I'm running All Flesh Must Be Eaten this Friday night with my group. I've been aching to play this game for more than a year. It's become my obsession for the last twelve months or so as I build my very own zombie apocalypse. A firm foundation has been laid in my notes and maps. I'm excited about the campaign I've put together and foresee a long run.
As I stand on the edge of a months' long survival epic I'm about to spin, my attention is drawn by something shiney.
SPIRIT OF THE CENTURY, the Ennie Award winning 1920's era pulp adventure game by Evil Hat Productions, sounds like something I'd really dig. I loves me some Doc Savage, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Solomon Kane - so already, I'm sold.
But I run GURPS. So, why do I need SOTC?
Because the character generation is hella-sweet.
I'm all about the character and the backstory. Well, Spirit plays right into that by developing a system where character is key:
"Character generation takes place over five phases. Each phase outlines events in that character’s life. The first phase sets up their general background, concept, and early youth. The second covers the events of The Great War (the common term of the time for World War I), bringing them to adulthood. The new Centurions become adults in the final year of the War, and the last three phases delve into the character’s post-War adventures.
"As laid out, character creation is a group activity, done at the same time,with at least three players in addition to the GM. The character creation process includes a number of built-in ways to establish ties and history between the characters and the setting."
I love how the game is built upon intertwining the character's backgrounds. I'm salivating right now.
Must. Play. Game.
The book is on order. It should hit my doorstep this week.
Soon, I shall be plotting adventures in a brave new world of talking gorillas, zeppelins, and VooDoo masters!
But this Friday?
This Friday, the dead walk and all flesh, you see, must be eaten.
“My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.”
– Isaiah 21:4