Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What's Next Batman?

In three months the adult group will have finished our game that we started last June, and I am planning on what our next game is going to be.

So far our choices are Sci fi in a couple different genres, some high flying cape action, modern zombie bashing and a Victorian era game.  I am waiting for feedback from my regular guys and we should have at least one new person joining us I do believe.

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear what you guys out there would suggest, either games or suggestions for a genre that I haven't thought of!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Battletech A Time of War

Ok so our kids group took a field trip to the FLGS for the Free RPG Day freebies and we were not disappointed.  Between my three boys and myself we got one of everything we wanted, and though it took a few moments I was able to get the kids into a demo of Battletech: A Time of War.

IT has been a few years since I have done anything with Battletech and even longer since MechWarrior but the numbers came back very quickly as I sat and watched the kids play.  The kids, all but one, seemed to have a good time despite the GM.

I have run games for companies and independent designers at various conventions for years and I have been told that I am pretty good at it.  I have seen different levels of being prepared and this GM knew the adventure well enough BUT didn't know the rules as well as I would like.  The GM kept on using the initiative system from Battletech the mini game not the rpg.  Modifiers were not being used, which isn't a big deal BUT she completely messed up the combat rules.  One of the things I always did was to make sure the player's left the table feeling great and like they had accomplished something.  This GM told them how poorly they did and maybe next time they should think about what they are doing.  I was VERY disappointed in what she had done and will follow up with the store and the Catalyst Labs contact that I have.

Oh I mentioned she knew the adventure well enough and I guess that is not the whole truth...she decided that four tanks and twenty men would be a good challenge for a group of new players with a broken down power mech meant for loading and industrial work NOT combat.

Now on top of all of that, I did pick up the rules and screen.  On the way home I gave the kids my speech on how they did, it is the one I would have given to them if I had GM'd for them.  They liked that much better and want to do something with the game but not just Mech versus Mech they want something more like Mission Impossible meets Black Ops.  I think I can handle that! ;)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Where is my scifi game?

Ok I am working on some things this summer and I am looking for a good set of scifi rules and damned if I am running into a brick wall.  Now I own Traveller, Serenity, Star Frontiers, Star Trek and pretty much all the rest and I keep coming back to Stars Without Numbers...I had opportunity to run this game a few months ago with my adult group and it went very very well!  I then took a look at converting the characters to Traveller and realized that the two were very close and was it really worth the effort.

If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate any input on a system, settings I can do while sleeping...I have a core setting that I have used now for awhile...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Space Opera

I have been a fan of the 12 degree system for a little bit and five months ago I had bought the pdf and print copy of Thousand Suns, I really like it for what it does.  It is not as sci hard as Traveller and it is easier to decipher than Space Opera.

I am going to be throwing some characters together and see how they stand up against Stars Without Numbers a game I have run before and like for it's ease of use....

Saturday, June 9, 2012

MnM 3e

We had an opportunity to play MnM 3e today and the kids had an absolute blast!  We had the appearance of Impulse, Tempest, Lionheart and Electric Blue, in New York City.

I used the Silver Storm adventure from Green Ronin and we had some rough spots but it worked out in the end and the four new heroes captured two of the "Stormers".

We had the rule that anything from the comics is fair game if it makes sense to the story.  We introduced Star Labs and SHIELD.  I had fun as well, more than I thought I would have....

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

or Call of Cthulhu

I pulled my CoC books off the shelf and now I may have to change my campaign idea over to this.  IT has been YEARS since I ran a CoC campaign and I feel that tug to do so now.  I need to decide on what time I wish to run in...

1890's, 1920's, 1930's or modern?  The last time I ran a campaign it was set in the modern day so I am pretty sure that I don't want that again, I am leaning towards Gaslight or the Jazz age.  I can easily run either and have plenty of source material for both as well.  We shall see which...Jazz has a distinct edge because of the resource material I have for that time, but Gaslight just has a way of being more sinister and mysterious.

Ah well more research today as we begin exams and I will have time to read while the young minds cook....

Friday, June 1, 2012

Last day for my kids...

Today was the last day of school for my kids, they are officially out of school.  Their school is officially out on Monday and they have to go in for one hour...we called nay on this one.

I am beginning my notes for my game in the fall and I have to say I am pleased with the use of Modern d20 for this...I remember not being a big fan of it back in the day BUT by using the Blood and Guts rule additions it really is something I can get behind.

I am looking forward to summer so much this year.  The year itself was a real downer on a professional level as  one of my partners was let go for conduct detrimental to a student.  The upside was the hiring of young man who is a great worker and dedicated to his job.

The high school club did a good job with games this year I lost four of the seven this year to graduation...next year I will be starting with three juniors....

Alright well I wanted to get something down for June...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQkU6fHP0fM