Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rainbows, Fairy Dust, and... Away Teams, maybe.

I have submitted a request to run "Lamentations of the Gingerbread Princess" at a convention I will be attending this summer. I already have some delightful ideas for pregen characters.

I am also considering running Starships & Spacemen 2e, but we'll see. I have to come up with a good idea first. I suppose I can pretty much rip off any idea from classic Trek or TNG and modify it.

Oh. Just got an idea, right now. Yes......

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Quick Musing on Ravenloft

I've loved Ravenloft since I was in elementary school and got a Ravenloft choose-your-own-adventure style book. (I can't remember the title or really what it was about aside from a vampire bad guy named Erik Blacksteed and the coverart featuring some elven-looking fighter in a red tunic who is -so- not the loser character they stick you with) I really enjoy the Ravenloft Remix posts over at Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque.

I have always thought AD&D was completely the wrong system for Ravenloft.

Don't get me wrong- I love AD&D in both of its incarnations, but the system has always felt like the wrong fit, and did even when I was but a lad.

If I were to do Ravenloft again (unlikely, but not impossible) I think I would go one of two routes:

1. Use FUDGE, since you can kind of do anything with it if you fiddle with it just enough.
2. Use the pseudo-fantasy alternate WoD described in "Mirrors."

The second option sounds more appealing, since a.) the work is already done, and b.) they even have two "dark fantasy" races that are fare more suitable to Ravenloft than the AD&D roster of Tolkienesque creatures.

....plus, NWoD had rules for most, if not all, of the necessary creature types... .vampires, Frankenstein-ish monsters, shapeshifters, ghosts, goblins (of the fae variety) and so on.

...hmm.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Round, I Roll Initiative

I haven't played or run much in the last few weeks. Various things have stymied my participation or that of my players. I'm actually working on a new campaign in my spare time, since I don't know which situations are going to improve and which aren't.

I haven't been blogging much, because I find that my opinions on gaming are calcyfing. I have a pretty good idea of what type of games I want to run, and what kind of games I want to play. I might switch this to a content blog, or maybe I'll just trickle off into the aether like so many others.

I'm considering trying to get into the whole gaming via Google thing, but I'm not really sure how to get started. I parse through some of the communities and my eyes glaze over from the numerous posts. It also seems that a lot of people post "Hey I'm running a game in like two hours, want to play?" and am not often in a position where I can just jump on that. I'd prefer something a bit more regular. I would also vastly prfer to play a traditional "folks around the table" type game, and I'm going to focus on that first.