Friday, July 23, 2010

TAS Form 2, Revised

I enjoy the conceit that my gaming group is the only one in the world to play Classic Traveller recently. Traveller has had a long life, with all its different incarnations, but I still love the first one the best, and refuse to even attempt to justify it. Call it nostalgia. Call it a soft spot for minimalism. Call it whatever! But I love it. I love the lack of art, the lack of examples, the assumption that the players of the game might actually like to use their imagination rather than pick and choose from lists of superhuman feats and whatnot.

At any rate, our group completed a Classic Traveller campaign last year, and I felt it was one of the best I've ever run. It's certainly the only one I've ever kept a complete GM journal for (which is up at the Star Chamber, buried somewhere in the Starchives).

I always loved the CT character sheet, which looked like it had been produced by the Internal Revenue Service. But I wanted room for players to be able to write down the modifiers for each weapon vs. range and armor and all the other stuff, so I made a new one, attempting to keep the look and feel of the original. Here it is, if anyone ever needs it.

Gonen's World Character Sheet

I've created a new character sheet for the so-called "Savage Worlds Edition" of Gonen's World. You can find it at the Gonen's World Blog.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hands Off My Band b/w Heavy Metal Alibi

I've been promising to share these demos with a few people and haven't yet, so here they are. I'm experimenting (off and on) with the new laptop and recording software. Hopefully, the sound will improve over time. Until then, I'll just call it lo-fi. Consider this a 7-inch single, so underground that only three or four people are cool enough to hear it.

Hands Off My Band was originally for Captain Murgatroyd, but the Captain has returned to his super-fortress in Iceland and the song was only rehearsed once. Lacking the talents of the other Agents of Murgatroyd, I am forced to present it solo, thanks to the preset "metal" drumbeat on my keyboard (which fit too well for comfort).

Heavy Metal Alibi really needs another vocal track but I'm not up for it. The drums are basically me hitting keys live (2 tracks worth) and could be worse, but are still very sloppy. The lyrics at the end are wrong and make no sense. That's OK. I think I'll just leave this one as-is. I've tried re-recording it and it just loses something.

Busted Time Machine & Super Awesome Connor Blog for Reading

Hey, all. For some interesting writing by cool people, check out Brady Boyd's blog, Busted Time Machine, which has a great story up now called Uncle Junk (very enjoyable) and the Super Awesome Connor Blog for Reading, which is my son's blog. He's turning into quite the writer of both inane snippets and serialized fiction. I'm very proud.