I've been involved with a number of roleplaying groups, for
the past ten years or so, on and off (mostly off in the past
few years!). It struck me that I've used quite a few systems,
so I'm using this space to list them and to thank the GMs and
other players that I have played with.
Some of my favourite games
|Dungeons and Dragons
|Dungeons and Dragons
|Call of C'thulu
||Lord Edward Thompson
|Star Trek||Chris Gardner
It seemed to happen in games Dungeon Mastered by Mr. Greaves,
our chemistry teacher, that when a character was killed they
would be replaced by thier brother. In this way after the death
of the dwarf Grimli, his brother Gromli joined the party at the
next town. Similarly with Biffo and Boffo, two halfling princes.
The first met his death in an incident with a magic beanstalk, it
started growing at a phenomenal rate, with Biffo on top! It was
quite a nasty fall. The second died whilst trying out the powers
of an heirloom, a powerfully magical sword which had its own
conciousness and could telepathically communicate with Boffo.
It also allowed Boffo to fly. Unfortunately, flying up to a
manticore to swipe at it with a sword is not such a good idea.
Boffo found this out the hard way. The last his companions saw
of him was the sword flying off to the next in the family line ...
with Boffo's arm still attatched.
My Vietnam war character, Eddie Toms, got into more scrapes
than most. A black man, he was in charge of the infamous
Lee brothers, redneck twins from the deep south, who were
rumoured to be paid up members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Understandably things were tense to start with! However
once they had fought together barriers seemed to drop and the
Lee brothers began to have a some respect for Eddie.
One of Eddie's greatest triumphs came when he and another
soldier were trapped in a latrine belonging to the North
Vietnamese. The idea was to knock out two Vietnamese as they
came in and escape disguised in thier clothing. Unfortunately
all thier clothing was far too small for Eddies 6'5" companion!
The pile of bodies built up behind the door, until in walked a
Russian general, whose uniform was almost big enough. Needless
to say, when the pair tried to sneak away they were immediately
spotted and chased into a paddy-field, where they hid under the
water breathing through reeds! They also managed to aviod the
machine gun fire that was raking the place at the time.
Eddie also made a few mistakes, the first time he led a patrol
a party of North Vietnamese was spotted. Eddie reported to his
C.O. that they had come across some North Koreans! His worst
error of judgement occured when his patrol were trapped in a
bunker with the sound of approaching troops all around them.
In a fit of panic, Eddie decided to call down a napalm strike,
it was only after they got out that they found themselves
surrounded with dead Americans!
Lord Edward Thompson
Lord Edward was an eccentric English gentleman. He had lost his
marbles in a big way during the Great War. He habitually wore
a pith helmet and always carried a tin of baked beans with him.
Despite this, he was still accepted in society. On a journey on
the Orient Express with a number of his friends a series of
mysterious murders took place. Unfortunately the group were such
poor detectives that it only became apparent to them who the
culprit was when only one suspect was left alive.
Edwin Thomas was my Wild West character. Initially a law abiding
sherriff, he was forced to go along with a band of bandits when
his family were threatened. He soon found that he was profiting
so much by this arrangement, that he was happilly co-operating
with any local criminal who had enopugh money for a bribe!
Herman the German
I can't remember the name of this character, so Herman will
have to do. He was one of a German "Dirty Dozen", he had been
imprisoned for homosexual crimes (His C.O. had failed to get
him into bed!).
If you're wondering, Star Dragons was a heavily adapted
Dungeons and Dragons. All the usual fantasy stuff plus
spaceships, lightsabres and the like. Mark Wilks was only
14 when he made this adaption, yet he was able to set up
a convincing universe, where magic rubbed shoulders with space
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