I have been on auto pilot for a while. I have been enjoying my game of Warhammer Fantasy Role-play but I have not been thinking too far out of any boxes. I still play to learn, my storypath cards help me do that, but I have been hiding from being too creative. The good news is that I can feel that need to cruise being lifted and I want to get creative with my games. The veil has been lifted. I have been hiding behind the starter set adventure for a while. It is a good starter set and allows for player creativity. But the end is in site and a couple of other projects have made me want to design again.
Years ago, a visitor to my store showed me a super professional, slick Role Playing Game (RPG) called Degenesis. It is post apocalypse primal punk. It is a treat to look at and brilliant to read. It is also super expensive. While I was running my store I could never even think about outlaying the amount to buy the books for the game. But it got under my skin like a spore infestation. Here I am now, two years removed from the store with my very own copy of the game. It makes me want to play it. I am still reading the rules but I need to play this game. I am going to make it my own.
I will not run preset adventures for this game. It will be an event and well planned for. I have some notes that are building as I go along. These will become the start of a great game. The game will not be regimented and will develop organically. The group will develop the same way. I won’t be playing it in my regular haunts and it is something I will run when I am ready. I look forward to telling you what happens in this space. It will be creative and fun.
Call of Cthulhu
Here is a game that I have skirted around all my life. It is a me kind of game but I have never gotten serious with it. Last week I took my wife on a trip to Melbourne, Australia for her birthday. While there she got me to spend some money on an RPG of my choice. We stopped in at a well stocked shelf and I spent a good thirty minutes browsing the brilliant selection they had. I came across 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu. This edition seems to have taken the game into a professional place graphically and with its content. I flicked through the Investigator Handbook and the Keeper’s Rulebook and purchased them both.
It is a week since we have gotten back and I have pretty much read both books. The new system is the same but different. I like the changes. I want to run a game. I have ideas and I want to get creative with it. So much so that I have purchased the Keeper Screen and also started a separate notebook for ideas to fester and grow in. This game is a me type game. The creative juice is churning and I think I will develop some independent ideas and run them. Likely online, but maybe test them in person also. I can’t wait.
So this game has kept me cruising. But it is fun and now the ready made adventure is over. I could feel in the game tonight a creative desire to expand outward with this system again. Random things happened and I learned more about this game. The best is yet to happen and I can feel myself thinking about the next portion of this game. Things happened tonight that have made me want to develop in it again. On the drive home I even thought of ways to make the things that annoy me, work for me in different ways!
I can feel the fun coming back into gaming again. It has taken a lot of time for me to get back there. I have played in some games recently and they have made me want to get involved again. Get creative and roll some dice with some friends. In new and interesting games – keep rolling!