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Besides D&D, what are you playing?

Tun Kai Poh

Adventurer
A couple of reports on recent games:

In Blades in the Dark, our crew had to track down a Skovland smuggling ship that had been captured by the Imperium during the Unity War. Their investigation led them to Lady Sternwall's talk on naval battles of the war in Charterhall University, which was rudely interrupted by a Skovland extremist's assassination attempt on the historian. The crew blew out the lights, summoned a ghost to deal with the attacker, and sent Scotch swinging heroically down from a balcony to rescue Lady Sternwall, ripping the historian's bodice in the process. Now, Scotch is a reluctant heroine of the hour, invited to tea by the smitten Lady Sternwall, and the crew plans to use the distraction to burgle the lady's manor...

Also, last night in the CDG SOUTHERN GOTHIC session, our DELTA GREEN agents brought on a new team member, cleaned up a dead agent's unfinished business, and learned that a "resurrection" spell is never a good thing in this genre!

And half the team caught fire. Play with gas, get burned. Especially if you decide to unscrew the caps of 20 gasoline cannisters ahead of time in preparation for arson, then get jumped by a resurrected horror.
 

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Nebulous

Legend
For Dungeon World, I took a screenshot from the module, the caldera from Hvitr's Horn, and photoshopped it into a climatic battlemap. Ideally, the mystic seal will crack and open and drop the PCs into Ellorash, the elemental fire realm, where they will have to somehow continue the quest. By then they should have an artifact to keep them alive in the inferno.

 

Tun Kai Poh

Adventurer
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In Session 8 of our Blades in the Dark campaign, Scotch and Zhao enjoyed liqueurs and a magic lantern show at Lady Sternwall's mansion as they tried to find out the fate of the Skovlan blockade runner Spiny Turtle during the war. Then an unexpected guest came up the street to call on Sternwall Mansion - Zhao's archenemy Edward, the Imperial Military Intelligence agent! It fell to the junior members of the crew, Sacred Karen and Irfan, to distract, bamboozle, and brutally mug the arrogant spy. Meanwhile, Zhao panicked and made a terrifying desperate escape through the backyard of Sternwall Mansion, where he barely escaped a ghost attack!
 

atanakar

Hero
Romance of the Perilous Land by Osprey Games. Streamlined, elegant and simple design for adventures in a mythic England that never was. d20 roll equal or under your Attribute. Characters take 10 minutes to create. I've been looking for a non-OSR and non-LOTR inspired fantasy game with a vibrant setting for a year. This is it.

 

PabloM

Adventurer
Romance of the Perilous Land by Osprey Games. Streamlined, elegant and simple design for adventures in a mythic England that never was. d20 roll equal or under your Attribute. Characters take 10 minutes to create. I've been looking for a non-OSR and non-LOTR inspired fantasy game with a vibrant setting for a year. This is it.


Have you played it yet?
 

Retreater

Legend
Currently, I'm running two weekly D&D5e games and one biweekly PF2 game on Roll20. Before the pandemic hit, I was running WHFRPG, Savage Rifts, and Dungeon World. I hope to get back to playing/running more diverse games in the future.
 


Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
No. But I'm running a solitaire game with four characters soon, to test the system before I show it to the group.
That's some commitment right there. Have a cookie. 🍪

I do love messing about with rules sets and the like though. Running a bunch of characters through some encounters just to see how it goes is very much my speed. I'm interested to here how your group takes to the rules.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
So, up thread I mentioned an Ashen Stars game I was running might wrap up. Well, it did. Honestly, we lost so much momentum due to social distancing and other issues that the final session never happened. The group did agree, however, that they wanted to move on to something else.

First, one of the players is running a bit of Don't Rest Your Head - in which you play characters so fatigued by insomnia that they break through into the land of dreams and nightmares. This game usually doesn't run for too long - characters either resolve the issues that caused their insomnia and return to normal life, crash fast asleep so that the nightmares catch them, or go mad and become a nightmare themselves...

That's intended to give me some time to build out a new game. Of what? I dunno yet. I don't expect it to be D&D, though, as most of the players get that in other places. I'll probably do a little ranked choice voting of options for them.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
First, one of the players is running a bit of Don't Rest Your Head - in which you play characters so fatigued by insomnia that they break through into the land of dreams and nightmares. This game usually doesn't run for too long - characters either resolve the issues that caused their insomnia and return to normal life, crash fast asleep so that the nightmares catch them, or go mad and become a nightmare themselves...
That game sounds awesome! I love the whole concept. I can see why it might not lend itself to long term play though. On a related note, have you seen a show called Undone? It had some very similar themes and was quite excellent. I think I need a copy of this game though...
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
That game sounds awesome! I love the whole concept. I can see why it might not lend itself to long term play though.

The idea is to give me a bit of a break, let me play something, and have time to do development for the next long-term campaign, so if it only lasts through one story arc for the characters that's fine. If it lasts longer, I have a longer break.

On a related note, have you seen a show called Undone? It had some very similar themes and was quite excellent.

I have not, but I have Prime, so I can go check it out!

I think I need a copy of this game though...

It is from Evil Hat Games, and is available on DriveThruRPG for a whopping $5. Not a whole lot of risk to picking it up to look it over.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Yeah, I feel you on needing the occasional break from GMing. Have a blast with that game. I'm going to get myself a copy since the price point is so reasonable. Now I know what I'm reading tonight. (y)
 

Nebulous

Legend
Yeah, I feel you on needing the occasional break from GMing. Have a blast with that game. I'm going to get myself a copy since the price point is so reasonable. Now I know what I'm reading tonight. (y)

Maybe every few years I like to have a break from GMing, but really 99% of the time that's where I get my satisfaction, from telling the stories and trying to scare the players :)
 

PabloM

Adventurer
So, up thread I mentioned an Ashen Stars game I was running might wrap up. Well, it did. Honestly, we lost so much momentum due to social distancing and other issues that the final session never happened. The group did agree, however, that they wanted to move on to something else.

I understand what you're going through.
We were about to reach the final leg of a two and a half year campaign when quarantine was imposed. We try to play online but it is very difficult for me to run a game like this.
I am taking advantage to play for the first time in a long time and recharge energies.
 



Tun Kai Poh

Adventurer
No D&D here. Champions, Justice Inc (6th ed Hero System), and Savage Worlds. Thinking about starting up another game, and a D&D retro-clone is under consideration, or maybe Fate - depends on which the group chooses.

Well if you're up for suggestions, Romance of the Perilous Land is a pretty interesting D&D-alike with a few twists...
 


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