Posted in: Role Playing Games, Star Trek

RPGaDay2023 Day 21: Favorite Licensed RPG

So, Favorite Licensed RPG is the topic for Day 21 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge. I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count.

Various Star Trek RPG books

I have sections of this website already dedicated to the FASA Star Trek game. I’ve started a LUG Star Trek section and plan to create sections for Decipher Star Trek and Modiphius Star Trek Adventures.

Not only am I collecting any of the Star Trek licensed RPGs, but I’ve been gathering the unofficial ones as well. Some of these are games where the IP elements have been filed off, but the game is clearly Star Trek. One example of this is Starships & Spacemen 2nd Edition. Far Trek and Where No Man Has Gone Before are fan created games based off of the Original Star Trek series. Star Trek Alpha Quadrant is a fan-made game based off of the Cepheus Engine. I haven’t had a chance to try STAQ yet, but I may in a future Character Creation Challenge.

What is your favorite licensed RPG? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Role Playing Games

RPGaDay2023 Day 20: Will still play in twenty years time

Day 20 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge and the question is “What game will you still be playing in twenty years time”.

Good question.

I can’t really give an exact answer on this. Perhaps a game will be released between now and then that knocks my socks off. The answer could be one of those as yet undiscovered systems.

If I had to select something that is published now, It would probably be one of the D20 variants or something that is not too complicated. Having re-visited or first reading some of the various games for the Character Creation Challenge has made me realize that I don’t want to deal with overly complicated systems that are too crunchy. I don’t need a bazillion rules to enjoy a game. Sure give me a ton of content (I love reading about the many fan homebrewed material that has popped up for Star Trek Adventures or Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space RPGs) because I can’t get enough of that. But as for the rules themselves, let me explain it to a potential player in a matter of minutes.

What games do you think you’ll be playing still in the future? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

RPGaDay2023 Day 19: Favorite published adventure

For Day 19 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge we were asked to discuss our favorite published adventure. Like some of the other favorites in this challenge, how can I select just one. So in order to make sure this isn’t a huge blog post, I’m going to stick with two that came to mind.

Demand of Honor for the FASA Star Trek RPG

I loved reading through Demand of Honor for the Star Trek Role Playing Game by FASA. There were quite a few good published adventures from FASA that followed up on episodes from the original Star Trek. This one gave us the aftermath of the episode Arena where we first saw the Gorn. From the FASA catalogs we had sourcebooks for The Federation, Klingons, Romulans, Orions, Merchants and more. The planned Starship Recognition Manual for the Gorns was never released. I don’t know if we ever would have received a manual for the Gorns, so this adventure was the closest we got. Insight on the Gorn point of view. It gave details about what the state of affairs after Kirk’s fight with the Gorn. We were also rewarded with a new Gorn vessel (with deck plans) that was probably planned for the recognition manual. This was great to flip through and read. I just wish that I could have played or GMed this adventure.

Into the Borderlands by Goodman Games

I no longer have my original copy of B2 The Keep on the Borderlands. In the mid-90’s when I had to cut down on the amount of D&D books that I owned for various reasons (20/20 hindsight told me that I should have kept them). But I remember reading this module. I remember wanting to play this module. Eventually I even ran this module as my first attempt at being a Dungeon Master. In my conversations a lot of people had this book and loved it as well. So it didn’t surprise me that Goodman Games had obtained the rights to publish a 5E conversion of B1: In Search of the Unknown and B2 called Into the Borderlands. I was able to pick up a copy myself and loved reading through the history and information. I should sit down and do a full review of this hardbound book.

As I mentioned above, there were several other printed adventures that I would love to mention as well. I felt the need to restrain myself at this time. I may make future blog posts talking about some of the others.

Do you have a favorite adventure that was published for a role playing game? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

RPGaDay2023 Day 18: Favorite game system

OK so Favorite Game System is the subject for Day 18 of the #RPGaDAY2023 challenge. And I have to think about this one. While there are a few systems I’d prefer not to play (such as something really crunchy or overly-complicated) I’m pretty much open to playing just about anything at least once.

There is the old standby of the standard D20 system that has been seen in the various flavors of Dungeons and Dragons or the various retro-clones such as Basic Fantasy, Castles and Crusades, OSRIC or Labyrinth Lord. There are a ton of other options in this category as well that covers other genres.

Lately, I’ve been impressed with the 2d20 system put out by Modiphius such as Star Trek Adventures, Dune: Adventures in the Imperium or John Carter of Mars. I even picked up the Conan books before they lost the license and I look forward to creating a character for the 2024 Character Creation Challenge.

Probably on the not-so-well known stage is the d100Lite system that is seen in such games as Barebones Fantasy, Covert Ops and Frontier Space. While I haven’t had a chance to play these systems yet, they look and read amazing.

