Role playing journals

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Max_Writer
May 18, 2010 - 7:09am

Hello all,

I'm new here and mostly play games other than Star Frontiers.  However, a few months ago, I ran a Star Frontiers game to play test the game for a review in a column called "Lost Game Safari" for Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine.  I had a great time playing "Crash on Volturnus" with people who had played little except 4th Edition D&D.  The journal can be found here:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

You'll have to pan down or check out the archives as it was back in July 2009.  There are quite a few details as I audio record all my game sessions now.

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umungus
May 18, 2010 - 7:49am

Star Frontiers is still a great game after all these years.
Glad you discovered it......

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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TerlObar
May 18, 2010 - 9:54am
Great writeup.  Was there just the one entry or did you guys play some more after getting to the surface of the planet?
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May 19, 2010 - 4:02pm
Unfortunately, the site is blocked to me, and really, myspace is not safe to visit for all the viruses running around there. ~
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w00t (not verified)
May 18, 2010 - 8:08pm
This is great stuff. Chance of recognition in the Star Frontiersman, 100%.



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jedion357
May 18, 2010 - 9:11pm
Funny- in my 3.5 and 4e disenchantment I've had a strong itch to try something different

ran down a PDF of Boothill and got it printed, scored a still shrink wrapped box of 1e Top Secret
but after looking the rules over I pretty much lost interest.

Star Frontiers just has the magic mojo after all these years- its fun to play and I love it!
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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w00t (not verified)
May 18, 2010 - 11:50pm
Hey Max,

I crossposted this on the SF-UN yahoo group. :-)

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Max_Writer
May 20, 2010 - 8:24am
There's only the one game though it is, of course, open for more in the future. The rules were interesting and if anyone is intereted in reading the review, it's in Knights of the Dinner Table # 155. We used the advanced rules and everyone found the declarations segment of combat a little hard to grasp at first. They were used to saying what they were going to do when they were going to do it, though it does make combat gameplay flow a lot differently and gives a real advantage to the winner of initiative.

If there was a place to post it on this website, I'd move a copy of the journal here.

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w00t (not verified)
May 20, 2010 - 1:15pm
We had a system where the lowest initiative declared first, up to the winner of initiative. This allowed the winner to "see" what was happening. We found it cumbersome with 5 players at the table ( and hard for them to grasp )

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Max_Writer
June 16, 2010 - 8:00pm
I playtested a 2300 AD game Monday. It can be found in my facebook notes or at http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

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Max_Writer
July 2, 2010 - 11:51am
Another installment (four actually as only 15,000 characters can be put in any blog) are up for Eric's WWI Call of Cthulhu game (if anyone is interested). "The Horror in Dugot" is the name of this latest installment and it can be found at http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Characters are:

Captain Christopher Reed
Nurse Alders
Pvt. Olver
Jean Pierre Valois
Miss Cooper (ambulance driver)
Sgt. Schneider
Lt. Everet
Pvt. Davis

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Max_Writer
July 4, 2010 - 8:41pm

I ran a playtest of old school, first edition (1976) Metamorphosis Alpha on Friday. RPG Journal can be found in my facebook notes or at: http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer


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Max_Writer
July 13, 2010 - 10:09am

Eric ran his WWI Call of Cthulhu game again. The Horror in Dugot, parts 2-1 through 2-5 can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Characters in this one are:

Captain Christopher Reed (me)

Lt. Johnathan Everet

Pvt. Alonzo Davis

Nurse Felicity Alders

Miss Alexandra Cooper (ambulance driver)

Jean Pierre Valois

Feldwebel (Sgt. Major) Aldebert Von-Herzog

Obergefreiter (Corporal) Rolf Von Dusseldorf



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Max_Writer
July 27, 2010 - 10:59am
The newest (and a short) rpg journal for the GURPS game I'm playing in. It takes place in 1890 and my character (Captain Oliver Kirkpatrick) is investigating a mysterious airship that was captured and then lost by the U.S. Navy.  It can be found in my facebook notes or here:

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jedion357
July 27, 2010 - 8:28pm
Ya know, your mention of 1890 got me thinking about a 10 scenario war game campaign book I picked up a year ago. Colonial Campaigns - Ethiopia 1887 - 1895 by Mark Fastoso

It chronicls the Italian/Ethiopian campaign that culminated in the Battle of Adowa where a European power had a massive can of woop but openned up on them by an african warlord and it totally ended any attempt by Italy to amass a colonial empire in africa.

I was thinking that the campaign book (and others by that publisher ) would be a good basis for an RPG campaign.
Though with the Ethiopian one only 8 of the scenarios are Italians Vs Abysinnians while the other two involve the Madist (one vs the Abyssinians and one vs the Italians) Players could play the parts of Italians, Native askari, and mercenary adventurers with the Italian army. or they can play Abyssinians. The Dogali Massacare could be tricky in that a supply column was historically massacured- unless the players are the ones sent out on patrol to see whats happened to the missing supply train. Of course the climax is the Battle of Adowa and the Italians get corn cobed in that one (though not everyone is killed) but then it might be fun to play out the Italian colonial version of Custer's last stand.

edit: here's a link to the specific product I was refering too. I also have the Boxer Rebellion campaign book and The Rise of the Mahdi campaign book. Either one would also work as a ladder for a history based RPG plus with the Boxer Rebellion you could rent 55 days to Peking starring Charelton Heston for Saturday night research.

http://www.brigadegames.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=BGAHSL&Product_Code=MF-CCETH&Category_Code=
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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Max_Writer
August 11, 2010 - 11:49am
I recently play tested the Aliens Adventure Game and have posted the rpg journal of it in my Facebook notes and here:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

On Myspace, it's broken down into about six entries while on Facebook, it's two.

