Well, my Shadowrun venture did not work out, for a number of reasons. The game died, which saved me the trouble of telling the GM that I would no longer be attending. I only played for two sessions, and barely got a feel for my character, but oh well.
In more uplifting news, I’m starting up a game of Unknown Armies! I’ve been wanting to run a UA game for many years, but was always running into roadblocks. I finally said “Fuck it,” and decided to start up a game come hell or high water. So last night, I got together with a couple of friends to discuss game and character concepts, and ended up with them making characters.
One of the hardest things I had to do last night was to generate interest in the really cool setting of UA without giving away any of the secrets. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is introducing the setting, and having the players be exposed to it at the same time their characters are. But selling a game without being able to give any details is tough. Luckily, I had convinced one of the players years ago, and the other is basically willing to give any game a good try.
After every session, I’ll try to write a post here about it. It won’t be too story-oriented, but will rather focus on a gaming issue that came up during play, or somesuch. For updates to the story itself, I’m setting up a campaign on Obsidian Portal, which I’ll link to once it’s ready to go.
I’ve been invited to participate in a relatively new Shadowrun game. Things have already started, but I’ve only missed four sessions. The game is apparently going to mix in some Resident Evil story, with the Umbrella Corporation being a big new player in Denver (where the game is set). It sounds like it could be pretty cool, and there are some friends in the group that I haven’t seen in a while that I’d love to hang out with, and I’ve just been jonesing for a game, so I agreed to join in.
I have this blog, so it should really be no surprise that I’ve got some sort of fascination with roleplaying games. What’s fairly unique about me and RPGs is how long I’ve been playing them. There are those who have been playing since they were invented. I’m not one of those people. I wasn’t around when they were invented. I have been playing from a very young age, though. Most people seem to be introduced to RPGs in high school or college (their late teens). Some people start a little earlier, like middle school (early teens/tweens). I started in elementary school. Specifically, I started in 3rd grade, which would put me at around 9 years old. Not only that, I started with a fairly complex system: MERPS (Middle Earth Role Playing System) from Iron Crown Enterprises. I was also introduced to Marvel Superheroes around this time, and that was the first game I bought for myself.
I had no concept that such games were new, or considered geeky, or were anything but normal. I did fall in love with them, though. More games followed, as I got my hands on anything that seemed interesting. Top Secret, Torg, Warhammer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun… but I never bothered with Dungeons & Dragons. I can’t really guess at why. A friend who I introduced to RPGs eventually picked up D&D and ran it, and I never had a problem playing it (then again, I’ll play just about anything), but I never had any interest in picking up any of the books or running it myself.
I was not present for this last session of Shadowrun, being unfortunately at work. As expected, my ability to participate will be haphazard at best. There is a new player who joined this last session and another who should be making a character later this week.
The GM did send along a recap of the first two sessions, which does include the basics of what I’ve already relayed here, but here it is in its entirety:
Some of the best role playing experiences I’ve had have been in Shadowrun with my friend, Phil, as GM. So when he made it known that he was gearing up to run again, I signed up. This was a few months ago. Since then, he also let slip that he was going to work in some Dungeons & Dragons (4th edition). How? The Shadowrun PCs would all be players in that world’s equivalent of an MMORPG, like World of Warcraft. So, while playing the game, we’d be using D&D for our Shadowrun characters’ avatars. Kind of a cool idea, and one that would have me worried that the GM could pull it off, but I have faith in this particular GM.