Category Archives: Ask The Readers

The Endless Quest For A Science Fiction Campaign Setting

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I think as long as I knew about roleplaying games I was looking for the “perfect” science fiction setting. Of course there’s no such thing. But there’s something close, a setting which I would love to run games in and which I can really make my own. During the last twenty years or so, I have created several homebrew SF campaign settings. But usually I am not perfectly happy with them. One reason for this is probably that I can’t make up my mind. I am always torn between the gritty hard science setting I’d love to play in and the space opera setting I could find players for.

The question quickly boils down to whether I want to put a lot of work in something I’d love even if I will never put it to use. Don’t get me wrong, I also love space opera settings. But when it comes to writing my own stuff, I always want to get things “right”. Even when I have some cool ideas for a light-hearted space opera setting, I usually end up on Atomic Rockets (a website I could peruse for days at a time!) and try to reconcile my pet theories with real-world physics. This ends with me throwing out half the stuff I’ve written so far, in order to make the technology more “real”.

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So I constantly try to walk the thin line between approachabilty and realism, and – trust me – I am not good at tightrope walking. The next problem is that I am often inspired by existing settings from books, movies, video games, but I don’t want my homebrew setting to look like some Frankensteinian nightmare. Most people I know would probably not care. A lot of people have successfully run or played in kitchen sink settings in which space marines from Warhammer 40,000 fought Borg from the Star Trek universe while being allied to the Jedi order from Star Wars. This just feels wrong to me.

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I think my mental health issues are partly to blame for this. Back in the day, before I had to deal with depression, anxiety, and all these other nice things, it was much easier to be creative. Nowadays I often overthink everything and turn activities that should be fun into a nightmare. Ok, perhaps I am exaggerating a bit, but I guess it helps to make a point. What I am now hoping for is advice from you guys. I am pretty sure I am not the only one having this problem. How have you dealt with something like this in the past? Please post your comments below!

Sunglar’s Savage House Rules, Part 2!

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Hello dear reader! This is a follow up to a previous post where I shared a Savage Worlds House Rules document I was working on. You can read the reasons why this came about on the original post. This is the latest version, the 9th draft I finished in December last year. I added some illustrations for good measure and might get back to working on it in a few weeks, but I wanted to share it with our readers to get any feedback or ideas you may have. Here is the link to the file:

Savage Worlds Sunglar’s House Rules (Draft 9 – Illustrated)

I’m also sharing a revised character sheet and damage track, and a cheat sheet, I had created for my Wanderers of the Outlands campaign. Originally shared in this post, back then they were adapted to the house rules I was using in the campaign, but I have since revised them to work with Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. These documents DO not use the House Rules presented above and are meant to be used with the standard system rules.

Sunglar’s Savage Worlds Cheat Sheet 1.5

Sunglar’s Savage Worlds Character Sheet ver. 4

Sunglar’s Damage Track and Effects ver. 3

I hope you find them useful, and as always, I welcome your ideas, criticisms and observations in the comments. Have a great day!

What about Mindjammer for Traveller? A Review…

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So, I’m jumping on the blog’s Traveller bandwagon! About three months too late… I’ve been working on this review for a while and RL just kept me from finishing it. It was fun as it allowed me to read the book at a more leisurely pace, so I hope to make it justice without spoiling too much of this incredibly imaginative universe.

For the Mindjammer Traveller edition Michael, aka Stargazer, had received the Thoughtcast Edition PDF, a preview of the final book, and asked if I was interested in reviewing it. I jumped at the opportunity, and much to his chagrin then proceeded to take more than a month in getting the review done! To put it succinctly, I loved Mindjammer, the setting, the detail, the production. Is it a good fit for Traveller? I’m not 100% convinced, but hear me out. Let me explain it in greater detail. But first some background. Continue reading What about Mindjammer for Traveller? A Review…