John Carter: First Blood

John Carter: First Blood

The John Carter alpha playtest rule-set might best be described as loosey-goosey at the moment. Some might have felt too much so, as I had one player with existing experience of the 2d20 system and JC currently leans in the direction of super-extra-lite. From my perspective, I can see that more structure needs to be built in here and a pool or two of additional counters might well be incoming in future releases; but, for me, I’d like my crunch…

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Blocks, Cookies and the King of Spain

Blocks, Cookies and the King of Spain

For me, attending UK Games Expo in the past has meant preparing and running five or six games – and probably misjudging that prep until the last moment. This year I chose to run only three games and opted to focus on adventures – or, at least, set-ups – that I have run before. For Doctor Who, that meant that I rolled out my handy reference cards, quick pre-gen Time Lord character cards, my GM screen and the ‘War Doctor’ Special…

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Running Games at UK Games Expo

Running Games at UK Games Expo

Mindful of needing to help out elsewhere in NEC Hall 1, I slotted my games into each morning of UK Games Expo‘s three days – and had full signs up for Fri/Sat and 5 of 6 for Sunday. I don’t especially enjoy 6-player games anymore, preferring 4 – 5, but for Expo and the burgeoning need for games, it makes sense. Friday morning was Symbaroum, and aside from my forgetting the name of the adventure so that one player wandered…

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A Little Less Conversation…

A Little Less Conversation…

Daredevil continues to rock, though it might have a little foundational quiver. Season 2 did not have the solidity of Season 1. Kingpin made Season 1 BIG TIME. While we saw all the other gang leaders paying lip service to him while feathering their own and dealing with the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, Fisk dominated. Strong characters and back-ups in Foggy, Karen, Ben, Wesley, Vanessa, and Claire. Season 2 lacked the strong focus. We had different characters with different agendas…

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Call of the Murderhobos

Call of the Murderhobos

I have been thumbing through The Black Hack with the aim of running the game at some upcoming events. Rather than taking the easy option and having a go at the standard approach, I thought I’d hack the Hack and see whether I could get something with a Cthulhu / Chill vibe going. I imagine it will descend into a chaos of gibbering, blood and spent matches, but doesn’t it always?

U is for Unorganised

U is for Unorganised

While under most circumstances a lack of organisation can lead to stress and last minute disappointment, sometimes those negatives serve as a balance to a big positive. My local gaming group – STockport Unorganised Role Players – has the whole unorganised thing down part. STURP started out as the idea of a local bar person at the Heaton Moor KRO (yes, that’s why we have a crow as the emblem of our little group). A call for local roleplayers through MeetUp.com…

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W is for Wooden Pens

W is for Wooden Pens

I have become a great fan of wooden pens; that sort of fountain pen or similar stationery that take advantage of the tactile as well as the usable. It doesn’t make them astonishingly expensive. I mean, these aren’t disposable biro either. In the end, you have something that combines function with feeling. I think if you want to have an experience, you spend a little more on it. People spend £50 a head on a fantastic meal – and I…

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