There are also several other systems that I haven’t really mentioned here. But I’m sure my readers don’t have time for me to list just about everything. So my answer is kind of like Bubba’s answer to what his favorite beer is. But replace beer with what game system is currently being played at the table.

What is your favorite #TTRPG system (or systems)? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Humor, Role Playing Games

RPGaDay2023 Day 17: Funniest game you’ve played

Day 17 of the #RPGaDAY2023 is “Funniest Game You’ve Played”. I’m certain that we will see several other entries for this date for Toon or Paranoia. But unfortunately I’ve never played these games.

What I have played is a game that came out in 1989 called It Came From The Late, Late, Late Show. This was a roleplaying game is a humor based game where you play an actor (or someone pretending to be an actor) trying to help a low-budget film get made. The director had a script which was the plot of the session. It was all tongue-in-cheek.

A bunch of RPG buddies had the opportunity to play this game sometime in the early 90’s in a late night gaming session. What I recall is that we had our main character and their stunt double. If we were going into a combat situation, the stunt doubles could go in first. This kept the main character safe until the stunt double ran out of health and could no longer be used.

There was an option where the players could create their own skill/ability (I don’t recall what it was called) and one of my friends came up with the brilliant idea of “Parry with Other”. Basically if he rolled successfully, then he grabbed another person and parried with that person (giving them the damage). There was a chance that it could be an opponent, or a chance that it could be an ally. He used this skill a lot in our game so he never had to send his stunt double into battle. But in one battle, he successfully used the Parry with Other to avoid the attack from the last opponent, and succeeded in the roll of grabbing the bad guy. So the henchman attacked and then was thrust into his own sword attack.

But that wasn’t the funniest part for me in the entire game. We were playing in a bad cheesy kung-fu samurai vs ninjas action flick in ancient Japan. I was playing a failed rock-star wanting to start his acting career (so I sang during parts of the game). There was one scene where we had to sneak into this bar in the middle of the night for one reason or another and it was pitch black. One of the players decided to light a candle so they could see. The director then described the comical scene of how the light now illuminated an army of ninjas that had surrounded us in preparation to attack. The director went around the room and asked each player one-by-one what their character was doing. Various answers of drawing weapons or getting into a defensive stance were returned. When it was my turn, my response to the director was turning my head to the side and making a blowing sound as I blew out the candle.

My friend playing the director fell to the ground laughing maniacally. I was quite proud that my joke had taken him several minutes to recover. I loved making people laugh. I know that in another game, if I could make the DM give a laugh at humor injected into the scenario, he would give me experience points.

This is one of the reasons that I like to play these games with my friends, around a table while eating unhealthy snacks. We get to have fun with each other in a place where we are socializing.

Have you had a session that you would consider your funniest? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Red Dwarf, Role Playing Games

RPGaDay2023 Day 16: Game you wish you owned

I’ve been looking forward to this one. Day 16 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge is “Game you wish you owned.” There are several games that I wished I had on my shelves. I’ve been lucky to track down several of the games that I previously owned or never had a chance to own. But right now there is one holy grail of RPGs that I’d love to have in my hands.

I am a big, and I mean BIG, fan of the British science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. When I had my first chance to watch in on KUED Ch 7 (our local PBS station) I was hooked. It was fun to watch Red Green, Red Dwarf, Black Adder and Doctor Who on Saturday nights back in the day. When I’m in a bad mood I’ll put on some Red Dwarf to cheer me up. It is a favorite of Sir Patrick Stewart after he mistakenly thought it was a rip-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation (and was wanting to call his lawyer).

So imagine my surprise to find out that in 2002 a company named Deep 7 released the Red Dwarf Roleplaying Game and several supplements. As someone who loves RPGs and loves this series, I’d love to obtain a copy of the game. I keep using the word “love” I noticed. Not only would I use it in a future Character Creation Challenge, I’d probably see if I could homebrew for it as well (depending on how the system works).

I’ve yet to find it in the wilds or at a reasonable price on Ebay or Amazon. So my search continues. I just hope it takes 3 million years into the future.

What is a game you wished you owned? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Conventions, Role Playing Games

RPGaDay2023 Day 15: Favorite Con Module/One-Shot

What is your favorite convention or one-shot module is the theme for Day 15 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge. And welcome to the middle of the month.

I’m going to cheat here. Currently my favorite one-shot is the one that I put together for my daughter and her 5E playing friends when I introduced them to OSR gaming. Not only did I have a blast putting together a Basic Fantasy game, I also had several people ask me if I was going to “publish” it. The answer is yes. I’d like to take the information from the first session, polish it up, and run it again. Possibly at SaltCON or another event. After this, I think I’ll have enough feedback to try to get this locked into a PDF print and ready for future game masters who need a convention scenario.

