Posts Tagged ‘Tales from the Loop’

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

RPGaDay 2017 #12

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Question #12
Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

I really liked the Timothy Bradstreet illustrations in the original Twilight: 2000 rpg game and modules. Those black and white, sketchy illustrations with heavy shadows (most of which were based on iconic black and white photos from Vietnam or others conflicts) I though really captured the gritty, harsh reality of the game.

More recently? The illustrations in Tales from the Loop are really fun. But that whole game is BASED on the amazing artwork of Simon Stålenhag, so…

RPGaDat 2017 #12

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Question #12
Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

I really liked the Timothy Bradstreet illustrations in the original Twilight: 2000 rpg game and modules. Those black and white, sketchy illustrations with heavy shadows (most of which were based on iconic black and white photos from Vietnam or others conflicts) I though really captured the gritty, harsh reality of the game.

More recently? The illustrations in Tales from the Loop are really fun. But that whole game is BASED on the amazing artwork of Simon Stålenhag, so…

RPGaDay 2017 #5

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Question #5

Which RPG Cover best captures the spirit of the game?

I don’t know… I LOVE the cover of Tales from the Loop. I really hope the game captures the spirit of the art of Simon Stålenhag that inspired it! (I have yet to play it or even read the rules!).

I did really like the original Twilight: 2000 art – for the core box set and all the modules – I thought it really captured the gritty, dark, grim setting…

RPGaDay 2017 #5

Posted on August 5th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Question #5

Which RPG Cover best captures the spirit of the game?

I don’t know… I LOVE the cover of Tales from the Loop. I really hope the game captures the spirit of the art of Simon Stålenhag that inspired it! (I have yet to play it or even read the rules!).

I did really like the original Twilight: 2000 art – for the core box set and all the modules – I thought it really captured the gritty, dark, grim setting…

RPGaDAY 2017

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

For the last three years Eric over at Gaming with the Gnomies has been doing this and it looks like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d join in this year. The idea is you answer a question about Role-playing games every day for the month of August. More information and the list of questions can be found HERE.

Some of the questions though… well… I have these Q&A a Day books that I do with the family (The Girl has Q&A A Day for Kids, Finnegan just has the Q&A a Day, Amanda and I do the OUR Q&A a Day) and they’re sometimes fun and sometimes interesting, but sometimes we (especially me) wonder: “Well… what do they mean by….” (I often tend to over think things…). And some of these seem the same (as you shall see). Some of the questions I have no idea about, some just do not apply to me, and I don’t know… some of the questions I’ve looked at made me think: “I guess they used up all the good questions over the last three years”.

So, I might just dig out one of the questions from 2014-16 to answer if I’ve got nothing for the actual question for the day for 2017… or I might just answer questions from multiple years past. I might try to answer every day, but I may end up posting answers in batches if I don’t get to it every damned day… I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes.

Question #1 (for 1 August 2017, I know, I’m a day late… I was up last night and was planning to answer it, but then I got distracted by something else and ended up going to bed without answering it – or turning the computer off!?)

What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

Well we’re already starting off with a “Well what do you mean by…” question. By “playing” do they actually mean playing in a game that someone else is running – or do they mean it could be a game I’m running? By “right now” do they mean RIGHT NOW this morning instead of answering this question or a more general “right now” as in “what game do you wish your regular game group was playing right now instead of or in addition to the game you’re currently playing”? (or what game do you wish your game group was playing if you actually HAD a regular game group, for those without). Or does it mean what game would you like to play with a regular gaming group if it was your DREAM GAME GROUP (you know, like if you could game with any of the people you’d gamed with ever – which I think was a question itself for a previous year) because, you know, different groups are… well… different a game that would be a riot with one group, could just fall flat with another…

See what I mean? Waaaaaaay overthinking it…

If it were “RIGHT NOW this morning” with games and people I have on had (entirely possible, I’m in a house full of games and two eager youngsters that would probably love to play a role-playing game!). I think I’d like The Girl to run Shadowrun. She picked it up last year sometime and was SUPER STOKED about it at the time. Picked up a pile of the novels – some of the newer ones from the game store, and some of the older ones from a used book store. I’m not sure she actually finished reading any of the novels – or the rulebook… so many other things she’s interested in. Also, she did try running a quickstart adventure from the Beginner Box for us at one point, but discovered it’s actually really hard to run a role-playing game, so interest waned after that. Anyway, it’s a game I’ve always wanted to try – I bought the original version when it first came out… but I’m not sure I ever PLAYED it – so I hope she’ll have a go at it again sometime.

If it were “what do I wish my game group was playing right now”? Well, first I’d like to say I’ve been really enjoying playing the D&D 5E Primeval Thule game we’ve been playing. More than I expected to, actually!

