…they’ll save the world
My gaming group has taken August off, so as to allow me to get the Fall Fantasy series ready for it’s debut in early September. So far, things go well. I have enough of the area around the PC’s homeland mapped out for a start. I’m halfway through doing up character sheets for my 4 players, but still need to call Sam to see about adding two of her friends to the group. I’m using a very slightly mutated version of Chaosium’s Basic Roleplaying rules and my tinkering with them is done.
It’s going to be interesting seeing how the players deal with a world similar to, but vastly different than, the typical fantasy world. Let’s recap some of the differences.
1: Magic is very new to the world. Spells are not very powerful, nor are there many to choose from. Each spell has it’s own skill roll, so Sam’s mage may cast one at 55%, but another at only 20%. Additionally, some areas of the world have different levels of mana, so spells may be easier or harder to cast.
2: No magic items/weapons/potions. Simply put, magic hasn’t been around long enough to allow for the creation of such things.
3: Both magical creatures and non-human races are, in most cases, still evolving. There are a few magical creatures and maybe 6-8 nonhuman races, but most do not yet look terribly different from the animals/humans they are diverging from.
4: No vast dungeon complexes…yet. There are some pretty extensive ruins scattered about the world that could hold treasure and a dungeon ecology, but nobody has found them yet and their ecologies are just forming.
5: Most countries are small and very far apart. No riding across a dozen kingdoms on the way to the one you are seeking. Wilderness rules, baby.
6: Nobody is sure if there are gods, or if there are, what they are up to. Hence, any churches are either Unitarian sort of setups or as just worshiping one of the pre-magic gods and crossing their fingers for luck.
7: The PCs will be starting off with more education and experience than most characters do in my fantasy games. Additionally, they all have jobs and a pretty good amount of money in the bank.
So that’s it. The first game session will probably happen on the first Sunday in September. I’ll keep y’all posted on how things go.