By The Stars confession — Week Nineteen

Another week without play or playtest in sight. Before the last scheduled playtest fell through, I was getting excited again. Even made some sketches. Maybe I’ll post them some time.

Forgive me, By The Stars, I am on the cusp of failure. It’s been nine days since my last confession.

I think I’m going to have to push BTS to a 2008 release and focus 2007 on rebuilding the actual play in my life. I hadn’t realized just how much I depended on it for design. While working on With Great Power… I was playing a sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrible, but always “System Doesn’t Matter” game of Eden’s Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. In retrospect, I can see how my mild frustration with that game shaped WGP… When play of a broken game isn’t going well, the game designer within can always respond with “but it would work better if we did it this way.”

Which leads me to my crazy idea. I think I might head down to my FLGS and try to set up a game of WEG’s Star Wars. It doesn’t do what I want it to, but it is somewhat popular. If that doesn’t work, maybe I’ll break down and run d20 Star Wars. I need to play, which means I need players!

Nothing is set in stone yet, so I’ll be back with another progress post next week.

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Special Trivia Challenge for Mo & Brand: I write cinematic games. Name me blind film directors.

8 thoughts on “By The Stars confession — Week Nineteen

    • Hi, Bill!
      While you’re right about Bulldogs! having that SW flavor, the whole point of (possibly) putting my own preferences to the side is to get gamers to my table without having to proselytize about non-mainstream games (because I’m not terribly good at proselytizing). I don’t know that subbing an unknown d20 game for an unknown non-d20 game would help.
      Of course, maybe Kat and I should alternate running WGP… regularly at the FLGS. Sooner or later, someone will sit down!

      • I was just thinking that most gamers know D20, even 3.0, and Bulldogs is really DnD in space so there shouldn’t be much of a learning curve. I guess its still comes down to what are you trying to accomplish. If you know already that WEG Star Wars will have an audience and there will be a group to jump into then great.
        Cheers and good luck

  1. Hi, Bill!
    While you’re right about Bulldogs! having that SW flavor, the whole point of (possibly) putting my own preferences to the side is to get gamers to my table without having to proselytize about non-mainstream games (because I’m not terribly good at proselytizing). I don’t know that subbing an unknown d20 game for an unknown non-d20 game would help.
    Of course, maybe Kat and I should alternate running WGP… regularly at the FLGS. Sooner or later, someone will sit down!

  2. I was just thinking that most gamers know D20, even 3.0, and Bulldogs is really DnD in space so there shouldn’t be much of a learning curve. I guess its still comes down to what are you trying to accomplish. If you know already that WEG Star Wars will have an audience and there will be a group to jump into then great.
    Cheers and good luck

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