel to armada.
    Cybertron was completely unrelated in japan, and kind of shoehorned into the american.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)21:27 No.4521459
    You guys don't seem to realize that the nostalgiafag manchildren of Transformers fandom are pretty much looked down upon by everybody except other nostalgiafags.

    Every time anything new is announced, they cry "NOT GEEWUN LSKEDJFOLJKNHOIDAPSIOF." Everybody else ignores them and they (hopefully) realize that nobody gives three shits about them.

    Then something NEW is announced, and the whole thing starts all over...
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:01 No.4522136
    And yet look at this topic. Rife with them.

    Of course, the setting is still retarded and worthless for an RPG. Decepiticons are saturday morning cartoon villains. Nobody WANTS to be a decepticon. They're evil for evil's sake. There's no possible benefit to being a decepticon because they're so retarded. They cannot form a society, they're just a bunch of violent savages who want to kill and destroy. Nevermind the typical comic book bullshit about alternate timelines and alternate realities and multiversal singularities and bullshit like that
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:16 No.4522270
    I've run Transformers pretty successfully by using the Spirit of the Century rules. The step by step guide to making a pulp story translates fairly well to the episodic nature of the cartoon series.

    The last time I ran it, the party was a group of Autobots tasked with acting as a security at the latest technology press conference, where a little known scientist named Al Gore announced that he'd created a global computer network which he called the "internet."
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:17 No.4522273
    The #1 reason why Transformers setting is worthless. The bad guys are so unbelievable its not even funny. They can't organize a military unit, let alone anything civilian.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:22 No.4522314

    You need to embrace the campiness and just have fun with it.

    Although, you could pull of a reasonably serious game if you stuck with the Marvel G1 or G2 comic books.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:30 No.4522369
    Not with the Autobot/Decepticon Conflict. G2 was nothing but alien shit
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:34 No.4522405

    The whole first half of the G2 series was Autobots vs Decepticons. They did unite against Jhiaxus' Cybertronians in the second half. There'd be some interesting RP potential in having the two factions being forced to work together, especially if the PCs were on opposing sides.
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:41 No.4522458
    Okay, congrats, you found the one tenable roleplay situation in all of the 25 years of Transfomerdom
    >> Anonymous 05/10/09(Sun)23:52 No.4522528

    Or you just don't have a good enough imagination.

    -Any of the zany "Megatron's crazy scheme of the week" episodes would be fun for a light-hearted game.
    -The Matrix Quest the Autobots go on before the coming of Unicron in the G1 comics would be good fodder for a multi-planet investigative game.
    -The battle against Unicron himself would be an awesome game, whether drawn from the comics or from the cartoon.
    -The loose alliance formed between Autobot and Decepticon after Unicron is defeated in the G1 comic has a lot of potential.
    -The party could be a group of Autobots defending Autobot City during the Decepticon attack during the G1 movie.
    -You could do something cool with the liberation of Cybertron from the Quintessons in the early part of Transformers history.
    -Ditto for the early days of the Autobot/Decepticon war, when most of the planet didn't/couldn't believe that there was a rebel faction conquering the cities.

    That's only with five minutes of brainstorming.
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    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)00:50 No.4523006
    holy crap i'd kill for a d20 transformers game, maybe some sort of mash-up of the current star wars rules w/ the power system for 4e
    >> Martin Heidegger 05/11/09(Mon)04:05 No.4524099
    Transformers is American.
    The original TF toys are japanese.
    G1 had western storywriters. So had Beast Wars and Animated.
    RID, Armada, Energon and Cybertron were produced and written by Japanese companies.
    So, you can whine all you want about how messy TF Mythology is, as long as you realize this difference, and its significance.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)08:50 No.4525581
    There is much wisdom in this thread.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)14:08 No.4527006
    Combat =/= RPG. And all of the actual roleplaying instances in your examples rely on a fundamental departure from Transformers lore, the Good Guys With Red Symbols Vs Bad Guys With Purple Symbols.
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    >> Occasionally Unfriendly Jazz !231ToDCJno 05/11/09(Mon)17:26 No.4527929
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    Why do you do this :(
    Why do you hate Transformers so :(
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)17:29 No.4527958
    Because its a 25 year old toy commercial. There's no story to it. Just "BUY MY TOYS". Its sad. Even FATAL comes up with story ideas beyond "buy more, oh god please, we need you to buy more"
    >> Occasionally Unfriendly Jazz !231ToDCJno 05/11/09(Mon)17:33 No.4527990
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    But...but it's fun! Toys are fun! I'm not even an old fan I didn't even hear about Transformers until 2008...
    man, lighten up, it's just simple-minded fun....
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)17:57 No.4528148
    Beast Wars and TFA are pretty good about having story and characterization. G1 is awful about that, but the franchise isn't just G1.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)18:30 No.4528397
    because time travel and robots turning into animals for no reason and robots who need to talk to transform makes total sense. G1 isn't the only part of the series. It'd probably be better if it were. The fact that there are a dozen seperate universes each fundamentally different and critically important to each other is the problem. That and the fanboys.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)18:34 No.4528426
    There was a decent homebrew Transformers RPG that I found forever ago, but I haven't been able to find that page again.

    Might be gone forever.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)21:50 No.4529857
    Bump for "just woken up but can contribute"


    Beast Wars (AKA the GOOD old Transformers) roleplaying adaptation of the old World of Darkness rules.
    >> Stranger 05/11/09(Mon)22:05 No.4529959
    I just finally decided to check out this thread, and was surprised that I was NOT the only one thinking WoD for this.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)22:22 No.4530096
    Well I'll be shat, the bawwing furry transfags actually did something
    >> NuBlackAnon !!z6ldXGL61Wm 05/11/09(Mon)22:25 No.4530125
    Mekton Zeta game
    alternate G2 base with headmasters style transformations.
    Humans to robots to units
    Decpticons were spirits who possesed the guys, real villian was unicron, crossover with the Earth built Brave units.
    >> Anonymous 05/11/09(Mon)23:28 No.4530655

    I'm citing you examples from the lore. You just don't know what the hell you're talking about. Roleplaying doesn't have to mean grand melodrama and deep, nuanced characters. A lot of times, it's more fun to keep things fast and loose.

    Like a slutty track star.

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