Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 6

So after all of that with the mission to the grey’s abandoned asteroid base… Starting with a new Character Entering the Base Getting Past the Entrance Deeper in the Base Exploring the Lab and Android Fight! What did I take away from this playtest session as a designer and referee? It was very easy to scale…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 4

With the entrance to the Grey’s base behind them, our group of marines headed deeper into the old, abandoned station. What would they find? A conference table, a handful of tall office chairs, and three other doors. The technician and the medic headed over to check the first door. It was blocked and locked. Through the…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 3

When we left our small party of space marines, they were just being fired up by a previously hidden laser cannon that just popped out of a wall after they got the power on. On this mission, they were led by Aserious Commander and Technician Sean Samsonite, along with their marine friends Buddy and Jennifer.…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 2

So in the last post we set up the mission. Head into the Asteroid Field with our squad of space marines and investigate a seemingly abandoned base of the Grey Men. Armed with two players and three NPCs, we tackled it with enthusiasm. Teaching a Drone to Fly Upon arrival, the dropship pilot determined that there…

Aliens & Asteroids: The Second Public Playtest, Pt 1

What, you didn’t think we stopped at one playtest session for Aliens & Asteroids, did you? 🙂 The first session we ran, I had a single player show up at my FLGS – Petrie’s Family Games. John was great, created a fun Technician character, and we had a fantastic time dealing with a hidden Grey…

Aliens & Asteroids: The First Public Playtest, Pt 1

When beginning a brand new effort for a completely new rules system and setting, there’s always a bit of terror. Is it good enough? What will people think? Will folks have fun? Will anybody show up? Wait? What do you mean “will anybody show up?” Well, several weeks ago I started something completely terrifying for…

Zhilin Campaign Journal #2: Rules Tweaks

In the last post, we described a bit about the players, the setting, and the characters involved in our new Mazes & Perils campaign set in the City-State of Zhilin. This time I’d like to cover a bit about some of the rules I’ve added or clarified. Rules. Ugh. I’ve been playing role-playing games since…

Revisiting the Past: Why Cantrips Bug Me in 5e

Way back when the world was flat and I was playing 1e AD&D in the mid 1980s, a book came out that threw a number of monkey wrenches into our nice, ordered existence… Unearthed Arcana. There were some cool things like Cavaliers and extended item lists. There were some weird things like the new stat…

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