September 8th, 2012

Friday Night Game - Broken Rooms Session

As noted last week, the Friday night gaming group started their Broken Rooms RPG campaign last night. You can read about the previous week's work on character generation and samples of combat and the like in this journal entry.

Note: Unless a character or non-player character has a superscript number attached to their name, all characters and non-player characters hail from Earth1, the Ordinary World (our world).

The players begin with a re-introduction to the world of Broken Rooms and the Nearside, went over the basic mechanics of the game, received copies of a Nearside Glossary, and played in several samples of combat once more.

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Yes, the players were annoyed with me, but let's face it, it was the perfect place to wrap up the first session. They had a really good time with the game, and were pleased with how things went. David and Angela commented that they really liked the game mechanics of the system, and that the Momentum system is simple to learn and easy to use, though all the players agreed that it takes a bit of time to get the hang of making Momentum rolls. (If you want to know what those are, buy the game - or ask me nicely in the Comments section!) :)

In any event, looking forward to next week's game session. This is fun!

Doctor Who: Dinosaurs on A Spaceship Thoughts

I just finished watching the latest episode of the new Doctor Who, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", and I just have to say something about this.

First off, I just want to say that despite the silliness of the plot and the total irrelevance of the dinosaurs to the story itself, I rather enjoyed this episode in a vicarious kind of way. As noted, the dinosaurs were irrelevant to the plot (other than Solomon's desire to capture them, and the whole business with killing the triceraptops to make a point), but they were fun to watch, although the first couple of them were a bit grotty. The ankylosaurs didn't come off all that well in the episode's first couple of bits with dinosaurs, and then came the sleeping juvenile tyrannosaur early on in the show. It appeared to be a bit...tubular, without shoulders to speak of. Not good, not good at all. The remainder of the dinosaurs seemed to work well, and looked good except the raptors, which didn't have feathers, but that's another matter. However, all that said, the dinosaurs in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" certainly were much better than those in the Pertwee tale "Invasion of the Dinosaurs". Worst. Dinosaurs. Ever.

I also thought it was odd when the Doctor commented, "I've never had a gang before.", as this is certainly not true in New Who as witness the "gang" in "Demon Run", the gaggle of folks that joined him in the Tennant Davros storyline, and the UNIT days. Among others.

Other than that, not much else to say about the episode. 'Nuff said.