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RPGaDay in August – August 15th: Adapting RPGs August 15, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 15 – Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

This is a tough one, since I’m not sure I actually understand the question.

In the case of adapting something into an rpg, I would have to say that I rather enjoy adapting the Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales (aka Cadillacs & Dinosaurs) to a roleplaying game set of rules, since I don’t really like the GDW game that came out. There are also a couple of other game concepts, mostly from novels, that I’d love to adapt but there just isn’t time and all that.

If you’re thinking of adapting material into a pre-existing rpg, I would have to say that it’s been fun adapting material from the Arabian Nights stories into the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, as that’s been a good challenge. I’m also looking forward to adapting some of the Scandinavian myths and legends into the Trudvang Chronicles RPG when that game comes out.

(Note: This is the last entry that I’ll be making for the month until I get back from GenCon 2017, at which time I’ll be playing at least a week of catch-up.)

Two Days Before GenCon 2017 August 13, 2017

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Sunday afternoon. It’s two days before I leave for GenCon Indy.

A relatively hot day outside, and a sign of things to come for the much of the rest of the week here in Ottawa, it seems.

So many things to do, packing-wise and gaming-wise, before I head off to the airport on Tuesday.

Between the weather, the allergies (this season seems to be particularly bad), the shoulder agonypain that I’m in, some of the stress I’m feeling, and some other stuff that I won’t go into on my journal, I’ve not been sleeping all that well, though I do seem to have caught about four or five hours last night, so I guess that’s better than nothing. It won’t stop me from napping at times, either. That said, it doesn’t leave me feeling all that well, my temper’s a bit on edge, and I feel a bit ragged. Not an auspicious beginning for what promises to be a very busy (and hopefully enjoyable) week.

I’m taking it relatively easy today, “relatively” being an operative word. I’ll do a bit more packing though as I’m going to try to get most of the packing done today (I’m about 28 to 30 percent done; it’s the last 70% of packing, especially when you have gaming stuff to take with you, that always worries me; fortunately I don’t have too much gaming stuff to pack, as I’ll be receiving a rulebook and GM Screen as well as the scenario at the convention (if all goes according to plan) for the games I’m running at GenCon), since I’ve got two medical appointments tomorrow and a couple of places I need to stop for shopping. I might read a bit, but will definitely try to take a nap or two.

Just a reminder to folks going to GenCon Indy: I’ll be staying at the Westin downtown. If folks would like to meet up with me, chat, do dinner, or whatever, drop me a line on my Twitter account or text me (if you have my mobile phone number, PM me if you don’t).

RPGaDay in August – August 12th: Most Inspiring Art August 12, 2017

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Day 12 – Which RPG has the most inspiring art?

Interesting question.

I’ve got an interesting answer to this.

For the older rpgs out there, the most inspiring art for me came from the old DragonQuest RPG from SPI as well as the fantastic art for the SkyRealms of Jorune RPG that inspired so many story ideas for me back in the day.

From the modern day, the artwork for the Chill 3rd Edition RPG, as well as that of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon and the soon-to-be-released Trudvang Chronicles RPG have been the most inspirational artwork.

My GenCon Schedule August 10, 2017

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As most folks know, GenCon Indy 2017 (GenCon 50!) begins next week. So I figured I should post something up about my itinerary for the convention. I’m set to fly to Indy on the Tuesday, 15th of August, and I’ll be coming back to Ottawa on Monday, 21st of August, during the mid- to late evening. Yes, that’s right… I’m actually going to spend the whole Sunday in Indy so I can take in a bit more of the convention and all, and use the extra day to get some rest that night. will be flying down for the convention with me, so that’s cool.

I don’t have any stuff really scheduled for the convention, other than a couple of games I’ll be running and a game I hope I’ll be able to get into. I’ll be running two Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG sessions (the same adventure) this year, and I’m looking forward to those. Here’s the listings of the games I’ll be running at the convention, for those who might be interested. While both the Friday afternoon and Saturday evening games are supposedly full, there’s always a chance as sometimes folks at GenCon don’t come out for their games, so remember those Generic tickets!

