Last weekend I played a PPTQ. I didn’t do well, but whatever. I think my deck choice was pretty good. I just wasn’t playing optimally myself. However, what I wanted to talk about was [card]Saheeli Rai[/card].
To my tastes, science fiction in RPGs and television is too often about adventure and excitement. The scifi that grabs me, though, is about ideas and their impact on life and society and thought. Joshua A. C. Newman‘s RPG Shock: Social Science Fiction is built on this very premise. I tried it out with a couple of people I’d never played with, and who hadn’t had any experience with games as Forge-y as this. The experience was two-sided: fun and cerebral on the one hand, heavy and somewhat disconnected on the other. Continue reading
I like abstract roleplaying mechanics.
What seems to be years ago Harri Hursti introduced me to Barbarians of Lemuria. An epic game a sword and sorcery where hacking your opponents into bloody pulp was the not the means to an end but the goal itself. Then, some night when I was drinking with him and my first mate Sami Villa, we got nostalgic about Doomtrooper and Warzone. Quickly we came into conclusion that BoL would be perfect for slaying the hordes of Dark Legion with Gehenna Puker! We all agreed that Harri should run this game for us asap!
As said this was four years ago.
I thought about naming this topic as GMing Mistakes – Never running the game your players beg you to. In fact I even know that Harri has drawn the character sheet for this. And made some plans. But for reasons unknown (maybe this has been the work of Semai or even Muawihje) we STILL haven’t sat down to open bursts of bullets upon undead legionnaires!
We even calculated that if Harri would take 10 minutes from his “me-time” each day for two weeks he would have enough time to ran the game.
Seriously dude. Let’s do this!
Disclaimer: This is a vanity post. It is meant to wake up our GM.
I started a 13th Age game late this summer. I like the world and I admire the design, so I wanted to try it out. The sessions, however, were quite far apart, which was a clear signal that something wasn’t quite right. I wanted to continue the story of the characters and talked the players into converting them to Fate Core; now, I want to share my observations on how system matters. Continue reading
Okay, I’d love to put in [card]Ovalchase Daredevil[/card], but the problem is that none of the vehicles I’d like to use need crew of 4, so it would be somewhat awkward to use. So, monored it is. Okay, almost. [card]Unlicensed Disintegration[/card] still clearly has its place in the deck.
Maybe there’s still a piece of equipment for the quite interesting lady to drive.
Even if you are not planning on playing a monored deck, there’s a strong reason to build such a deck, because you are going to be playing against one. Interestingly enough, I didn’t see any Atarka Reds at GP Paris, but when rotation happens, we are going to be in a situation, where decks are going to need tuning in order to fight the red decks, so red is strong in the beginning.
When [card]Hero’s Blade[/card] was spoiled earlier this year, there was some talk of using it in constructed. Mostly Modern, because of the depth of cheap legends, but somewhat in Standard. The thing is, we did get some great legends this summer…
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(The source of the image. Those statues are all sold out.)
Lovecraftian horror is a staple of horror roleplaying, but it has its detractors as well. They don’t see anything frightening about Cthulhu and some also try to argue intellectually that no one else should either. I raise some questions about it, offer some answers — including one that says that questions are the answer — and venture into a territory I’ve not seen dealt with before: what happens to a Buddhist who meets a Lovecraftian monstrosity? Continue reading