Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Divine Destruction & Possible New Gaming Group With An OSR Twist - Godbound Rpg By Kevin Crawford Campaign

Against my heart your heart is closed; you bid me go:
What ways are left in all the world for love to know ?
Desolate oceans, and the light of lonely plains,
Dead moons that wander in the wastes of ice and snow—

These, these I fain would see, and find the splendid bourn
Of sunset, or the Brazen deserts of the morn,
That I might lose this ever-aching loneliness
In vaster solitude; and love be less forlorn,

Faring to seek with alien sun and alien star
The strange, the veiled horizons infinite and far;
Spaces of fire and night, the skies of steel and gold,
Or sunset-haunted seas where foamless islands are.The Exile  (1922) 
by Clark Ashton Smith

So its two twenty A.M.  & I'm just getting back from saying good bye to my buddy Steve & his crew. Five of the seven players stayed on for drinks after the good bye/holiday party tonight. We all had a good laugh & sent Steve along with his brothers off in grand fashion. But there was more then the usual reluctance on the players part. There was a sense of uneasy in the air tonight. I hadn't seen some of these folks since 2016. That was three years ago but it might as well have been the blink of an eye.
So I took aside my friend Brian & wanted a word as to what the problem was?! Apparently folks had been talking & they were missing a regular gaming group. Now I'm already running a regular gaming group using Troll Lord Amazing Adventures! rpg. 'We know but there was an OSR  game that some folks want to try out that looks really good & we know that your familiar with the system.' Alright that got my curiosity up. 'The problem is that we know it might be outside of your comfort zone.
Well why is that?!
Because we'd like you to run Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes by Kevin Crawford (Author), Jeff Brown (Illustrator), Christof Grobelski (Illustrator), Aaron Lee (Illustrator), Joyce Maureira (Illustrator), Tan Ho Sim (Illustrator), Maxime Plasse (Illustrator), Craigg Judd (Illustrator).

The Godbound rpg is one of those unicorn games for me. That is to say that back in 2016 I was getting ready to run this game & it went extinct on me in a mythical sideways situation. So I don't own the game in a physical hard copy nor on pdf. The basic premise sounds like something out of the mythological plot play book; 
"The Throne stands empty. Heaven has fallen, and the Words of Creation thunder from new throats. Undestined, unfettered, unchosen, you are Godbound, and your will is writ with fire. Godbound is a tabletop role-playing game of divine heroes in a broken world, men and women who have seized the tools that have slipped from an absent God's hands. Bound by seeming chance to the Words of Creation, these new-forged titans face a world ravaged by the mad ambitions of men and the cruel legacy of human folly." 
Basically you play demigods & children of the gods struggling to put right what has gone wrong in the with the planes & the Heavens. I haven't said yes or no to this campaign yet. But I did do a whole lot of research on about Godbound & if this was a game that was right for this group
Godbound is a game that uses Kevin Crawford's original style Dungeons & Dragons rules system but spun in very different directions then say Stars Without Number. But I want to focus on an original Dungeons & Dragons classic TSR era module or more modern OSR sources. 
For example I've been itching to use the Teratic Tome by Rafael Chandler  From 

Neoplastic Press. Yes I realize that many of the monsters in this book are world enders but that's sort of the point here. There are some very dangerous creatures capable of all kinds of mayhem. But what is the point of being the child of a god if you are not capable of defending against the forces of darkness. 

The dragons alone from 
 the Teratic Tome are worth the price of admission & perfect for a world shattering campaign. So my possible future players were able to get me a pdf copy of the Godbound rpg along with two of the supplements. The Lexicon of the Throne is one of the more interesting looking of the Godbound line"The Lexicon of the Throne is a sourcebook that contains not only a host of new Words of Creation for your Godbound game, but also extensive guidelines for creating new Words and gifts for your own campaign". The 'words' are the sort of divine foundation key powers for the gods & the PC's. They seem easy to convert on the fly  & use in game. 

 All I did flipping through both books was feel like I was reading a primer for a party of demi gods going to take on the classic  Temple of Elemental Evil By Gary Gygax & Frank  Mentzer. The characters get drawn into the sleepy town of Hommlet & everything starts go wrong around the PC's party. 

Could the temple & its evil be at the center of a group of god's pantheon greatest worry that  knows the threat the the mind bending & sanity shattering horrors that lurk in the Temple of Elemental Evil. For the moment I'm not yet committed to this campaign game.. yet but only time will tell if I can get everyone's schedule arranged for get together & character work shop. 

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