Our Game Master Bruce is planning to wrap up the campaign by the end of September and so this question has been weighing on my mind a lot lately – what WOULD I like to play in the fall… I may be taking over the role of GM so there are a lot of factors to consider – what am I willing and able and interested to run, as well as what are the people I’m playing with going to be willing and interested to PLAY…?

There are a bunch I’ve been thinking about over the last few months…

I’ve been interested to play or run a couple of the (now recently out of print) 40K RPGs from Fantasy Flight Games – Rogue Trader or Only War. I picked up most of the books for both games over the last few years at the FFG annual Black Friday sale. I have to admit this is partly because I have a lot of fun miniatures I could use with the game and it would tie in nicely with a renewed interest in possibly playing Warhammer 40000. I also have a soft spot for military RPGs like Only War – I always enjoyed playing Recon or Twilight:2000 or Behind Enemy Lines or Top Secret (to a certain extent) and assorted Travelleror GURPS games where players were members of some military-like organization. It’s really easy for the GM – the players superiors give them a mission, the players attempt to carry out the mission (well… maybe not so much in Twilight:2000, but…). There’s never the “well what do we want to do next?” and never the worry that the players won’t pick up on you plot hook for the next adventure.

I’ve also been thinking about Cthulhu Invictus (though I’d probably NOT use the actual Chaosium game rules, I’d run it with something else – I would have used Savage Worlds at one point, but I’ve been thinking of an even simpler homebrew set based on the Song of Blades and Heroesgame engine).

Tales from the Loop aslo looks interesting… well… the ART looks fabulous… and I have a soft spot for 80s kids adventure movies – Goonies, Space Camp, Band of the Hand, Lost Boys, Stand By ME, E.T., BMX Bandits, etc. I’m sure they’d all be crap if I saw them now as an adult… but as a kid in the 80s, they were good fun. Seems like that’s the vibe I’m getting off of Tales from the Loop.

There are LOADS of others I’d love to run or play that I can’t even begin to list, but these are the ones I’m considering for the fall. I’m not sure if any of those will fly with my current group, but I’ll bring them up as possibilities. I can’t really just PICK one for them, because some of them may not dig on that setting or style of play…

So I guess the question is really about What game would you like to play right now ASSUMING YOU ACTUALLY HAD A GROUP THAT WAS WILLING AND INTERESTED TO PLAY IT…?

Hmmmmm….

If I had to pick ONE…

GAH!?

This is too hard…

Maybe I should just roll a die.

Good old d4 says: Rogue Trader. Yeah. I’d go with Rogue Trader.

I also asked the kids what they’d like to play. Without missing a beat The Girl said Shadowrun. For Finnegan the question was pure existential torture (TOO MANY CHOICES!).

Question #2: What is an RPG you would like to see published?

Yeah… I don’t know… like with a particular setting…? At this point I kind of feel like; What setting is out there that HASN’T been published!? I’m drawing a blank on this one. When I polled the kids Finnegan was equally unsure, but The Girl said she’d like to see HER RPG get published (it’s a pretty generic fantasy RPG) or one based on a series of books she’s been reading called “Tales of a Red-Headed Sea Witch”.

RPGaDAY 2017

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

For the last three years Eric over at Gaming with the Gnomies has been doing this and it looks like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d join in this year. The idea is you answer a question about Role-playing games every day for the month of August. More information and the list of questions can be found HERE.

Some of the questions though… well… I have these Q&A a Day books that I do with the family (The Girl has Q&A A Day for Kids, Finnegan just has the Q&A a Day, Amanda and I do the OUR Q&A a Day) and they’re sometimes fun and sometimes interesting, but sometimes we (especially me) wonder: “Well… what do they mean by….” (I often tend to over think things…). And some of these seem the same (as you shall see). Some of the questions I have no idea about, some just do not apply to me, and I don’t know… some of the questions I’ve looked at made me think: “I guess they used up all the good questions over the last three years”.

So, I might just dig out one of the questions from 2014-16 to answer if I’ve got nothing for the actual question for the day for 2017… or I might just answer questions from multiple years past. I might try to answer every day, but I may end up posting answers in batches if I don’t get to it every damned day… I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes.

Question #1 (for 1 August 2017, I know, I’m a day late… I was up last night and was planning to answer it, but then I got distracted by something else and ended up going to bed without answering it – or turning the computer off!?)

