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  • #70494
    JozisTinMan
    Participant

    A quick mini playtest of my convention game, enjoy!

    https://jozistinman.blogspot.com/2017/08/death-temple-of-sarnath-playtest-1.html

    Game

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

    #70507
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Very cool.  I too use a streamlined version of my rules for convention style games. Makes it easier for me if nothing else.

    #70600
    Howard Whitehouse
    Participant

    As the designer and mad genius behind Astounding Tales, I say you are completely correct to make it dead simple for convention games. I seldom measure moves but say, “Move  up to the temple” or “Get to the wall.” I use most of the stats ‘as is’ except for when there are obvious difficulties of the “He’s behind a tombstone in the dark, so let’s say -2 from your GATS.”

    The rules are simply mechanisms to support the action. In a con game it’s all about the action and the interplay between characters, so emphasise that and don’t worry about the details.

    I do all my own stunts.

    #70847
    JozisTinMan
    Participant

    Thank you!  And thank you for all of the great rules you have put out.   Getting a response from the master himself is an honor, kind of like writing a short story and having HP Lovecraft or Robert E. Howard tell you they liked it.

    I am shamelessly ripping off your philosophy.  I have never played in a game you have run, but I have seen them, and I love your approach and style.

    Now ordering little plastic Oscar looking trophies from Amazon to hand out as well, to get everyone in the right frame of mind.

    I ran another session, you can see it here: http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/2017/08/death-temple-of-sarnath-playtest-2.html

    Thanks again and I will post how everything goes, I expect by March I will have run this a half dozen times at 3 conventions.

    http://jozistinman.blogspot.com/

    #70860
    Howard Whitehouse
    Participant

    Now my head is all swollen up.

    My approach to running a big convention game is very much the demented ringmaster of a sort of improv comedy circus. At the end we have a few minutes where players take turn to tell what they were planning, how it worked out, and why they deserve an Oscar for, erm, something.

    I do all my own stunts.

    #70863
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Anything lovecraft will have me interested, and this certainly fits the bill!

     

    The game looked great, and the I got the feeling it played well too. Please keep sharing 🙂

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