Friday, January 31, 2020

And Now For Something Completely Different

I am putting away a game that I've been running off and on since 2018. Not forever, just need a palette cleanse, as it were. I'm all urban fantasy/horror'd out.

I am replacing this cryogenically frozen game with Troika! (Numinous Edition)

From reading the book, particularly the beginning adventure, and from perusing the community on the internet, I have determined that I am not British enough to run Troika! as it was envisioned. The game as presented and the game as I will run it are likely to be two very different animals. I had even briefly considered just doing Advanced Fighting Fantasy, buuuuuuut I think this group will buy in more if the venue is bizarre space fantasy rather than pretty bog standard elves and wizards and shit.

I mean, there will definitely be wizards. Definitely. I can't guarantee elves, though, and I kind of like the idea that 1.) they all perished in some kind of elfpocalypse, or 2.) despite widespread lore describing them, nobody in the million spheres has ever seen an elf, nor can anyone produce any conclusive evidence that they ever existed. Still, everyone knows someone who has a friend who once went on an adventure with an elf.

My significant other is quite leery about rolling up a random background, as she comes from the customization-crazy world of Pathfinder. I have made a compromise: she rolls the dice, and then can choose to reverse the numbers if she pleases and take the other background instead.

I haven't decided if I'm going to use the adventure included in the book as a campaign starter or not.

 I think the aesthetic I'm going for is "Spelljammer, but after having eaten rather a lot of hallucinatory mushrooms."

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Carrying On

I GM'd tonight for the first time in... fuck... like two months at least. It was fun. I hope to do it again more often.

I'm wrapping up the game I've been theoretically running since August because we only play 1/3 of the time and I need to get my head into new spaces.

I'm starting a new game with a new crew. I'll return to this one eventually, but I need to shift gears for awhile.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

MeWe? More like EnnWe

hahahaha get it haha

A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a MeWe account, hoping to perhaps find some of the gamer folk I followed on G+, perhaps find some local gamers, etc.

I have joined some communities of various games I'm interested in, but none of them are really very active.

I did a search for my city name and all I came up with were three different gun fap- ah, excuse me, gun enthusiast groups. Searching my state added another gun group, some guy advertising that he's in a sexless marriage, and maybe some white supremacists. How depressing, albeit unsurprising.

Expanding to other nearby areas netted me an anti-vaccination group. What a fucking wasteland. 

I found a couple of people from the blogosphere, including some whose blogs have gone dark... but their MeWe is about as equally inactive. 

All in all, my initial impression is... that this isn't something I'm going to invest any time or energy in.

In the meantime, I'm still working through my newly purchased stuff and will get some more constructive thoughts posted at a later time.

Friday, January 3, 2020

A Dozen and One Adventures

I was at my FLGS this evening when I chanced across a dearth of used Al-Qadim materials. Most of it was, shall we say, "nostalgia priced," but I did pick up A Dozen and One Adventures for ten bucks. That map isn't in the best shape, but a cursory check on the internet revealed that the POD option is fucked and missing materials that WotC apparently doesn't care to fix.

Now, I've been burned before on AD&D 2nd edition adventure collections. Some years back I picked up some adventure anthologies for Ravenloft and they were hot fucking garbage. I've heard better things about the AQ modules, so I decided to take a risk. I'm too tired to do more than leaf through them at present, so I'll have to post my thoughts once I've digested them.

As for ever actually seeing any AQ action, I have two players (who sadly live in different towns), who will play just about anything I run. Hell, now that I think about it, one of them was in my Ravenloft/Gothic Earth game that I ran back in 2014. (The campaign was a lot of fun, once I tweaked the hell out of the modules.)

There we go, my first gaming purchase of 2020. My late '19 purchases are on the way to my house, but they have to cross the pond, so I'm guessing I'm not going to get them for at least another week.