Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-24 00:56:34
Zeitgeist check-in: What are you reading / watching / playing / and-or thinking about this week? (Game-wise or otherwise.)
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-24 01:02:24
In the gaming world, I'm admiring the pdf of "Magical Industrial Revolution" and revisiting my copies of "Freebooters on the Frontier". I also played "Firefly" over the weekend. I have no particular pet ideas at the moment, although that might change based on reading these. In my non-gaming life, I just finished watching "Arrow" season 7, and I have a couple documentaries ("At Berkeley" and "Ballet") lined up to watch next. I'm reading DC's "52" series, and about to start the last interesting-looking chapter of "Alien Ocean"by Stefan Helmreich.
Paolo Greco @ 2019-09-24 05:36:02
I'm writing The Future We Saw. I'm not doing much progress but it's coming out this December.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-24 07:12:50
@Paolo - that's cool! I don't think I've heard about this project before. it's nice that you're publishing again.
Bruno Bord @ 2019-09-24 07:44:57
Reading "The Expanse" books (finished book 2, starting book 3 now)
Whidou @ 2019-09-24 09:28:21
I'm writing a small dungeon titled « Rose des Sables » for a jam. It's about an alien power plant dug in a sand-dune and guarded by mute hippie tatooist roly polies than turn evil when the power is cut and the mutagen pink glow stops. The first playtest was fun, the module lasts a little under two hours. Now I have to find some time to draw illustrations for it.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-09-24 12:14:17
I'm dabbling with writing Cyberpunk content for a zine, in the process I seem to have come up with yet another setting. I have them coming out my ears at this point! Talking of settings, I've been contemplating a widescreen view of the implications of a Star Pact Warlock from a Lovecraftian perspective and started outlining a setting based on that. Was able to incorporate a number of previous setting ideas, which was great. Been listening to some gaming related podcasts, most notably episodes of Fictoplasm and Drink Spin Run. Started digging a bit into Chris Kutalik's Hill Cantons material, starting with Slumbering Ursine Dunes. Outlined a campaign based on modules inspired by the Weird Tales triumvirate of Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and H.P. Lovecraft.
Roger Giner-Sorolla @ 2019-09-24 21:46:12
Gamingwise: Finished Manden Gouge vol. 3 in very rough draft. Thinking about the next couple of volumes. They start with maps. Slowly doing a blog post.
Scott Martin @ 2019-09-25 02:06:26
Plus one on all of these. Buying up the issues of Dagobert's Revenge I was too arcane for the first time around and absolutely obsessing over the career of David "How I Became One Of The Invisible" Rattray. Leaning into the arcane in general . . . it seems more instrumental than most tabletop so a little distance from fandom makes sense. Buried alive in work but finding some ways to dig out in the near future like Dylan Dog and maybe get more done. We are watching a lot of Chinese etsy vids around the house and TITANS has started up again, our one fan weakness right now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4W9ywD3KTw
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-26 05:20:51
I’ve been sick the last 4 days so have had some time for thinking. And looking at social media and blogs. Having responded to a couple of related queries on Reddit about ‘best OSR tables’ and the like, have been thinking of trying to pull together something more organised for myself. There were/are some interesting threads on this sort of thing on reddit, ...which made me realise that I actually know of quite a few good resources - but I’ve never made a list / properly saved links to them, except haphazardly. So, maybe pull the stuff I saw on reddit together for a start. Then, from the blogs where these tables are to be found, separate out the attached scenario/mini campaign ideas that often spark the idea for the table. Match up related ideas (and tables) and identify and pick one to turn into something finished - as in, actually run for my players, now that our recent unexpected hiatus seems to be ending. In the meantime, since we were all a bit hazy about where we were in different games, we decided to try Into the Odd. We’ve had 2 sessions of what you might call ‘session 0’ stuff, and a 1/2 of one of those sessions was actually the party wandering off to do a job. So far it is going well. Now that I’m over tis virus of some kind, I’m hoping to come to grips with sorting, filing and culling a whole lot of paper work, books I’ll never read again, other old crap etc in the garage - etc. Spring cleaning time down under.
Lee Lawrence @ 2019-09-26 12:50:09
Watching Doom Patrol, and Banshee. Just watched Warrior. Reading some non-fic (the Willpower Instinct) and have just finished a so-so detective novel. Listening to Easy Life, Mozart, Grateful Dead, Blues Traveller, Portishead, and some African high-life stuff, mostly Bhundu Boys. Playing No Man's Sky on PS4, Paladins on PC. Working on an OSR/B/X Mesopotamian setting with the premise of D&D party vs Superheroes.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-09-26 23:52:09
@Alistair - sounds like a cool project. Would you mind posting the list there when you finish getting it in order?
