Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dropping a Quick Line

Alright, really quick.

Mario Kart for the Wii is awesome.  Lots of content to unlock, incredibly fun, and addictive.  The only downside is that the AI for the game is very fast learning and quick to cheat.  I give it four out of five:

Monday, April 12, 2010

Plans for the Future

So today I was thinking about what I want to run after I finish off this grand (or not-so-grand) campaign of d20 Modern/Call of Cthulhu.  And since I recently picked up some other game systems I was planning on running a few short games before I dust off a favorite campaign of mine and run it as 4e.

I think I'd like to run a short All Flesh Must Be Eaten game.  Nothing quite like playing some of the Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse before it happens.  And there's Deadlands.  There is so much potential for wacky game craziness with Deadlands.  Some of my current players have played Deadlands a number of years ago and they stories they tell of what went on in game just make me want to run my own.  Also there is Hallow Earth - its like Pulp Heroes meets Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Its pretty fun; I demoed it at GenCon a few years ago and it was a blast.

Speaking of GenCon, I purchased the tickets for events that I want to go to, namely True Dungeon.  If you don't know what True Dungeon is, or if you've been dead for the last seven years or so,  its possibly the most fun gaming experience at GenCon since the creation of D&D.  My opinion.  Its an absolute blast.  It combines elements of LARPing (Live Action Role Play) with regular table-top D&D.  While role-playing your character is not mandatory (and most folks don't) sometimes it can be fun.  Also, to see what kinds of fun have been had (or at least alluded to) by the GMs in the first year of True Dungeon, here is a must see video entitled Attack of the DMs.  Watch it, love it, share it.

Anyway, the point of all this is that after running some short games  of various systems I want to try out, I'll run a CthulhuTech campaign for a while.  Not very long, maybe a few months.  Then what I think I want to do is bribe my players into playing Shackled City as 4e instead of 3.x.  Shackled City is one of my all time favorite campaigns.  Betrayal, revenge, monsters, true love...wait, that's The Princess Bride...but yeah Shackled City is all that and a bag of chips.  It shouldn't be hard to convert it to 4e either.

So, just some musings today.  That's all.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Its Always the Little Things

I shouldn't let small things bother me.  I really shouldn't.  Its a player in another game that I play in (not my former Problem Player) who loses track of what is going on and what information has been presented/revealed to the party and/or individuals.  "Fred" just takes whatever "Fred" happens to hear (when "Fred's" paying attention) and assimilates it as it being collective knowledge.  For instance a few sessions ago, we're tromping through the woods and our Rogue quietly slips ahead to scout something out.  The GM gives our Rogue some info about what is there, and immediately after that "Fred" starts making plans based off info the Rogue's player received, but it's info that "Fred's" character would know nothing about because "Fred's" character was nowhere near the Rogue when the information was discovered/revealed.

This past week we had another session, and I kind of stepped all over my GM's toes.  We had a situation where were were encountering some old crone and two fat Augustus Gloop looking kids - but each of us sees the crone and kids as members of our own race.  So eventually everyone except for "Fred" pierces the illusion.  "Fred" still sees them as "Fred's" own race.  Some conversation ensues wherein "Fred's" character (if "Fred" had been paying attention) would have been tipped off that something was not right, and might have been able to use that to say, "Hey wait a minute.  If this woman were really of my own race, she wouldn't have asked 'What kind of scaly beast are you?'".  But "Fred" was too busy not paying attention to detail, and I jumped in and made a bit of a stink.

Shame on me.  Unfortunately "Fred" has been doing this for as long as I've been in the game, so I should be used to it and just resign myself to the fact that "Fred" will continue to do this no matter what.


On a side note; in my game last night, my players are coming closer to the grand finale of the d20 Modern/Call of Cthulhu campaign I'm running them through.  Another session or two and we'll see if they can prevent the reawakening of Great Cthulhu.   [Ea! Ei!  Cthulhu fataghn!  Cthulhu fataghn!]