It’s Been a Month…
Posted by docryder
And I mean that in the “What a month it’s been” sort of way.
My personal life has pretty much overwhelmed my desire to do much of anything with gaming. I did a little tinkering with Adventurers! World (my codename for the game writing project at this point), but not enough to fill a thimble, really. I am thinking about replacing A!‘s Hero Point system with an experience point system more like the Cypher System‘s, which really just adds to the rules I was already heading towards. The idea is that XP can be used to buy re-rolls or bonuses to rolls. Really, that is simply combining two resources (as A! has hero points and experience points as separate pools), and I like the simplicity of that. I’d also add in GM Intrusions, because it’s such a brilliant way of manipulating the players and adding fun to the game and the story. A! also already has a fumble/critical system, but I think I’d expand it a little. The current system just uses snake eyes and boxcars, but I think I might expand it to all doubles.
Otherwise, I’ve been forcing my way through a book I found at one of the rental offices. It’s titled The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. It took 50 pages for the prologue to finally become part of the story, and seemed to pick up. About 100 pages in, I realized that the authors have no sense of time, as a lot is happening in a very small number of hours. They’ve gone across the Princeton campus and through the town of Princeton, including a couple of meals and meetings, all in about six hours. Kinda reminds me of our old Vampire the Masquerade games that would have multiple sessions occupying a single night from sundown to sunrise.
That’s all I really have. I don’t feel like getting into my personal stuff, partly because I’ve been covering it on Facebook and partly because there are some things I can’t get into on Facebook that connect to unresolved issues that I won’t discuss here until they are resolved.