Happy New Year … and I got Darkest Dungeons in my White Box

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Wow. That title is a mouthful, but let’s not digress and get to the matter at hand! At first I want to wish all the readers of Stargazer’s World and all current and former team members a great year 2017! May it be better than the last one. For me 2016 started with the death of my grandma, who was very close to me and went on with a lot of disappointments and hard times. One the plus side I finally moved together with my girlfriend which I eventually married!

On the roleplaying games front things have been hit or miss too. I had some great sessions during the year, but I also burned out on some games repeatedly. Luckily the year ended with a success!

Yesterday night I ran a game of White Box for a group of friends while celebrating New Year’s Eve. I wanted to keep things simple, so I chose Charlie Mason’s excellent White Box RPG for the rules and created a set of pregen characters inspired by the awesome Darkest Dungeons computer game. I wish I could say this was my original idea, but instead someone else had basically done the same for Lamentations of the Flame Princess before. I stumbled upon the idea on reddit a while back.

For some reason I am really thrilled by the idea of running a mega-dungeon at the moment (feel free to recommend cool megadungeon products in the comments below), so I started working on my own. Ok, I haven’t progressed that far yet, but at least I had enough material to run my players to the first level of said dungeon.

The characters I created were already 3rd level and had a slightly higher AC than usual (I used LotFP’s starting AC of 12) and gave them some pretty cool and unique abilities and item. The game was not meant as a tough challenge but more like a fun romp through a dungeon while eating, drinking and being merry.

My players and I enjoyed the game very much and we already scheduled a new session where we want to explore the rest of the caves and dungeons. In the long run, I want to create my own mega-dungeon or use a preexisting one and run through it using the awesome Fantastic Heroes & Witchery which my friend Marcus recently introduced to me!

Update: I just uploaded the pregen characters to the blog for your perusal. Please note that these characters are heavily houseruled and far from balanced. They are roughly based on the classes in the White Box game mentioned above, but changed to suit the inspirational material and my tastes. You can check the PDF out here.

Interview: Contact RPG

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Recently I wrote about the Contact RPG Kickstarter, which unfortunately was unsuccessful. After doing the review of the PDF version I also asked Robert Hamberger, author of Contact, to do an interview for the blog. He agreed and answered the questions I’ve sent him in record time, but due to some mistake on my behalf, I didn’t get the email until today. But instead of lamenting the mistakes made in the past, let’s have a look at what Robert has to say…

Stargazer: Robert, could you please introduce yourself to our readers? Who is the guy who wrote Contact when he’s not designing roleplaying games?

Robert: Hi, Michael. I’m a 37-year old gaming aficionado, male, pasty-white, probably around 19th level (character class: nerd), and married to a wonderful girl with similar inclinations. Science fiction has been and always will be my favorite genre of literature and film, and I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember. When I’m not creating new content for my books, I work in a rehabilitation clinic as a doctor. Aside from that, I lead a quiet life in a small town in the vicinity of Cologne in Germany, where the air is clean and everything is more laid back than in the big cities. It helps focusing on the more important things in life, such as writing games.

Stargazer: Please tell us about your introduction to RPGs. What was the first pen & paper RPG you played?

Robert: Oh, I don’t think I can fully remember, as I tried out many games in the beginning. I think it was something someone else came up with in high school, an original setting with minimalistic rules. I have flashbacks of space pirates and violence in a dark universe. I also created a primitive RPG of my own back then, which had a post-apocalyptic theme with lots of hot warrior women in it. Look, we were only 17! Soon after that, Shadowrun came up, which is very likely to have influenced the style of games I like today. We played countless sessions of Shadowrun, third Edition, in my old gaming group. It was fun while it lasted.

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Lazy Tuesday Video Post: Nuka Break

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IMG_4983As some of you may be aware of, I am a huge Fallout fan. I think picked up the first game in the series shortly after it came out and I was immediately hooked. I have tried running pen & paper games in the Fallout universe several times, and right now I am working on a new project: writing my own variant of the SPECIAL system.

In the meantime let me share my favorite Fallout fan movies/series with you: NUKA BREAK!

Check out the web series and the movie “Red Star” on Wayside Creation’s YouTube channel. You won’t be disappointed!

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