The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 5

Last, but definitely not least, we have Commander Zell Cantrell, pirate and leader to the team. Played by KT, Zell embodies the ideals of a pirate and leads from the front. She is NOT to be trifled with! 6. Zell Cantrell, Commander   Zell was nothing like our first commander (A. Serious). Zell approached her…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 4

  After Sean Samsonite and Victoria Stone joined the party, we had two new characters join our ranks. One of those was Astra Brannigan, played by Kaelynn. 5. Astra Brannigan, Dominion Scientist Xenobiologist Astra Brannigan began pretty simply, but over time she’s gained a great deal of confidence and become a big part of the…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 3

Sean Samsonite was the first PC to join our Aliens & Asteroids playtest at my FLGS (Petrie’s Family Games), but he wasn’t the last. (You can read about him here.) The very next session we had a new player join our ranks, but only for a single night. Vernon created A. Serious Commander — a…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 2

Last time we talked about the main NPCs in our campaign, the dynamic duo of Space Marines Buddy and Jennifer. They have seen a lot of action and been a great way to get some other folks into a game at the table from time to time, including my daughter AJ. But today I want…

The Six Unique Characters in our Aliens & Asteroids Campaign, Part 1

For several months now, we’ve been playing in a regular Aliens & Asteroids game at my FLGS, and each character is very unique despite their chosen professions. That’s one of the nice things about this system. Character creation is not locked down once you select a career path. Sure, you can follow the path and only…

Personality Traits, Part 1 – The Lightside

Welcome again fellow adventurers! Let’s take on Personality Traits this time. In the last series of articles we discussed alignments and attitudes – views that characters have of their world. Now we get to add a few constants of character. We are working towards roleplaying in not only your first adventure with an interesting character,…

Accessibility as an ideal is more than readability

Continuing on the cool RPG blog carnival topic from Jacob Wood at Accessible Games, I want to talk a bit about an ideal of accessibility I don’t think we focus on enough in our roleplaying. And that’s encouraging the appearance of differently-abled characters in roleplaying worlds. Accessibility is more than just making sure a product…

EncounteRX – NPC Makeover, SyFy Face Off-style

Some of you may be addicted to Syfy’s Face Off competition series where they pit aspiring makeup and effects artists against different solo and team challenges in insane time frames. If not and you’re interested in some of the movie magic that goes into creating some of the creatures you find on television and the…

Starting a Lost Age Campaign…

Of late, beyond working on The Purple Lotus (the third Lost Age Adventure), I’ve been pondering how to start a campaign in this world. I’m hoping you can offer some suggestions to improve it, but here’s what I have so far… (It’s long, sorry!) Introducing the World of the Lost Age The World of the…

Favorite character – #RPGaDay, Day 8

Now on day 8, we’re diving into murky waters for the #RPGaDay effort this month. Favorite character is a tough decision and I’ll narrow it down to three. First, there was my Palladium Fantasy character… a wizard named Rilamus. He was a smartass who once called a god “Squid Face” and that may in fact…

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