Post by mister frau blucher on Aug 11, 2014 11:48:05 GMT -5
I created a sub-board, rather than a thread, under Current Games.
Let me know if you guys would rather have a thread instead. I know you actually asked for a thread, Julie, but if there are going to be multiple chapters, and a separate thread for character(s), this is a little better for organization.
Being new to this site, I'm trying to bring myself up to speed. I'm curious to see how it turned out. I like the idea of a Pinkerton detective. That scenario conjurers up images of the detective chasing Black Bart. As a variation, how about a desperado trying to avoid capture?
Post by vladtaltos on Jun 25, 2015 10:07:15 GMT -5
In case you haven't found it, the western adventure that spawned from the discussion here is The Outlaw Trail, and can be found in the Current Games thread. It was great fun writing/running it, and Darkscar was a great player. I think our enthusiasm for the game shows in the posts, from the beginning to the end.
The idea of a desperado eluding the law is a good one. I'm not sure if you're asking or not, but I'm going to take a break from GMing games. Black Dahlia just ended (unfortunately), and I need a bit of a break. Nonetheless, welcome aboard and continue to explore.
I just read through it, rather entertaining. In case you didn't see my first post, I first played Melee in 1978 but haven't done any gaming in about 20 years, probably longer for any role playing games. I was going through some old boxes and somehow got infected with some sort of bug to start playing again. It's probably not a high probability for me to find a group to play with, given my current circumstances. I did enjoy playing the solo micro-adventures. So I started doing some internet searches and found this site. I haven't actually played using these game systems yet, but the game mechanics seem similar to Melee, Wizard, In the Labyrinth, etc. The rules seem simple enough with plenty of room for house rules and modifications and game play appears to be quick and fluid.
I wasn't actually asking, but read the thread and liked it, so I commented. Since I haven't played any game in this genre in so long and have NEVER played a game in this format, I might be on a learning curve. Besides, it might seem kind of presumptuous for me to expect someone to put together an adventure for someone that they had only just "met."
I am continuing to "explore" and am enjoying the journey so far. And now back to commenting on "The Outlaw Trail." Your (plural) enthusiasm was obvious and contagious. The storyline and interaction was entertaining and thought-provoking. Moving on to my thoughts about a player being on the run, you inspired me and jump-started my brains. The possibilities are only limited by one's imagination. It might take some effort and brain power to actually play a sociopath or thoroughly evil criminal type. Plus many people really don't have the desire or stomach for that type of character. But being hunted can take many forms as well as many creative back stories. Some ideas, and I'm really just scratching the surface here... a player could be an anti-government type, such as Robin Hood. Or the he/she could have been wronged (real or perceived) and starts personal vendetta against an individual or group. He/she could be a likable rascal who likes the adrenaline and/or good life that comes with his ill-gotten lifestyle and spoils. He could have been set-up and needs to clear his name before he's captured, convicted and punished for his crimes. Circumstances could have thrust him into this situation and he now must deal with it. He could have either angered a powerful entity or have something they want. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Any of these have the potential for an outstanding gaming experience. One day, I might even try to GM an adventure. But first I'd like to become comfortable with the game system, mechanics of "rolling dice" from afar, etc. In other words, I'd be more comfortable cutting my teeth as player before stepping up as a GM. If you wouldn't mind taking a neophyte such as myself under your wing, then I'll give her a go.
Thanks for the kind words about The Outlaw Trail, araman. Ideas for games have, for me, come from a wide variety of sources--short stories, novels, movies, and as you mentioned, RPG adventures. Reading through an online game is another great source. I'm glad TOT was able to get your creative juices flowing.
Maybe someone will take up the mantle and run a western game for you, or perhaps you can get into the sci-fi game you inquired about. As for me, I'm a bit burnt out on running online games, so I'm taking a break from them. Good luck finding something soon!
Post by mister frau blucher on Jun 26, 2015 10:02:51 GMT -5
Welcome to the boards!
Sounds like we both got into Melee at the same time. Glad the bug has circled back and bitten you again.
Running online games are pretty intensive (at least, to run at the level Vlad has). I ran one with four+/- players for a year, and it was fun, but players coming and going derailed it. Then I ran 4 different games for 4 different players, and had difficulty keeping it all together, and then real life intruded on my time.
I still have an idea for a Keep on the Borderlands style campaign of short adventures that can be played by a rotating cast of characters, but I need to be better organized than I am now. I am also working on my next adventure, and that is taking priority.
You have made a few posts here, I will catch up and give you some more feedback.
Basically, though, LAW is obviously based on The Fantasy Trip. Originally LAW was just an easy alternative in the absence of TFT being currently published, but it has taken on a bit of its own life the last 10 years.
In the interim, though, try some of our free adventures on the darkcitygames.com website. If you like those, please check out our other adventures. There are some pretty good descriptions of them in the appropriate sections of these boards, including an order to play them in.