There’s a little Gamma World in My Atomic Highway

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Last night’s session was pretty neat and the players had a little fun in the bartering of goods for stuff they needed before they eventually headed off to their next adventure.

After resting up in Markstown for a bit and hearing some stories and legend of the mysterious place called See-Eff-Bee. It was time for them to explore.

I think I went full Gamma World as well by transitioning from Mad Max into a sort of Thundar the Barbarian set up, as our heroes went to explore a forgotten base that is manned by androids and guarded by a huge robot that is named Sentinel.

I dusted off an old Gamma World base that I had expanded on from the first edition of Gamma World. It’s the one that is in the example of play section, it was just a set up example but it had an intriguing premise.

And maybe just maybe our heroes might learn a thing or two along the way. 😉

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October Surprise

Whoa! It’s October. Already!

Man, this year is just flying by at rapid pace it seems. Well it’s been a few weeks at least since  I had blogged anything. I’ve got a few game sessions to add, so that those who follow my blog can read the exploits of the characters in the games I run.

Atomic Highway and Gamma World are the two games that I have active players for. Theres about five Atom Highway adventures that need to be posted and one Gamma World session as well. I haven’t been motivated enough to journal of late, and that’s about to change.

i’ve been reading up on a to of first edition Shadowrun stuff. I had gotten a ton of books for it a while back and want to eventually run a campaign (or several sessions) in the upcoming future.

 

Well Now…

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me. Having been involved in a theatrical production at the local theatre and seven performances of Fort Hemlock, a historical tale about an incident that happened in the small town that I live in, and once that was over we then headed up to visit my folks for a couple of days. Like I said I’ve been busy as a beaver.

Last night was my regular scheduled game night and we continued on with our Atomic Highway campaign ( I will blog about that session later). It was good to get back into it since I’m having a blast with it. Though, on a sad note my Sunday evening Call of Cthulhu has been put on hold since one of my players decided to run away and join the circus.

On a plus note I had acquired some new to me role playing games.

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The second edition of Heaven & Hell by Guardians of Order. It’s been one of those games that I’ve been interested in getting but never had the chance to until lately.  It looks good and being produced by Guardians makes it a Tri-Stat game that I do enjoy running since the mechanics are pretty simple and smooth.

Gatecrasher is another surprise for me since I was expecting a Fudge version of the game but unexpectedly when it arrived it was the 1st edition that I didn’t even know about. I don’t know where it was that I had played a session of the second edition (could be Cangames?) but I do know that I had fun playing it and figured I’d have to hunt this game up to give it another go.

Rune was one of those role playing games that is based of a video game. I had liked playing and figure I pick up the role playing game to have and maybe, just maybe give it a one shot playing now and then. It’s viking and monsters and it seems like a very neat little game concept since each encounter is set up by players around the table.

And finally I got my grubby paws on another copy of AfterWars by Stellar Games! I had leant my original copy to a player who I thought wanted to read the game, but instead he took it home and broke the spine of the game so that he could photocopy the pages. My copy of the game didn’t come back in good shape with a few pages falling out. Boy, was I ticked.

AfterWars is a post apocalyptic role playing game that I like to run every now and then because it’s very simple game mechanics and then the setting is anything from straight survival or battling mutants strange critters from “Universal Joints”.

So, basically, there you have it.

Maybe I Should Be Better Prepared.

When I write an adventure; I write notes, several scenes that I have envisioned, as well as ideas that I want to convey at the game table. I don’t usually write down everything in minute detail and mainly keep things vague. I make sure that I have an underlying arc which ties the scenes together but when I start running the adventure and the paranoia  of the players kicks in this fuels the adventure even more.

Where a simple red herring becomes the adventure and where off in uncharted territories and making it up as I go along. Sure, my original idea and adventure gets lost in the fold but here we are exploring this avenue and unlocking things within our imagination as well.

Which is kind of a bonus isn’t it? Here we are making new discoveries together as players and a GM.

My Christmas Gaming Booty

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This year I got a Dice Bonaza case which had about 60 various dice. Gaming dice, poker dice and a slew of six side coloured cubes as well. I guess my family knows my tastes.

I was very surprise to find High School of the Damned Freshman year Zombie Role Playing Game as well, my eldest had saw it on sale and nabbed it for me thinking I’d get a kick out of it (and I do). As the name implies its a rpg about surviving the zombie apocalypse as it starts out and players are students who happen to be at school when the outbreak occurs.

It seems like a fun little game and I’m going to give it a thorough read through this week.

The other rpg supplement that I manage to get with my Christmas Loot is the D&D 5e module Out of the Abyss! After a quick skim through it’s an epic adventure that takes the characters from First level and end at 15 (that’s if they manage to survive that long). It’s an undertake adventure and the players start with only the clothes on their backs as they have been caught by drow and are in a outpost in the Underdark.

I got other stuff as well but since this is mainly a gaming blog I thought I just focus on the role playing stuff.

 

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime

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It’s Merry Christmas Eve Eve the day before Christmas Eve.

It’s been a week of different versions of the Charles Dickens classic The Christmas Carol. Over the years they’re been several remakes and various interpretations simply called “Scrooge”. So, a week or two before Christmas Day I sit and watch a version and enjoy each movie for what it is.

Also, it’s a week of prepping for Boxing Day game as well.

I’ve been working on a couple of adventure for fantasy games; a RoleMaster 2nd Edition scenario which leads into the LoreMaster modules, the other for D&D 4e and finally something for Earthdawn 1st Edition. Fantasy games that I have in my collection but haven’t played in a long while (or in one case not at all). It will be nice to sit with a group of players and roll some dice, chug some coffee, eat some grub and basically making merry as the adventure chugs along.

Which game will I run on Boxing Day?

Time will tell. 😉

Unlocking Memories with Living Steel

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Imagine my surprise when the wife entered the door stating there was a parcel waiting for me on the steps. I wasn’t expecting anything yet, but to my surprise there was a box waiting for me to open it. The content of the box were some role playing games and the one that I was truly looking forward too was the box set of Living Steel High Tech Role Playing Game.

Living Steel is a role playing game my buddy, Tim C, had picked up because he liked the concept of the game. The rules where a little clunky and that was fine, since the whole premise of it was an alien invasion on a colony world. Tim had the game and he ran two sessions of it and we had fun, but really he wasn’t to keen on running it since he wanted to be a player and do the exploring from the other side of the screen.

So, he passed the game onto me as well as the adventure KViSR Rocks! And then I ran a couple of  sessions and it was a real fun as well. Once that was over and summer was coming to an end and we both were heading back to further our educations. I was going to North Bay, ON and he was heading back down to Toronto, ON. He had handed me the box set and said that I’d probably got more of a kick out of it than he ever would.

Over the years my original box set demolished, and I had lost a couple of booklets for it as well due to a series of moves from one location to another. So, I thought I’d never get my hands on another Living Steel box set again, though I was glad to find a hard copy version of the book at Cangames just last year. Until now, I have the box set in my hands once again and this time a wave of nostalgia washed over me as I remember my good friend Tim C.

Tim had passed away a few weeks back, even though we had lost track of each other over the years we had connected over Facebook and messaging relieve old times and keeping in touch in general. The news of his passing hit me like a ton of bricks, a piece of my past had broken off and to fix that I wanted to see if I could find another box set of Living Steel just to have on my shelf for old time sakes. So I hunted and hunted until I did managed to find one

I’m glad I did. Tim C. may be gone… but he will never, ever be forgotten.