Post UK Games Expo 2015 Video

I’ve been at the UK Games Expo 2015 all weekend with my wife Hannah gaming with some fantastic people, trying some new games and meeting up with top YT folks.

I’m very tired but wanted to get some of my first thoughts down as a video.

Session 1 Part 4 Agents of Empire

The fourth and final part of the first session uploaded by James.

Session 1 Part 3 Agents of Empire

Part 3 of the first session has been uploaded by James.

Session 1 Part 2 Agents of Empire video uploaded

Part 2 of the Agents of Empire game I play in run by Aurél András Kovács, and starring James Chambers, Lilienberg Ferenc, Sebastian Bengtsson, Martin Papp has now been uploaded by James 🙂

Useful links page updated

I have just finished updating the useful links page to contain links to the Fate hacks that I have stored on my Google Drive.

Star Wars: Agents of Empire – Session 1 Part 1

I recently started playing in a Starwars Edge of Empire campaign titled “Agents of the Empire” run by Aurél András Kovács, the video below is part of the first session recorded by James Chambers.

 

UK Games Expo 2015 is imminent

The UK Games Expo 2015 is imminent (in-fact I’ll be getting aboard a train to take me there tomorrow evening), I’ve not really done much convention gaming in the past TBH (unless you count a Gen Con UK umpteen years ago where I was distracted by my wife falling off a bus the first night there, but that’s another story) so this will be my first real experience of con gaming.

So what made me decide to take the plunge?

Well previously I’ve always been put off a bit by the notion of 24/7 gaming, I need a bit of time to re-charge between games and the idea of just hammering through one game after another without really having time to enjoy them has never really appealed to me; since I started doing RPGs online though I’ve played in a number of very enjoyable one-shot games, and this has made me decide to give the UKGE 2015 a try. Also two of my regular Jadepunk players (Jenny and Mathew) are attending the convention (I think we can let Thashif off given that he lives in New Zealand) so it will be nice to actually meet them in person, I think we’re in a couple of games together and I know Jenny is running a Hollow Earth Expedition game that I’m playing in.

So what am I planning to do there?

Well I’m going to try and resist the urge to buy a lot more RP books since I have a big stack I need to work my way through and review as it is; I’m attending the event as a tester to see whether I enjoy convention gaming, with a view to possible running something in the future if I do (gotta spread that Fate love somehow ;)). So this event is about relaxing for me and enjoying gaming, I’m not going to be taking any big camera rigs with me to record videos or anything along those lines, that said however, I will have my Dictaphone and my mobile phone so there is a possibility that I’ll produce some bloggable material, as long as it doesn’t interfere too much with the gaming side of things.

Can’t wait to get to the convention now and see what it’s like 🙂

Future Youtube Videos

* RPG BUGBEARS – Excessive searching and obsession with detail.

* GM tips – Make sure your players understand the goal/aim of your game.

* GM tips – accents & vocal mannerisms

* Player tips – collaboration & selling

* RPG Questions – Importance of maps

* GM tips – The entirely improvised session

* RPG Bugbears – Lengthy scenery descriptions.

* RP based around equipment.

* Published metaplot vs sandbox

* Soundtracks in RPGs

* Railroading

* Getting new players involved in RPGs

* Balance of Prep

* Selling for other people

* “what people want” – make sure NPCs have motivations

* When to cut your losses with a rules system

* Player Tips – Creating compelling characters

* GM tips – Describing a scene

* Player Tips – Be cooperative

* Player Tips – The pluses and minuses of social characters

* Combats that take too long, chewing up entire sessions

* G+ hangout sessions – when to cut your losses

Favourite Quotes from the GEF 2015

There was a lot of cool and funny (sometimes both) stuff said at the GEF, i’m going to note some of them – there’s probably far more than I can remember (i’ll try not to lose my notepad in the first five minutes of the event next time) but here are the ones I can:

 

“Do you want some of this Rimmel 60 second red nail polish, I don’t know how good it is?”
“Same make as my black nail polish, pretty good.”

– Azzan and Larego during the morning fey glamour preparations

 

“Salami-when-you-wake-up”

– Redcaps even have to get a mention of food into a traditional Jackals greeting

 

“How have you been dealing with the effect on your glamour?”
“It’s very annoying there is less blood on my face than normal and none of it is coming from my hat.”

