Thursday, March 31, 2016

Campaign Gnats; Or, How I Ended Up Ordering a Copy of Mystic China


Anyone else get these? You're going about your life, perhaps running or playing in a game (or both, as it so happens at the moment), perfectly content. And then something sparks a small flame in the back rooms of your brain, the fire spreads to engulf everything, and before you know it you're buying a copy of Mystic China...

This is how it went for me in the aforementioned-case:

Monday, 8:32 PM: Hears a snippet of Zamfir's "The Lonely Shepherd" and thinks of Kill Bill.

Tuesday, 10:45 AM: Listens to Kill Bill, Volume I soundtrack.

Tuesday, 12:50 PM: Walks to co-op to get lunch, thinks about how Kill Bill is the best Ninjas & Superspies movie ever made.

Tuesday, 4:40 PM: Thinks about how Mystic China was a pretty cool book, and I never really gave it a fair crack because it came out right around the time I was moving away from playing Palladium games.

Wednesday, 2:30 PM: Listens to Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Wednesday, 4:14 PM: Starts thinking about the possibilities of a Mystic China game set in 1970s-era Hong Kong.

Wednesday, 11:32 PM: Orders a copy of Mystic China.

Of course, all this ignores the fact that (a) I have no desire to run the Palladium system as-is; (b) I'm not terribly interested in trying to do any system conversions at the moment; most importantly, (c) I'm currently happily preparing to launch an Achtung! Cthulhu campaign this weekend and really have no time, interest, or energy to put towards something else.

Ah well. Mystic China will provide a few evenings of enjoyable reading, if nothing else. And perhaps one day...

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