Spinning up the Burning Wheel
Posted Friday April 24, 2009 at 02:22 AM
Wow, a month and a half without a single post. You'd think I was a busy dad or something…
I had been planning to follow up the Edge of Empire campaign of last year with a new, Savage Worlds–based megadungeon crawl in the new year, but those plans evaporated as my gamin'-thinkin' energy and my family's collective time resources were tapped out. Apparently I have little to think about gaming and even less to say about it when I'm not actively GMing or prepping to GM, which is interesting to know.
Which implies, yes, that I'm preparing to run a game again. We've been playing in Fimmtiu's Planescape game (with 2nd edition rules, no less—did I mention I hate *D&D spellcasting?), but one of our three players' schedule just got wacky and will take a while to return to a semblance of reasonable. The current plots in play mean that continuing without her would be awkward, so I've stepped up and offered to run an interim Burning Wheel game.
Coincidentally, Fimmtiu borrowed my BW core books at the end of the last Planescape session, so he'll be reasonably informed when it comes to creating his character. In the meantime, though, I don't have a copy of the rules handy and I'm going off of the bits I can recall, a good (I hope) grasp of the rather unusual first principles of Burning Wheel, and osmotic GMing knowledge gained from reading through some inspiring BW threads and blogs. Which reminds me that I had a particular inspiration for writing this post…
I'm loving the insights that Steven Jarvis wrote about in his 30 Days of Burning Wheel posts. You have to click "next" at the bottom of each post and click past some non-BW posts, but they're the majority so that's not so bad. If by the time I get to the end I don't encounter a summary post that I can add on here, I might just index them all so that they're together somewhere, for my own benefit.
I got nothing to say in particular about the Burning Wheel at the moment, since Steven is doing so well in those old posts. (My initial thoughts upon first reading of the Hub and Spokes are over here, though.) I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of character and world burning this weekend.
Edit: I collected together Steven Jarvis' posts on the Burning Wheel, since his blog's tag search is broken past a certain date. They eventually do peter out, but his thoughts on Beliefs are good reading:
Friday April 24, 2009 at 07:13 PM
My group is currently playing Burning Wheel and really enjoying it although the learning curve is pretty daunting with the game. However, the payoff is pretty awesome.
MJ Harnish’s last blog post: AP: Beyond the Breach Session 2 (Burning Wheel)
Wednesday April 29, 2009 at 05:08 AM
The curve is pretty steep, yeah. I think I've got the philosophy down just from steeping myself in so many AP reports, Burning Wheel threads, the books, and the Burning Wiki for literal months. Actually putting that into practise won't be easy, but I think I have the advantage of at least understanding the point of some of the more unique parts of the system.
It will be very interesting to see how much I can retain while actually running the game, though. I'm looking forward to the day I can apply the rules intuitively without having to constantly look them up...