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A Time Of War

An old friend recently offered to run a Battletech RPG campaign for us. As a long-time fan of the board game and the Battletech universe I was actually overjoyed and immediately started to think about my character. The whole group talked about the idea and in the end we decided that we wanted to play Inner Sphere mercenaries. And start the campaign just before the Clan invasion.

Initially the plan was to use Mechwarrior 2nd Edition since it was written with the early Clan invasion era in mind. But later my friend told us that he preferred using A Time of War, the most recent edition of the Mechwarrior rules. Even though I own the rules basically since day one, I haven’t had the chance to play the game yet and from what I remember it was a great improvement over the somewhat weird 3rd Edition.

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The group will consist of three players (the GM’s wife, my girlfriend, and me). Since our group is a bit small, we’ll each run our primary characters (which will be Mechwarriors) but also take control of secondary characters like technicians, aerospace fighter pilots and so on. Hopefully we’ll create characters this weekend but it will probably take a few more weeks before we can start the campaign. We already picked our ‘mechs (yes, our GM is very generous man). The GM’s wife chose a Thunderbolt, I picked the Warhammer (probably in the Liao variant), and my girlfriend decided her character should pilot a Catapult. One of the lancemates will be a NPC and we thought it would be nice to have at least some scout-capability, so the NPC will get a Phoenix Hawk. Our GM already told us that there will be opportunity to upgrade and/or modify our ‘mechs later, so I hope I can get my hands on a Nova Cat later (which is my favorite Clan mech). I keep my fingers crossed. Smiley

warhammerI am extremely excited to play a roleplaying game in the Battletech universe. Battletech was basically the game which brought me into roleplaying, since it were my BT-playing friends who introduced the concept of roleplaying to me back in the early 1990s. I have played most of the BT computer games, and have played the board game sporadically over the last years and even introduced my girlfriend to it. She’s not an avid fan but she enjoyed the boardgame and is always up for a roleplaying game where she can cause massive destruction and wield big guns. Zwinkerndes Smiley

Has anyone of you already played or run A Time Of War? If so, could you share your experiences? Is there some advice you can give novice players? Please post your comments below!

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 31

And so we come to the end of #RPGaDay2015, this has been a great month, I’ve gotten back to blogging, reconnected with a lot of people, and I’ve pondered lots of interesting bits about RPGs I don’t usually think about. A big thanks to David F. Chapman for coming up with the idea, also to Michael Wolf, our very own Stargazer, for keeping the door open to me here in the blog, even when I disappeared for a long time, and most of all, a HUGE thanks to all our readers who turned up to read my ramblings, especially to Johnkzin who’s been a regular poster on the comments.

I hope to keep on posting after I untie Michael and let him out of the basement. Any particular topic you’d like to me to cover or write about? Are you interested in reviews, more background information about my campaigns, like I’ve posted before? Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments. Now, to the final topic for 2015…

Day 31 – Favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs

The big picture well thought out rational response would be RPG computer, console and MMO games, tabletop games sowed the seed and to this day you can see the influence of the tabletop hobby in the electronic medium. But in a way that is an RPG thing.

Second choice would be the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. KotD started in gaming magazine, but became its own comic. Yet again this is somewhat RPG related. I was wracking my brain thinking about this topic, and then the answer was so clear…

My favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs has been life-long friendships!

(Warning, this is where I get a little sappy! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…)

Through RPGs I’ve met some of my longest lasting friends. Gaming I’ve met people with whom I share far more than the game. RPGs keep me in contact with friends with whom I might have drifted apart due to real life. Having that one day where we meet to roll dice and tell stories means we have one day a week where we see each other and get to know what’s happening in each other’s lives. I’ve gamed before important events, after tragic events, it’s the glue that’s kept some friendships going.

Thanks to RPGs I’ve been involved with Puerto Rico Role Players and shared my love for role-playing games with many people who I would not have met were it not for this group. I’ve been lucky enough to write about my hobby here in the blog and to become friends with a person I’ve never met in person, but whom I consider one of my dearest friends in the world, thanks Michael.

That’s my favorite non-RPG thing to come out of playing RPG games for almost 30 years, and I hope I will be able to make many new friends and share my love of gaming with many more people. Thanks for reading, may you also meet lasting friends at the table!

PS – This post is dedicated (again) to all the people who’ve played at my table, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to game, and to my current players. That’s them in the blurry picture down below. Have a great week!

Gaming Group 2015

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 30

The next to last post for #RPGaDay2015, I’m already sad it’s ending; hopefully we can do this again in 2016. Here’s the final Sunday post…

Day 30 – Favorite RPG playing celebrity

Celebrity is such a charged word… What makes you a celebrity? The modern concept of celebrity is so often maligned. In the context of the hobby many of the artists and writers would be celebrities for us, but not outside the industry. I went with the more general concept of celebrity in my pick.

My favorite RPG playing celebrity is Mark Sinclair, aka Vin Diesel! Let me tell you why. He is a very well know celebrity, open and honest about his love for D&D, while at the same time being very guarded about his private life.

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