Monday, 18 July 2016

Savaging Eclipse Phase - the concept

Hi.  Haven't been around much lately, sorry about that!

I have to say Eclipse Phase is the first RPG to really grab me in years; I love the dystopic utopia of the setting and, for me, it was so instantly evocative of Neuromancer (William Gibson) and Old Man's War (John Scalzi) that I wanted to play in it immediately.

Let's be frank - I love the system too. Percentile is my #1 favourite core mechanic.  So why convert to Savage Worlds?  Eclipse Phase has a considerable on-ramp because one has to learn the setting AND the system at the same time, but I do also love Savage Worlds for how it has detail where detail is needed and abstracts the rest.  It should be a fun experiment.

Will it work? Comments are very welcome on that!  I think so; the core mechanics are similar enough that a crossover would be recognisable as both.  Savage Worlds players have access to Sanity rules via Realms of Cthulhu amongst others and a Rep-as-abstract-wealth system should be easy enough to implement, right?

So, I'm trying to convert EC to SW and will document the process here.  Your thoughts are welcome.

(On a side note, I just saw that Realms of Chulhu is available in a bundle at DTRPG that costs LESS than Realms of Chulhu on its own.)

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Khurasan down! Suggest a 15mm force for me??

Just heard that Khurasan minis has closed down until the autumn ... so much for the Vespulids for our homebrew wargaming rules then!

So, my options now are:

  • Back to my pre-waspid idea of GZG NAC troopers and wheeled tanks - low tech, possibly Chinese / Asian Confederation (People's, obviously) army... purely 'cos I love the trikes, but we have no rules for them yet.

  • Original plan of GZG (again) grav-sleds, possibly accompanied by UNSC - high tech, likely to be tied into my Martian rebels for [Starmada] - the ACEF.  Not very near future though?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Father's Day present to all fellow geek dads!

Just got socks? I thought I'd share a code I got emailed for 20% off at RPGNow, valid for any and all of:

4e Players: Hero's Handbook: Dragonborn for those who feel drawn to the new dragon-blooded race, and Amethyst: Foundations for SF/Fantasy crossover goodness.

Mech Warriors: Heavy Gear Blitz, which I'd recommend a read of - and play if I could - and Mekton Zeta Plus.

Savage-worlders: Noir Knights for pulpy paranormality ... is that even a word?

Travellers: Judge Dredd for Traveller.  Um... It's Judge Dredd.  For Traveller.

Plus: The Inquisitor's Handbook for Dark Heresy, SF/Horror game Splicers, King Arthur Pendragon, and PDQ-based Ninja Burger RPG.

I'll trust your integrity only to use it if you're a fellow dad, or buying for one...  Just enter HotJuneDrive2011 as a discount code, before the 10th of July. Apparently.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

What's been a'happening in the Polyhedral Tower...

It's been a while - insanely busy at work, I'm afraid - but although I've been too busy to post, I've not been too busy to game!  See photographic evidence below:

Our group's been working on our own near-future / SF skirmish rules, although some of the factions are expanding way beyond "skirmish" size!  Pretty cool-ly, the rules still hold for larger forces too... hopefully we'll post a beta soonish ... if anyone's interested in playing.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Getting into 15mm gaming...

This Is Why It's Called 'Hordes Of The Things'Image by Kaptain Kobold via FlickrIt's been a while... sorry!

I have been busy - after trying out a few free SF wargames rules, our group is working on our own 15mm near-future skirmish rules, so we can use modern and sci-fi minis.  Which means I finally get to make some terrain!

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