East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Back to the Hollow Earth

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I mentioned how this whole lockdown thing has not impacted dramatically my lifestyle – I can be worried about my income as projects are fizzing out and it looks like we’ll have a long dry summer and a cold winter, but my day-to-day routine and my general activities are the same as they have been since 2013.

Case in point: roleplaying games.
I have been playing with a regular team since the early ’90s, and when I moved to the countryside, 80 miles from our gaming table, I moved my games online. At the time I was still accessing the web via my coal-powered, copper-cable system, and the games where a chore. Paradoxically, when I finally landed a good, stable, high-volume connection, my old team fizzed out, and I remained player-less.

But now,m with this quarantine going and all that, and with a decent web connection, I am planning a new series of games – paradoxically, with the team I play occasionally hereabouts… people that live no more than five miles from where I sit, but that for all practical purposes right now could be on Mars.

The idea is to do something fun to let off some steam.

And so I will finally be able to get a Hollow Earth Expedition game – because there’s nothing better, to let off some steam, than a thrilling pulp adventure in which you feed Nazis to the dinosaurs.
Yes, our tastes are simple.

So now I’m pooling my resources – I have handbooks, scenarios, character sheets, and everything I need to cook up a few classy handouts.
I still need a solid dice-roller capable of handling the Ubiquity rules, and we’ll be on business.
We’ll probably start with a one-shot scenario, to help the players get their first taste of the game, and then, should it prove enjoyable as I hope it will be, we might start a longer campaign.
After all, it’s not like anyone of us has any special engagement or social event coming, in the foreseeable future.

I’ll post about developments.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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