Wednesday, January 23, 2013

System Update

Earlier I wrote about our group's journey through several different systems for our Sci-Fi game.

I'm happy to report that my prediction was correct and so far Savage Worlds is proving to be everything we want it to be for this game. I'm really falling even more in love with this system than I already was.

We've been getting a lot done per session, that includes combat, exploration, role-playing encounters and more. I think the switch to SW was absolutely the right decision for our game and our group. I'm having more fun than I have in a long time. I'm thinking less about the system itself and more about the game world and the characters. The crew of the Voidsong has really been making some interesting progress.

It's been exciting! Last session we had a character come closer to dying, without actually dying, than I've ever seen happen before. It literally came down to the last possible roll to save his character and BOOM! a six was rolled and there was much cheering! We've had battles with 20 or more entities on the table, and everything has run smoothly and quickly.

Our characters are relatively simple and easy to understand, but they all have lots of interesting things to do and they all feel more than customized enough.

I really can't say enough about how much fun we've been having. Some of that has of course simply been good storytelling and improvising by both the GM and all of the players, which could have happened in any system, but I think the system has helped us to focus on those things while also leaving us with some of the "system mastery" fun that can be had by engaging with the game system itself. From where I'm sitting it's the best of both worlds there.

Anyway, almost all of my gaming lately has been in Savage Worlds and it's worked quite well for both in person play and online gaming using Google+ and Roll20. I'll write a little more about my foray into online gaming soon, but that's been a lot of fun too.

Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update on how things have developed since we "settled" on Savage Worlds!

Good gaming!

-The Duke of Brandonshire