The Book Of Roleplaying Hints, Tips and Ideas was a collection of articles I had written for the hobby, work that had primarily been published on http://www.roleplayingtips.com/ and had also appeared in my old ODDS e-zine. I was pretty please with it and it didn't sell too badly when I first published it. It's available for print or download from Lulu now.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
It's a great little movie and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they come up with. Good job, guys.
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
I'm looking at running Traveller after my Dragon Warriors campaign finishes, but I was thinking - we've all got used to playing Dragon Warriors, so would it be possible to modify the system to suit a science fiction setting? Add rules for ranged weapons and starships, maybe even modify or add some new skills and change the aspects of the proffesions. The system is certainly simple enough to modify. I did something similar with Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay so that I could run a WH40K and that turned out pretty good.
That's a good idea, that. A sci-fi Dragon Warriors... I'd have to give it a new name. 'Star Warriors' or something.
I'll let you know how I get on.
Monday, 26 April 2010
In 26 years I've only ever had to seriously address a player for their behaviour once. It was a game of WFRP and he was desperate to interpret certain skills to benefit his character. After a while I simply said, 'That's not how it's going to be done in the game, so like it or lump it.' We never saw him again, but as far as I'm concerned I never kicked him out - I gave him a choice and a chance and he decided not to attend.
Still, if I had ditched him from the game I wouldn't have felt that guilty about it, especially since his behaviour was being disruptive outside the game as well as during it.
I guess, even after all these years, I still see roleplaying as 'just a game'. I love it, I enjoy doing it, but I'm not going to get bent out of shape over problem players or generate bad feelings. There is no problem bad enough that a quick adult conversation can't cure.
Unless the guy's psychotic, then you just kick the freak to the curb and move house.
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Anyway, now that 'Traveller' is going to be my next campaign after 'Dragon Warriors' finishes (and we're rapidly approaching the conclusion of that campaign), I'm starting to wonder what kind of game I want to run. Light, bright and intellectual like '2001: A Space Odyssey', down-to-earth and grungy like 'Silent Running' or 'Moon', or dark and dangerous like 'Alien' or 'Dead Space'?
I guess I'll design something generic and make my mind up closer to the campaign, but right now I'm thinking of something dark and dangerous, not so much for the horror but just the aesthetic.
Do any of you have any success with any other kind of sci-fi look and design? Feel free to leave me some suggestions in the comments.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Well, I was hoping to get closer to Classic Traveller, to be honest, the game my players know. I'm wondering if I should have just got the new Mongoose Traveller books so that I can stay in line with the material that's coming out now, and with the Classic players who have been running the game since day one.
Bummer. I just bought a virtually brand new copy of T4's 'First Survey' book, as well. I should have hung on to my old copies of MegaTraveller, at least that game was closer in line with Classic. I'll run some games, see how we get on. It'll all come out in the wash.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
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Tuesday, 20 April 2010
2300AD came out and I couldn't get the players.
My Dragon Warriors campaign is approaching it's conclusion and we're looking at doing a bit of a sci-fi campaign next before Jason starts his Pathfinder games. I primarily got this version because of the Chris Foss art inside - brilliant, inspirational stuff. My wife recently bought me some old copies of Asimov's Foundation books and Chris Foss did the covers. I grew up with this guy and his imagery is what I want to capture in my games.
So this book was perfect for me, then. Great find.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
The net result was that this player lost his eye and the other had his hand cut off. Nice one with the whole tempting fate thing, mate.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
'Another vote for Dragon Warriors here. The setting is fantastic and as much as I like the system it is in need of an overhaul and, dare I say it, a skill system. A unified mechanic would be the first step as I've been using the D20 for everything, rather than 2D10 or 1D20, and I've been having no problems with it. It doesn't need extra crunch so it doesn't need to be kind of an 'Advanced Dragon Warriors' but it could do with a good clean.'
'I'd really like to see 'Out of the Pit' and 'Titan: The Fighting Fantasy World' statted out for Dragon Warriors as it's an excellent gaming world with plenty of scope and potential. Combining those two books and making it a sourcebook for a new edition of Dragon Warriors would be a good move.'
'Well, they say in the new Dragon Warriors rulebook that it's a generic fantasy system and they even give examples of established characters of literature from different worlds to give you an idea of the professions. If they did create a new edition they should release more worldbooks for it - sure, concentrate on Legend as that is a brilliant setting, but also bring out other stuff, such as a worldbook for Titan or some other new or existing world.AD&D did it with Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk etc, there's no reason why Dragon Warriors couldn't do the same. If the Dragon Warriors system was tidied up, given a unified mechanic and had the PCs be not so limited by the available professions then I could see that working.'
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
It was originally a laptop bag. It's got a long adjustable shoulder strap and a carry handle so you can carry it either way depending on the weight. It's also got a padded back so that the sharp-edged books and pads inside don't dig into you when you're walking along with it.
There's absolutely loads of space inside. It's split into two sections, so the rear one I use for my notes, pads and adventure details and the forward one I use for the books I'll be using during the game. There's enough space for a main hardback rulebook and good half-dozen or so supplements, so in the case of Dragon Warriors I can take everything I need and more for an evening's session.
