Another Longshot: The Preparation
Another Longshot is coming together. I've set a date for the campaign to start; January 3rd. I'm excited, and anxious. I'm setting myself up for something really ambitious; multiple parties, same storyline. I've tried something like this once before with an Eberron campaign I co-GM'd with my buddy Random. We ran our own groups, and each group contributed to the over-all story we had written together. It worked well for...a year, I think? Then life happened, and the game fell apart. I made some odd logistics choices too, concerning a journal that both parties had and could write in to share information with the other group. I had one journal in each party, players who wrote anything in one would appear in the other. Nice concept, but I spent a lot of time transposing from one journal to the other when I should have just used the same book with each party. Ah well, that was a long time ago; many games under the bridge since then.
The parties are starting to come together, at least in number if not in themes. I've got a couple concepts, which fortunately has the side effect of sparking my artistic side. One of my players, my fellow Legion-cohort Erich, wants to play a Besalik Force User. Not a Jedi, but an Imperial Knight. Thinking about Jedi General Pong Krell in Imperial-Red armor burned such an image into my mind that I had to put it to paper. This also got me to bust out my Wacom Intuos4 tablet I got a couple years back and also work on it. I'm a fair bit of the way through painting some color onto the Knight. Got the base colors down, and I'm now working on highlights and shadows.
I'm changing my technique from my last digital paintings I've tried. I'm working on a few character portraits in the same vein as comic book art, as opposed to most of the digital paintings seen in Star Wars gaming books these days. I think I work in that style a bit better, and I'd rather crank out some more character portraits in a shorter time (since my free time is pretty well taken of late).
Another player is busting out the obligatory "PC from annoying alien race" and making an Ewok Jedi. Hey if one brother could make a Gungan Ace Pilot that was pretty effective and fund to game with for my last Legacy era game, then my other brother should be able to do the same with an Ewok Jedi in this Legacy-era game. I think he's planning to go Ataru Striker and rock that Lightsaber (Agility) skill with twin shoto-lightsabers. Beyond that, no clue where he's taking the character.
One thing I'm so thankful for is the return of my buddy and former co-host Gonzo from the not-so-wilds of Georgia. He and his family have finally returned to the land of four actual seasons (Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Road Construction) and that means he can actually play at the same gaming table as the rest of us instead. He is also eyeballing an Imperial Knight, as some sort of Star Wars version of a character he's played a few times before.
That puts two Imperial Knights and one Jedi in "Group A" (which coincidentally has 3 players in it with names starting with "A").
Group B (which coincidentally has 3, possibly 4 players with first or last names starting with "B") is still forming with the current concepts including a Bothan Mandalorian and a Human Noble/Merc Commander from the Dark Times who was carbon frozen until the Legacy Era. I shall also be rehabilitating one player's perceptions of what a Star Wars game is, as his last GM...well, let's just say the GM was very liberal with her interpretations of the universe culture.
DarthGM: The Next Generation...?
This campaign is also likely to include another first for me; a player from the next generation. My step-son is going to be playing, and in one of these groups (depending on final numbers). It will prove to be an new experience for me, being a parent of his. True, he's almost out of High School, but I remember my gaming "prowess" at that age and what I was really into when it came to gaming. He seems to be lining up for a similar bent, so at least I'll have my own experience to fall back on for how to handle things. All and all, I'm sure he'll do fine.
I think that'll do for now. Maybe I can come back next week and get some more gaming goodness down. I've also got some costume projects in my future I gotta get ready to document; Celebration Anaheim is coming up, and we have PLANS.
May the dice be with you...