I wasn't sure whether we'd be playing a board game or a roleplaying game last night, to be honest. When the Friday night players arrived at around 7:00 pm, we chatted a bit for around 10 minutes and caught up on life and the world at large, and then got down to business. The players told me that they had decided they wanted to play some Torg Eternity, and we talked about various options. They said they wanted to playtest the scenario that I was writing that I'd mentioned in my blog last week, and so that's what we did.
The players took about half an hour to create some player characters for the evening (yes, the character generation system is really that simple!, other than making some choices in terms of Skills and Perks), and once they'd finished that, we got down to it. The player characters were:
Dr. Andrea Jones (KathyB) - An ER Doctor
Helena Cross (Angela) - Roller Derby Girl
Maggie Armstrong (Ellie) - Runaway
Sgt. Jonathan Harper (DavidM) - NYPD Cop
Alexander Copeland (Mark) - Artist
As mentioned in the previous post about this, adventures for the Torg Eternity RPG are divided down into Acts and then Scenes. The adventure is one that I'm working on, with the tentative title "A Day at the Zoo" and is set on Day 1 of the invasion in New York City.
Suffice it to say that the players had a terrific time, though we were missing the Drama Deck, Destiny Deck, and Cosm Deck, but I compromised for that element in certain ways, giving out extra Possibilities and at times giving the players the equivalent of the cards. DavidM (unsurprisingly with the cop) and Angela (surprisingly with tools that she snatched up) were the combat saviours for the group, while Mark's artist surprised the others with his martial arts flair. I thought that Ellie might be at a bit of a disadvantage with her runaway, but she proved to be the most adept in the final Act bits, and the characters were really quite solid in how they got together at the zoo and worked well when they had to.
The way things stand right now, the Act One material needs a bit of additional text here and there, and I may have to weaken the opposition a bit, but overall is pretty solid. The Act Two material is still much rougher, and needs to be tidied up, have a couple of scenes re-written, and the final two scenes tidied up with some game mechanics added and specified.
The players were pretty happy with the way the playtest of the scenario for Torg Eternity went, and so was I. DavidM and Mark, who have never played Torg in any incarnation, were really thrilled with the game, and loved the simpleness of the game mechanics, though it did take them a bit of time to adjust to the idea of consulting the Bonus Table after rolling the d20.
I'm looking forward to running Torg Eternity when the game comes out, but have to say that I'm looking forward to next week. The players suggested we get back to the Coriolis - The Third Horizon scenario! :)