List 10 Role-playing Games that made a lasting impression on you as a TEENAGER. Don’t take too long and don’t think too long:
- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
- Gamma World Science Fantasy Role playing Game
- Top Secret Espionage Role Playing Game
- Boot Hill Role playing Game in the Wild West
- Dark Conspiracy
- James Bond 007 Role Playing in Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- DC Heroes Role Playing Game
- Tunnels & Trolls The Complete Fantasy Role Playing Game.
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was the first role playing game that I got into when I first started gaming back in 1979. It was a pretty fun the few sessions that I played and the adventure ended when we finished the module. I really don’t know what module the GM ran but it was pretty good and had a couple of Frost Giants in the end.
If my memory serves me correct, the next role playing game that I got into was GDW’s Traveller (It was either this or a session or two of Metamorphosis Alpha than we went to Traveller). Since both RPG where sci-fi it’s easy for my memories to blend them together. But, anyways I was hooked on Traveller the moment we started to create characters and my first character had died during the process of character creation.
This shocked the hell out of me and I was wondering what the hell I did to piss off the Gamemaster and he showed me the rules stating that the more terms your character goes through the more likely he/she is going to die before they even make it to the first adventure. Well, instead of erasing everything on the character sheet and start over again. He let me keep my stats and just try a new career in which I only took one term.
It was pretty damn fun.
Creating is a big part of Traveller! I loved creating worlds and planets, cities and spaceports, alien races and creatures, and… well you get the picture. I had created an entire galaxy one summer. I don’t even think the players had a chance to explore it all. I ran a few sessions where the players went to a couple of planets and explored but it didn’t go beyond that since we all got involved in an epic AD&D campaign and my Traveller world sat on the back burner never to see the light of day once again.
By that time the Spinward Marches and The Third Imperium were the default setting and my little universe (well if you can call several duo-tangs of hand written material and drawings of solar systems little) sat on the shelf gathering dust.
When I eventually moved from home to further my education, to seek my fame and fortune elsewhere from the little town that I lived, I took what I could with me at the time. Basically, my role playing rule books and a duo tang or two of stuff for each. And my Traveller universe stayed at my parents place, I thinking I would eventually pick them up again. But, over the years they got misplaced and it simply vanished into a black hole.
I have been working on a Star Trek The Roleplaying Game adventure. The pretty old school role playing game from FASA Corporation which was sort of cool at the time. It wasn’t Traveller cool but it was original television series cool. I just might have to run a campaign with it one of these months and treat the series of adventures like Star Trek Continues or something along those lines.
I’m thinking of creating a new Constitution Class spaceship and setting the adventures after the five year mission of the Enterprise so that the crew doesn’t run into the ship and it’s encounters. I’m truly not going canon with this since I want to give the players a such of discovery and not knowing what is out there.
What game is your group most likely to play next? Why?
Currently my group has disbanded, but we were in the middle of a Conspiracy X campaign. A modern horror role playing game inspired by X-Files tv series. I ran several sessions and were doing a pretty big one when we took a break in the action. Due to life events happening, my commitment to the theatre in a production and since then we haven’t gotten together to finish it.
Since then I ran a couple of one shots here and there: Atomic Highways, Chthonian Highways, and Nefertiti Overdrive. The first two are post-apocalypse aka Road Warrior style games, the third is set in Ancient Egypt in a fantasy trope.
Now, that summer is waning and the fall will be upon us it’s time to think about starting up gaming once again. And, I’m thinking of running a far future science fiction game. I’m either looking at Traveller, Space Opera, or Worlds Beyond. That’s what I’m thinking of… but who knows what will happen when that time comes.
Largest in-game surprise you have experienced?
Sweet Jebus Cheetos! I have had many in-game surprises over the years that I just can’t single it down to one. Maybe, I should just go with the first in-game surprise I had encountered.
It was my first time playing Traveller (or it could of been another space game similiar to that… I think maybe even Space Opera) back in the days of yore, back in the bad ol’ days of the 80’s. We were players on a scouting expedition, our craft had landed and we disembarked on a hovercraft, floating just above the tree tops when suddenly some huge-ass dinosaur-like creature rears up it’s head and snatches our tiny craft. It shakes it’s head and our party was dropping to the ground like flies on a cill. We were two minutes into the adventure and I thought my goodness this is going to be one hell of a session.
My character hit the ground hard, I think he had bounced off a rock and done some serious damage. Several ribs broken, arm was twisted with a piece of bone showing through, and a major gash on on his head. He was bleeding out and was about to die in a round or two. The medic was stunned and walking around in a daze just as the dinosaur-like creature spotted her and he made a bee line for her figuring she was the next lunch.
Since my character was going to die, he pulled the pins on few grenades that he had on him and yelled at the big beast trying to get his attention and it worked, because the next thing you saw was the beast take a bite of my character and then it exploded!
I figured they’d grab the stuff off my character and continue on with the mission, but the medic wanted to do a proper burial for him with his stuff. It was a touching moment as they did indeed dig a grave and said a few words about him. That was quite the surprise for me, indeed.