Entries in RPGs (3)
Rob Lang (@thefreerpgblog) keeps himself very busy on the internet. For six years now he's been reviewing and publicizing free paper & pencil RPGs at The Free RPG Blog. It's the natural startingplace for anyone looking to dive back in to that increasingly quaint--but probably still a lot of fun--hobby. He is also the author of a few free RPGs of his own, notably ICAR, a massive and impressive sci-fi game that, it bears repeating, is 100% free.
And now Rob has become a webcomic artist with Micro Dictator, in which Felix, Doggy and Bobot consider the evidence that mummy is a Nazi (she's been burning books) and why slices of bread fit so easily into DVD players.
Like many a middle-aged Star Wars fan, I'm a former D&D player. I describe my introduction to D&D, and pay homage to Gary Gygax, in A Long Time Ago. So when I learned that Gygax's sons Luke and Ernie Gygax, together with former Dragon Magazine editor Tim Kask, and others were launching Gygax Magazine, I signed up for the mailing list right away. I don't play anymore, and haven't for years, but I still wanted to see what this was all about.
Yesterday I received this invitation to the Gygax Magazine launch party in Brooklyn. I'd love to go, but as the general public (that means you) have so far mostly declined to buy multiple copies of my Star Wars memoir, I'm still too broke to quit my job and jetset around the world on the spur of the moment. Luckily for me, the launch party is being streamed live on the Gygax Magazine web site this Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 2 pm EST.
I had decided to write a post about Gygax Magazine, and try to help spread the word about it, even though it appeared to have nothing to do with Star Wars. It turns out, however, that there is a Star Wars connection, and quite an intriguing one. As the invitation explains, "There's a full day of gaming, including Savage Worlds, Marvel RPG, and Star Wars: Edge of the Empire."
What, I asked myself, is Star Wars: Edge of the Empire? I have since learned that it's the first of three new Star Wars tabletop roleplaying games from Fantasy Flight Games. From the FFG web site:
Edge of the Empire is the first of three standalone, but fully cross-compatible roleplaying systems. Each introduces a unique dimension of the Star Wars play experience, but the core mechanics are fully interchangeable. Players and GMs will have the option to use these materials separately or combine them as they see fit in order to carve out a unique, custom roleplaying experience.
The Core Rulebook for Edge of the Empire allows players to create characters with checkered pasts and deep obligations, and it invites them to experience the thrills and adventures of life on the outskirts and the fringes of the Star Wars galaxy. Coming later, Star Wars®: Age of Rebellion™ will allow players to take the fight to the Galactic Empire as members of the Rebel Alliance, and Star Wars®: Force and Destiny™ will permit players to assume the burden of the last surviving Force users who are hunted by the Empire and must fight for survival even as they seek to uphold the ideals of their forbears – the fabled Jedi.
It sounds really fun and different, and the web site make the product itself look gorgeous.
So if by chance you are a carefree jetsetting type, or happen to live in or around Brooklyn, head over to the Gygax Magazine launch party this Saturday. For more on Gygax Magazine, check out io9's piece from December. And for more on the new Star Wars RPG, visit Fantasy Flight Games.