Tuesday, February 19, 2013

No Game Tuesday and Other Tidbits

This is my third week of not running SWN. Various factors have confouned my little group. I'm starting to wonder if I'm losing steam for it, though... missing a week used to be terrible for me, but now I find it doesn't bother me as much. I have been running SWN since July; maybe I need a break.

I will be involved in playesting a miniatures skirmish game, though I don't think I'm at liberty to say much more than that. I normally don't do miniature wargames, but I'm making an exception for this one.

I got a new iPad, and it's already changed the way I feel about getting gaming books on PDF. This pad is going to be a frickin' gaming library. I've also snagged some game related apps, like Purple Sorcerer's excellent DCC app. (Pay eighteen bucks for a single set of Zocchi dice? Fuck. That. Noise.)

I'm playing AD&D 2nd edition with my old Sunday group every other week. Forgotten Realms bores me to tears as a setting, but it's good to see them again.

BTS was off last week due to it being V-Day and all of us being married. This week it's probably off because we're supposed to have Snowmaggeddonpocalypse. We'll see.

I saw a lot of neat stuff at my most recent trip to the used bookstore. I almost bought a copy of 1st edition WFB just for the art and for collector's sake. I almost snagged Basic Roleplaying, too... but in the end I restrained myself and just picked up RIFTS Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia.

There's a nearby gameday in another two weeks. I might run something at it. I had great luck with X-plorers at the last one, but I'm feeling something fantasy. Maybe I could try to run one of the introductory scenarios I picked up for The Dark Eye. Maybe I could try to do The One Ring, since I'm still sore that I drove 45 minutes to play it and homie didn't even show up.

This blog is slowing down. I just don't have as much to say anymore. I might start just posting content I come up with, or I might let it dribble off altogether. Aren't blogs over with, anyway? Isn't like, Gewgle Plus the new hawtness?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nearby Game Day

Today I drove to a game day hosted by local con. (They have periodic game days throughout the year in and around my town) I specifically drove 40 miles because someone had scheduled a game of The One Ring. He didn't show. I was annoyed.

However, I did end up running a pick-up game of X-plorers, which several people played and enjoyed. Most of the people who played were mainly familiar with 3.5/Pathfinder, but they had a great time (even the guy who died horribly) and were delighted by how fun and light the system was. I'm not sure it will replace Stars Without Number as my sci-fi game of choice, but it was an interesting alternative. (Also, let's be honest: these two games are like 85% compatible) I ran the party through the Cleopatra Station module that comes in the boxed set. I did town it down a bit, because there were only three players and nobody rolled up a Soldier. (I didn't tone it down a whole lot, though...one of three PCs died, and one of the survivors had a single hit point left)

While I was very disappointed that I didn't get to play The One Ring, I did have fun running X-plorers, and I may have turned a player on to it. (He snapped a picture of the box and was very interested to learn that he can download the basic version of the rules for free)

Oh, and I played what was perhaps the most epic game of Talisman I have ever played, but I don't go into details. Suffice to say it couldn't have been scripted to be any more epic than it turned out.

The next game day is next month. I'm considering taking X-plorers out for another spin, but I have a lot of options now...maybe I should do The One Ring....or The Dark Eye...

My old Sunday group (that I haven't played with since July) is starting up a new Forgotten Realms AD&D 2nd edition game tomorrow. I'd like to attend, but I have a grade report deadline on Monday and it will depend on how much grading I get done tomorrow. I'm down to play AD&D 2nd edition, though I have to confess I'm not really all that interested in the Forgotten Realms.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Good news, etc.

My friend made it through his procedure. I'm immensely relieved. I've been in contact with him since it was over.

I'm going to try to make time to play at least some Sundays with the Sunday gang again.

In other gaming news:

-Spears of the Dawn is out. As a huge fan of Kevin Crawford's work, I'd like to obtain a copy. I think I'll wait until the hard copy is available, though. I'm old fashioned like that. Of course, I have yet to pick up Other Dust....

-Having taken leave of my senses, I ordered a used copy of The Dark Eye. I recently bought a computer game based on the game world and I want to see the guts behind the system.

-BTS is ridiculously fun. I like that the game has achieved a nearly perfect blend of investigation and combat. Steven also has a way of turning skills into a sort of "situational combat" that has tension without being tedious or seeming artificial.

-SWN rolls along. I'm doing some work for the game today since I have the day to myself.

Game on.