Is Evil Gaz's advice still around somewhere? That was always worth a read.
My advice is that if you do write pre-gens, give them a reason in their backgrounds to spark off each other. I'm not advocating PVP, but you can give them a steer on how they get on. A couple of hooks mean that the players tend to engage in more. Of course, some of the more modern games do this by design (e.g. bonds, relationships etc).
‘On Cloud Nine and Golden Sunshine’
Tales from the Loop RPG
Saturday Afternoon slot.
For up to seven players. Newbies welcome! There is a big celebration in Derby at the launch of the brand new Gauss Freighter “Cloud Nine”. It means a new class of Magnetrine Ship powered by a Gravitron reactors manufactured locally providing jobs and economic success. But when were strange echo spheres strategically placed on the vessel?
Tags: Player-led, Sci-Fi (Alt-History), Nostalgia Play, No Pre-gens, Rules-lite, Newbie Friendly, Musical Accompaniment.
Saturday Evening slot.
For up to seven players. Newbies welcome! Wey-Yu - In space, everyone has a job to do, a reason for working here.
To the company your are an asset, a vital cog in the machine, a significant dollar value, an expenditure on a spreadsheet.
Yet when we come in that is all forfeit.
We are an expensive solution to that vital bottomline. Why are you making this so costly?
Tags: 18+, Alien, Hidden Agendas, Horror, Player-Led, Pre-Gens, Sci-Fi, Spaceships with Ashtrays, Fria Ligan,
So I see this thread in “New Posts” and think “Is it THAT time already?” Start thinking of what I might run. Open the thread. See the date. Think I’ve missed the submission deadline. Then find I submitted gsmes weeks ago.
Just keep in mind that you're running in a 3-hour slot, which is a really good reason to either have pre-gens or a very focused and short at-the-table character generation. I could be wrong, but I thought DramaSystem took a little while to create characters...
As the xenomorphs and neomorphs have proliferated across the timetable, I am no longer going to run Alien. Instead, I will run Cold Shadows.
Scenario: Det kan ingen tena tvo herrar
(5 players, Cold Shadows)
Bergen, Norway, late 1970; a small town with a nascent oil industry, the nearby Haakonsvern naval base, fishermen, students celebrating peace and love, campaigns for and against membership of the European Economic Community, and the ever-present tensions of the Cold War and Soviet submarines sited offshore. A woman's body is found, burned and overdosed with sleeping pills in the Isdalen Valley by the north face of Mount Ulriken. Initially suspected as being a suicide, anomalies in the case mean that a team is hastily assembled from the POT in Oslo, to investigate and assist the local police.
You are all members of the Politiets overvåkningstjeneste, the Norwegian secret police, sent in to investigate, clean things up and ensure that this doesn't get out of hand in the media. The game used the Houses of the Blooded engine and is narratively led.
Scenario: The Repairer of Reputations (5 players, Liminal, Slot 1)
The death of a dealer in rare and esoteric manuscripts in a shop tucked away in a London back street wouldn't seem to justify more than a common murder investigation; yet P Division has got mired in the detail, specifically the eclectic collection of missing items from the dealer's inventory. Rare manuscripts and commonplace books; a wealth of incomplete drafts and unpublished notes in the hand of Arthur Conan-Doyle... The mystery is why they have cost a man his life and how the foul deed was committed without a trace.
Tags: Modern day fantasy, folklore, investigative
Scenario: The Broken City (5 players, Sand Dogs, Slot 4)
It’s hot, it’s dirty, and there’s dust on the horizon that probably means someone else found out about this Tomb before you. You’ll get there first - your armoured car is fast, rigged for the hard-packed sand - but they are coming with more people and... is that a biplane?