Monday, November 26, 2018

Monsterhearts 2 Season Finale

Ran a goddamn amazing session of Monsterhearts 2 on Saturday.

I think our group has finally figured out how to do this game.

I went into this with zero prep. I mean, I had established NPCs and things that were going on, but I didn't have to lift a finger- the players drove the entire session. It came together incredibly well.

With things neatly tied up, we're switching back to Monster of the Week now. We'll play out another season (which seems to mean 5-6 sessions for this particular group) before switching back to Monsterhearts 2, probably right around the new year.

While I'd still like to have some B/X in my life, my time is pretty limited during November-December from my activity coaching. Perhaps I can make it a goal for 2019.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Cleaning House

Today I divested myself of a chunk of my gaming collection.

On the chopping block:

Dungeons & Dragons, 5th edition. You know... D&D5e is fine. It's okay. To me, it's perfectly serviceable but bland as hell. Life is too short for games that are just okay. We had some laughs, we hooked up a few times, but ultimately I just can't see a future with 5e. I do wish 5e well, though. I think it's a far better game than 4e or 3.X, and I really like the art direction in this edition as compared to the two most recent editions (plus Cousin Pathfinder), and I hope the mainstream exposure it has right now continues to build a young and inclusive community. I'm just not part of that community.

Fate Core and Fate Accelerated. Evil Hat is kind of... yeah. I'm not a fan of the company. I also tried to get into this game, and I'm just not into it. Powered by the Apocalypse does what I wanted Fate do do for me. Mechanics-wise, Fate's oft-forgotten predecessor, Fudge, works out better and feels a good deal more organic.

Chronicles of Darkness, Beast: the Primordial and Promethean: the Created.  I don't like dice pools. I don't like social interaction mechanics. Beast is absurdly overwrought. Promethean is too narrow to appeal to me or most of the people I game with.
I have all of these books on PDF (I bought the print/PDF bundles) so if I ever have a change of heart, I still have access to the materials, but... eh.

OneDice Urban Fantasy. I only ever ran this once, and it was pretty fun, but I considered that to be in spite of the mechanics, not because of them. The math in this game just doesn't grok for me. We'll always have that one game I ran at KantCon back in 2016. I also have this (and all the other  OneDice books I've ditched) on PDF, as I am a bundle whore, so I suppose I can still use the material if I really want to.

The rest of the books were mostly just material for the above and some redundancies in my collection.

My bookshelves still teem with various systems of various genres. Some of these games I have because I play them or have and intend to play them again. Others have collector value for me. (Will I ever run any of the original TSR giants modules? Probably not. Do I like having the old white early versions of them sitting on my shelf? You bet.) Oh, and one or two books I keep because I find them aesthetically pleasing. Swords & Wizardry Complete and OpenQuest (the very first version with the wonderful cover.) I also have my entire, massive, swollen Palladium collection, because I've got a pretty big masochist streak inside me.

Currently running Monsterhearts 2 still, which is about as un-old school as you can possibly get. It's a lot of fun and I love the characters. I still want to start a B/X game to play here in town. (I drive 50 miles to play with my group, partially because they are awesome and mostly because I'm romantically involved with one of them.) Getting a B/X game in this town is no small feat. Most of the action around here is 5e or Pathfinder. Hey, a guy can dream.

I don't blog much anymore and what tiny readership I had in the past has since moved on. I have to admit I don't read most of the blogs I used to follow closely back in the day. I'm not going to shut it down, and I will still scribble the occasional missive into the void, but I think my blogging days are well behind me.

Carry on, gamers.