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-09-27 04:37:46
@Anne - here, or on Reddit? I could do both I suppose, just in case people here don’t do Reddit.
Christian Buggedei @ 2019-09-27 06:47:53
Playing: Enjoyed Dogs in the Vineyard last weekend, and got interested enough that I actually bought the game. Also lots of Mail Order Apocalypse playtesting. Listening: eh.. nothing special Reading: Same, a bit in a rut there. Watching: Quite enjoying Mayans MC, after having binged Warrior. Working/Writing: There's this moon mission coop board game that is occupying a large chunk of my game head currently. It involves keeping the consumables balance of the capsule in check, imperfect knowledge of everyone (the astronauts know things that mission control doesn't know and vice versa) and the ever-escalating horror of being stuck in a tiny tin capsule in spaaaaaaace.
Brother Juniper @ 2019-09-27 21:58:13
- My partner has me reading Mistborn, which is surprisingly good. - Backed Root and Heart this on Kickstarter this week; my gaming group has just played Root the boardgame for our last few meetings. Root RPG is PBTA, which I can't really grok, although I love what Mutant Year Zero does with it. - I'm working on developing art, about to head out to get watercolors. Although I've also joined Pinterest, and it seems all the art has already been done, and it's amazing, and at best I'm doing cheap knock-offs of Wendy Froud. - My school was involved in a twitter scandal involving accusations of pagan plant worship, #plantgate! Some of you would probably appreciate that.
Alex Schroeder @ 2019-09-28 21:17:15
I’ve been trying to do some drawing again. Ideally I’d like to write a landscape generator: it would generate a picture suitable for a particular hex to use as a section heading of some sort. So now I’m making sketches and trying to think of a way to make it work: how to do hills and trees and mist and clouds and all that.
Ynas Midgard @ 2019-10-01 12:37:35
Hm, let's see... I'm trying to finish my review of Vigilante City - Villain's Guide (i.e. the GM's book), but it's going very slowly. IMHO the game, much like Dark Places & Demogorgons, is a flawed gem; super cool concept, really good ideas in there, but ultimately hard to sort out despite the simple core it's built on. I'm starting a new AS&SH campaign next week. Face-to-face games are the best, and I've been really missing it. It seems like something I wrote a long time ago may soon get published. Fingers crossed. With a sudden burst of momentum I got to Platinum IV on EUWest (just League of Legends stuff). Also finished Knytt: Underground - there still are some secrets in there, so I'll revisit it soon enough. It's ice skating season!
Anne Hunter @ 2019-10-03 04:29:03
@Ynas - Ice skating! It's still torrid where I live, daytime highs above 90F/30C, nighttime lows above 70F/20C. My air conditioning broke this week, and I could hardly think or sleep when I was at home because of the heat. I need to find (or make) an opportunity to move further north.
Ynas Midgard @ 2019-10-03 07:27:20
@Anne Well, the rink actually opened in the last week of August, but until now I managed to visit only once a week. From October to December, however, I get to go on Tuesdays and Sundays (a benefit provided by my significant other's workplace). This one was my first summer living in a flat with an air conditioner - and oh boy was it wonderful.
Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-10-03 13:38:00
Contemplating how a couple of rolls on random tables (motivation & family background) can breathe life into otherwise generic PCs.
Lee Lawrence @ 2019-10-05 11:35:51
@Mamading Ceesay, for me one of the best things to come out of the OSR is the fresh look at the role of random tables and the death of the idea that they're the opposite of creative DMing.
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-10-28 13:18:05
@anne - haven’t been able to pull together that list of tables. Real Life has intervened. The reddit post that inspired me was this: https://www.reddit.com/r/osr/comments/d7eubs/the_best_osr_tables/ ...and the comments added a lot of details that made it to the blog https://slugsandsilver.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-best-osr-tables.html ...where I see you’ve commented. So, you may already have known of the stuff I was talking about. There are some other snippets I’ve saved elsewhere that mayn’t be on this list, but I’ve had to put a few things on hold for a bit. The other thing I found that relates to this is a collection of ‘inspirational OSR posts’. I’m sure most here have already seen these, but just in case... https://wanderingwombat.home.blog/2019/10/27/inspirational-osr-posts/
Alistair Langsford @ 2019-10-28 13:22:36
...not the well curated list I’d hoped to produce, but my spare time has evaporated. In case it is news to some, these two blog posts (‘slug’ and ‘wombat’) pull together quite a bit of good information, as does the reddit post.
Anne Hunter @ 2019-10-30 23:26:28
Thanks for sharing those @Alistair!
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