Old School Roleplaying in McKinney, Texas


Space 1889: Play Report (Aug. 24, 2012)

The Characters:

  • Mr. Batholomew Logan, Wanderer
  • Sir Archibold Scroupe, Doctor
  • Mr. John W. Booth, Assassin
  • Professor Albert Upthegrove, Archaeologist
  • Dr. Stein, Scientist

Full game recap is here.

Logan, Scroupe, Booth, Upthegrove: 2 XP each
Stein: 5 XP(Beginner’s Luck House Rule)

Here is the game table at one point. We were using figure flats. Savage Worlds handled a battle with 60 combatants (this scene isn’t pictured here) with little bookkeeping.


Space 1889: Play Report (Mar. 9, 2012)

The Characters:

  • Mr. Batholomew Logan, Wanderer
  • Sir Archibold Scroupe, Doctor
  • Mr. John W. Booth, Assassin
  • Mr. Heavyside, Big Game Hunter
  • Professor Albert Upthegrove, Archaeologist
  • Finn Murray, Sailor

Our story begins with the heroes investigating Fort Oublie. Encountering a zombie-like deranged legionnaire, they kill the former human, discovering from his diary that it was one Captain Winter, an American who had joined the Foreign Legion and was estranged from his wife and daughter Laura. On Winter’s desk is a gold locket with a photo of a dark haired, extremely attractive young lady; doubtless his daughter Laura with whom Winter had recently corresponded. Read the rest of this page »

Space 1889: Play Report (Feb. 10, 2012)

The Characters:

  • Mr. Batholomew Logan, Wanderer
  • Sir Archibold Scroupe, Doctor
  • Mr. Henry Reinbach, Entertainer
  • Mr. John W. Booth, Assassin
  • Mr. Heavyside, Big Game Hunter

Three weeks ago the heroes met in London as Professor Alfred Bottoms welcomed each of the heroes into his study shortly after they were invited to join the Explorer’s Society’s inner circle. Fine brandy and fragrant cigars followed.

Soon thereafter they were dispatched to the Libyan Desert to retrieve the famous Scroll of Anubis. It had been stolen from the Museum in Cairo, and the professor wanted it returned posthaste so his daughter, Esmeralda Bottoms, an antiquities expert, could examine it. Time was of the essence since the contact who sold the information to the professor subsequently turned up strangled in his hotel room. The professor chose to stake his reputation on these heroes — the Society’s newest recruits — to recover the scroll, thought to hold secrets that might be dangerous in the wrong hands.

As the heroes approached their goal — Fort Oublie, or in English, Fort Forgotten — things went horribly wrong. Sharp cracks of rifle fire echoed through the dry desert air as native Bedouin raiders attacked. The explorers were in a cluster of rocks about 200 yards from the west side of the fort. The camels were shot and left behind, along with most of their gear.

Seeing the nearby safety of Fort Oublie’s stone walls and the glint of rifles lining their battlements, the heroes made a dash for the fort. Angry chaps, the raiders continued to pursue the heroes, but their distance made the bullets fly wild. Read the rest of this page »

Flashing Blades: Play Report (Jan. 13, 2012)

Jaques Ampere, cornette in the Gendarmes de la Reine
Guy d’Brest, a greffier in the Royal Bureaucracy
Pascal Fourier, a King’s Musketeer
Baltasar Guetier, an unsavory fellow
Jan de Carpentry, a King’s Musketeer — absent (on duty)
Marcel Peroche, a student of theology for the Order of Preachers — absent (studying for exams)


A Market Day in Early Summer, In The Year of Our Lord 1623


  • A Benedictine rumored to have healing powers visiting Paris in the coming weeks, preaching a mission
  • A notorious assassin has escaped from the Bastille
  • Queen’s Fusilliers recruiting due to terrible losses in latest campaign
  • Viscount de Bouvard’s prize stud has been stolen; reward of up to 1000 livres for return of horse and capture of thief or thieves

Pascal needed to meet with his mistress before the troupe proceed to the Palais d’Justice to get the details on hunting the assassin. Arriving at her doorstep, her maid informs Pascal that it is her (the mistress’) birthday and he must return before sundown with lillies, plum wine, and cherry bon-bons.

Guy Brest is aware that only one wine shop, on the other side of Paris, might stock plum wine. Charlie’s character sends his faithful lackey to Les Halles in an effort to find the lillies as the troupe sets off for Le Renard et La Vigne. Pressing their way through the crowded streets, they stop by the Palais d’Justice in an effort to get information on the escaped assassin. As the bureaucracy is grindingly slow today, Jacques remains behind to acquire the desired information. Read the rest of this page »

Flashing Blades: Character Name Generators

Not being a native of France, coming up with authentic French names for Flashing Blades can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. A site called Serendipity has numerous name generators, including a French male name generator and a French female name generator.  Here is an example list of male names it can create:

  • Alfred Leblanc
  • Alphonse-Jean Lejeune
  • Arnaud d’Allemagne
  • Barnabé-Jean-Jacques Daumier
  • Barthelemy Pelay
  • Bellamy Marchand
  • Benoit Desbois

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Flashing Blades: Play Report (Oct. 29, 2011)

A night of surprises…

Late Spring In the Year of Our Lord 1623

Guy Brest having been detained by his duties at the Ministry of Justice, the rest of the party set back out for the chateau about two weeks since their previous visit.

Equipping themselves with lanterns, rope, pry bars, food, and some grenades contributed by Francois, they left Paris early one morning, still debating whether to use the previously acquired loot to acquire title to the chateau (although they’d also need to secure a loan of 6000 Livres).

They found a new lock on the postern gate and prized it open. Cautiously exploring, they found a tripwire tied to a loaded hand cannon hidden in the brush. Spying some bushes moving ahead of them, the hand cannon was discharged, peppering the target area and perforating the shrubbery. Inspecting the blast area, they found no evidence of whatever had made the bushes move. Opinion was clearly divided between rabbits and their foe or foes. Read the rest of this page »

Flashing Blades: Miniature Resources

Our group doesn’t use miniatures, which works well for the sand-box style of gaming which uses a lot of improv. If you are looking at miniatures for swashbuckling style games, take a look at the minis from the Musketeers and Swashbucklers line at Brigade Games. They have a great range of male and female musketeers, and especially if you have a gender-balanced group of players, they have a wide range of options for character and NPC miniatures.