Cult of the Turtle

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Pen and Paper Gaming Without the Pen or the Paper

December 29, 2011

Well, it’s time to do some online gaming.

I knew G+ would be good for this when I first saw Hangouts, but they made them better, and I played in one of Corvus’ Bhaloidam demos (which funded, yay!).   I was busy doing two of the free Stanford classes, as well as running a bi-weekly D&D game. One of those things had to go, and thankfully the classes ended a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve spent some time thinking about what I want to do, and my own time commitment to things.   Basically, I’ve got a couple of things warring within me: Let’s to a bunch of small one-shots of uncommon systems vs. let’s run something familiar, perhaps a module, and just enjoy the process of playing.

Both of these have their advantages.  I’d love to get away from D&D and typical gaming, and try some new things.  A lot of those things are weird, and probably wouldn’t have a lot of staying power, but that’s okay. On the other hand, running a good module well can open up a lot of opportunities for roleplay and lets me focus on making it fun and roleplaying instead of planning dungeons, to schedule.

So I’m going to split the difference a bit.  I’ve got two time slots for every month — basically the Sunday afternoons (EST) that we don’t run our regular pen and paper D&D game.  I’ve got two one-shot modules. One is for Pathfinder which is not quite D&D but for whom there are rich modules that play to my strengths as a game master.  The other is a Dresden Files module with pre-generated characters and situation.

Both of these would be a good introductions to the systems, and let me and the players get a feel for how to do things on Hangouts.  If, after playing them, we want to do a full on DFRPG or Pathfinder, we’ll do that if there’s a commitment to do it.  If not, then perhaps we’ll try some other stuff.

The first game, which will be running the Pathfinder Module “We Be Goblins” (where players play as those disgusting and hilarious eponymous creatures), I’ll run on Sunday January 8th at 1:00pm EST.   The second, a Dresden Files RPG Casefile called “Evil Acts” which is chest-deep (relatively powerful) one-shot adventure at the intersection of mystery, the supernatural, and a theater production of The Tempest.  That one I will run two weeks later, on January 22nd at 1:00pm EST.

Please comment here on this post, or greet me on twitter or G+ where this post is linked if you are interested.  You will need a G+ account, and a microphone to play (a camera would be a bonus, but not required).  If you have interest, but these times aren’t great, still let me know, and I’ll add you to my not pen and paper circle on G+ so you’ll know what’s going on and what is upcoming.

You won’t need rules for these games.  Pathfinder has free basic rules online, and I have a cheatsheet for DFRPG.   I’ve got 4 slots open for the Pathfinder one-shot (a longer running game could accommodate more) and have up to 6 slots open for DFRPG.  Observers will be welcome once we fill the slots.