After Hisui explained the mission, the situation, and the ship he turned to us and very simply said “So, what are you doing?” At this point, I had no idea what to do, I felt like a deer in the headlights! Luckily, some of my friends were much more ready to jump into character which gave me time to observe. Even after that though, I had a hard time figuring out what my character would be doing. It was a lot easier to react to people and situations than for me to initiate anything.
Having written a lot of back story and descriptions beforehand, playing was so different. I had to think on my feet and I don’t think I fully succeed. The infinite options is what is both cool and terrifying about the game. Since we ended the session as we were coming into port, I am going to come up with a few things my character might be doing before we play again.
There was a lot of excitement this session! Two of our members dueled, much to the delight of the sailors; we uncovered a demonic cult on the ship who were trying to transport some artifacts and who stabbed our paladin in the back; we met an odd but knowledgeable Orc named Titan; and we fought off a band of pirates who tried to commandeer the ship. I actually felt exhausted by the end of it all.
Using a program called Tabletop Forge for Google+ was really handy. Setting things up was a bit slow, but once it was all done it was a fun way to see what was going on. It made the battle really cool. I enjoyed combat, some really wild stuff happened during it. I also botched a role so bad that I ended up killing a sailor instead of a pirate.
Everything was vividly told and that is thanks to Hisui’s storytelling. I could see it all playing out. I had a lot of fun watching it all unfold, there were some truly shocking and cool moments throughout the session. But I didn’t feel like I contributed a lot to the story. If it had just been me, it is possible nothing of any interest would have happened on the voyage! I know what to work on for the next game.
After five hours of gaming, I kid you not I had dice rolling D&D dreams.