J.A.L. posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 - 1:23 pm
It definitely took me a while to find players, for one, and then get it to where I was comfortable with the schedule. At first I was worried that I'd have to skip out too often, what with my desire to go dancing, have a few drinks, meet women, and be a DJ on top of work, friends, etc, but once I got into it, I started making sure that that one time a week, I could usually keep free.
Again, I realise how big a deal it is to have a wife and kids, which is why I put that 'disclaimer' in straight away, but I think lann's right, if you really want to game, you'll find a way.
Good luck to ya'!!
turambur posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 4:19 am
Looks like shnar and I are paddling in the same boat . Work, wife, kids, dogs, house, cars, sleep, etc...and then gaming. Ok, I make time for it...now I need to find some other people who can understand my constraints (which means probably other married folk with kids) AND can mesh schedules (which will probably be nigh impossible if they are other married folk with kids)..., it isn't easy.
I was cleaning out my inbox this weekend when I noticed that the gaming group we are (re-)forming has been trying to get characters built for a YEAR now (no RM cracks please )! I can only hope that once the inertia is overcome, the ball will roll smoothly from there on out (we are planning for a once a month commitment...and hoping for a twice a month reality (yeah, right )).
turambur posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 4:26 am
back to the topic...
I agree with lann and Anteruo. There is no reason why mass combat can't be roleplayed effectively, and it can add a lot to a campaign. I don't see any difference from a roleplaying POV between War Law, Sea Law, or an underdeeps...or underwater campaign setting, or whatever. They are all just alternate settings for roleplaying...a way to inject something out of the ordinary into the standard fare.
irontom posted on Thursday, June 27, 2002 - 11:58 am
I am there with you guys, but my wife and I have finally come to the understanding that we both need time away from the family to prevent rapid-onset insanity. We game every other week (approximately), averaging 24 sessions a year. My wife goes out every week, but she stays home with the kids during the day, so I dont grumble.
I have 5 players, only two of which are married, and neither of them has any kids. The others are all happy bachelors, who make time because they can.
One of the two married guys is completely subservient to his wife, so I never count on him showing up. If he does, great! If not, no big deal. As you can imagine, he's a support character that gets some story share, but his stories will never be the centerpiece of the campaign.
The other 3 are always there unless work or some other late-breaking issue comes up (parents in town, etc). I made that a stipulation of my running the campaign - since it's every other week, scheduled months in advance, I expect that hot dates, parties, clubbing, etc. will take a back seat on this one night out of every 14. Especially since the only guy with kids in the group is the one making time to be there and be the SOLE GM for the group.
Sometimes it's hard to make it work, but it's an important outlet for me and I like spending time with my buddies. If we've got to reschedule a night, we then wind up playing either 3 weeks in a row to get caught up, or play two weeks on, one week off, two weeks on. The biggest key for me was to convince my wife that my time away from the family was just as important to me as hers was to her, and everything became much easier then.
I know this may be a bit late, but there are some very good 15mm figures out there to play "WarLaw" with. You should start with Chariot's fantasy lines. Their Elves,dwarves, orcs & trolls are superb ( sorry I've asked them to make more so I'm a little biased ). There were some reasonable fantasy ranges from both Ral Partha and Grenadier in this scale ( if you can find them).
Hope this re-kindles your interest.
smug posted on Sunday, November 03, 2002 - 7:25 am
War Law is on kazaa, fancy that.
I don't know how ICE feel about stuff that they don't make any more being distributed via filesharing programs; the copyright is still theirs, presumably (or did they used to allow the authors to retain some copyright?; they don't anymore, as far as I am aware, anyhow).
War Law on ebay isn't that cheap as I recall; I saw the rulesbook go for $60 or so I think.
lann posted on Monday, November 04, 2002 - 3:02 am
It's a bargain at $60.
smug posted on Monday, November 04, 2002 - 4:00 am
As I recall there was a full boxed version one sale at the same sort of time, which attracted higher bids.
I really am interested to see what ICE think about the back catalogue and whether they are going to try and stop it being scanned and given away on filesharing programs, or whether (a la WoTC) they are going to sell better versions of the stuff. Of course, they might just ignore it.
As it stands, they aren't making any money from the sales on ebay.
A pity that the Essence Companion isn't going to be made again; is the author really not going to budge on the copyright issue?
shnar posted on Monday, November 04, 2002 - 11:09 am
I bought my full box version for about $12. Rule of thumb with eBay is to hunt and just be patient. Eventually something will fall your way ;)
ICE can't remake/sell any of the MERP stuff, and personally I don't think they'd care about that stuff, since it does nothing but encourage the use of Rolemaster. Tolkien Enterprises on the other hand would probably try to do something, but stopping it would be near impossible...
smug posted on Tuesday, November 05, 2002 - 7:47 am
Oh, I know that ICE won't care about the merp stuff (they make their disconnection from that pretty clear), I was more wondering about rolemaster stuff, especially RM2 specific stuff.
Additionally, things like Sea Law and War Law are fine with RMSS/RMFRP, I guess, but they aren't in production either.
It would be cool if ICE sold pdfs of the stuff that they aren't going to make again.
It would also be incredibly cool if ICE could somehow find a way to reproduce Essence Companion; if the deal means that they have to charge $40 for it to make whatever profit they require, I would still be OK with paying that.