Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Traveling I go...

I have been brought back to a Traveller PbP that I have been away from for almost 6 months and it is good to be back in the center seat again so to speak.

The gm is using all kinds of different Traveller products and we are based out of the Gateway Sector so it is a bit different than the Spinward Marches and all.  My ship I inherited from an uncle who passed and wanted me to have it...a former Scout it is a bit different now owning a merchantman but I am looking forward to seeing how much trouble we can get in!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

WOTC

I am hearing from some that there was an announcement at GenCon about WOTC opening the vaults and reprinting older editions...sure why not.  WOTC has also said it might be two years before DnD 5e is ready, they want to "get it right".

What I believe is they want to generate more money by selling some older materials, they made money on the 1st ed reprints, and they can also use that as a test market..seeing what older editions sell and market the new game to that crowd.  Paranoid aren't I!

I don't give a hoot what they do personally, I have what I need and when the time comes and WOTC is ready I will make a choice...right now that group of people do need to do more right by us as consumers and less wrong.

Time will tell...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Swords and Wizardry

I have been looking at DnD next and I like the direction it is heading, not sold yet but as I have posted elsewhere...I like the smell a lot better than now then I did a year ago.  I digress....

Swords and Wizardry White box...I ordered this two years ago and I have played it and I have to tell you that I really enjoyed myself.  I had forgotten how "simple" things were meant to be and how much fun "simple" could be.  I started re-reading the rules and I may have to run a throwback game somewhere just for snicks and grins but we shall see.

On a side note I am excited to hear that Delving Deeper is going to be hitting my mailbox soon, it has been over 18months and I know that John and BHP have had issues so I am not upset about the wait, I am EXCITED to hear that it will be coming in the next two weeks though.

Ok enough for now I have to get back to paying bills!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DnD Next...

The latest DnD Next packet came out yesterday and of course I need to look at this, so scifi gets put on hold...

I like what I have seen from a quick read through....I know it's not final and I don't see me giving up Pathfinder yet BUT I will be having my kids give it a chance.

More as I read on...

Monday, August 13, 2012

My SciFi Sandbox...

I have written how much different authors have influenced my gaming but today I thought I would share a peek at my sandbox that I use quite often.  Now some things change depending on what system I am using but for the last five years or so now this has been pretty constant.

I have two political entities that are in close proximity to each other the first is a Monarchy and the other is more of a coalition of like minded peoples.  The Monarchy has been in business for just over 1000 years and it resembles Great Britain in it's Empire days...this of course is influenced by David Weber and his Harrington series.

Monarchy
Bristol Star:  There are two planets that are very much inhabitable within the system, the first is Bristol with the capital of New Haven.  The world itself is about 60% water and there are large tracts of land that are bring left undeveloped for now.  There is a large population and most of those are centered around New Haven, Port Royale and Southwicke.  Bristol also is home to the Royal Naval Academy.

Cambridge is the second planet in the Bristol system and though it does not boast as large as a population as Bristol it is where the New Cambridge University is based.  NCU is also the leader in the study of psionics, the Duke of Cambridge is a well known psionicist as is his family.   Cambridge is a world covered in water and fogs tend to develop very quickly inland and at sea, making travel for those dependent on sight very dangerous.  Though the air is breathable many people rarely leave the comforts of the domes and tubes that connect the cities and buildings of Cambridge.

The last feature of the Bristol System is the Naval Station known as Pearl Station, it is a small planet onto itself and is the largest naval port for the Monarchy.  Repair and construction yards are here as well as research and development of many new weapons systems.

The closest planets are; Gryphon, Canterbury, Fenris and Basilisk.  Gryphon is a rocky, dry and hot world filled with large deserts and deep canyons.  The key to Gryphon is the mining that is done here, the Mining Guilds supply many of the precious metals the Star Kingdom needs, while the Guilds do have quite bit of control the government has no problems with nationalizing the mines if needed and will not be held hostage.  The Star Kingdom maintains many mines of it's own but for the most part it does let the Merchant Houses and the Mining Guild do most of the dirty work.  The navy does maintain a base here, Braddock Station, named after Colonel Henry Braddock one of the most decorated Royal Marines in the Star Kingdoms history.  Rumors have it that elements of the Blackrazors train here.  The Blackrazors are the kingdoms black bag specialists, and they have a very nasty reputation.

More to follow....

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dragonstar....