In the front flap there's a zipped-up pouch in which I can keep up to four CDs quite safe, in case I feel the need for some atmospheric music. In this case I have Clannad's 'Legend', some Lord of the Rings soundtracks and the soundtrack to The 13th Warrior.
Under the flap and on the front of the bag is another zipped-up pouch, in which I put two bags of dice - one for my special GM dice and one filled with assorted dice in case anyone needs any.
All in all, an excellent bag and it perfectly suits my needs. If you want to know it's a Kensington Contour K63100.
It was a wonderful surprise to return from work to find this bag waiting for me, with a little good luck message from my wife in my new campaign. I'd not run a game since my aborted Warhammer FRP a couple of years ago and I was apprehensive about starting with new players and a new game. This bag took some of the pressure off - instead of jamming it all into an old backpack I was able to compartmemtalise everything and knew where to find it. My wife isn't a gamer - she did try but it just wasn't her thing - but she is a big nerd just like me and the closest she's got to roleplaying is message boards and a long stint on World of Warcraft (she got to level eighty as a priest and earned some amazing gear, was being invited as a healer on huge raids all the time by big guilds - that's some seriously good playing). It was great to have not only her support but her best wishes and that's more than I can ask for.
So I'm using this opportunity to thank my non-gamer wife for her support in my hobby. She has great ideas always asks how the game went and I love her dearly.
Big love to you, Lisa.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
So give me a Rorynex and a crossbow and let me loose - it's time to get into it.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
What I also found were cheap copies of some old RPG magazines: Level Up issues 1&2, the D&D 4e mag from Goodman Games - Issues 1&2 of the StealthBrothers IRM (Independant Roleplaying Magazine) - and issue 5 of The Last Province. All good mags, and I'd never heard of IRM or The Last Province so they came as somewhat of a surprise.
The last great RPG magazine I remember is Arcane (the last issue of which I was published in, the 'Soapbox' rant 'Please Hug The Roleplayer To Your Left'), and before that it was GMI. Hell, I even used to buy Dragon magazine for the inspiration and I remember when White Dwarf was a multi-format gaming mag. It's nice to see other magazines trying to keep the RPG mag fires burning but they obviously don't last.
A while ago I had the idea of producing an RPG magazine that was itself a complete game. Issue one would be basic rules, setting and adventure. Issue two would flesh out the world more, have new adventures and possibly some extra rules. As the issues come out the world expands and the rules are added to. This way there's a monthly flow of material that the GM could add to his own campaign. New rules, adventures, locations, monsters, characters, skills, spells, all sorts of stuff could be put into a cheap 40-50 page magazine on a monthly/bi-monthly basis. the rules start out basic but are added to as issues are published.
I went as far as designing a basic d20 inspired system and talking to a printer. Getting copies printed is not a problem. Writing the game rules, designing material, getting artwork and layout done - well, that's a problem unto itself.
It's an excellent game and is an amazing new approach to how we play interactive video games. I'm finding the whole thing incredibly absorbing.
Still, my science fiction nerd bells started ringing - do you know what would benefit from a game such as this? Blade Runner. A story inspired by the movie's setting would suit this kind of gameplay perfectly. In fact, if they don't create a similar game with that kind of bent I'd be seriously surprised and it might be what the Blade Runner universe needs to reboot it. Not another movie or book or graphic novel. This.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
I scour the interwebtubes for art that might give my imagination a kick and, lo and behold, I found this page of examples at http://www.coolvibe.com/:
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Looking forward to the future with this show. And the past.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
A handy resource for all you Dragon Warriors gamers out there - a Wiki!
This Wiki is primarily intended as a resource for gamesmasters (GMs). If you intend to play the game under an existing GM, do not view the parts of this Wiki relevant to your particular campaign - consult your GM for clarification.
To join this Wiki (participate in its discussions, contribute etc), click the "Join" button at the top right. Joining is free!
The easiest way to see what has been added recently is to click the Updates button on the top menu just under the logo
To navigate the Wiki, use the Navigation box to the left, or click on any of the topics below:
The Lands of Legend with considerable expanded information on the Lands originally described in the Dragon Warriors gamebooks.
The Lore of Legend - Including Magical Items, Mythology, Religion and Spirituality.
Adventures - Online games, tabletop gaming groups, Scenario Ideas and fully developed Scenarios.
Professions - Interpretations of rules and takes on existing professions, and suggested new professions.
Monsters - From the natural to supernatural to the undead.
A Style Guide - To help new users understand the editing style and terminology of the Wiki.
Miscellaneous Information - Including information on the Dragon Warriors, Bloodsword and other related gamebooks.'
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Okay, so this could be interesting.
To be fair, a fully CGI movie is the only way to go for this kind of project. The scope of the 40K universe is only ever realised in the art that is produced for it and I'm still horribly scarred by the 40K movies that were made in the latter part of the 20th century. In fact, have a look below and share my pain:
See what I mean? Yes, the production values were low but for the God Emperor's sake - this was made by the guys who published and distributed the game! Try harder!
With Terence Stamp, Sean Pertwee and John Hurt on board to voice the characters I can see this being pretty good.