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The Dying Ship
Game System: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Game ID: RPG17110627
Time: Friday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: Hyatt : Directors 2 : 2
Number of Players: 5
Description: The ice hauler Orun II has stopped responding to hails, and has changed course towards a deadly asteroid cloud. The player characters are tasked with intercepting the heavy freighter to find out what has happened onboard and bring it back to Coriolis safely. What is hiding aboard the silent hauler and what has happened to her crew? Come and play in CORIOLIS – THE THIRD HORIZON, a science fantasy rpg of the Arabian Nights in space, and learn what lies in the Dark Between the Stars.

The Dying Ship
Game System: Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG
Game ID: RPG17110628
Time: Saturday, August 19th, 8:00 pm – midnight
Place: Hyatt : Directors 1 : 1
Number of Players: 5
Description: The ice hauler Orun II has stopped responding to hails, and has changed course towards a deadly asteroid cloud. The player characters are tasked with intercepting the heavy freighter to find out what has happened onboard and bring it back to Coriolis safely. What is hiding aboard the silent hauler and what has happened to her crew? Come and play in CORIOLIS – THE THIRD HORIZON, a science fantasy rpg of the Arabian Nights in space, and learn what lies in the Dark Between the Stars.
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I’ve got a couple of other places I have to be, notably during the Wednesday evening and during Saturday afternoon, but if folks want to meet up with me, play stuff or whatever, please get in touch with me, and we can arrange something. I’ll be staying at the Westin Indianapolis but you can leave me a message on Twitter or drop me a text message on my mobile, if necessary.

In any event, I’m looking forward to seeing folks at the convention. Hope to meet up with old friends, and make some new friends. Oh, and do some gaming, of course! 🙂

Getting Ready for Sunday Afternoon Gaming August 6, 2017

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Getting ready for some Sunday afternoon gaming.

I spoke to SteveR and Tammy earlier in the week, and they decided that they wanted to do some roleplaying this week, given that it’s likely we won’t be gaming next Sunday (due to GenCon Indy being the Tuesday after), so I’m pleased about this. We’ll be playing some Coriolis – The Third Horizon today, as I really want to continue the campaign they’re playing and I also need the practice before GenCon.

In the meantime, I’m running a bit late so I need to get upstairs and make some lunch. Turkey sandwich with a side of cole slaw, I think.

Have a good afternoon, folks.

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming August 4, 2017

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Getting ready for an evening of gaming with the Friday night group.

Not sure what the players want to do yet tonight, but there’s a strong interest in the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign, as they were having quite a bit of fun with it. So I’ve spent a bit of the afternoon refreshing myself on the system and the campaign scenario they’re playing to this point.

Looking forward to whatever the players decide to play this evening.

In the meantime, I need to figure out what to do for supper tonight.

Have a good evening, folks.

RPGaDay in August – August 4th: Which RPG Have You Played Most Since August 2016? August 4, 2017

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We continue on with #RPGaDAY in August.

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Day 4 – Which RPG have you played the most since August, 2016?

Hmmm…

Well, I’m not going to check my blog entries to see, as I’ve been a bit of a flitter from rpg to rpg the last year or so. However, I would say that the game I’ve run the most over the that time period has been the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG. At its most simplistic, “Arabian Nights in space”, but the game is so much more than that.

Oh, did I mention I love the game? And will be running it at GenCon Indy this year…

RPGaDay in August – August 1st: Published RPG You Want to Play August 1, 2017

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Since GenCon 2017 is just around the corner, it’s time to inaugurate the annual tradition started by Dave Chapman (aka autocratik), #RPGaDay. Once again, Anthony Boyd and the RPGBrigade are stepping in to host this year.

