Well, it’s been a few weeks since last entry and I really should be keeping up on this thing. But, then again I don’t have much to add at the moment. I’ve been working on a few adventure ideas: Powers & Perils Fantasy Role Playing Game of Unique Dimensions, Living Steel High-Tech Adventure Game, and Dark Conspiracy 2nd Edition.
These are games that I wouldn’t mind pulling off the shelf and run a few sessions with so that I can breath proper life into the system once again. My first encounter with Powers & Perils was a visitation to a hobby shop in The Station Mall in Sault Ste. Marie, On. I saw it up on the shelf and it was labeled a bookcase game. There was a wizard who looked like he was about to reign down some serious stuff on something and that intrigued me. I pulled the box set down from the shelf and had a look at the cover. It seemed the wizard was the bad guy and had a huge lizard beast at his side as a warrior came charging in and it looked like a priestess was about to cast something as well. I flipped it over and read the descriptions on the back.
One describing a cavern and an encounter with a dragon, the other an encounter late at night in the city which takes a turn for the worse. Intrigued, I purchased the box set and couldn’t wait to open it. I gave it a read through and at the time the math involved with this game was pretty complex, I tried running a session and it failed miserably simply due to the fact that I was unfamiliar with the game mechanics. In hindsight it was all there but I couldn’t see it through the equations. I ended up loaning the game to another fellow who ran a few interesting adventures and then in the process of moving I forget to get the game back from him.
I did manage to find another copy of the game at a Convention back in 2014. It had a $25 sticker on it and I snatched it up. Since then I hammered out an adventure, working on detailing my take on the “Perilous Lands” and what not.
It was 1987 and my buddy, Tim C, had Living Steel in his collection and he ran a couple of sessions. I was home for the summer, and so were Tim C and Anthony Cl. who home as well. Each of us had graduated from high school in 85-86 and had flown the coop to explore what lies in our future. This is a fun summer we had of gaming and Living Steel was on the agenda. Tim ran KVSR Rocks and we had a blast but he really wanted to play in this setting so he passed the game onto me to run.
I ran a couple of sessions and we had a blast and then before you knew it summer was over. We all went our separate ways again, I think it was the last time that all three of us were in the same room together and rolled dice. That summer we were a Trio of Trouble as Tim C’s mother dubbed us.
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.