I had forgotten about Dragonstar...I have not looked at this in ages I might need to do that down the road here.  I really wish it had been converted to 3.5 but....well you have to crack some eggs to make breakfast!

I remember playing this when it debut at GenCon and we had a blast at the table.  I always thought it was neat how the tech and magic blended well together, my Elf carrying a blaster pistol and hi-tech keyboard was just enough to remind me of Shadowrun!  I wonder how hard it would be to use Pathfinder for this...

I have found this site: http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?616065-Dragonstar-Remade-in-Pathfinder
I wonder what else there is...

There is this: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8qh4?Veil-of-Truth-Space-Opera-Rules-and-Setting
but I WANT magic....I will have to continue to dig!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Flandry

As a boy I bought this book at Walden and I loved the novel as well...pre-teen boy, I was full of hormones.  I recently bought the book again at a used book store and I'm glad I did because I had forgotten how good it was...

Inspiring...my Scifi flame...

I make no claim on this but I found it to be very inspiring for some Scifi that I am cooking up...

I have always been a big scifi nut, when I was a kid I read the Perry Rhodan series, the Ensign Flandry books most of the E.E. Doc Smith books across all of his writings.  I loved reading Piper and a little bit of Asimov and Heinlein, these are the books that have colored my views of scifi before Lucas and Star Wars.

Today I love reading Weber (Honor Harrignton), Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet) and David Drake (RCN series) these authors today are what color my scifi now.  When I prep for a scifi RPG this is what is in my mind and I'm not sure if that is good or bad but it is what it is....

What Scifi authors color your games for you?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

While sleeping today....

I had a dream about Space Above and Beyond....I will get back to that....


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Northlands Shift....

I have the pleasure of having a few groups to game with...I have my oldest group which is the group that I sponsor at the high school where I work.  I have been doing that for over 20 years and have seen well over 100 kids come through the groups, I have my kids group which are my sons and three of their friends and I have my adult group.

Now the HS group only meets once a week for about 90 minutes and we get stuff done BUT not a lot and once or twice a year I will give them on Saturday for 8 hours....my kids group meets once a week on Saturdays for three hours a day.  There is some flexibility there and we have played a lot of different games and systems.  My adult group meets about once a month for 8-9 hours a meeting, sometimes we can get a twice a month meet in there but that is a rarity.  We are going to be finishing up our Pathfinder/Dragonlance game here in the next few months and I am going to be going back behind the shield again...something that I miss.  Now don't get me wrong I like playing but I find my mind wanders a lot as a player and while it is easy to stay with what is happening in the game I am used to being the GM and wanting to stay ahead of the group.

Well I have been trying to find the next game I want to run this next session, most likely to last a year or more and I think I am going to give Shadowrun a chance.  I have flirted with this game like a high school boy flirts with the new girl in school.  I have had all the different editions at one point or another and this last edition (anniversary) seems to have boiled it down nicely.  I might let the kids group look at this down the road for a one shot or a holiday session but not a regular game.  I was speaking to some of the player's in the group about it and one is really excited and another has always wanted to try this so....off we go.

I will be looking at this for now in my free time, I have spent a lot of time gathering what I need now it's time to start making notes and moving forward.

Cya Chummer!

Monday, August 6, 2012

X-Plorers

I found this again and I know it is very old school, but I can see having some fun with it.  It has been hinted that this would be a great wtay to bring Justifiers back.  Now having gone to school with the creator of that game and at one time owning all of those source books...I would agree!

I think I have some ideas for a post on this one....just need some time to get to post it...


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Elmore....

I have found http://starfrontiersman.com/downloads/starfrontiersman again and I have to say that the ease of this game was lost on me as a teen.  Now taking a look and really getting into it with an open mind...it really is pretty darn good!

I am going to spring this upon my three kids and test it out and see how it looks, I think they will enjoy it...I am going to change how skills are initially bought AND I am changing the whole piloting thing as well.

I have gone as far as ordering the Alpha Dawn book from LuLu...I will share when it gets in my thoughts on it...


Scifi Horror...

The kids did some scifi horror today and I held back certain tell tale signs until the last possible moment and the bbeg made it's appearance...

All of the kids loved it and I have been told that "next" time I have to continue this...should be fun!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Eclipse Phase?

Can anyone explain the background to me, I have read through the QS rules and I really seem not to be making the connection to this one....