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Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming December 30, 2018

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Well, it’s been snowing outside all morning off and on, and is due to have some snow fall this afternoon as well, but I spoke to SteveR and he’ll be running this afternoon.

I’m actually pretty pleased about this as SteveR will be running his continuing Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign. He’s supposed to wrap up running games for now with this session, so I hope we managed to finish off the adventure we’re involved with.

Or not. ‘Cause that would mean I have to start running again next weekend, weather permitting. 🙂

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Sunday Afternoon Game – Star Trek Adventures, Session 4 November 26, 2018

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Yesterday’s game session of the Star Trek Adventures RPG that we played was fun, yet again frustrating in some ways. continued running his Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign. You can read about the third session of the game by following the link to that post.

Continuing from our last session, my character, Lt. Commander Marcus Claudius Antoninus, and Tammy’s Dr. Genevieve Deschamps, and our fellow crew entered the jungle environ that we’d found on the large, disc-shaped ship. Learning what we could about the habitat (what else can I call it?), we discovered that the plant life was much more abundant here and was toxic or lethal in a whole variety of ways. Tricorder readings indicated that the main power source was deeper into the jungle, and so we made our way in that direction. We discovered some little, tribble-like creatures, Genevieve found their birthing matrix, and things got weirder from there. My character almost died in a pond of paralytic solution with carnivorous plants that had very large, nasty tendrils (more on this death business below), but survived due to… not sure what, but I hope SteveR didn’t fudge the roll. We were eventually attacked by robots as we neared the energy source, but have been taken out rather handily.

The game session ended in the middle of the “fight” with the robots, because time was up for the session and Tammy had to be home by 5:30 pm or so. Overall, it was another good game session that, while I’m enjoying playing in it, isn’t giving me all that much to do. Sometimes I think I should have gone with a science officer, but I like my character so we’ll see how things go. As noted above, my Marcus Claudius Antoninus almost died because of several different factors. Tammy and I had no Momentum to spend (’cause SteveR keeps forgetting to dish it out when we succeed over the Difficulty of a task, though occasionally we remember to remind him!), I didn’t want to give him more Threat to use on us (and even if I had it would have been a lot of it since I needed 2 extra successes), I forgot about the uses of Determination, and finally because of how the melee rules differ from those of ranged combat and because of the plant/tendril special ability. SteveR let me live through a desperation and Herculean move on my part (well I do have a Fitness of 10!) with the aid of the others firing phasers at the tendrils to help me escape. It was frustrating because of all the factors involved in how messed up the situation was, but my character lived (through whatever means).

Regardless, fun was had and I’m looking forward to next week’s session of Star Trek Adventures, weather permitting of course.

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming November 25, 2018

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Woke up this morning after very little sleep last night, and actually fell asleep again adter breakfast. So I’m running late. Getting ready for this afternoon’s Sunday gaming session. Health-wise, things are status quo: Ribs are still hurting and the left shoulder is bothering me something fierce, but since I’m playing and not running the game today, I’ll be able to manage.

SteveR is going to continue on with the current scenario of the Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign, and while I’m a bit trepidatious about things, I’m also looking forward to gaming this afternoon

Like I said, running late, so better get going.

Sunday Afternoon Game – Star Trek Adventures, Session 3 November 6, 2018

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Had an interesting, if somewhat frustrating/annoying game session with the Sunday group a couple of days ago (November 4th). SteveR continued running his Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign, and had a relatively good time during the afternoon. You can read about the second session of the game by following the link to that post.

After contining with our orientation tour of the U.S.S. Stargazer, Tammy’s character (Dr. Genevieve Deschamps) and mine (Lt. Commander Marcus Claudius Antoninus) jumped ahead and proceeded with answering a distress signal from the planet Rube VII (yes, I kid you not!), while the Stargazer continued prepping for departure to the Shackleton Expanse. With a slight bit of difficulty we succeeded at the mission, repairing a dam, and then were ordered back to the Stargazer.

