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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#RPGaDay Days 19, 20 and 21

Day 19
Favorite Published Adventure: Lost Caverns of Tsjocanth

My all time favorite old school D&D adventure.  Not quite sure why this is my favorite.  I like that it's a hex-crawl that becomes a dungeon.  I also like how rooted it is in Greyhawk lore.  I can't wait till my Swords and Wizardry players are high enough to go through it.  I've already been seeding clues about it in the campaign.

Day 20
Game I will still play in 20 years:  Dungeons and Dragons.

I have been playing Dungeon and Dragons in one form or another for 34 years.  I doubt that will change in the next 20.  

Day 21
Favorite Licensed RPG - Star Wars Edge of the Empire

Dark Heresy is the one that I've run the most.  I've either run four campaigns or one really long one depending on how you look at it.  I don't really like it though.  As I've said before the rules are terrible and overly complex.  I'm going to go with Star Wars Edge of the Empire. My regular group dropped Dark Heresy after 1 adventure.  They seem to like Star Wars a lot more.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Edge of the Empire Campaign

I write a lot of stuff for the games I run. I'm going to post some of it here in hopes it my be of interest to someone.   First up is my Edge of the Empire game, the Star Wars RPG from Fantasy Flight.

Opening Crawl

Ten years have passed since the end of the Clone Wars.  Order 66 has all but wiped out the once mighty Jedi order.  The Old Republic has fallen. Emperor Palatine and his Galactic Empire move to take control of the galaxy and crush all opposition.

Far out on the Rim, a small groups of rogues, smugglers, and renegades strive to maintain their freedom on the Edge of the Empire.

Introduction sent to players

This campaign is set during the "Dark Times,"  ten years after the end of the clone years and ten years before the destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance.  The empire is at the height of its power and many individuals who value their freedom flee the core worlds and live life on the the galactic rim.  Your characters live on the edge of the law as well as the edge of known space. The official beginning of the Dark Times is the execution of Order 66.  In case your fuzzy on your Star Wars lore, here's what that is:

Here are the characters the players came up with. I didn't restrict anyone on creating a force sensitive so there are a few of them.

Lobuck: Wookie Explorer Big Game hunter.  An ex-slave who was freed by Rokar. He is searching for a way to restore a nearly extinct species to the Wookie homeworld.  He's also not a big fan of the Empire who have enslaved his people.  Lobuck once saved Optimus from a horrid space beast. Optimus asked Lobuck and his partner Rokar to join the crew "In case there's any shooting."

Optimus Prime: (Yeah that's his name, but Star Wars is full of ridiculous names so why not.) Chiss Ex-Jedi Smuggler Pilot.   Older than the other characters, Optimus left the Jedi Temple before completing his training.  The Jedi life was not for him.  He's near the top of the Empires "shoot on sight" list.  He has sworn an oath of vengeance on the Empire for killing his family.

Kas: Male Selonian Force-Sensitive Outlaw-Tech.  Kas fled the female dominated oppression of his homeworld with the help of Elanna and Optimus. His old clan on Selonia is not too happy with him.

Elanna: Female Selonina, former Jedi youngling, now a Hired Gun Enforcer.  Elanna was sent at an early age to study at the Jedi temple and become a diplomat for her people.  She barley escaped the purges at the end of the Clone Wars. Optimus smuggled her off of Coruscant and she's been part of his crew ever since.

Rokar: Kaltoonian Hired Gun Heavy.  Rokar ended his contract with the Hutts in a rather permanent way.  He hates slavery and oppression.  The Hutts once sent bounty hunters to kill him. That didn't go well for them.  Rokar and Lobuck are best friends and Rokar can speak Wookie.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 16, 17 and 18

I have to get up early in the morning and travel for work so I'm going to go ahead and include Day 18 as well.

Day 16
Game you wish you owned.  
This is another tough one.  I own A LOT of games.  If there is a game I wished I owned I usually just buy it eventually.  I sold off a lot of my roleplaying stuff in high school.  I wished I had a lot of that back. Currently, I'm scouring Ebay for a copy of 1st Edition Gamma World. 

Day 17
Funniest game you've played. 
Any game where my player Marc kills himself or others in a gloriously humorous fashion.  He's the "dynamite in the pants" guy.

Day 18
Favorite Game System
From my posts you might think this would be Swords and Wizardry or DCC but it's the BRP system from Chaosium.  This is the system that drives both Call of Cthulhu and Runequest.  I have adapted, converted, and run that system more than any other game.  I have run Call of Cthulhu almost constantly since I found it in 1988. My longest running campaign so far has been also been Call of Cthulhu.   At some point I'll post my Call of Cthulhu/Runequest post apocalypse game I made back in high school.  It's awesomely bad.