July 19th, 2007

Rastan Kill Monsters

SW SAGA as Sword & Sorcery [gaming geekery]

As I mentioned last night, this is an idea I've been chewing on for a little while now. It's no secret that Star Wars is "space fantasy" ... and the Saga Edition ruleset has a lot of changes that really appeal to me as being a good fit for a sword-and-sorcery (or "low magic") game:

  1. Equipment is no longer the end-all be-all of every character class. Running around with little or no armor is now quite feasible, but for characters with the right training it can be a significant advantage.

  2. Swashbuckling, run-around-the-field action! Getting rid of iterative attacks, adding level-based damage, and the nonheroic mooks make for great scenes of hacking your way through a horde of Picts.

  3. Faster Character/Monster Creation. One of the things that turned me off about Conan d20 was that it made the already-complex d20 character creation even moreso. So far creating foes and critters in Saga has been much faster and hasn't required something like E-Tools, which is a big plus.

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Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?

-The Gneech
Me Barbarian

S&S SAGA Note to Myself [gaming geekery]

Examine weapon damage. In SWSE non-powered melee weapons don't generally do enough damage to overcome damage threshold.

Sword: d8 (1-8, average 4.5)
Lightsaber: 2d8 (2-16, average 9)
Blaster: 3d6 (3-18, average 10.5)

I seem to recall Conan d20 weapons doing much more damage than D&D equivalents. Look into this.

-The Gneech
Torey Rave

Speaking of Music From 20 Years Ago...

Finally, a film kylet and I can both enjoy! :D

I'm referring to Music and Lyrics, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore that came out earlier this year, made absolutely no waves whatsoever, and disappeared. However, laurie_robey rented it from Netflix and, as I am a sucker for both romantic comedies and Hugh Grant, I periodically stopped off from working on Suburban Jungle and caught goodish chunks of it, including pretty much all of the last act.

The basic premise is that in the '80s, Hugh Grant was the second banana in a band called "Pop!" (not to be confused with other sound effects, such as "Pow!" or "Wham!"), and when the leader of "Pop!" set off on his solo career, Hugh Grant's character faded into has-beenism ... until one day (and this is the part where Vince comes in) he is approached by a Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera type ("Cora") who wants to collaborate with him on a song, giving his career a much-needed boost.

Only problem is, the reason he was the second banana in the first place, is that he while he's a fine performer he can't compose his way out of a paper bag -- leaving him in a bind unless he can get some help. Enter Drew Barrymore, the woman who takes care of his plants for him and also happens to be a would-be writer and poet.

So yeah, you can probably figure out the plot from here. No real Bellamy, but plenty of snappy dialogue and the good old "boy gets girl / boy loses girl / boy gets girl" formula tried and true. Nevertheless, quite enjoyable. And, well ... the opening sequence makes my inner Brody Coyote go squee. :D

Think I'll be picking up a copy of this one. :)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Pop! -- "Pop! Goes My Heart"