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What Am I Playing Right Now?

Since my GM hiatus started back in June 2017, I used the opportunity to play in as many games as possible. For a very long time I was basically the go-to GM for many of my friends, but I didn’t get to play as often as I liked. Being the GM is fun, and it’s something very dear to me, BUT sometimes you just need to stay on the other side of the GM’s screen for a while. So, what games have I been playing during these almost 12 months?

Mutant Year Zero & Gen Lab Alpha
my0If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know that I am a fan of post-apocalyptic settings in general and the Mutant games by Free League in particular. Mutant Year Zero is definitely one of the most exciting and immersive games I’ve played so far. Since I am playing one of the bosses in our Ark (which is a derelict aircraft carrier), the game is sometimes pretty political. My character, Washington,  is an idealist, trying to build a new civilization on the ruins of the past. He strongly believes in compassion, reason, and justice. In a way he sometimes feels like an anachronism. I have to admit that Washington shares a lot with myself, aside from the fact that I don’t have the Mind Terror mutation in real life. Zwinkerndes Smiley

MY0 has all the elements I love: drama, politics, intrigue, exploration. Matthias, our GM, is also doing an awesome job running the game. He even manages what usually fails spectacular: while he’s running the game, he also plays his own player character. This is usually a recipe for disaster, but in Matthias’ case it works great.

I’ve already wrote about our Genlab Alpha game in my review of the core rules, so I will skip it here.

Shadowrun 3rd Edition
This is a game I’ve been playing for years now. And even though I think that the rules are a mess, the game itself can be a lot of fun. Planning runs, trying to get to our goals without even raising an alarm is a lot of fun, and sometimes we even managed to have some flawlessly executed heists. But usually things go terribly wrong and everything ends in a messy fight. Since we usually ignore some of the more tedious rules  (like bioware stress etc.), our characters got very powerful, very quickly. While some games might break down with characters that powerful, our GM just raises the stakes a bit. Our Shadowrun campaign is over-the-top and great fun, but all good things must end eventually, so we decided our current adventure will be the last. We’re dealing with dragons and their machinations this time, which is IMHO very fitting for our last bow.

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Happy New Year

While I am still enjoying a few days off from work (and blogging) I thought it would be nice to wish you all a happy new year. I hope you had pleasant and not too stressful holidays and survived the translation from 2017 to 2018 without any troubles. My wife and I were celebrating with friends and played the brand-new Fallout board game on New Year’s Eve which I might write about in the near future.

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Holiday reading material
As some of you might have noticed I am currently reading Fantasy Flight Games’ newest RPG called Genesys. It’s basically the system they’ve created for their line of Star Wars RPGs. It a generic system which currently supports the Fantasy, Weird Wars, Steampunk, Science Fiction, Space Opera and Modern Age genres. Example settings are included and there are rules for creating your own settings including new skills, new items, new adversaries, et cetera. To my surprise the core rulebook includes everything you need to play, so no splat books are needed if you want to run games in your homebrew settings.

Ending my break from GMing
Although I have ran two game sessions over the last few weeks my gamemastering break is still in full effect. Being a player for most of the time has been pretty relaxing, but I am itching for starting a new game soon. Genesys looks pretty interesting, but I am also looking forward to try out Stars Without Numbers Revised which I backed on Kickstarter last year. But before making any concrete plans I want to get a print copy. Unfortunately I spent too much money in the latest Steam sale, so SWN will have to wait.

So what’s new with you folks? Feel free to share your stories in the comment section below!