I finally started the Talislanta campaign. Everyone seemed to enjoy it; no one looked bored at any rate. I felt like I could’ve done better but, I am pretty sure that that is more a reaction of nerves than anything else. At least, I didn’t kill any of the PCs right off the bat. (Although it got a bit iffy there for a moment — Who knew swarming scorpions could get that deadly!) I keep forgetting just how lethal the setting is. And just how truly squishy the characters are. Oh, well. They didn’t die. 🙂
I am looking forward to the time when they run into the other stuff/bad guys that I have planned.
I’d originally written this particular campaign for DnD 2nd edit (for Land of Fate/Al Quadim) Which should give most gamers a pretty good idea of how long it took me to work up my nerves to actually *run* a game like this. Converting it to the Talislanta milieu was a stone *bitch*. Every-freaking-thing in Tal is either purple, green, lizard, amphibious – or some odd combo of all. So I am taking your basic Ali Babba (or Alladin, if you prefer) story backdrop and trying to make it fit into the exotica that is Tal. Can we say “glutton for punishment”? I knew that you could!
When J was doing the GM bit for us he always signed his notes to the players as “Thy Vile GM”. Michael has dubbed me the “Divine GM”. Of course, he is already threatening to take the title away. Sheesh! Eighteen hundred scorpions sure puts a dent in someone’s humor.
*****More Gnus From The Writing Front****
J and I have been batting around the idea of publishing – or rather, trying to publish – the stories of the games he has run/been in for the past twelve years. The characters are all very well developed and not simple PC munchkins. But, the whole idea of trying to go through TSR/Wizards of the Coast and get this done gives me the shivering dreads. Further, we have built whole new dimensions, with new worlds, peoples, flora and fauna. I for one, don’t want to simply hand that off.
Web publishing has been suggested. **shrug** I don’t know. It certainly has to be a modicum easier than trying to get a big name company to allow us to use their settings – or for me to completely write anew all the different worlds, etc. that this game has been set in.
I guess its all just fear again. If I have the excuse of a huge corporation red-taping us into a corner then I don’t actually have to let random strangers read my work. Despite appearances to the contrary, I am actually a fairly introverted/shy person. (‘a delicate flow-wah!’)
I’ve considered putting some of the story here in LJ. I could get random opinions – and its for free. I’m still debating though.