Just like previous years, RPGaDAY is a celebration of everything positive and fun about tabletop roleplaying. The premise is simple – just download the image with all the questions on it from the RPGBrigade site (or the image posted below). Look at the questions, and then, one question per day in August, post something on social media, your blog, anything you like. Just spread the word about how cool RPGing is. If you like, you can share your post on the RPGaDAY page on the RPGBrigade site and they’ll collate everyone’s posts.

Enjoy! 🙂

Day 1 – What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

This one is somewhat tough for me, to be honest. While there are a few games that I’d like to play out there, notably 13th Age, the one game that I really want to play (and not run) is the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG. While I love GMing the game, I really want to play this “Arabian Nights in space” rpg that has some lovely Middle Eastern themes and a simple mechanic system with a neat dice resolution mechanic. And I’ve got just the character I want to play for the game, too! 🙂

And that’s it for the August 1st question. 🙂

Friday Testing of Torg Eternity Scenario Material July 29, 2017

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I spent last night having a really good evening with the Friday night gaming group.

I wasn’t sure whether we’d be playing a board game or a roleplaying game last night, to be honest. When the Friday night players arrived at around 7:00 pm, we chatted a bit for around 10 minutes and caught up on life and the world at large, and then got down to business. The players told me that they had decided they wanted to play some Torg Eternity, and we talked about various options. They said they wanted to playtest the scenario that I was writing that I’d mentioned in my blog last week, and so that’s what we did.

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The players took about half an hour to create some player characters for the evening (yes, the character generation system is really that simple!, other than making some choices in terms of Skills and Perks), and once they’d finished that, we got down to it. The player characters were:

Dr. Andrea Jones (KathyB) – An ER Doctor
Helena Cross (Angela) – Roller Derby Girl
Maggie Armstrong (Ellie) – Runaway
Sgt. Jonathan Harper (DavidM) – NYPD Cop
Alexander Copeland (Mark) – Artist

As mentioned in the previous post about this, adventures for the Torg Eternity RPG are divided down into Acts and then Scenes. The adventure is one that I’m working on, with the tentative title “A Day at the Zoo” and is set on Day 1 of the invasion in New York City.

Suffice it to say that the players had a terrific time, though we were missing the Drama Deck, Destiny Deck, and Cosm Deck, but I compromised for that element in certain ways, giving out extra Possibilities and at times giving the players the equivalent of the cards. DavidM (unsurprisingly with the cop) and Angela (surprisingly with tools that she snatched up) were the combat saviours for the group, while Mark’s artist surprised the others with his martial arts flair. I thought that Ellie might be at a bit of a disadvantage with her runaway, but she proved to be the most adept in the final Act bits, and the characters were really quite solid in how they got together at the zoo and worked well when they had to.

The way things stand right now, the Act One material needs a bit of additional text here and there, and I may have to weaken the opposition a bit, but overall is pretty solid. The Act Two material is still much rougher, and needs to be tidied up, have a couple of scenes re-written, and the final two scenes tidied up with some game mechanics added and specified.

The players were pretty happy with the way the playtest of the scenario for Torg Eternity went, and so was I. DavidM and Mark, who have never played Torg in any incarnation, were really thrilled with the game, and loved the simpleness of the game mechanics, though it did take them a bit of time to adjust to the idea of consulting the Bonus Table after rolling the d20.

I’m looking forward to running Torg Eternity when the game comes out, but have to say that I’m looking forward to next week. The players suggested we get back to the Coriolis – The Third Horizon scenario! 🙂

Getting Ready for Friday Night Gaming June 23, 2017

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Getting ready for this evening’s game with the Friday night gaming group.

Not really sure what I’m running yet, as I thought that we were going to continue on with the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game this evening, but they’ve expressed an interest in playing some Torg: Eternity. We’ll see what they decide to do when they show up this evening, but in the meantime stuff to do.

I need to get some supper on the stove, as well as figure out how to keep cool at the moment. The house is uncomfortably warm at the moment.