Saturday, 17 March 2018

Crossovers with other campaigns

Champions was once the most popular game at GEAS, with several GMs running it at once... and getting together for a mega-crossover between their campaigns. The Avengers Infinity War trailer reminded me of this, perhaps unsurprisingly.

I’ve mentioned crossover games before - here, here and here, for example - with a suggestion of a crossover between different campaigns here almost five years ago. That was some way before the idea of the Guardians of the Galaxy showing up in same shot as Thor and Spider-Man seemed liable to happen - they come from the same universe but don’t really feel like it in terms of genre or Weird Level.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Dungeons And Dragons And Records

Numbers from Wizards indicate that D&D just had its most successful sales year ever. Critical Role, Stranger Things and the first-hit-free basic rules are all noted factors.

World Defenders: The Summit

A new RPG supers team from Christopher McGlothlin, creator of Time Of Crisis, illustrated by Storn Cook, and the more money the Kickstarter makes the bigger and more illustrated it gets!

Nationals update

Okay, I now know that the other Chronicles Of Darkness ST at the Nationals is planning to go with mortals. So I guess I’m going with vampires.

And prepping Buffy for Urban Fantasy as well anyway, because try and stop me.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking has died, aged 76.

Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.

The Carbonite Job

Chuck Wendig explains the plan to rescue Han Solo in Return Of The Jedi.

Among other things, he points out a vital Star Wars theme: a small group of characters eschewing the larger strategy to save their friends. The audacity of a new hope.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Vampire: The Requiem second edition design

The thread about how Vampire games play lead to this insight from Rose Bailey about the design process for Chronicles Of Darkness and particularly Vampire: The Requiem second edition.

The Studio Ghibli Adaptation Of Your Setting

After seeing this Ghibli-style Travel Oregon advert, with specific locations explained at their site, I inevitably (a) want to go to there and (b) wonder what a Chuubo-esque pastoral game would actually run like.

Monday, 12 March 2018

How is Vampire typically played?

A thread that attracted the usual observations and jokes, but Propagandor offered a concise explanation of pretty much all of my Vampire games in the first reply:
The archetypal vampire game is probably about a group of vampires who are low on the local hierarchy. The local vampire community is a tangled web of politics. Something happens to disrupt the status quo and the PCs investigate. Sometimes they investigate because it interests them, sometimes because it affects the territory they've claimed for themselves and sometimes they investigate because they are compelled by older more powerful vampires. 
Investigating, some politics, probably at least one supernatural fight scene.
I aim to bust out of it, at least in part, with No Man’s Land... though I have disrupted the status quo and they are investigating, but at least for their own territory rather than at the behest of elders...

Edit: This post by Pheidias expertly explains the how and why of status quos breaking down.

Sir Terry Pratchett

Speak his name.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Four weeks to Nationals...

And I still don’t know what the other Chronicles Of Darkness Storyteller is planning.

Continuing to prep adventures for mortals, vampires and demons just in case. Mortals and demons using basically the same adventure with very different approaches and final threats. Vampires, well, I have a setting of sorts.

And Buffy for my home category Urban Fantasy, because I’m not going to not do that just because I’m not supposed to be doing that. That at least I can prep in my sleep, it’s just a question of reprinting character sheets and descriptions and picking some pictures of monsters and NPCs.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Buffy at 21

It’s Happy Birthday Buffy!

And just in time for Hush on my current rewatch.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Please Stand By

Ever want to obstruct progress in a modern setting? Have the wifi fail.

(Sent from my tablet in a cafe in town.)