Once the Stargazer was on the way, we jumped ahead tme-wise again, and had our first mission – a survey of a star system with a newly formed neutron star. Preparing to depart the system, the Stargazer‘s sensors detected a disc-like object entering the system, a 2,500-metres in diameter structure. Ordered to investigate, I took a team including Dr. Deschamps, a Denobulan science officer, a Caitian security officer and a Trill engineering officer to the unidentified object. We discovered there were lots of sensor indistinct lifeforms on the ship – and that it was heading for the sun. We explored the vessel a bit, and discovered a large jungle environment…

While I had a good time and enjoyed myself in the game session, I can’t help but continue to feel some frustration with the Star Trek Adventures game system. And with the way that SteveR has been running the game. There are times when rules and other things are too vague, where he’s had to look up how some basic situation is resolved, and where the rules make little sense to me (though granted that I’ve not read the rulebook, so that may be a problem with SteveR’s explanations of stuff or lack thereof at time). Tammy doesn’t appear to be having this problem with stuff, or if she is, she’s not showing it. There’s also the fact that I think my character doesn’t really “fit” the typical Starfleet crew, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post. Add to that the pain I’m in and the medication I’m taking for it is causing my emotions to be on my sleeve and face (so to speak). Perhaps I’m just being a little…picky…about things.

Anyway, I *am* enjoying playing to be honest, as I get so little opportunity to get out from behind the GM Screen. Perhaps somewhere deep down (or not so deep, when I think about it) I prefer GMing to playing in games, but it is what it is.

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming November 4, 2018

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Getting myself together for this afternoon’s game session with Tammy and . The two broken ribs are making life hellish for me this morning, and my left shoulder is very bad and my feet are hurting terribly because of the cold and humidity that makes up Ottawa’s weather today. Still, I’m looking forward to gaming for the day. We’ll see how functional I am, since I’ll need to take a dose of pain medications before I eat lunch.

SteveR is going to continue the Star Trek Adventures game that he started running back on September 8th, since Tammy is able to game again this week. As mentioned in a previous post, I hope that he runs a campaign of the game, though to be honest I’m looking forward to starting the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked campaign with the Sunday players when he’s ready to get back to my running stuff again.

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to shower and then get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming.

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming November 4, 2018

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Getting ready for this afternoon’s Sunday gaming session. Ribs are still hurting and the left shoulder has started bothering me something fierce, but since I’m playing and not running the game today, I should be able to manage.

is going to continue the Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign (if it goes that long in future).

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to shower and then get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming.

Sunday Afternoon Game – Star Trek Adventures, Session 2 October 30, 2018

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Spent a good afternoon gaming on Sunday (the 21st of the month). continued running his Star Trek Adventures RPG campaign, and had a relatively good time of the afternoon. You can read about the first session of the game by following the link to that post.

Tammy’s character, Dr. Genevieve Deschamps, and my character, Lt. Comm. Marcus Claudius Antoninus, continued our adventure saving the station crew of the Xerxes IV station, dealing with everything that was going on on the planet, and trying to get a grasp on the game system and its mechanics. Suffice it to say that we managed to get off the planet in time, succeeded at the basic rescue mission, and headed for Starbase 364 to start our actual new assignments on the U.S.S. Stargazer.

Once aboard the new ship for our assignment, Dr. Deschamps and I met a few of the members of our crew, including a number of aliens (Denobulans, Betazoid, Risians, Bajorans, Trills and a few others, including a centauroid species that SteveR created for the game). So many names, so many aliens! We learned from the command staff of the mission into the Shackleton Expanse and what is known of the area of space.

The first part of the session, which wrapped up the first mission, was one where my character didn’t really have a lot to do, though my command abilities came into play often enough. The problem I’m finding is that the game doesn’t seem to offer a lot of chance (at least not so far) to roleplay one’s character as the missions are at the top of priority list. Well, that and the fact that Starfleet personnel are pretty much limited in their allowed emotional responses. Truth be told, the game isn’t really all that appealing to me at the moment, as I’m finding that some of the rules aren’t making all that much sense, and I’ve been trying to find my way in terms of playing Lt. Commander Antoninus without much success. The big problem that I had with the end of the session was that SteveR introduced a whole bunch of aliens aboard the ship, but there’s no real differentiation among them. But that’s just a function of the game and the tv show/movies its based on as the tv programme was always more visually oriented than anything else. Or perhaps it’s just me.

