Posts Tagged ‘Blogging Wheel’

Blogging Wheel: FONFLIFF!

June 13, 2009

(10 bonus points if you get the reference in the subject line)

A few quick words about the Duel of Wits and combat systems in BW. To bottom-line it for you: me likey. (more…)

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Blogging Wheel: I Burn For You

June 13, 2009

Okay sports fans, this time I dig into the Character Burner to see what this Lifepath business is all about. Also slightly different format in that I read the book last night and so this is more like a review of sorts than a liveblog. That’s probably cheating but it’s probably for the best.

I should note at the start that my all-time number one favorite character generation system is FASA’s Star Trek. There’s this awesome series of tables that you choose or roll on (modified by things like your stats and previous rolls on the tables) to determine how your Academy years went, the results of your Cadet Cruise, and for your subsequent assignments (including your performance evaluation on those cruises) . Gives the character much more depth than simply “I’m a lieutenant j.g., a helmsman on a Reliant class ship, and a Vulcan.”  You know that’s where you end up because that’s the character you want to play but how do you get there? I’ve seen some really awesome and unexpected character background elements come up from this system when someone consistently gets shunted off to the Merchant Marine instead of top of the line ships, or a stellar career with an abrupt horrible performance rating – something happened there.

So that’s what I was hoping for when I heard the term “Lifepaths”. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what it is.

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[Blogging Wheel] Book 1, Sitting 1

June 9, 2009

Okay, here’s how this is going to work: I’m going to start reading and putting in comments/reflections as I go. Behind a cut of course; I’m not some kind of animal! New stuff will gather at the bottom because I can’t stand reading liveblogging stuff where I read in reverse order. Not sure how much I’ll cover in one sitting.

I should note I’m not doing this because I think the book is impenetrable. It’s really just a cheaty way of me making sure I actually read through this thing, which I feel I should but would otherwise probably drift away for. And as I’ve said, I feel like I haven’t given the game a chance and that I should be digging it.

My goal is to cover the core rulebook and the Character Burner. If this still seems like a good idea I’ll go on to the Magic Burner.

(I should also note that the Burning Wheel books are available at http://burningwheel.org/ and there’s a pretty active forum and wiki there as well. Check it out. The core rulebook and Character Builder are only $25 bundled together. Quite reasonable!)

So without any further ado: Liveblogging Burning Wheel

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Blogging Wheel!

June 9, 2009

I didn’t forget or chicken out! Tonight! I start this tonight! I promise!


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