A couple of weeks ago I found about a new product in Kickstarter. With the success of Starfinder there are a slew of new third-party products available. Many push the system in new and interesting directions. However, I learned about this project vial the Google+ Stargazer’s World Community. The author shared the campaign, and I was really intrigued by the fact the project was being created in Mexico. I contacted the author, Davide Tramma, to learn more about From Beyond: Distress Call, a sci-fi adventure. He was kind enough to answer my questions, here is the interview.
Sunglar: Davide, before we talk specifically about your Kickstarter project, let’s get to know you. Who is Davide Tramma? Where are you from?
Davide: Well, I’m many things and that depends of the point of view. I’m a husband, I’m a teacher, I’m a cook, I’m a player. Essentially, I’m all the things that I’ve been through during the 40 years I have been here. In few words, I’m what I like to do and at the same time what I don’t.
Sunglar: How did you start playing role-playing games? Continue reading Distress Call, a Starfinder adventure on Kickstarter, an interview with the author.
Hello one and all, and welcome to my look back at 2017, and a look at what may be in store for 2018. I don’t pretend to do a retrospective for the blog itself, but just about my gaming experiences this year, hopefully our readers will find it interesting. Here we go…
This year, besides collaborating here in the blog and participating in Puerto Rico Role Players, I tried two new things I had not done before. Playtesting and starting a video channel. The playtesting came about when the new Alternity game was announced. As a HUGE fan of the previous version of the game I enrolled to participate in the playtest right away. I rarely participated in playtests because I loathed to interrupt my regular game, so to get around this I decided to run the playtesting at a local FLGS that had jut opened in a new location. You can see a video of some of that playtest on this link. Continue reading Sunglar’s Year in Review!
Today Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres, and as I count down the hours to it (12 to be precise as I write this post), it’s got me thinking about the movies, my experiences with them, and inevitably as a gamer, how the Star Wars saga influenced my role-playing games, both with the official RPG games and with RPGs in general.
I saw Star Wars, later titled Episode – 4 A New Hope, in theaters, in 1977. I was blown away. I’ve told this story before many times. My mother was in a business trip when the movie premiered. Star Wars premiered in March in the USA, but in October in Puerto Rico, the details are here in this newspaper article, mind you it is in Spanish. You can see the newspaper ad below this paragraph. My mother, got me all the action figures she could find and brought them back from her trip. Not knowing what these toys where I ignored them until I saw the movie. Then everything changed! My Star Wars toys became my favorite toys. I must have played a thousand different stories using them.
I began playing RPGs four years after Return of the Jedi, but I was a BIG fan of Marvel’s original Star Wars comics and the newspaper strip. The movies had ended but I was still a fan. I remember reading in some magazine, I’d like to say it was The Dungeoneer but I am not sure, an idea for a magical library in which the characters would open a book and C-3PO and R2-D2 would appear, then followed by Darth Vader! I used the idea in my D&D game and a character lost a magical sword cut by Vader’s lightsaber.
Continue reading Star Wars musings… a gamer’s perspective!