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I miss gaming [Aug. 2nd, 2009|10:37 pm]
Colin Fredericks
I miss gaming a lot. I miss the escape into fantasy worlds, the impossible schemes, the feeling of being part of a story. I miss GMing a little more than playing. (Perhaps I'm not-very-secretly a control freak.)

The school I work at makes it almost impossible to have a regularly scheduled game, because the schedule around here is both intensive and irregular. For instance, last Sunday was the only day I officially had off from early June to mid-late August. I have time to myself, but it's not in nice long blocks, and I often don't know ahead of time when something will happen.

And I have all these freakin' game books! Geez, it's like I've been collecting them since 1990 or something. If I put them all together they'd fill the bottom half of the 4x4 cubbyholes (bless you, Ikea).


I'd like to try some play-by-post gaming. This will be a little tricky, as it requires the right mix of players and system. I can easily set up forums on Wikidot for the games, but first I have to figure out what we'll actually play. I'm considering doing two games, one of them being a diceless version of Sufficiently Advanced. Any requests for the other?

Remember, these will be slow-moving games. We need game systems that resolve quickly, with minimal reliance on dice. The idea of typing out a dozen ticks of combat in Exalted over the course of a week makes me want to shoot myself. That doesn't mean we can't play in the Exalted universe, just not using its rules.

Games I own and am willing to run at the moment:
New WoD: Vampire, Promethean, Changeling, Hunter
Old WoD: Vampire, Dark Ages, Mage, Demon
D&D settings: Planescape, Dark Sun, Spelljammer, Mystara, Al Qadim, Nyambe
Other Fantasy: Talislanta, Exalted, Burning Wheel, Mouse Guard, Ars Magica, Amber, Nobilis, Everway
Superhero: Mutants & Masterminds, Godlike, Aberrant
Sci-Fi: Trinity, Valence, Continuum, Burning Empires

If you have a game you've been dying to play or a favorite system, feel free to suggest it. Heavy preference will be given to rules-light games that require minimal rolling. Hero system is right out.


[User Picture]From: cell23
2009-08-03 05:39 am (UTC)
You know my loyalty is for Amber.
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[User Picture]From: sydneycat
2009-08-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
I love Sufficiently Advanced. I still want someday to play an Unknown Armies game so I can steal Rev. Tom's skill of 'have a cousin who knows a guy'.
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From: morlock
2009-08-03 02:17 pm (UTC)
obviously my vote is for your video game...game. i forget what its called :-\
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[User Picture]From: wrpigeek
2009-08-04 01:26 am (UTC)
Console. I'm not sure how well that would work out in play-by-post.
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[User Picture]From: jade_eyes13
2009-08-03 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm always a fan of Planescape with Everway rules (and not Everclear rules). But we've never actually gotten around to playing Burning Wheel or Mouse Guard, except for that one session in Middle Earth. I love the character creation in those systems :-)

pretty much I prefer any kind of fantasy, or I'd play Mutants and Masterminds too.
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[User Picture]From: qhudspeth
2009-08-03 07:37 pm (UTC)

Not really a lot of help here, but...

This idea thrills me. I miss gaming with you, alot, so count me in.

The diceless version of SA sounds intriguing. I'd like to run that just to see how you'd do it diceless. But I've done SA at con recently, so I'm 50/50 on doing it again so soon.

I have no opinion of WoD (just no real experience with it except Evan's Mage campaign, which was fun, but difficult).
I'm in two RL D&D campaigns and a Rolemaster play-by-email campaign right now, so I'd rather stay away from fantasy of that ilk. I was intrigued by the Talislanta world when you ran that mini years ago, and I've wanted to try Burning Wheel since I read it as a reference. In SciFi, I'd love a good excuse to finally read/play Valence. I've had an idea for a superhero character for a while that I'd love to try out.

But honestly, I have not yet played a system under your leadership that I haven't enjoyed, so surprise me! I love learning new systems!
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[User Picture]From: roamin_umpire
2009-08-04 12:56 am (UTC)
For a PBEM (play by electronic media) campaign, my top choice would definitely be Nobilis.

We, of course, have had fun in the past with Mage and M&M - I'm quite fond of those systems, but less certain about how they'll do in this format (especially the latter). SA will go diceless with no problems.

Continuum would work VERY well here, I think.

Spelljammer is ... what, steampunkish? Or am I thinking of another D&D setting? Either way, steampunk == nifty!

And then there's the pile of stuff I don't know but have intriguing titles: Talislanta, Burning Wheel, Everway, Promethean
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[User Picture]From: wrpigeek
2009-08-04 01:25 am (UTC)
Spelljammer is not too poorly described by this motivational poster.

Talislanta is a low-powered fantasy setting with dozens of playable races.
Burning Wheel does Tolkien better than any other game (including any Lord of the Rings games). It has a character creation system based on what your character has done before in life.
Everway is what WotC did before Magic came out. Diceless world-hopping RPG, now out of print. My favorite system for running Planescape.
Promethean is the Frankenstein RPG, but there's a lot more to it than that.
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[User Picture]From: roamin_umpire
2009-08-04 01:32 am (UTC)
Ok, Everway sounds pretty slick, as does Spelljammer (though again, any D&D system will need heavy modification to work in this format).
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[User Picture]From: anagramofbrat
2009-08-11 09:22 pm (UTC)
never played amber, but I've heard excellent things.
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