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I'm being a very good boy and I've already started on work on the next lot of games, three for Conquest, two for The Big Weekend. For those interested, The Big Weekend will be going ahead this year, but in a reduced format (no miniatures) due to 2 of the 4 members of the organising committee having to quit due to real life.

Information has started to be gathered from those in the know for Friday Night Poker Club: Arkham Asylum Edition, characters are started for Ball of Dreams, and evil plans are under way for Powerplay. However, I need a small favour. Can anyone who has played in any of the versions of No Heir for the Throne of Amber please get in contact with me? I just need a summation of the end results of each game, especially as what happened to Brand, Martin, the Pattern and the rest of Oberon's children. If you were in any of the previous games can you please email me at random@hitpoint.com.au?

I'm still thinking about what to do with Ball of Dreams. My original thought was have a guest NPC as Sarah for the brief time that she was there, but the original person I asked has had to pull out due to real world reasons, so I'm not sure. At the moment I'm thinking of not having a physical Sarah, and using the movie (which I will be playing on my laptop during the game) as a representation of her.

I've come up with some really good ideas as to how I could do things in Ball of Dreams, but they would require having a GM following every player, so I'm going to have to rethink them. :)

And now to the meat of the post. It was suggested some time ago by a number of the Melbourne gamers that they would love to have me come down there periodically to run games outside of conventions. I have enough of a back catalogue that I could do that.

However, a thought has occurred to me. While I would love to run these games again, each of these games (excluding the Amber series) is a one off event. I create the characters, I create the scenario, I give it to the players, they do as they wish with it (and me) and that's it.

How about an on-going thing, instead? Who would be interested in me running a periodic freeform (once ever two or three months) with a continuing story? The players create their own characters and initial scenario, and after the game is over I get the updates from everyone and work out what happens in the intervening time ready for the next session?

System/genre/universe/etc will be up to the players. Who would be interested?

My thoughts would be after each game players have a certain amount of time to get information to me as to what their character did/are planning on doing, then I get to work on them for a while and get the updated characters back to the players at least a week before the next session. If games were held every two months (approx 8 weeks) I would say allow three weeks after the game for information to get back, I would work on things for three or four weeks and then have the updates out before the next game.

As for who we allow to play, I wouldn't recommend having it open to everyone, but I think it should be reasonably open to play. I wouldn't want to be the one who says who can and who can't play (because I am a lousy judge of character, always have been) but would probably choose the people who do.

Come to think of it, I see no reason why I would limit this to Melbourne only. There's enough people here in Brisbane who would probably enjoy this type of thing. If we ended up going ahead with this I can see me running two games in the same universe with allowance for cross-over between them.

So, who's interested? If you know people outside of LJ land (and yes, they do exist) who might be interested, please ask. I'd like to see if this is something I should follow up on.

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punk_rock_nerd
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
My dear Random: I know Fi's been dying for someone to make this offer.

7th Sea. Run us a 7th Sea continuing Freeform, because we will love you forever if you do
teknohippi
Feb. 12th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
What he said!!
psuedonym777
Feb. 13th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
And thirded! That sounds awesome!
halloranelder
Feb. 13th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Right, I suppose this means that I'm going to have to buy the 7th Sea roleplaying books now! Evil people!
teknohippi
Feb. 13th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Just get the PG, have a look at the website and the forums and read any extra stuff in the world from my collection (which is almost complete)
It is not that hard and you do not even have to touch any of the meta plots of the world or you can do what I have done and change them
BTW if you can find a copy of the Montaigne Revolution or Rapiers Edge in QLD I will pay you for them......
delwyn
Feb. 13th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
If you're keen to get them, try FRP Games - they're US based, have a huge range and reasonable prices (shipping tends to be where it stings, but you'll still get most things cheaper than local stores even when including shipping costs). I've only ordered from them once (about 3 weeks ago) and found them to be fast and courteous - I received a quote for shipping charges within 2 days of requesting it and the package shipped the following day, arriving here a week later. I'd have no qualms doing business with them again.
teknohippi
Feb. 13th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I'll give it a go - Mind Games have a supplier that suxs big time and they did not even get the last book in
ozisim
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
I played in No Heir, but with my memory being still munted, I can't remember very much.

If you were willing to run LARPS in Sydney, I'm sure I could make up the numbers.

delwyn
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
I played in one of the first No Heir's that you ran at Conquest several years ago (back when it was still hosted at University High eeek!) but can't recall any details concerning what actually happened. I know I was playing Random and that I came out with my skin intact, with no extra responsibilities being lumped onto me (ie, able to retire to Shadow with my new wife) I'm pretty sure Martin came out of it one piece too.

In the sequels, as Delwyn, I'd identified a few spikards in the possession of members of both courts and had generally come to the conclusion that Dad was still an asshole, my step-siblings still self-important, petty brats and that it was generally a mistake for Sand and I to have reaquainted ourselves with them. (I blame her for making me go - she's the one that wanted to see what the family was up to but I couldn't very well let her walk into that viper pit alone and unprotected...) The Chaosians were about as bad as the Amberites, but with more interesting scenery.

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As for an ongoing freeform, I'll register tentative interest pending selection of genre/universe/etc ;)
halloranelder
Feb. 13th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the info.

I don't suppose you can remember who (if anyone) ended up as Prince Regent in that session, or was that the "everyone's a bastard" session where no one ended up with the job?
delwyn
Feb. 13th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Unfortunately it's been too long for me to remember... may have been Gerard?
mareth_redorb
Feb. 12th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
From when I played No Heir last year, I was Corwin and avoided all responsibility (other than killing my dear, traitorous brother) and Random ended up getting lumped with having to rule Amber.

If you were to run a bi-monthly freeform down here I'd probably be up for it (depending on when you run it and where).
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