Do you have a favorite one-shot adventure or an adventure that you experienced at a convention? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Conventions, Role Playing Games, Star Trek

RPGaDay2023 Day 14: Favorite Convention Purchase

Day 14 of the #RPGaDAY2023 Challenge and the subject is “Favorite Convention Purchase”. Well I’ve been to a ton of conventions. I really need to get my convention resume updated and placed on this site. However since this is a challenge geared towards roleplaying games, I’ll have to think about an item I purchased from an RPG convention.

My very first convention ever back in the late 80’s was an RPG convention. It was held at a local library and there were a ton of D&D games going on. Comics Utah ran Kublai Con when it was still around, but heck if I can remember if I had purchased anything from that event. Another gaming store that had been located in the Southtown mall that ran a quarterly gaming convention (I met several friends there for the first time). But I don’t recall if I had purchased anything from these events. In the 90’s to early 2000’s, CONduit had some gaming going on and I know I purchased items there. But it was primarily a literary convention so I don’t know if this would count?

This year I’ve been to SaltCON-Spring and SaltCON-Summer. And I documented what I had purchased from these events. So from those two events my favorite convention purchase (at least for now) are the Star Trek Adventures Player’s Guide and the Star Trek Adventures Gamemaster’s Guide. I had purchaesed these from a small local RPG store that had a table at the convention. I was able to support a small business. If you read my after action reports for both events, you’ll see that I also picked up several other books that I plan to use in the 2024 Character Creation Challenge. So it is a possibility that I may change this answer in the future.

What is your favorite convention purchase? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games

RPGaDay2023 Day 13: Most memorable character demise

The #RPGaDay2023 Day 13 topic is “Most memorable character demise.” I can see this being a good topic because many RPG war stories probably cover this. While I’m certain that I’ve had a lot of characters die, most of them probably fell into the category of me proclaiming “oh smeg!”

For the Day 8 entry of “Favorite Character“, I introduced you to my Sun Elf, Tovark. I can say that he died at least once, but it was on purpose. The party that Tovark was a member of had been contracted by a god called The Great Oak (hey, he was a nature god) to rescue his chief druid from the clutches of a demon lord named Ballhonith. He was using the druid as a conduit to send his power and attacks against other demons in their various unholy wars. There was a series of dangerous settings that I’ll talk about in my Day 28 entry of the RPGaDAY challenge. But to assist with this, the Great Oak had granted us the power to return to life once (not only back to full health, but back to full power as well).

I figured that when we had our final confrontation against the demon lord, I would need to be back at full strength with all spells and abilities. I tried to finagle it so that my character wouldn’t get killed (and have to re-use my regeneration) before the final boss battle.

I succeeded. Not only did I get a few good spells off before I died, I was able to take out a bunch of the demon’s spell casting lieutenants before I went down. As mystic powers re-charged me back to life (ILM spent a lot of money on the special effects to film it), Ballhonith was shocked to see me get back up and start magically wailing on him with UNLIMITED POWER!!! OK, all of the power for a 14th level wizard, which is still a lot. We were able to hold off the demon lord long enough for the other members of the party to free the druid and get the hell out of Dodge.

While the Great Oak rewarded us greatly. I’m pretty certain that some where, out there, Ballhonith is plotting revenge against Tovark and his companions. It’s probably a good thing he took a very good reward from the Great Oak that could protect him. Or would it?

Do you recall a death scene of one of your RPG characters? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

Posted in: Role Playing Games, Westerns

RPGaDay2023 Day 11: Weirdest game you’ve played

Side note from my Day 10 entry, by selecting D&D comics, I had inspired a participant who was having a hard time thinking of a favorite tie-in, until he remembered his own D&D comics. I’m glad that I helped a fellow RPGer out.

So, Day 11 of the #RPGaDAY2023 challenge is “Weirdest game you’ve played.” Like the Smartest Game I’ve Played entry, I had to think about this one.

Recently I had a chance to play the supernatural/western based RPG Weird Frontiers at SaltCON-Summer in June. Sure, weird is in the name of the game, but that is not why I selected this one. It was the combat mechanics with the various firearms. Every time you shot your gun, you had to draw a card from a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The value of the card could either enhance or hinder the attack from your gun. Since Aces and Eights is a bad hand to draw in westerns, it drawing any of those cards were very bad. It made the system stand out that much more when trying to play the game. Not in a bad way, but in a weird way.

What was a weird game (or RPG mechanic) that you’ve experienced? Tell me about it. This article is open for discussion on the TardisCaptain dot Com Discord server. You can also email me at Carl (at) TardisCaptain.com with any comments.

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