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Gearing up to be a Gamemaster

11 Jul

Tonight, after a long, long time of thinking about it, my friends and I shall be embarking on our first roleplaying game. We needed to level up our geekiness, because obviously we weren’t trying hard enough.

I will be the gamemaster, which is ideal because I’ve never done it before or played an offline RPG. I am maybe 80% sure I know what I’m doing. It’s a pity I’ll be playing with such an unforgiving audience as my best friends in the world. Also, it may not sound like it but I did volunteer!

We’ll be playing the Firefly RPG – Firefly, for those who don’t know, was a TV series that was the brainchild of Joss Wheden, the man who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series only went for one season. Fox, the network, aired the series out of order, with minimal advertising, then declared it was a failure and cancelled it. It then went on to break records for DVD sales, as word travelled over the internet.  Fox sucks.

So, I have a storyline for the season arc, and we’re using a pre-written story for the first episode. Plan is to do character stuff and have the first episode tonight – wish us luck! I’ll post about how it went on here. I may even post the story.


Books, books everywhere

1 Jun

There is so much I want to read at the moment, and so little time.

We moved house lately, and we no longer have our dog, which is a deeply sad story that I can’t bring myself to tell. Writing that sentence alone brings a lump to my throat.

I should be writing more, but I’m finding work exhausting still, and I keep getting ill (combination of many people in quite a small space, air conditioning, and fatigue) so my novel hasn’t been touched since I started at my job.

On the bright side, I have so far (according to my record on Goodreads) read 47 books this year – granted, about 15 of them are Animorphs books so about four should really count as one, but I raised my reading target to a hundred books by the end of the year. I have a strong contender for next year’s book of the year already, but The Bloggess is releasing another book later this year, and there be a lot of time twixt here and new year, so it’s all to play for. I mean, read for.

The gang (the least ‘street’ gang in the world) have lately been playing a lot of Sherlock Holmes related games, and Orphen has taken a massive interest in Risk Legacy lately. If you haven’t heard of it (I hadn’t), Risk Legacy is sort of like a Risk tournament. You play about 15 games in total with different objectives each time, and the game gets ‘scars’ from previous battled. Orphen has written a very impressive bit of back story for the game, and we’re all really enjoying it so far.

We hope to break into RPGs soon (I’m pretty sure RPGs are a type of weapon, but I refer to roleplaying games as we’re not much for actual violence), starting with the Firefly RPG. I’m going to be gamesmaster, which should be interesting since I have NO IDEA what I’m doing even after I’ve nearly finished the guide. Anybody got any tips?

Luckily, Kjarl has a work friend who’s going to help, and he’s even going to GM our first session. I’ve only ever done online roleplaying, so this is something new, exciting, and gratifyingly nerdy.

This was a pretty comprehensive catchup post. Thus it ends.