Showing posts with label Roleplay Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roleplay Games. Show all posts

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Tabletop Gaming - Roleplay - Bitten at the Edge of the Empire

That's right, this year was meant to be a cheaper year when it came to gaming but then I was bitten by Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Edge of the Empire tabletop roleplay game.

We are definitely a Star Wars household and the step son is at that age that he would actually be able to roleplay just fine, with some guidance, and so the fun began.

We got the Core Book plus dice and I've had a decent read through of it and because I own the Warhammer Fantasy 3rd Edition that FFG also made, I already knew partly of what I was getting into. Infact, Edge of the Empire and hence the future books are going to be much better, more streamlined and plain out more Star Wars.

But yes, it didn't end there.. after the Core Book and the dice, I have an order on now for the Beginner's Box, GM's Kit as well as the first adventure module Beyond the Rim.

At first, my wife and I were against the Beginner's Box since we've roleplayed before, why do we need a product catering new players by doing a linear adventure? Well, it comes with stuff.
  • 1 32-page Adventure Book, 1 48-page Rulebook, and 1 Introduction Sheet
  • 4 Full-Color Character Folios
  • 1 Full-Color Double-Sided Foldout Map
  • 14 Custom Dice
  • 8 Destiny Tokens, 35 Character Tokens, and 5 Vehicle Tokens
An extra set of dice as I've heard 2-3 sets are good, a full double sided map as well as some premade players (re: future NPCs) as well as tokens.

As for the adventure, I am really looking forward to it. The way it has been designed is that each game can/will be unique when you take into the dice mechanic the game utilizes. I've read a few threads where two games are different because of things that occurred. I'm liking that factor where most modules are 99% linear between different play groups unless modified.
Beyond the Rim is the first full-length adventure for the Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™ Roleplaying Game. When new rumors add credence to old smugglers’ tales of a long-lost Separatist treasure ship, it’s time for a handful of intrepid explorers, scrappy smugglers, and cunning academics to fire up their hyperdrive and embark upon a fantastic journey to the farthest regions of the Star Wars galaxy. Fantastic adventures await those who seek to discover what really happened to the Sa Nalaor!
  • A 96-page, three-act adventure for Star Wars®: Edge of the Empire™
  • An epic tale of exploration that leads all the way to the edges of Wild Space
  • Encounter the deadly predators native to the jungle planet, Cholganna
  • Optional materials allow GMs to weave the adventure into extended campaigns
Anyway, that all aside, I'm looking forward to the books that are coming or have come but I've not got my hands on them yet (Explorer & Hired Gun books) and I'm definitely going to be wanting the whole collection while FFG has the licence! I missed our on West End Games D6 system with Star Wars and by damned, I will not miss out on this.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tabletop Buys - Oh the horrors of clearances!

Expensive week,  yes we have had,  hmm.

The purchases were done a day before the car broke down too!

Oh well,  these things happen but gaming prevails.

Prior to finding out some clearances,  I put in an order of:

- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Book (tabletop roleplay)
- Star Wars Roleplay Dice
- Fudge Dice (Centurion set)
- Tsuro of the Seas (board game)

Then the clearances happened at games empire with regards to Star Wars...

WotC Star Wars Saga Sourcebooks ($10 each)
- Scavengers Guide to Droids
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- Threats of the Galaxy

Star Wars Miniatures
- repacked booster of minis from any set.

The minis I planned on more as they are selling 12 booster packs of some sets for $50 each.  With the car breaking down though,  this will be on backburner.

I'll post pictures on the items when they arrive!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tabletop Buys - Roleplay - Strands of Fate / Strands of Power

Strands of Fate @ BGG
Strands of Power @ BGG

A few weeks ago, I talked with Tmara about Eberron and how much we missed it. I had attempted running it 2-3 times on a forum once before but never followed through. It is by far the BEST setting that our household loves dearly.

So what does this have to do with the FATE system Strands of Fate (and the supplement Strands of Power)?

Void Star who did the Strands of Fate rendition of FATE have also done a conversion document for the races/dragonmarks/classes into Eberron! You can find the document here as well as one for Shadowrun and a blank campaign sheet.

I've only read up to the end of Character Creation at present in the Strands of Fate book (Digital copy until we can get a softcover sent to Australia) and hence don't know all the ins and outs but from what I have read: It will be perfect for Eberron. Not to mention, the wife was making a campaign setting of her own and I think this genreless/universal system will be a good base to jump off to begin with!

The base idea of the system that I love is that making the character is all about description. There is numbers you have to do with ability scores but the whole design of the character is very much you telling the base bits of your character in description first that then translates into the character sheet in one way or another. It allows for more freedom than say D20 systems attempt. The basis of classes too is very flexible from what I have seen. In D20, you'd be restricted to skills per class but this one is very, very flexible.

I'll comment more on it when I've read more of at least attempted making characters soon.

The summary of what Strands of Fate is from their site is below. The wiki page for what FATE is here as well.


Strands of Fate contains everything you need to tell stories of adventure, action, horror, and intrigue set in any genre. Whether it’s classic fantasy, urban mystery, dashing super heroes, or far future action, this book is your guide. Strands utilizes the FATE roleplaying game system and provides the Game Master with all the tools he needs to get any campaign, of any genre or power level, off the ground and running in minutes.

