Thursday, April 21, 2011

A new game in town

A while ago I decided I was fed up my the gaming drought, and decided to follow the advice of Jim Raggi. He had an article in on issue of Fight On! about how to find players, and I did like he said and printed up a flyer and spread it around. Not any bloody response at all in the fourth biggest city in the country, with a university and lot of people coming and going. It just didn't work.

I would like to think that Swedes are insular and scared of letting anyone talk to them. It's almost as if you have to be drunk, or mentally unstable to address another human being in this place. Can you tell I'm a bit disappointed? Yeah, and maybe a bit bitter and unfair as well. Sometimes I wish I was back in North America, though.

Heck, I could probably fail there too.

...or we should all move to Finland.

Anyway. I did attend a character generation session last night, though!

Blogging seem to have brought me into contact with some really cool people in a way the flyers did not, and yesterday night we fixed up some characters for Unknown Armies. I have no idea where this will lead to, but I have a character named Frank, and he is stupid and into "darkness" and have some obsessions and social misadjustments. Simply put, he is a nutjob. I think that makes him a perfect PC in Unknown Armies. I'm really looking forward to this game!

One thing struck me about our PC gen session. We talked a lot about how we imagined our PC to be looking or sounding like this or that celebrity. Maybe this is the way to go when you are left with a game devoid of randomness? Pick an arena to be famous in. Say, pick an actor or a musician. Then think of some distinctive feature, like Sean Connery's way of speaking with his teeth clenched. Bring that look and feel into your game and try to stat it out.

It wouldn't surprise me a bit you you couldn't get a deck of cards and scrawl the names of actors/singers/writers/whatever on it and go from there at random. 


  1. Neat idea. When I come up with an NPC on the fly I jot down a few character quirks to try and individualize them (and to remember for the next time I have to run them), and sometimes I find movie/TV actors/characters a good starting point.

  2. An excellent time to use index cards, naturally. The other necessity of gaming. :)

  3. I definitely need to get index cards again. Back in my glory gaming days I used to pick up a pack of index cards almost every time I was in a Coles or Grand & Toy, and I always seemed to have a container for them too.

    I can't find either around my place now. I'm not the kind of person who ever throws things away but after a couple of basement floods and evacuations I have an awful lot of my old gaming stuff tucked away in hard-to-access storage.

  4. Considering the circumstances that sounds like a good idea!

    I was almost tempted to pick up a whole truckload of index cards, when I found out at the local Staples that there were index cards in all the colours of the rainbow. God knows what I'd use the colour coding for... :)


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