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Serenity RPG – First Reading

October 12th, 2013 No comments

For whatever reason I got a bug that I needed the Serenity RPG.  More on the bug in a moment.

Unfortunately Paizo seems to have half the books in stock and seems to be in no rush to get the other half back in stock.  I happened to be on Amazon buying a different book when I decided to look around.  Yeah.  My seven dollar purchase turned into more.

I did my first read through of the rules tonight.  Mind you, it wasn’t scouring the rules so I knew everything there was to know about the game.  What struck me immediately was how closely they resembled the rules for Savage Worlds.   I would almost say Serenity is Savage Worlds in Space with Licensed Characters.  This isn’t a bad thing because the Savage Worlds rules are fun and flexible and it’s nice that they’re similar in nature so that knowing one gives you a leg up on the other.

A few things got old quick.  Quotes from the movie litter the book.  References to Firefly episodes are scattered throughout the text.  The writing style tries for the vernacular of the series/movie.  It’s like they were trying to make SURE that you knew this was a Licensed book by using as much as they could.  Given that they probably paid quite a bit for that licensing I can’t say as I blame them.  Yes, I just did the same here.

I’m on the fence about this now that I own everything.  They do provide pre-gens for the Characters as well as pre-gens for characters, if you get my drift.  If anything I could see running this as an RPG at a convention using the Characters but I don’t know how it would hold up for a campaign.  Trying to stay as close as possible to the canon means it’s very possible to come up with characters even more useless than a bard in a core group.  Someone is going to want to be Inara and it just may be the 50 year old guy.  Creepy but true.

The bug.  The reason this all came about was someone asking about the game and minis in a forum.  It doesn’t seem like there’s a good set of Character minis out there.  There’s some attempts but I haven’t seen The Crew and the singles I saw weren’t of the greatest quality.  This is where the bug comes in.

I’ve been meaning to try sculpting.  I took some classes at ReaperCon when I still went and I’ve got extensive notes and pictures.  It’s something that I’ve almost done many times.  Now I’ve got a project with detailed artwork I didn’t have to provide.  I’m not sure when I’ll start and now that I’ve read the rules I’m not feeling the push to do it immediately.  We’ll see how things go with creative leanings.  If a miracle occurs and I turn out good figs then I can decide if I want to start a “Space Cowboy” line in my store to go along with the rules.  That’s really a pipe dream but I’m not ruling it out.  I won’t pay to have others sculpt them but if I can do it myself it’s a possibility.

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The fountain is complete!

February 20th, 2008 No comments

Yes, after much angsting the fountain has been completed.  Overall I'm quite pleased and will have some pictures later with it combined with my modular dungeon.  But for now, behold it in all its glory!

The tinted water is a nice effect, I think.

There's a statue in the middle.  Some day I'll be able to take a picture that shows it.

Edit – detail shot that was requested on one of the forums so I thought I would add it here too.

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Quick update, no pictures

February 11th, 2008 No comments

Too busy doing stuff to stop and take pictures.  Actually, either the item isn't able to be moved to a good place to take a picture, isn't dry, or isn't interesting enough yet.

The fountain has been reassembled.  I finally took the time to remove the old epoxy and put it back together.  That takes just as long as making it in the first place!  I'll make a note of that for future reference – don't break.

The bookshelves that are shown below with the books and scrolls just don't work for the books.  The shelves aren't tall enough to let any of them stand upright.  ~sigh~  Measure twice, cut once.  To be honest, the shelves were made waaaay in advance of the books.  So I kind of have an excuse.  So I made new ones.

The new shelves are made from balsa instead of the Hirst Arts wooden plank mold.  I'm finding wood easier to use than the plaster pieces for things like this.  Especially cutting and sanding to fit.  The new shelves were assembled, detailed and stained.  The stain will take overnight to dry completely so I'm just leaving them alone.

The books are done.  I finished the last dozen or so on Saturday.  I'm starting up a D&D3.5 game and some of my players were rolling up characters.  Since we're using the straight rules I didn't have much to do besides tell them what region of Faerun they were from.  They took the rest from there.

Finally, I cut the blocks for the new cabinet units to go behind the counter in the magic shop.  Right now they're just blocks of wood.  I need to add the fake drawer fronts and make them look much better.  But I'll show a progress picture when there's something beyond a block of wood.

Good news is that Mega Miniatures has some figures I can use as shopkeepers and my friends want to combine an order so we get a break on shipping.  If you haven't looked into John's figures I highly recommend you do so.  They're a nice figure at a great price.

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Update on the tedium

February 8th, 2008 No comments

Yes, I said tedium.  Making terrain isn't all sweetness and light.  Sometimes it is boring, grueling work.  Or at least repetitive.  I personally don't like making a lot of the same thing at once but there are times when that needs to be done.  So I sign onto my favorite chat channels and chat while I do this.

Here's how some of the books look with the covers completed.  Please note, only a very few of them will actually have the covers showing.  So the ones that look really odd and/or really bad won't be at the front of the stack.  I looked at this as a time to practice my freehand.  Yes, I know more practice is in order.

There's less than 1/4 of the original amount left to complete.  Which is good.  Because I'll be working away nicely and find my inspiration has gone somewhere .. else.  So that means I pack it up for the night.

Also, since I couldn't really fit the books into the existing bookcases I have new ones being built.  They're on the magnet board tonight and should be ready for detailing and painting in a day or so.

This thing might actually get done!

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Some books are done!

February 4th, 2008 No comments

I'm having problems keeping the patterns and designs random.  Especially the spine decorations.  So if anyone has any hints go ahead and post them in a comment.

For reference, the shelf is 2 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide.

I used gel pens to decorate the books and alchemical symbols for the writing.  Since the spines are going to be what's visible on most of the books I'm trying to get those looking good.  And the books with good covers will be used more prominently.

I think this is going to work out very well!

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And the magic shop has a shop girl!

February 3rd, 2008 No comments

Yes, I know that they aren't shop girls any more but this is a fantasy game and I can call them whatever I want!

Anyhoo…

She's done except for her coats of varnish.  A quick paint job but an effective one I like to think.  She'll look quite nice behind the counter of the shop.

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