Due to a scheduling conflict, there will be no game session on the evening of November 16. I apologize, and hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving holiday and is ready to ring in December with a cataclysm. Lost Angels needs rain!
Join us Monday, November 2, for Deadlands at the Lewisville Public Library.
Deadlands Roleplaying is reserved for teens ages 12 to 17.
First off, with updated results from the first survey, Fantasy stands ahead with 5 votes.
Last night I handed out a new survey to get a better idea of the flavor of fantasy everyone wanted to try. The results were…not what I expected.
- Dungeoncrawl: 7
- Gothic Horror: 1
- Exotic Fantasy: 1
- Colonial America: 0
I am…just…no, that’s cool. Old school dungeon crawling it is! It is certainly a type of adventure we really haven’t explored since our old 2/4 Monday D&D 4e game.
If you were hoping for a return to 4th edition. Nope. Sorry. Not gonna do it. 4th edition and I get along about as well as peanut butter and arugala. But it’s not really the kind of game that suits Savage Worlds either. Not if you really want that classic dungeoncrawl experience. Oh, and I aim to give you guys the classic dungeoncrawl experience.
So I have a little investigating to do, but we will definitely be using a different system. I’m shooting for something rules lite and roughly classed based. I know what you’re thinking. There’s a new edition of Dungeons and Dragons out there. Well, yes, but that may not be the best solution either. Maybe a stripped down basic version? Perhaps. I have a couple of candidates in mind:
Dungeons and Dragons (B/X edition) — Probably the best selling version of any roleplaying game in history, and the version that I started playing with. Available in PDF.
Fantasy Age — Based on the Dragon Age tabletop RPG (yes, based on the Dragon Age computer game). It’s new. It’s hot. It’s different. It’s easy. I wish it had been around when we were playing Warlords of Aros. But is it the right tool for dungeoncrawling? Available in print and PDF.
Magic World— A d100-based fantasy version of one of the oldest and most supported game systems out there. Don’t let the name fool you. Again, not really sure its the right tool for the job, but it definitely has the right level of complexity. Available in print and PDF.
Perilous Journeys — A d100-based system loosely based on Gary Gygax’s final RPG and a favorite of mine, Lejendary Adventure. interested in playtesting the 2nd edition rules? Available as a FREE PDF.
The first round of survey results are in and the results are…
- Fantasy: 4
- Science Fiction: 2
- Science Fantasy: 1
- Gothic Horror: 2
- Swashbuckling Adventure: 0
First, let me stress how disappointed I am that swashbuckling adventure didn’t receive one single vote. That just wounds me to my core as swashbuckling adventure is one of MY favorite genres in roleplaying, But ok, looks like we’re leaning towards fantasy. But it is it really that simple? Of course not! Now we need to decide about what sort of fantasy we’re looking to play. Also, there are still some players who haven’t voted, so there’s still a chance for one of the other categories to edge out fantasy by a nose. In the meantime, expect another survey on the next game night to try and nail down what flavor of fantasy we’re going to do. And there may be another surprise or two in the works as well. Stay tuned.
Well I guess I’ve been living under a rock for awhile, because this took me completely by surprise. Tor Books has released a Deadlands novel! Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is it a Manga? Fortunately for you, I’ve already banged my head against the wall enough today. No, it’s not a manga. And you should go out and read it. Because Deadlands is a deep, immersive, gritty world that we’ve only scratched the surface of in play. We really haven’t delved too deeply into the weird steampunk roots of the setting, for instance. There is so much in this world that we just don’t have time to discover.
Oh, you need more than that to convince you? Here:
You need more? Here’s the publisher’s boilerplate text:
From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.
Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.
In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!
Deadlands is one of the most popular RPGs in history, with over a million Deadlands gaming books sold.
Now this being a program at a library, maybe you should talk to the librarians about stocking this one. I know I will. Now go out there and read!