Excellent time with a lot of role-playing.  Characters are:

Corporal Harold "Hal" MkVenner

Private Andrew Simmons

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Max_Writer
August 24, 2010 - 9:46am
Eric ran his WWI Call of Cthulhu game again. The Horror in Dugot, parts 3-1 through 3-3 can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Characters in this one are:

Captain Christopher Reed (me)
Lt. Johnathan Everet
Nurse Felicity Alders
Miss Alexandra Cooper (ambulance driver)
Jean Pierre Valois
Obergefreiter (Corporal) Rolf Von Dusseldorf
Pvt. Harold Olver

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Max_Writer
August 31, 2010 - 8:57am
I've posted a new rpg journal for Adventures in the New World in my FaceBook notes and on Myspace here:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

Characters are:

Captain Oliver Kirkpatrick

Miranda Alders

Nellie Bly

Thomas Binford

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Max_Writer
September 13, 2010 - 7:39pm
I played Eric's GURPS game (Adventures in the New World) Sunday and have posted the rpg journals in my FaceBook Notes and at:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

The search for the mystery airship in 1890 South Carolina continues with:

Captain Oliver Kirkpatrick

Miranda Alders

Nellie Bly

Thomas Binford

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Max_Writer
September 28, 2010 - 12:25pm

I finished the write up for the Megatraveller and Adventures in the New World GURPS games this weekend and have posted them in my facebook notes and here:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer
 
The GURPS game is  before the Megatraveller game (as that game came first) so I apologize for any confusion. There are several entries for each on MySpace and a single one for New World and two for Megatraveller on FaceBook.


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TerlObar
September 28, 2010 - 2:18pm
The MegaTraveller one was great.  I love how noone suspected the managment drone until there was no one else.
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w00t (not verified)
September 29, 2010 - 11:39am
where is the facebook link?

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Max_Writer
October 12, 2010 - 11:01am
Thanks guys. It was funny how the guy playing the pilot was convinced that it wasn't Goldwyn - to the point of not even bothering to search his room when he was supposed to. People kept wanting some kind of "lie detection" skill by mid-game and comments were made that "He was some actor" to which I said "Yeah, he's been trained for this kind of thing."

I don't know if you can open the facebook link unless you are my friends on Facebook but here is the link to my notes - I just made them public. Let me know if you can read them. You should be able to:

http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=709466635&notes_tab=app_2347471856

Eric ran his GURPs game (Adventures in the New World - 1890s) Sunday. The journal entry can be found in my Facebook notes or here:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer

Characters are:

Captain Oliver Kirkpatrick, U.S. Navy

Tom Binford

Miranda Alders

Nellie Bly

Lilian Whitlock

Finally, a head's up.  I'm supposed to run the conclusion of the Aliens Adventure Game I ran a couple of months ago. The squad of undercover marines on the derelict ship are in great danger. Will they survive?

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w00t (not verified)
October 18, 2010 - 7:31pm
The link takes you to the FB home page. We have to add you or you can add us. Most of us are on the Star Frontiers page I believe.

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Max_Writer
October 20, 2010 - 11:39am
Sorry about that. You should be able to read this one though it isn't Star Frontiers.

The rpg journal for Eric's game from Sunday can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Parts 1-1 to 1-6 of Guffield Manor. Characters included:

Lord Peregrine Bertie, 11th Duke of Ancaster and Kestevel
Dr. Rolf von Dusseldorf
James Bradshaw, British Army
Winifred Bradshaw
Alexandra Cooper
Jean-Pierre Valois
Sister Mary Bernadette

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Max_Writer
November 10, 2010 - 4:25pm

I was in the GURPS 1890's game this past weekend and posted them in my FaceBook notes and on my MySpace blog (eight entries) at:

http://blog.myspace.com/max_writer


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Max_Writer
November 21, 2010 - 2:26pm
I ran Delta Green last night to finish up "Puppet Shows and Shadow Plays" for the players. This one can also be found (parts 2-1 through 2-7) here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Oops, must have missed posting here last time I ran Delta Green a week ago. It can also be found there - parts 1-0 through 1-8. That's part one of the scenario.

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Max_Writer
November 30, 2010 - 11:25am

I played the solitaire scenario "Dove's Bay" from "Grimrock Isle" this past weekend and decided to write it up as an rpg journal. It can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

This one is actually still in print and for sale by Triad Entertainment. You can find it here:

http://www.triadentertainments.com/i...ules&Itemid=55

I rolled up a parapscyhologist named George Salte who did fairly well.


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Max_Writer
December 8, 2010 - 12:28pm

I finished up the rpg journal for the second half of "Bad Dreams," Eric's Call of Cthulhu game.  Parts 2-1 through 2-7 can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Characters are:

Lord Peregrine Bertie (me)

James Bradshaw

Winifred Bradshaw

Dr. Rolf Dusseldorf

Sister Mary Bernadette

Jean-Pierre Valois

Alexandra Cooper

Michael Taggart (Harold Olver)



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Max_Writer
December 14, 2010 - 11:19am
We had a short game of Adventures in the New World Sunday that mostly consisted of combat for me, so a short entry is in my fb notes and here:

http://www.myspace.com/max_writer/blog

Characters are:

Captain Oliver Kirkpatrick, U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence
Miranda Alders
Nellie Bly
Thomas Binford
Lilian Whitlock

It was Captain Kirkpatrick's last game session. He never really fit in well and it was time for him to go.

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Max_Writer
January 20, 2011 - 12:36pm

Eric ran his Call of Cthulhu game on Sunday and parts 1-1 to 1-6 of "In Search of the Hellfire Club" can be found here:

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/blogs/2951-Max_Writer

Characters are:

Lord Peregrine Bertie
Sister Mary Bernadette
Michael Taggart
Eloise Frakes