My Boxing Day Gaming Event

Yesterday was Boxing Day here in the good ol’ Great White North and that meant my annual Boxing Day gathering of gamers who wanted to do something on this day. There’s years festivity saw four players gather to do some Dungeons & Dragons 5e.

Boxing Day 1 2015

The gaming usually starts around 2. Though one player decided to show up at 11am because he was excited to game and he wanted to make sure he had a spot at the table. The early arrival threw a monkey wrench in my plans for a nap around Noon, usually I take a power nap so that I’m raring to go into the night. Oh well.

I knew it would be a slightly smaller crew at the table and when Erin arrived after two to get going, my youngest daughter surprised me and asked if she could join. I said sure! After the small talk, the chit chat and catching up on news and gossip in each other lives. We took a vote on what we wanted to do for the rest of the day.

Star Wars (1st Edition) West End Games
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (1st Edition) TSRDungeons & Dragons (5e) WOTC
Shadowrun (1st Edition) FASA
Space: 1880  GDW

D&D 5e won out. Though, it was tempting to run Star Wars again!

As the players whipped up some characters I dusted off an adventure that I had tucked away as well. Incident at Deepwell Bend (which I will blog a little more in detail in another post)

Boxing Day 2 2015

 

 

Star Ace, Nothing But Star Ace…

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It’s been a rainy Christmas Eve Eve here and I’ve been in the mood for some sci-fi gaming; after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens I’ve been in a science fantasy kind of mode of late and it’s understandable that I want to jot down a few adventure ideas for a game.

At first I was thinking maybe the West End Game’s version of Star Wars Role Playing Game but then that would complicate things a bit as I wanted to do a drastic change with the universe; and knowing that a player or two is keen on the Star Wars universe it would be kind of hard for me to fool them knowing all to well that they know what is “canon”.  So, I figured what the hell and give Star Ace the treatment it deserves instead of sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

Well, not much dust mind you since I do tend to take the games off my shelf down and give them a re-read every now and then and jot down some adventure ideas and what not (like today for example!) I can create a planet and and outpost on some alien world that would be totally alien to the players as well. Star Ace Adventures in Space is by Pacesetter and hit the shelves in 1984. Heavily inspired by Star Wars movies and influenced by Traveller and other space opera games. I’ve ran a session (or two) over the years but never a full blown campaign.

 

Renewal! Renewal! Renewal!

You know I had plumb forgotten about the Logan’s Run series until I was arranging some old VHS tapes on the shelf and discovered a few episodes that I had taped. So, I slapped the tape into the VCR and began to watch and was still impressed with the limited scope and range of the fx back in the day and the acting was not as bad as I thought it would be.

The series had solid ratings for it’s time but CBS kept on pre-empted it so many times that it fell through the cracks. There’s only a handful of episodes (okay maybe two handfuls).  Then it got me thinking about Gamma World game that I had done based on the movie. The action takes place right after Logan and Jessica return back to Dome city and the system overloads and then cause the city to basically crumble. I had always wonder what would life be for the city dwellers out in the wasteland.

So, I went to my game shelf to see if I had the write up for it, but sadly, it got misplaced over time. I do recall of having small settlements around the ruined city and then a map of the surrounding area and possible Gamma World encounters as well. Good times, good times.

Well, That’s Life

It’s been a while since I have written anything here and maybe, just maybe, I should be using this blog more. Last night was the first time in a long time that we all sat down together at the dining room table and played a board game.

The Game of Life was the selected game of the evening and we had a blast playing. My eldest daughter won the game due to the fact that her career was a cop and all the speeding tickets that were going on throughout the session. I’ve never seen so many 10’s show up in a game.

Nothing like having the whole family home for Christmas for a little gaming: Even it’s a board game.

 

The Game of Life -fam1