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Christopher Blanchard
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Husband, father, and writer.
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Check out what I got in the mail! Pentaquark, a solo card game. Excited!
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So, this is almost a week late, but last weekend, I got to run a game of Threadbare at a local mini-con. I ran the Machine scenario that's in the rule book. Before I get started on how the game went, I want to note that due to work and life issues, I didn't have as much time to prep for this as I wanted. We had several last minute cancellations at the con as well, in terms of participants, so I only ended up with 2 players. These combined to make my game, that was scheduled for 4 hours, take about 2. I think that with better prep and at least two more players that this could easily have been 3 hours of solid game play. Below are the pictures from the game. I brought toys for the PC's to make their characters with, and we ended up with Lord Stuffings and Cam the Christmas Stocking as our characters. Lord Stuffings also had an NPC body guard, Cap, an action figure (we used Dollface for him, and it worked out just fine). They decided that the Machine was a series of connected cars with treads that was slow and tough, like a train of tanks. They were rescuing refugees from Mayor Murder-Baby and his army of plastic soldiers, who was using them as slave labor to build his wooden fortress. They were asked to rescue them from the community of Geppetto's Toy Store, from which many of these refugee's originally came, and where Lord Stuffing is a high ranking member of the ruling class. Along the way, however, they start running low on fuel and it storm comes along. The game was great, and in the end, Lord Stuffings, who is good at negotiating with people, discovers that Mayor Murder-Baby is just trying to protect his people from the horrors of the world, which hurt him long ago by taking away his best friend. So, in return for letting the refugees go, Lord Stuffings agrees to bring aid to the fortress and fix it, and then maybe open up trade between the two communities. Mayor Murder-Baby agrees, and everyone ends up, well, not quite friends, but willing to help each other out.

Over all, it was a lot of fun. The system was pretty simple and easy to use, and worked out pretty well for everything that happened in game. The players like the character creation aspect, though we all agreed that the Mekka group of toys seems a little too broad, and the three forms don't cover everything that appears in it. For example, whole Dollface worked for action figures that have accessories, what happens if you're like a non-battery operated toy like a plastic dump truck. Batteries Not Included doesn't seem to fit, but it's probably the closest. We realized that basically the forms are just a matter of choosing how failure looks for your toy, and not necessarily an exact description of the toy's actual appearance. I did feel that as a game master the scenarios are a little light on details, but I also liked this one in particular because of the questions it forces the players to answer that could make each game different.
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Hey gang. I'm looking to run a Threadbare game at a local games day event, and I have a question. What are your thoughts on using pre-made characters? That's how we normally do things at this event, because it's a one-shot game day. And part of my thoughts were to not only make pre-gens, but to have toys that represent these characters, to make it more immersive. But, this game also makes it about the players, and making characters and answering questions about those characters are a big deal... so, I'm wondering what the community thinks about this.

Random RPG idea that popped into my head this morning. A cold war era type Spy game set in a fantasy world. So, imagine your typical D&D campaign setting set in a 1960ish world with a cold war type thing going on, and your party is a group of super spies. James Bond meets D&D. Now, I just need a system to run it in... (not that I have the time to play it or anything)


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Okay, guys... I need to know. When is Sense8 Season 2 coming out?
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