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<![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Fersboo]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/6671-Fersboo Pen and Paper Games hosts a very powerful, but easy to seach and join database of players and game masters in the United States and Canada. Our forums are also a great place to find the most recent news, product releases, tips, and rpg discussion. en Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:18:20 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/pnpg_style/misc/rss.jpg <![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Fersboo]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/6671-Fersboo A new campaign http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/539-A-new-campaign Mon, 13 Jul 2009 00:18:01 GMT I'm going to start fleshing out the campaign idea I've had rattling around my head for awhile. The first thing I must admit is that I'm going to rip off ideas from about 20 different sources. The second thing is that I don't want the players to have too much of a clue of what exactly is in store for them; I want to keep them guessing.

I love role-playing and distain when everyone meta-games, pulling in knowledge their character wouldn't know or acting in such a way as isn't very realistic. I know it is a game, however for me the game is more enjoyable if characters act accordingly to the setting/information on hand.

I haven't DM'd in years, so I'm hoping not to totally blow it. But I want to make something fun that isn't the run of the mill type of game setting.

Anyhow, I am planning on a Modern/Near Future-esque campaign set here on Earth. However, things aren't exactly as they seem and the characters have been gathered together to help protect the masses who are truly oblivious to the dangers out there. There are some though who do catch brief glimpses of the bizarre, but someone has either dissuaded them or has successfully labelled them crackpots.

Conspiracies are everywhere, aliens walk among us and the future of mankind is at hand. The characters have an uphill climb and it seems that most everyone is out to get them and those that aren't are ready to turn against them in a moments notice.

Some of the things that I'm going to use for inspiration includes:

Burn Notice (one of the few shows I'll watch)
Ronin (great movie)
Johnny Mnemonic
Fifth Element
Hudson Hawk
The X Files (the early years before it started to blow)
The Dark Matter campaign setting
d20 Modern setting
d20 Future setting
Spycraft 2.0 Conspiracies
d20 Apocalypse setting
David Weber's Dahak triology
Some elements from the Battletech universe

I am going to be using the Spycraft 2.0 rule set, with a little supplementation from the d20 Modern/Future rule sets. Additionally, I am going to explore playing this online also. Eventually I want to run a face-to-face campaign also.

Of course comments would be welcome and if someone wants to provide me with a few pointers or collaborate, please feel free to do so. ]]>
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Greetings http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/536-Greetings Sun, 12 Jul 2009 02:13:47 GMT Hello, my name is John and I reside outside of Annapolis MD. I first started playing games at a young age as any child, but probably moved on to... Hello, my name is John and I reside outside of Annapolis MD.

I first started playing games at a young age as any child, but probably moved on to the harder games younger than most. As soon as I could see over the dining room table an observe my father playing chess, I started to play chess. My parents gave me my first wargame, Pea Ridge when I was 11. I was playing Poker, Casino and Pitch before that.

A couple of years later, while visiting my Grandfather, I was at the local library branch and was introduced to D&D. I loved it. However, two things kept me from playing much, I was pretty poor and my mother thought it was diabolical (growing up in the Bible Belt was interesting to say the least, I didn't know who Meatloaf, nor could play D&D, but my brother and I were allowed to buy anything with Kiss on the cover).

I continued to play here and there and even was able to scrap enough together to get Gang Busters. I graduated high school in 1986 and moved to central California and I soon discovered Battletech. I shortly thereafter went in the military and played both wargames and rpgs as time allowed.
1992 found me in central California again just in time for the Magic the Gathering craze.

A couple of years later I was back on the east coast (Maryland), was married and in 1996 started college(New York). With a full time job, a wife and taking a full coarse load I didn't find much time to game. Additionally, money was always tight. Next thing you know, college is over and my career took off.

The night before my anniversary and as we were packing for a trip to Las Vegas, my wife told me she was pregnant. We moved back down to Maryland in November 2001 and my beautiful daughter was born in January 2002. And we bought a house in May.

During that time I had picked up the 3rd edition DMG, PH and MM and the d20 Manual. I had gotten rid of all my 2nd edition and 2.5 edition years before so was eager to get back into gaming. I hated 3rd edition D&D, but loved the concept behind d20 Modern. One problem however, no one to game with.

I tried getting a video game console and went with an Xbox so I could game with people. However that left me unsatisfied and I trying to find hobby shops. I found a WotC store in a semi-local mall (about 20 miles) but it closed down shortly after I started looking around. I was looking into Games Workshop as there are a ton of them around here as Baltimore is a major center for GW here in America. I loved 1st edition WHFRP, but they weren't sure when a new edtion would come out.

Anyway, in 2007 I found a true game store in Glen Burnie just south of Baltimore. It had tons of games and when I walked upstairs there was a Battletech game going on. I found out that Battletech was coming back and new books would be out later in the year. So I currently am playing Battletech at the store every few months and have a monthly game I participate in.

I really wanted to start roleplaying again, so I tried to figure out what was out. I was tired of the cliched fantasy and wanted something substainsle. I found a bunch of Traveller stuff cheap, but couldn't find any interest. I started looking for d20 Modern/Future materials, but most aren't in print anymore. But I did find Spycraft 2nd edition and that is pretty close to d20 so I'm going to try that out.

My next step is finding a group. I've never played online before (I've played a MMORPG, Puzzle Pirates, but not a regular rpg), but am going to give it a try. I'm going to try and use Obsidian Portal also and Maptools. So I decided to keep track of my progress here. ]]>
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