[Local Scene] Variable Play, a Board Gaming blog

Posted: April 22, 2015 by pointyman2000 in Local Scene
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With the Board Gaming renaissance that is currently happening in the country, a lot more people are talking about their experiences with gaming. One of the best local blogs that talk about Board Games is Variable Play.

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Dedicated to more than just reviews, Variable Play promotes board games as a family activity as well as a means of learning and teaching through play. It’s definitely the kind of thinking I can get behind.

So check out Variable Play over on their page, and let them know that Live and Times of a Philippine Gamer sent you!


After what feels like an eternity of delaying myself I caved and bought the Shadowrun 5th Edition Beginner Box. It represents the latest in a long line of Cyperpunk / Sci-Fi RPGs that I’ve had that I have never run.

I have an interesting relationship with Sci-Fi RPGs in the sense that I love reading them, but I’ve never mustered the courage to actually run them. Maybe it’s all the expectations I feel that that the games should be run a certain way, or that my own limited knowledge will make the sessions feel forced, but I’ve always found a way to delay running them.

That said, my current situation in life means that regular gaming is less of a thing (the current L5R campaign being a small miracle) but an opportunity has presented itself to trying out all of these games in the form of one shots.

Right now, I’ve got:

  • Shadowrun 5th Edition
  • CthulhuTech
  • Eclipse Phase
  • Kuro
  • Blue Planet

Each one has a great setting with some truly inspiring ideas so I’m feeling the urge to finally give in and run one of these as a one-shot at least. Who knows, I might actually like the experience enough to make it a full-blown campaign.


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Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I’ve worked on an Actual Play report series but I figure since I’ve kicked off my Crane Clan campaign set in an alternate timeline for Rokugan, there should be enough material to make for an interesting read!

Before we proceed however, let’s take a look at the characters for this campaign:

Daidoji Kimiko / Dr. Kimberly Watson (Played by Silver Countess)

Once a young daughter to an illustrious Crane family, Daidoji Kimiko ran away from her home and boarded a Gaijin ship headed to the West to escape heartache.

After ten years of voyaging in the lands of the West and learning the ways of western medicine, Kimiko, now known as Dr. Kimberly Watson returns to the land of her birth upon receiving news that her father was suffering from a mysterious illness.

Kakita Misaki (Played by Rania)

A young shugenja recently assigned to Lonely Shore City as her biggest assignment yet, Misaki is looking forward to doing her best in her new duties and making her Clan proud. That said, her reassignment papers did mention something about an experimental new position she was supposed to fill…

Kakita Konan (Played by Hikkikomori)

If one was to ask for two words to describe Konan, they would be “spoiled” and “bored.” His parents were disappointed at his lack of motivation that they decided to demote him to a posting in Lonely Shore City until he can get himself together and be worthy of the family business… but is he destined to succeed, or to fail spectacularly?

Kakita Junko (Played by Hystrix)

As the daughter of Lonely Shore City’s Governor, Junko enjoys a few privileges afforded by her unique station. Trained as a duelist, she is a staunch supporter of the Reforms being brought in by learning from the Gaijin and isn’t afraid to use her quick draw skills to push for them.

And without further delay, let’s get to the events of the game from last weekend:

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Hey there,

I’ve recently been working on planning for a twice-a-month campaign of Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition. It’s a bit of a re-hash of an old Crane Clan campaign pitch I’ve had lying around, with a big tweak in the sense that the game will be set in what amounts to the Rokugani equivalent of the Meiji Era.

For the sake of my sanity though, I’m transplanting the NPCs of Hantei Naseru’s era, meaning we’ll still have luminaries such as Doji Kurohito as the Champion of the Crane Clan.

The change to the Meiji Era means a whole lot of little changes that can throw a lot of old hands to the L5R setting for a loop.

The Meiji Era was a time of great social upheaval in Japan, and the Rokugani equivalent of the era will be equally interesting. After a bloody opening of Rokugan to trade with Gaijin elements, the Emperor has decreed that it was imperative that the Clans reorganize themselves to keep up with the world at large.

This leads to a time where the Clans are forced to re-evaluate their role in a new world, and this affects the Crane Clan most heavily. While the ancient traditions were crafted by their Ancestor, Lady Doji, this new era presents an opportunity to improve upon Society in new ways.

The question then becomes, “What should be adapted from the foreigners, and what should be thrown away?”

In addition to this, I’ll be setting the game in a single city, a far cry from my usual Empire-spanning adventures, and I’ll be taking inspiration from Police Procedurals and other Urban Adventures that have a much more focused scope. I don’t know how good I’ll be at this, but hopefully it will be good.

I’ll be meeting with my players to kick off the campaign this weekend, and I’m very excited. I’ll update the blog with a list of my player characters as soon as they give me their final character sheets.


Fellow Philippine Blogger Nosfecatu has been working on putting together D&D 5e compatible write ups for Philippine Myth Inspired monsters on his blog! His first entry is a strong start, talking about Magwayen, the Ferrywoman of the Dead.

Aubrey Miles as Magwayen, from GMA TV Network’s “Amaya”

I feel that it’s a great addition to any Fantasy RPG to throw your players off from the usual fantasy tropes and into something different for a change. After all, in twisting things you get to revive the sense of wonder of your setting.

Head on over to Nosfecatu and check it out! http://nosfecatu.blogspot.kr/2015/03/monster-monday-magwayen.html