– Even redcaps were affected by Dolorous’ manipulation of Haven’s link to Arcadia

 

“Unless I can eat those women i’m not interested.”
“Do you want to re-phrase that?”
“No.”

– redcap response to a highly suspect party of suggestive young women arriving at our faction gate

 

“I think I better go and investigate those women at the gate.”
“Someone’s getting robbed then.”

– another response to the party of suspect women/muggers

 

“We’re 3 gold up – we’re in profit.”
“Dude, someone got executed.”

– discussing an evening altercation

 

“Dredd is an excellent bard, i’ve seen him sing songs that made a dwarf weep.”

– a true statement

 

“I’m sorry Lord Oberron, Edreja was speaking to me.”
“Tell Edreja to go away.”

– Lord Oberron, High King of the Unseelie discusses communication with one of his kin

 

“Do you have much experience in the Everwood?”
“It’s where I live.”

– discussing a trip to the Everwood in order to speak with Lord Cleaver

 

“We need claw beasts.”
* several people raise hands *
“Okay, you’re demonic high mages.”
* puzzled looks and waving of claws *
“They’re natural claws, you can cast in them.”
* several smiles and high-fives *

– monster statting

 

“There someone behind us… one’s got behind us!”
* whack whack whack whack *

– Ash, born to be a claw-beast

 

“I’m only here as a slow moving distraction for Ash.”

– Me, decidely not born to be a claw-beast but enjoying it none the less

 

“You are the most beautiful and unique creatures of this world, you are all perfect in your difference, you are dreams, you are what the other races of this world ache and long to be. I hate you all, and I love you all.”

– High King of the Unseelie, Lord Oberron addresses his subjects

 

“What was the name of the person you’re looking for?”
“I don’t mean to sound rascist but all you non-fey sort of look alike to me.”

– Redcap communication challenges

 

“Some things are better written down than said aloud”

– Inky bringing Larego up to speed on what he has discovered about Redcap history.

 

“Yes, Lord Cleaver is most… impressive.”

– Maximillian, envoy from the Unicorn Fey Courts of the Everwood

 

“It’s clear that we are not what we once were.”
“Things change.”
“Like any hunter we have adapted to be more effective in a changing environment, we have changed and have taken on the ways of others to more effectively camouflage ourselves so that we might move among our prey unseen and hunt where we will. That is what I believe.”

– Larego and other redcaps discuss redcaps past & present

 

“I know that i’m unseelie but you’d better believe i’m swearing my fealty to that big bald b*stard over there”

– Swearing fealty to the newly chosen fey princes

Great Edrejan Fayre 2015: Highs & Lows

It’s traditional after doing a LARP event to post highs and low points of the event, normally these are posted on Facebook but I thought ‘hey, since i’ve got this new kiss-ass website why not put them on there instead?’

I couldn’t come up with any good reason why not so here we go; as always i’ll start with the lows so that I can end on a high note.

Lows

  • Despite feeling more awake and energetic due to the controlled lowering of my epilepsy medications a combination of the hot weather and tiredness still left me flagging by the end of the day.
  • There never seems to be enough time to get around to doing everything that you want to do.
  • There was a lot of waiting around in the monster room whenever we went down to monster.
  • Watching someone spit their dummy because they shouted out a weapons call and the monster (surrounded by about five people hitting him with weapons) obviously didn’t hear them; by the time I tapped the monster on the should and said ‘You’ve been halted’ the person had stormed off.
  • At one point trying to get back to our faction camp and failing five times because each time I got called away by something, thankfully Alex bought me a sandwich so I actually managed to eat something.

Highs

  • Escaping with Excalibur as a demon high mage.
  • The pig men outside the Tesseract and watching as a combination of redcaps and beastkin leapt on them screaming about bacon – go Team NomNom 🙂
  • Really enjoying the Unicorns as a faction, great friendly bunch.
  • Enjoying being a diplomat, a different game and very interesting.
  • Being told more about redcap history.
  • Lord Oberron’s arrival and the scene surrounding the swearing in of the two new fey princes.
  • Lots of entertaining and different monster roles.
  • The refs making good use of limited monsters in the final fight and trusting the monster crew not to take the p*ss with the abilities we were given.

Overall i’m very much looking forward to the next event, planning on stocking up on coffee/energy drinks in an attempt to keep me going throughout.