I'm way behind on my actual play updates. I'm not even sure if I can remember everything. Not sure how many people actually enjoy reading these, either, but I like keeping them here for posterity (and bonus XP).
In Justin's Stars Without Number game, Panoply Sector, we had a session quite a while ago now where we continued to explore the asteroid sky tomb where we had a TPK the first session. This time, we managed to clear it out of the bug aliens that lived there, only one PC died (although my warrior Tommy "Six" Gunn just barely managed to hold onto life long enough for a lazarus patch to be applied), and we managed to make a bit of money from the alien relics and gear salvaged from there. Looking forward to playing more in this game, and I've got a Psychic rolled up to join the fun and replace Gawain "Greasebox" Mifune, my Expert killed in the line of duty in the first session.
Also quite a while back, Jeremy ran a short playtest of one of his "kludge" systems, marrying Microlite20 with something called the Effect Engine. It was a fairly standard fantasy game, but I was able to really exploit the system for my mage, making it ridiculously easy for him to cast and resist spells, although he was totally ineffectual in physical combat. We explored a cave filled with bandits and their zombie slaves. I think this was supposed to tie into Jeremy's "The Siege Perilous" trans-gender... oops, I did it again, trans-genre game, but that has been switched to TriStat dX, at the d8 level. Dean and I are currently making characters, but I don't think anyone else has bothered. Not much interest in that game, I'm afraid.
I was hoping one of the players would do a write-up of my Chanbara playtest game the other week, but so far no luck. I just flat out granted a level up to the characters that participated, in order to better test the level spread/power curve of the system. They still have a lot of Ghost Castle Hasegawa left to explore. Maybe I'd better offer them minor magic items for pictures or write-ups. I'd love to have some of both.
And finally, last weekend Alexei ran a 2E game (no bells and whistles, pretty much PHB only), using the module The Halls of Tizun Thane. I dug out some old 2E PCs I'd made either in Evansville or in Toyama between games, just out of boredom. I had a Dwarf Fighter/Cleric and a Human Bard in a folder on my bookshelf, so they finally got to see action after 15 or so years wait. We explored a bit, got a pittance in loot, but hopefully we can convince Alexei to run it again, as I sure had fun with it.
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