What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

Well we’re already starting off with a “Well what do you mean by…” question. By “playing” do they actually mean playing in a game that someone else is running – or do they mean it could be a game I’m running? By “right now” do they mean RIGHT NOW this morning instead of answering this question or a more general “right now” as in “what game do you wish your regular game group was playing right now instead of or in addition to the game you’re currently playing”? (or what game do you wish your game group was playing if you actually HAD a regular game group, for those without). Or does it mean what game would you like to play with a regular gaming group if it was your DREAM GAME GROUP (you know, like if you could game with any of the people you’d gamed with ever – which I think was a question itself for a previous year) because, you know, different groups are… well… different a game that would be a riot with one group, could just fall flat with another…

See what I mean? Waaaaaaay overthinking it…

If it were “RIGHT NOW this morning” with games and people I have on had (entirely possible, I’m in a house full of games and two eager youngsters that would probably love to play a role-playing game!). I think I’d like The Girl to run Shadowrun. She picked it up last year sometime and was SUPER STOKED about it at the time. Picked up a pile of the novels – some of the newer ones from the game store, and some of the older ones from a used book store. I’m not sure she actually finished reading any of the novels – or the rulebook… so many other things she’s interested in. Also, she did try running a quickstart adventure from the Beginner Box for us at one point, but discovered it’s actually really hard to run a role-playing game, so interest waned after that. Anyway, it’s a game I’ve always wanted to try – I bought the original version when it first came out… but I’m not sure I ever PLAYED it – so I hope she’ll have a go at it again sometime.

If it were “what do I wish my game group was playing right now”? Well, first I’d like to say I’ve been really enjoying playing the D&D 5E Primeval Thule game we’ve been playing. More than I expected to, actually!

Our Game Master Bruce is planning to wrap up the campaign by the end of September and so this question has been weighing on my mind a lot lately – what WOULD I like to play in the fall… I may be taking over the role of GM so there are a lot of factors to consider – what am I willing and able and interested to run, as well as what are the people I’m playing with going to be willing and interested to PLAY…?

There are a bunch I’ve been thinking about over the last few months…

I’ve been interested to play or run a couple of the (now recently out of print) 40K RPGs from Fantasy Flight Games – Rogue Trader or Only War. I picked up most of the books for both games over the last few years at the FFG annual Black Friday sale. I have to admit this is partly because I have a lot of fun miniatures I could use with the game and it would tie in nicely with a renewed interest in possibly playing Warhammer 40000. I also have a soft spot for military RPGs like Only War – I always enjoyed playing Recon or Twilight:2000 or Behind Enemy Lines or Top Secret (to a certain extent) and assorted Travelleror GURPS games where players were members of some military-like organization. It’s really easy for the GM – the players superiors give them a mission, the players attempt to carry out the mission (well… maybe not so much in Twilight:2000, but…). There’s never the “well what do we want to do next?” and never the worry that the players won’t pick up on you plot hook for the next adventure.

I’ve also been thinking about Cthulhu Invictus (though I’d probably NOT use the actual Chaosium game rules, I’d run it with something else – I would have used Savage Worlds at one point, but I’ve been thinking of an even simpler homebrew set based on the Song of Blades and Heroesgame engine).

Tales from the Loop aslo looks interesting… well… the ART looks fabulous… and I have a soft spot for 80s kids adventure movies – Goonies, Space Camp, Band of the Hand, Lost Boys, Stand By ME, E.T., BMX Bandits, etc. I’m sure they’d all be crap if I saw them now as an adult… but as a kid in the 80s, they were good fun. Seems like that’s the vibe I’m getting off of Tales from the Loop.

There are LOADS of others I’d love to run or play that I can’t even begin to list, but these are the ones I’m considering for the fall. I’m not sure if any of those will fly with my current group, but I’ll bring them up as possibilities. I can’t really just PICK one for them, because some of them may not dig on that setting or style of play…

So I guess the question is really about What game would you like to play right now ASSUMING YOU ACTUALLY HAD A GROUP THAT WAS WILLING AND INTERESTED TO PLAY IT…?

Hmmmmm….

If I had to pick ONE…

GAH!?

This is too hard…

Maybe I should just roll a die.

Good old d4 says: Rogue Trader. Yeah. I’d go with Rogue Trader.

I also asked the kids what they’d like to play. Without missing a beat The Girl said Shadowrun. For Finnegan the question was pure existential torture (TOO MANY CHOICES!).

Question #2: What is an RPG you would like to see published?

Yeah… I don’t know… like with a particular setting…? At this point I kind of feel like; What setting is out there that HASN’T been published!? I’m drawing a blank on this one. When I polled the kids Finnegan was equally unsure, but The Girl said she’d like to see HER RPG get published (it’s a pretty generic fantasy RPG) or one based on a series of books she’s been reading called “Tales of a Red-Headed Sea Witch”.