All of that said, however, I am enjoying getting the chance to play in the game, well truth be told, any game, though with only the two players, SteveR seemed to be almost running one of those one player “plot your own adventures” kind of games. There are lots of possible reasons for this, so I’m not going to speculate on those, but there are other problems with the game that I’m not going to address here.

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming October 28, 2018

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Getting myself together for this afternoon’s game session with Tammy and SteveR. The two still broken ribs are making life hellish for me this morning, and my left shoulder is very bad and my feet are hurting terribly because of the cold and humidity that makes up Ottawa’s weather today. Still, I’m looking forward to the gaming distraction for the day. We’ll see how functional I am, since I’ll need to take a dose of pain medications before I eat lunch.

SteveR is going to continue the Star Trek Adventures game that he started running back on September 8th, since Tammy is able to game for the next two weeks again. As mentioned in a previous post, I hope that he runs a campaign of the game, though to be honest I’m looking forward to starting the Capharnaüm – The Tales of the Dragon-Marked campaign with the Sunday players when he’s ready to get back to my running stuff again.

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to shower and then get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming.

Sunday Afternoon Game – Star Trek Adventures, Session 1 September 10, 2018

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Well, yesterday afternoon SteveRstarted running his game of the Star Trek Adventures RPG with Tammy and myself as players. You can read a bit more about my character for the game, Marcus Claudius Antoninus, by following this link to that brief post about him.

Tammy’s character, Dr. Genevieve Deschamps, and I started aboard a runabout heading towards Starbase 364 (Narendra Station) on the edge of the Shackleton Expanse for our new assignment aboard the U.S.S. Stargazer. Others aboard the shuttle were Lt. David Carson (engineering) and Lt. Henry Brightfeather (security); the former was also assigned to the Stargazer but the latter was heading for the U.S.S. Thunderbird. After answering a distress signal from the Xerxes IV station, we found ourselves in a royal mess and facing some tough choices, as well as needing some replacement parts to get the roundabout back into space.

I won’t go into more detail about the plot, since I don’t want to spoil things here for potential players, but will say that things went as well as could be expected in a Star Trek episode, and things should get interesting next episode. The adventure isn’t really suited in a lot of ways to my character, but Tammy’s doctor and botanist is having a field day (pun intended) of it.

From the point of view of the game mechanics, SteveR hasn’t really done a good job of getting them across to Tammy and me, notably some of the “tricks of the trade” and the like, and I’m finding the Momentum pool rather limiting. Either that, or she and I are just not rolling all that well, though SteveR keeps forgetting to hand out Momentum. (He doesn’t tell us the Difficulty at times, so I don’t really know whether we’re succeeding enough to get Momentum, either.) So far, the rules have seemed a bit too specific at times and overly vague at others.

That said, I’m enjoying the game to this point, but that’s because I like playing!

Getting Ready for Sunday Gaming September 9, 2018

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Getting myself together for this afternoon’s game session with Tammy and SteveR. Feeling under the weather, as I have been for the last week and a half or so, but I really can use the distraction of gaming today so… Just a matter of seeing how functional I’m going to be.

SteveR is going to start the campaign (I hope) of Star Trek Adventures that he’ll be running for the next little while. Not really sure what to expect in the game, so I’m going to try and roll with it and just enjoy myself as a player and not have to worry about running games or getting deep into the rules. I’ll admit there are some rules that he went over with us last week that I’m not crazy about, but I will wait and see how I feel about them when he runs the game.

For now, I’m looking forward to gaming this afternoon, but need to get upstairs and make some lunch before gaming. Something hot, I think, that will ease my throat and chest somewhat.