While I had a lot of fun last weekend, I didn't do even a third of what I wanted to try and get done. C'mon, I cannot be the only one who's had this happen to!
As far as the roleplaying, I did do a good bit of it. I did do some RPing online with various friends, but it wasn't as much as I would have liked. The group did indeed get together on Saturday Night ... and it was a serious blast! I had my doubts about Traveler
, but I will say that I'm thrilled to have been proven wrong. Now, while I didn't do too much that night, I spent much of the first two or three hours laughing my fat ass off. The usual group once again got talked into doing a Screw 'Em!
scenario ... the Bearded Lantern was checking the job listing board when he discovered a guy whom we'll call Slim Shady was looking for some suckers ... I mean adventures ... to take some rich folk out on a hunting expedition. Now the Bionic Forearm and myself were sitting there, just shaking our heads. "It's a trap," I grumbled and the Bionic Forearm spoke up from behind his laptop with, "I'm not going." Nevertheless, we got involved into this adventure ... it only took an hour of us bitching about it ... and we discovered the rich people thought it was going to be a scenic tour, not a hunt that they had anything to do with. WE
were supposed to be the hunters! And it wasn't like going to Africa to hunt. Oh no ... that would be simple. This was a combination of Jurassic Park and the Isle of Dr. Moneau! But, the Bionic Forearm made this adventure a blast to listen to ... and this is where I spent much of the night laughing my ass off. His character, a female mutant psychic, was freaking out the entire expedition to where Corporeal Hudson would have been made sane. And the list of creatures was wild! A space cow who could cut down a tree into three pieces, a giant snake who could eat the space cow, piranha poop-flinging monkeys, giant gophers, and of course the mutant tigers. Gawd! By the time we were done, all three of us renamed the safari pimp to Slim Shady for real and decided that he was on the list of people to kill. Along with the pair of mercenary pigs who tried to kill my crew and blow up my ship, the colonel who tricked us into an end-run distraction to protect Emperor's son ... and not tell us about the killer-zombie disease ... and not to mention the Emperor who's sitting in my chair! The Game Master frantically started begging us not to kill these people ...
"They might have information you need for later." To which we replied, "So?"
I reminded the Game Master that when you set the characters up to be screwed over and over again, the players get pissed and want to get even. That's also part of the story. I also took a moment and reminded him that this was part of being the Game Master or Dungeon Master ... the players are the stars of the story and if they feel drawn towards this or any other action, they should be allowed to do so. Trying to force them to follow a guideline without the freedom to choose can be fraught with problems. Best to give them some choices that they can try or even better allow them the freedom to come up with one of their own. And yes, it can make the game wilder ... I point out the special session where the characters in The Skull and Shackles
decided they wanted to go after the captain who imprisoned them, it made extra work for me, but I thought it was one of the best games of the adventure path. That was because it was made just for them. And it also started the running joke known as The Happy Box!
I will happily go along with the thought that this is the Game Master's story and he's going to run it his way. So, we'll see what happens. I hope he can keep on continuing it. I am enjoying it, but I have to admit the constant feeling of getting screwed is getting old. According to him, that's how the Traveler
universe is. Perhaps that's the other reason I wasn't too thrilled about the game ...
Now, for this weekend ... if everything holds up and stays as I have planned (which is ok if it doesn't), the Bearded Lantern, the Bionic Forearm, and I will be starting (or redoing) a game of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
who take on the legendary Jack the Ripper! This was one I did years ago with the super group which consisted of these two lads and the WizKid and his Merry band of friends. I believe we had eight to start off with and then ended with six on the following session. The Mercury Mercenary removed himself because he didn't care for the them of the story (the 1900s was not something he cared for) and I believe the Security Guard had something come up. It still was a good story. Thanks to my mother's library back in the days of middle and high school, I had read everything she had on Jack the Ripper to which she had a good many books since she had tried writing one of the types of stories back when she was looking for theme she liked. While I'm no where near a Ripperologist, I do understand a good many of the elements to the mythos, including how the media made Jack the Ripper even more monstrous than he might have been otherwise. One such author calls the study of Jack the Ripper being very much like "a three ring circus." Also you had the hatred of the Jewish people fueling a lot of this and the fear of the mental diseases not helping in getting a clearer picture of who did it. It also did not help that later, the conspiracy about Prince Albert Victor has been written about and is very popular among writers, the media, and even television and movies. I hope to work some of these themes into the game as well as some good thrills and chills. Normally, gothic horror or even horror is not my speciality, but I think I can do this.
Outside of Saturday Night's game, I'm hoping to mainly get the living room straightened up. It's become a rather storage room of stuff, full of stacks of Pathfinder
gaming books, miniatures, and other assorting things used for the game, blu-ray discs of sorts and PS4 games, and clothing. Beyond that, I'm going to keep it loose since it might be a repeat of last weekend, save I have Monday off.
So, I suppose stay tuned to see what happens.
Love and Kisses,