Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Coming Out of the Dark

Jeesh, what a couple of months, between work, my eldest son's baseball games and practices, vacation, and more work I haven't had much time to do much of any writing lately. Honestly, while I have worked on some system tweaks for my master rules for the Savage Worlds version of Mythic Space, I haven't really felt very inspired to write. I've been in a nearly two month funk, and it doesn't show any sign of easing up. Oh well.

Part of my malaise is that damned ol' gamer ADD. I've been thinking about systems again. With the release of White Star, I've been thinking about the Frankenstein's Monster of a heartbreaker I was writing a year or two ago. There are a couple of other systems that have caught my eye as well. I'm becoming more interested in Numenera and The Strange with the Cypher System Core Rules on the horizon. My initial read through of those books left me a bit cold but interested enough to keep them on the shelf. Something has got me checking them out again. I'm still not sold on the system, but they are damn pretty books.

The other system I've been keeping my eye on is E.N. Publishing's W.O.I.N. system. Russ Morrissey is working hard on getting this out. You can check out the starter set and the ever-changing SRD at the link above. Dice pool systems are typically my bag, and the system reads like there's a lot of crunch there, but don't let it fool you. The game plays pretty damned smooth once you get the hang of it, which doesn't take long (from what I got to see during a playtest).

I did pick up and get several new board games between Father's Day and my birthday. I haven't got to do much with them yet, but I hope to soon. I now have in my collection Star Wars Imperial Assault, Dungeonquest Revised, Drakon (the new edition), Robo Rally, The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus, the Blood in the Forest expansion for Last Night on Earth, all but the Pretty Pretty Smash Up expansion for Smash Up, and Cards Against Humanity. Not too bad of a haul!