While going through some of my games I discovered a duo-tang with notes and ideas of the fictional setting of Yorkdale City.
I had created for Bram Stoker’s Dracula Role Playing Game by Leading Edge Games. The adventure was set in 1920’s in Canada. Yorkdale City was located off the coast of Lake Ontario somewhere between Toronto and Kingston, On.
The players are hired by a relative of a missing person to see what happened and what they can discover. The last piece of communication from the missing person was several weeks ago and now there had been nothing since, calls have been made to Yorkdale but there was nothing that can be found and that’s when the players come in.
I had jotted down several locations about the city and especially Yorkdale Correctional Facility where something was amiss there. There was a underground speakeasy I called “Dante’s Den” which was a place of ill repute and an old abandoned manor “Granite Garden” that was a den for some vampires.
I never did get to run the adventure in the setting but I just might use it for a Call of Cthulhu adventure… or maybe I should just run it as is at a convention sometime.
I’ve been reading through Living Steel High Tech Role Playing System for the past few days and rediscovering the world of Rhand and it’s inhabitants once again. It’s been a little while since I have and now I’m digging it once again. It’s has several tropes in a sci-fi game that one can dig:
A beautiful colony world
An alien invasion
The system is clunky but doable. I really think I wouldn’t mind running a series of adventures once again. I had picked up the hardcover of the rules last year at Cangames and I’d never figured I’d get a box set of it once again. But, lo and behold I did. I’m pretty glad about it as well. The only thing missing from the box set is the huge map of Rhand that came with it. But as a bonus I did receive the Operation Seven Swords source book in it.
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.
The second day of BackYardCon had me break out the big guns: Living Steel – High Tech Adventure Game by Leading Edge Games. It’s one of the games that I had wanted back in my gaming collection and I was lucky to find a hard copy of the main rules at Cangames 2016. My original box set of this game had gone the way of the Dodo bird, having been destroyed and a couple of books and adventures I had for it went away as well and I don’t know what happened to it. I have a funny feeling that I had loaned it out to someone who was interested in running the game and it never returned back to my library.
Saturday saw me sitting at the table, reading the main rules and sipping coffee, with Rory by my side. Well more like by my feet since he was sitting underneath the table in the shade.
It had been a long while since I had played the game, and I’m seriously thinking of running a one shot adventure at Cangames 2017.