We're two sessions into a new sci-fi campaign, set amongst the far colonies of the distant Terran empire. We're rotating Referees and aiming at a Firefly vibe (but with more gunfighters/samurai in the mix) and seeing where it takes us. It's human-centred but there are non-intelligent alien lifeforms on every planet - influenced by classic Traveller encounter categories (pouncer, herbivore etc)
We've drawn upon rulesets based on Whitebox:
- Blood & Bullets - classes and scenario generators
- Backswords & Bucklers - tavern trawling idea
- Ruins & Ronin - classes and weapons
- Savage Swords of Athanor - the first session used the hex descriptions and freatures with Whitestar but we changed to a less 'sword & planet' concept as we drew on the other rulesets and rerolled characters.
Callico - a 'man with no name' type - zen calm
Miss Dubois - a Coreworlder xenobiologist - feisty
Big Al - robot (mech) - grumpy
Elijah Baines - snakeoil salesman - 'foghorn leghorn'
The crew of the Rusty Buzzard are contacted by an old space navy colleague Jeremiah who contracts them to escort him to a badlands planet to exchange a weapons shipment with a local criminal in return for his son who is held hostage. En route to the planet they are buzzed by the local law but the crew talk their way out of iit.
The exchange takes place on a muddy plain at dawn in the rain, then Jeremiah is shot by his son and it all descends into gun/sword with the crew using the cargo crates as cover - Big Al opens one of the encrypted hover crates to discover it contains cryogenic pods. Miss Dubois and Big Al are wounded but the 6 criminals are defeated, all killed, including the son. The crew are left muddy and confused with 20 pods and too many questions (and corpses) in the driving rain.
From my point of view (Elijah) it was a generic Shadowrun-type scenario and besides sweet-talking the law I didn't rock as far as using my class skills but the Referee Stephen Laidlaw really laid on the tension and atmosphere, so it worked our well, with some good banter between the characters.
(more to come re rules)