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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

#RPG Well, That's Never Happened Before...


For the first time in nine years of Tuesday Knights' gaming get-togethers the planned campaign (Pete's Top Secret SI game) couldn't be played... because the gamesmaster had forgotten it was games' night!

With Clare skipping this month because of a bad cold, Kevin, Erica, Simon, and I were sitting around in our lounge waiting for Pete to arrive, so we could have pizza (prepared by my good lady wife, Rachel) and then continue the espionage antics from last month.

Pete's usually one of the first to arrive, so when he was 20 minutes late I texted him... and quickly discovered he had completely forgotten he was supposed to be running an adventure for us and was, instead, out on the town with his work mates.

So the super-secret Facebook group with its events calendar alerts - and the mandatory email reminder that I send ever month in the week before a games session - had all fallen by the wayside!

Luckily, Simon had brought along his latest shiny purchase to show us: My Little Pony - Tails Of Equestria, The Storytelling Game.

This was the game I alluded to the other day, but that horse has bolted out the stable now (thanks to Pete's no-show) as, instead of just sitting around twiddling our thumbs, the four of us went through the rule book and created our own pony characters (Rachel couldn't be persuaded to join in!).

Erica (who, it turns out has a My Little Pony collection of old) and Simon made up 'Earth Ponies', Honesty Stout and Diamond Stare, respectively; Kevin created the pegasus Silver Eagle; and I'm the magic-using unicorn Smokey Jubilee.

The rules were very straight forward (I'm guessing we're way over the target age bracket the game is aimed at) and beautifully laid out, with a LOT of very large pictures across its glossy pages (as well as three pages of adverts for supplementary books, dice, character sheets etc)

The only drawback was that there didn't seem to be a smooth flow through the character construction process, rather a lot of jumping to and fro, but maybe that will come together with experience.

I was also surprised that a game about emulating the adventures of My Little Ponies (which , admittedly, I've never seen) included a section on money and buying equipment.

This was oddly Dungeons & Dragons-like for a game that refers to fights as "scuffles", and is all about friendship and helping each other achieve our goals.

Emphasising the commercial side of the game was the fact that the free online character sheet just has a blank square where you have to draw your pony with its equipment, whereas the character sheets you can buy came with basic pony outlines (different ones for the different species), that would have been a godsend for those of us who can't draw a horse let alone a magical unicorn.

Here's a shot of Erica with our pony sheets spread in front of her...


None of us are exactly sure what a My Little Pony adventure will actually involve, but once Pete's Top Secret SI campaign takes another break we're all willing to give this a go.

Who knows, this could become a long-running campaign as our brave little ponies explore Equestria and beyond...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

With The X-Men Gone, Things Get Crazy For The Gifted Mutants...


#RPG USA! USA! USA!


This evening the Tuesday Knights gather again for the latest chapter in Pete's wild, 1980's-set, globe-trotting, Top Secret SI campaign.

After our adventures in the Grand Canyon last month, I believe our Stateside sojourn will continue with a new assignment for our rag-tag assemblage of experienced and neophyte ORION agents.
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