Monday, June 02, 2014

[SuperSunday] Not quite Spiderman

It has been a rather intense past couple of weeks. Most of which the intense elements involve life struggles with the health of my wrist and hand, taking on extra responsibilities at work, tackling a life-long struggle with my painful student loans and the creditor to which reminds me of them every week if not every day, and having to be the best husband I can be.

Toss in my first couple of sessions of what I hope to be a semi-regular adventure into the world of Valanas, and I am spent. Today was among the first moments I have had to catch my breath, and I want to take the time to explain some of the fun adventures I have had the chance to be a part of and what I hope to be inspiration of new styles of blog posts.

Valanas Win!

For starters, I had decided to convert my efforts to attempting a FATE Accelerated approach to Valanas. I wanted to get right into the meat of the setting, and give the players a chance to really ask questions and enjoy a bit of my story telling. Given that my world will continue to move towards a potential novel or series of novels, it was very pleasing to see my fellow players really enjoy my story telling and actually be stunned when I asked them what they wanted to do.

Comments like "Oh... yeah I get to roll dice too huh? I was really enjoying the part about..." and "So that is just amazing!" Consider my ego boosted for now, and I'll humbly say that it is just a life dream to get the book manifested and in the hands of people to read. I have an idea of how to make it happen, and it is always nice to see people showing even remotely any interest in it at this point.

Two games into it now, and the players are learning how aspects work, as well as some of the fun bits of the world itself. I went above and beyond laying out the Temple to which the players rest as well as the geopolitical and economical aspects of their small village and what it means to the rest of the world. It was nice to see that at least half the players really dived into that aspect of the setting with others interested to see what they discovered afterwords.

An absolutely flawless representation of Wuxia using FATE Core!


Then over this past weekend, +James Dawsey and +Jack Norris finally got their absolutely beautiful RPG Setting and book TianXia into my grubby hands. I have had the digital version of the setting thanks to the fact I was a Kickstarter Backer of the whole thing (so much of one that my name is in the book! I am almost famous!).

Now that I have my hands on the book, I want to go page by page and really get a good feel for it. So far with my brief skimming through the whole thing, I am absolutely pleased with how flawlessly Jack Norris explains how the rules fit into the setting, the culture, and even touches on some interesting topics such as gender roles (or at least the explanation of such terms using gender) that was really pleasing to see.

What this means for future posts is that I plan to include some reviews of some of the products that I have either backed or simply enjoy to see what others think and get feedback on. Either way, it ought to make for an interesting post on my end, and I hope for my readers as well.

GURPS/Final Thoughts

My GURPS conversion of Eberron is still in the works, and I feel I am making some decent headway. I just want to finalize the draft at least for now to share with the world, and contemplate on how I want to format the whole thing. Mechanics alone will likely prove to be a large chunk of it, and conversions of abilities will make up the next part of it. Those interested in wanting to be a part of the project need only let me know and I can provide direct links to those who comment/wish to be involved. Google+ is by far the easiest way to get hold of me directly though, if one wishes to keep it private.

I hope everyone's Memorial day weekend went well. Being a Military child myself, it was definitely a day that I try to take a moment and reflect and be thankful for all the freedoms I have and the sacrifices needed to keep such freedoms.