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As previously threatened, I’m writing a roleplaying convention game again. I’ll be running a Space 1889 scenario called The Deathless Hordes of Mars at AusCon II in Brisbane, Australia, in October. This post has the advertising blurb for the adventure and a little about the Space 1889 game.
Space 1889 is the original steampunk roleplaying game. It sets itself in an alternative history in which Thomas Edison (who else?) has invented a device which can be used to propel ships through the luminiferous ether between the planets. This has opened up the way for colonisation of Mars and Venus and […]
This is the second of two posts on how I write role-playing convention scenarios, distilling twenty-odd years of over-thinking what I do. I’m coming out of retirement to write for AusCon being held in October in Brisbane and I figured that was the perfect opportunity to step up on the soapbox again.
Next after the characters (see last post) comes the story. I’m not going to tell you how to come up with a plot for your scenario. As GMs, we all know how to do that. What I will mention, however, is a couple of tricks I’ve learned that […]
I’m coming out of retirement to write a role-playing scenario for AusCon in October. I wrote and presented my first scenario at a role-playing convention in 1990 and in the last twenty-odd years I’ve written plenty more. I’m not sure yet what this one is going to be but I thought this was a great opportunity to think again about how I approach the writing process. This is the first of two posts.
Convention scenarios differ from my regular gaming night in two important respects. At an RPG con, I don’t have the luxury of sitting around for the first […]
This may come as a surprise to you but I’m kind of a nerd. No, really. I’m a nerd.
One of the ways in which this manifests itself is roleplaying games which I’ve been playing fairly constantly since a friend introduced me to playing Dungeons and Dragons outside the school library in 1981. I soon ditched this gateway drug for the hard stuff: Traveller, Call of Cthulhu and more recently Conspiracy X.
Why am I telling you this?
To remind you that since moving the Brisbane a little more than ten years ago, I’ve kept a kind of sub-website for […]
I’ve been suckered into playing Games Workshop‘s Blood Bowl. And not just playing but playing in a the Fisherman’s Stout Bloodbowl League.
I’ve been interested in this game since it first appeared as a liftout in a holiday edition of White Dwarf magazine – way back when it was still owned by Steve Jackson Games and not an in-house advertising vehicle for GW. The game is basically a parody of American football played with fantasy races. Of course, given my Flintloque proclivities, I’ve settled on a team of elves.
Elves, being what they are in the Warhammer universe, are […]
Played the first game of what will hopefully become a long running Flames of War campaign on Friday night. The campaign is basically the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. There’s four of us playing: two playing the Axis forces whether Italian or German, one playing the British and I’m playing the US army led by the lunatic General George S. Patton.
What we did on Friday night was the initial pre-invasion preparatory raids with the aim of securing objectives in order to make the beach landings easier when we fight them out on the table top. If we were […]
I’ve started reading the first of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. Not bad stuff and a good page turner. Dresden’s world is kind-a like Film Noir meets Harry Potter. I’m enjoying it a lot.
One of the throw away lines used to show just how wierd Chicago can be and to show just how blind the the ordinary folk are to it is the idea of the city disappearing for a period of at least on hour from satellite photos. Apparently, the ground was still there but instead of concrete and asphalt there was trees, grass and animals. […]
I’ve been thinking on-and-off on a bunch of song lyrics for many years. To me, they’re quite evocative and I’ve wanted for the longest time to use them to create a roleplaying campaign world.
Wanky? Of course. Worthwhile? Maybe.
The problem is that I can never quite nail it. I’ve never been able to pin down exact what the world looks like, behaves like, who the characters could be or what they might be doing. So, in the interests of intarwebs collaborations, I’ll post the lyics here (without the band name or song titles – just to make it […]