Strands of Fate features:
  • A system of Advantages that provide you with fully functional magic, psionics, mutations, cybernetic enhancements, or any other strange power you can imagine.
  • Rules for creating and playing with vehicles, from pirate ships to star ships to ten story tall battle mechs.
  • Support for non-human races or even transhuman characters.
  • A system for creating and controlling units and organizations, and using them to play out regional or world spanning conflicts.
  • Antagonists and equipment to challenge and aid your characters, whether they’re knights, modern soldiers, or star hopping androids.
  • While Strands of Fate is a stand alone product, its "toolkit" design allows it to be used to enhance other FATE games by providing an array of compatible optional systems.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - Much spending has been had...

Tax return has been and gone. Most of it was on bills and a huge shop but I did manage to get some shinies.

  • Star Trek Catan (On it's way)
  • X-Wing Wave 1 & 2 Miniatures (Almost in stock to send as one parcel)
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3e: Blackfire Pass & The Enemy Within (Stock being picked)
Really looking forward to them arriving. I just got Masks of Nyarlathotep for Cthulhu that I am going to be running and later on I will run Enemy Within for WFRP3e when I relearn all the rules. 

That is the part I love about Cthulhu. I've not played it at tabletop in like 10 years or more now, close to 15 (ye gads!) but did GM it briefly on a forum. Either way, the rules are still up in my head. They are not confusing at all or complicated like other RPGs can be. When the Cthulhu one does start, one of the players is not only new to Cthulhu but new to roleplaying! Hopefully I can scar her for life..

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Tabletop Gaming - Squeeee! Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter!!

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter

...Yes... I love my CoC thank you very much :P I have the 6.5 Ed book and it is by far my favourite of my collection and to see the kickstarter for 7th by Chaosium go live and over it's $40k goal (It is now $95,951 with 27 days to go!).

I've popped down my order for the Investigator & Keeper hardcopy books and not needing the PDFs.. I want them to occupy the bookshelf, damnit!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Random - A Shiny Wishlist

I just got Star Wars (Living) Card Game yesterday and I've been thinking on our collection of what we play or what we like/prefer to play. This has come up due to Tmara's first reaction to Star Wars. We need to play a few more games before I can make any comments here on it since our first game was very hinky with rules (as it always is with missing rules or misinterpretations).

I've learnt now that the best card games for us isn't so much a deckbuilder like Lord of the Rings LCG and Star Wars LCG but more along the lines of Blood Bowl Team Manager. With BBTM, you start with a very basic deck and build it up as you play. There is no deckbuilding between games, it is all on the luck of the game.

I've seen some recommendations so far (Dominion, Shadowrift) but either the price is a tad high per expansion if I go full hog (Dominion) or I can't find it in Australia (Shadowrift). Of these two though, Shadowrift sounds like a must have for how we (Tmara, myself and our 13 y/o son) play and what themes we prefer.

That isn't to say that I won't buy more Living Card Game packs though. I got both Lord of the Rings and Star Wars for their themes and artwork and I am not disappointed at them at all. The catch really in the end is from what I have read is with Lord of the Rings, it is a LOT better with a major expansion (~$30) or with a few Adventure Packs (~$18). Star Wars albeit is competitive so I will see how that pans out and may just get packs when I have spare $$$ not spent elsewhere. I have a past history of not liking to lose and hence Co-op is the way I prefer to go but will see how that pans out in the future.

Anyway, I am getting sidetracked as per normal.

Since some games I want are from different sites, depending how Pinnacle Games goes that is, I am going to update my blog with a My Shinies Wishlist page for games I plan on getting over time.

The main things I am looking for in the list in the end if it is something we would enjoy is games that aren't too much more than $50. I don't mind getting games in the $90-$100 range are a LOT more painful if it ends up as a "Damnit, I wish I never got this..." yet this is also why I try to be anal with researching written and video reviews.

Without further ado, my aforementioned Wishlist is at the top of the blog and I will update it over time. I plan on trying to keep items on them that I have for some reason removed but will put comments as to why, so I can check them up later and see if anything has changed.

UPDATE: Wishlist done for now. One aspect I am leaning towards now is only getting a new game once every 4-6 months (approx 2-3 new games a year at most) while the main purchases will be to upgrade our current games.

So far, the idea is quality over quantity. The games we have that I would LOVE to upgrade is Arkham Horror, Defenders of the Realm, Pandemic (awesome on its own, tempted to see what the expansions are like), Lords of Waterdeep, Blood Bowl Team Manager, Lord of the Rings/Star Wars LCG (Not at the top of the list but on my mind at the least), and even Mansions of Madness (if we get into it more).

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Roleplay Gaming - Thinking on the Roleplay Scene again

I made twitter comments and talked to some friends around Xmas time or before that I think that I wanted to do some roleplay again, GMing even, but in the online real time scene.

I'm thinking about it again since joining a Warhammer Fantasy RPG 3rd Edition community on Google+ and now that the stress of moving has been and gone and my right hand is playing up again with being very, very sore (Yeah yeah, laugh it up!), then I need to get away from both the Xbox AND the PC I think from time to time.

Board gaming is definitely a start but I may have to look into whether I do Cthulhu or Warhammer Fantasy and do all my paperwork/creating first.

For one, I need to dig up the site I made for Cthulhu.. hrm.

Update: Aha! It was Obsidian Portal >.> I'll need to dig that up again and make a section for Warhammer and see how my creative fluids flow..