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Life and Times of a German blogger

Since I have been pretty quiet over the last few days I wanted to give you guys a short update on what’s new with your favorite blogger. Zwinkerndes Smiley My fight with depression is going pretty well at the moment. The new medication my physician prescribed me a while ago is helping a lot and I am already feeling much better. I have not returned to work yet, but I plan to slowly return to a normal life soon. I also took some steps to get rid of the tachycardia I have had for years now. My blood pressure is not perfect but still acceptable,  but my heart rate is way too high. Hopefully the beta blockers will help fix that. My physician also highly recommended me to do some sports, so I guess I’ll have to get my ass into gear.

Gaming-wise everything is quite brilliant at the moment. I currently play in several games including D&D 5E, Traveller (using Savage Worlds) and Shadowrun 3E. I guess you already read about the Numenera game I’m running at the moment. I have to admit I am very excited about our next session and this time I’m not even remotely nervous. Tonight I’ll join a friend’s Barbarians of Lemuria online game, and we’ve also scheduled the next two D&D sessions. So it looks as if I’ll have about two gaming sessions per week in the foreseeable future, which is awesome.

Let me muse about D&D 5E a bit. We are playing the adventure included in the Starter Set using the pregenerated characters. The DM decided to run us through some kind of prologue first, since we are only two players at the moment. This not only gave us a lot of cool roleplaying opportunities early on, but we also had time to ease into the rules – which are pretty cool by the way. I’m surprised that they managed to keep things simple with this new edition of D&D. It reminds me of a very streamlined version of D&D 3.0 with some elements from both older and newer editions. Combat is pretty fast and the advantage/disadvantage mechanic works pretty well. I also love that they are releasing the basic rules as a free PDF which could really be a viable alternative especially if you’re not sure if the new edition is the right game for you. It’s possible to start playing with the free rules only and later add stuff from the PHB.

Even though I am currently more focussed on Numenera and The Strange, I’ll definitely give D&D 5E a chance. The new PHB is already ordered and I am looking forward the rest of the core books. I have to admit I was pretty skeptical about 5E but the Starter Set just looked like too sweet a deal to pass up. And now that I have played a couple of sessions I have to say that I enjoy it a lot. We haven’t explored everything the rules offer yet, but what I’ve seen so far is pretty sweet. I might still prefer Lamentations of the Flame Princess for D&D-ish games with a more modern and horror-ish vibe, but for traditional fantasy I might use D&D 5E in the future.

I’ve also thought about game design a lot in the last weeks, but for some reason everything I come up with looks like a bad copy of Monte Cook’s Cypher System with the serial numbers filed off. It seems these mechanics had a much greater impact on me than I first anticipated. I guess that’s also the reason why I picked up The Strange. The things I love about the Cypher System are the pools, the Edge/effort mechanics, and the fact that each creature can usually be described by its level alone (plus some tweaks). This in combination with the fact that the GM never rolls makes the system easy to run and play. Perhaps I’ll someday manage to incorporate a few of these concepts into my games without totally ripping of Monte. On the other hand, isn’t copying someone the highest form of flattery? Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

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Please check out my YouTube channel

For the last few years I have uploaded video reviews, unboxing videos etc. on my YouTube channel. I even started a rather short-lived video review series in German language.

Recently I thought I should put some more work in my YouTube presence, and so I started recording some “Let’s Play” videos. At the time of this writing there are two videos on Elite Dangerous and one on World of Tanks available (aside from all the old videos of course!).

It would be great if you guys could have a look at my channel and check out the videos I’ve uploaded there. And as always any comment is highly appreciated!

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Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Yesterday my vacation started and so I decided to take a few days off from the blog starting today. Christmas (and my girlfriend’s birthday) are only a few days away, and I am pretty sure that I won’t be able to write that many blog posts anyway. So I decided to take a break from blogging and make sure that I have a couple of exciting things to blog about next year. I got me a couple of new roleplaying game books recently (as premature Christmas gifts) that I plan to read over the holidays, so expect some reviews or at least some thoughts on the games in question in the future. I will also spend New Year’s Eve with my gaming group and I’ll probably run a horror RPG like I’ve done in the years before.

When it comes to gaming 2014 could be a great year. I’ll continue to run games for two gaming groups and a third one (in which I’ll be one of the players) is slowly forming. So overall this looks very promising, not like in the years before where I had some kind of a gaming dry spell. With my main group we’ll probably start with a Shadowrun game in 2014 – using Savage Worlds rules. My second campaign is the one based on Fallout which I’ve blogged before. If everything works as planned it will keep us busy for at least half a year. The game I’ll play in will be Traveller using BRP rules. So, what are your gaming plans for 2014? Please share your plans in the comments below!

The team of Stargazer’s World wishes you happy holidays and a happy new year 2014!