Blogus Interruptus

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Boy, did I take a wrong turn somewhere.  One minute I was talking about a solo Superhero game, GenCon and helping out a Children’s hospital and the next I’m stuck in a dramatic spiral of real life.  Next thing I know it’s a new year with a new job, I’ve got a bunch of hours wracked up on Steam flying a virtual plane and I’ve somehow managed to get most of a RPG rules set written out without ONE SINGLE POST on my gaming blog.

What a goon.

I think I’m going to simply call 2014 a warm-up for the real deal in 2015 and move forward.  Let’s not dwell too much on the past, shall we?

Back in July or so I stated I was going to run a Supers Solo Sandbox game here.  Well, I got started on that and then quickly came to realize that I could not find a RPG ruleset which worked for me.  I’m a huge fan of the FU RPG for most of my solo gaming but I was still having trouble with it, especially when it came to things like super powers.  I wanted… uh… I wanted… something else!  I just wasn’t sure what.  As one of my kids used to say when he was younger, “I want… I want.. I want a something!”

Then, Synchronicity/Fate/Muses stepped forward and in a bizarre series of events I stumbled across an old RPG game I had written up back in the early 90’s.  Can’t really explain it any better than that.  I was sorting through old boxes and there it was.  Looking through it I found a mechanic or two I liked which led me to the inevitable words, “Hey, I think I can do something with this.”  About that time, the Real Life Spiral started shortly around and after GenCon and I was off to the races and dealing with, well, uh, Real Life Stuff.

Still, I poked at it when I could and wrote notes on index cards and post-its, mused on it as I took our dog out for long walks.  I shaved off sections of the old text and re-wrote new sections that needed smoothing.  I re-tooled the magic/special abilities section and, in a handful of quick play throughs just last week, everything appeared to work.  I’m currently very happy with the results and am in the process of getting it away from a clunky text file and into a nicely organized PDF.  What am I going to do after that?  Well, read on!

Consider, for your review, a late list of goals for 2015 and this blog.

  • Finish up the new RPG rules, playtest them, hone them and then release them here for FREE, to the public.  (I’d like to have them done by Summer.)  Yes, you heard me right.  Free.
  • Using the new rules, I’ll begin posting the solo Superhero game here and, at the same time, begin building my own superhero world which anyone and everyone can start having fun with themselves.
  • Using the new rules, I would like to also post one shots and other games as the year goes along.
  • More posts from the computer game side of things.  This will be videos, stories and whatnot.  I was going to post them on forum boards but I figured I’d keep everything in one place.  Vids, of course, will be linked from my Youtube account.
  • Prepare for Extra Life 2015 by starting a new team which includes my friends and family.  Not only do I want to build the team but I want to prepare as many fun events for the team on Event day as possible.
  • Be ready for GenCon in August.  Pics, reviews, daily reports, etc.
  • And, finally, are you ready for this?  Weekly postings at the minimum.

Yeah, I’m not sure I believe that last one either!

And, yes, I said, “Free.”

Onward!

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A Courier’s Life

This is a special playstyle for Skyrim that I built earlier this year.  I was going to keep it to myself but I’ve had so much fun playing it, I figured other folks might like it too!  I’m featuring it on my ExtraLife marathon stream on Twitch because it’s very marathon-like and pretty perfect for the event.

The Big Idea – Your Skyrim character is a rookie courier who has been given two messages to deliver.  One is to go to a Khajit named M’aiq that no one seems to be able to find!   How long can you survive in the harsh world of Skyrim as a courier.  (This does involve using the add gold cheat for getting paid.)

I’ll get more details uploaded when I have more time but the notes for the playstyle are below!

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-Hardcore – Only one life!
-Frostfall on  and must eat at least twice a day.
-No fast travel!
-Must sleep at least 6 – 8 hours a night.
-Can take any and all “messenger” or courier type in-game missions.
-Cannot take any “Quest” missions unless ordered by a Jarl or Jarl’s officer.
-Must use “Wait” for any crafting, eating, resting type activities.
-Character may hunt and sell skins, horns, etc. but it should not take the character too far “off road.”
-Character may loot corpses from defending themselves or corpses found.
Character may not carry over 75 lbs of equipment!
-Character may begin with only one courier mission until that mission is completed.
-Once first mission completed character may roll for TWO missions and decide how to proceed.
-Once second mission is finished, courier may roll to have a maximum of THREE missions running at the same time.

Each successful courier mission = 1d6 100 gold
Add indicated amount of gold    player.additem 0000000f [number]

Goal
Get as many Courier points as possible before death.
Make enough through courier missions and in other ways to buy a house.

Points
Successfully deliver message to Mi’ake = 20 points
Successfully deliver subsequent messages – 5 points per message.. (no dragging your feet here!) You may stop for breaks and food and to warm up if using a mod like Frostfall.  At each break you must use the Wait command for at least one hour.

Random Courier Missions!!!

Roll 1d6 =
1-3 = A City
4-5 = A Town
6    = A Settlement

Cities  (Roll 1d10)
1 – Markarth
2 – Riften
3 -Solitude
4 -Whiterun
5 -Windhelm
6 – Dawnstar
7 – Falkreath
8 = Morthal
9 – Winterhold
10 – Player Choice or roll again

Towns (Roll D8)
1 – Dragon Bridge
2 – Helgen
3 – High Hrothgar
4 – Ivarstead
5 – Karthwasten
6 – Riverwood
7 – Rorikstead
8 – Shor’s Stone

Settlements  (Roll D10)
1 – Kynesgrove
2 – Anga’s Mill
3 – Stonehills
4 – Half-Moon Mill
5 – Darkwater Crossing
6 – Goldenglow Estate
7 – Heartwood Mill
8 – Stonehills
9 – Mixwater Mill
10 – Thalmor Embassy

Once your location is decided, go to a Skyrim wiki and look up the location. ( I like this one for this!)  If it is in groups/buildings I first roll for the building and then dice to figure out WHO I will be delivering to and, wah-lah, you have your assignment.

Good luck!

It’s For The Kids! ExtraLife 2014

For the past ten days I have been getting ready for tomorrow.  Tomorrow, Extra Life 2014 kicks off at 9 AM my time and I’ll be there to kick it off.  What is Extra Life?  Well, in brief, it’s an nationwide 24 Hour gaming marathon where gamers will be raising money for the Children’s Hospital Network.  Locally, I will be playing Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

I can’t wait.

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This is my second year and this time around I have several fun and creative things planned around my game play.  For the most part, I will be playing video games and livestreaming on my Twitch stream which I’ve been working very hard on all week to get as good as it can be with my limping older laptop.   If not computer gaming, I’ll be playing games with the family and friends and, if I need a boost in the middle of the night, I’m going to break out my solo rpg rules I’ve been working on!  I’m hoping to stream as much of it as I can!

In the next post I’ll be putting the rules up for my special variation/challenge of Skyrim play that I’m very excited to show off.  I’ve not seen anything like it and I’ve had a blast playtesting it.  It fits in perfectly with the marathon theme and promises to be entertaining.

Here’s my profile page for Extra Life if you are interested in helping me help the kids!