OK, first things first: I got a guest post up at Chuck Wendig's blog, here
. G'read it.
I go to gaming cons to fucking game
. I know some folks who go to cons to socialize, or look for work, or shop, or get laid. Me, I'm there for the gaming primarily and all of that other stuff secondarily.
So, this year I had five games scheduled. Let's just take 'em in order.
We got to GenCon about 30 minutes before our first game. Heather and Aaron were kind enough to unload the car so Michelle and I could make our first game, which was Fae Noir
Don't recall where or when I hear about this game, just that it looked interesting. So Michelle and I got there just about on time, which turned out to be moot because we didn't start until 20 minutes after (not atypical).
The game itself is a noir-ish game in which Faeries are "out." They're immortal, they've got some magic. I played a magician (as in, can actually use magic) in service to a movie studio looking for its missing starlet. We were all looking for the starlet for different reasons, but we got together pretty soon and worked together (to the GM's amusement, as he was apparently used to the disparate factions shooting at each other).
We had some interesting roleplay between us, and the scenario was basic, but not simplistic. Oh, and the GM let us keep the characters, which is always a nice perk to me. I have two major quibbles with the session, in fact.
One was that the GM's running style was...well, a little boring. When we were wounding and terrifying bad guys, his response rather than to roleplay that terror or pain - or even describe it - was to say in a deadpan, "Ow, I have suffered a point of Light damage." It actually made it hard to determine if our tactics were working, and it definitely put me out of the moment a bit.
The second was that the game was just bleak and violent. Now, I know noir as a genre, and I know that there's definitely a kind of hopelessness that runs through it. This...I don't know if it was the addition of the fantasy element, or if so little attention was paid to theme and setting the mood during the actual session that when we found the missing starlet and she was dead and frozen in a deep freeze
that it was a bit of shock.
In any case, I like the game. It's got some nifty ideas, some fun production values, and the system seems simple enough. My Grade:
So, then on to Rising
. Now, I've talked about this game in the past. This particular one was the same Twilight scenario I played at Origins, and it was fun on this go-round, too. I just think next time I'll go back to standard Rising, because I'd like to kill some zombies and not get quite so much RP in my boffer LARP. That's not to say Twilight isn't fun, it is. I just miss the zombie-killin'. Again, no grade here because it's not an RPG in the sense that I think of as RPGs.
That was Thursday, then. On to Friday!
I ran Spirit of the Century
and everyone seemed to have a good time. I'm not grading myself, however. Once we finished up that game, it was time to go play Godlike
The only exposure I've had to Godlike
is the character
I made some time back. I've played Monsters and Other Childish Things
, which runs on the same engine, but I was looking forward to this game. We basically did a raid that happened in WWII (don't remember the name at present), and the GM had characters on laminated sheets, which of course meant we couldn't take them with, which was a shame.
It was fun. We got to work with some combat tactics, and then finally fight a bunch of other superhumans (talents). I played Sodbuster, which is not, as you might think, someone who detests sodomy, but a big ol' farm boy with the power to turn into a super-strong earth golem-thing. The dude I fought in the final battle was able to dish out damage that went through my armor, and I couldn't do enough damage to easily hurt him (he had the will of the warrior!)...until I figured out that I could grapple him and use my superior strength to smush his head. That worked.
All in all, fun game and one I'd like to play again. Not a lot of emphasis on roleplaying, more on tactics, but the GM knew the system and was jazzed about running, and that made a lot of difference. My Grade:
And then, sleep.
Saturday! Woke up and headed to the Alpha Omega
game. Now, I have some passing familiarity with Alpha Omega
, as I wrote a scenario for it (The Longest Mile, listed on that page as being "in development"). But I'd never actually played it.
This scenario was a demo. Two hours long, most of that taken up in explanation of how the system worked. And we didn't get to keep character sheets, which I think is a bigger deal if you're trying to sell the game (which was less of a concern for the Godlike
GM, who I think was just doing it for fun). But the GM obviously knew the system, and he was very cool and patient. We tromped around in the sewers, got to demonstrate the systems of the game, killed some giant slug-monsters, and good times were had by all. My Grade:
B+, but only because we pretty much just played a couple of combat scenes. If we'd done a full session, I'm pretty confident I'd have given it an A or A-.
And then, zing
! Over to a game of Hellas
Once again, I made a character
for this game, but that's as far as I've gone with it. I met the author/developer last year, and he seemed like a really cool guy. And when I showed up to this game, he remembered me from the character I made (which I also posted on the Hellas
forum), so, you know, that's cool.
Awesome full-color character sheets, check. Fast-moving, nifty storyline, check. No screen or laptop blocking off the GM from the players, check. Tell ya what, if I hadn't already owned Hellas
, I'd have bought it after this. In the game, we went to our friend's home planet for his funeral, and discovered that his son had basically made a deal with the Devil to bring his father back, but that was making his village sick. We fixed that little problem (and wound up killing him in the process, but y'know). Good RP, but also a good GM who was willing to roll with player decisions, even if we wound up skipping bits of his plot. My grade:
And that's all the gaming I did...oh, wait, no. Also ran a session of Geist
, but I'll do that write-up under a new post.