So, the first story arc of my Blue Rose campaign is almost over, and I wanted to thank Green Ronin for converting Blue Rose from True 20. I also want to thank the community for their questions, comments, and for dealing with me.
My friends and I are all fairly new to RPG’s including myself as a first-time DM/GM/Narrator. Our Session 0 started on July 2017, and we’ve been playing about once a month thereafter for a total of 7 sessions so far (includes Session 0 and even a solo session to bring one player back into the group). My players started at Lv1 and will be Lv4 by the time the first story arc is over - averaging about 1 level per 2 sessions.
This first story arc is a combination of Bones & Flowers, and Shadows of Tanglewood. Stories and encounters were modified and content was added to tie the characters and their motivations into the story. In short, the Sovereign’s Finest failed Shadows of Tanglewood and a separate group of Sovereign’s Finest failed Bones & Flowers. The players are dealing with the aftermath balancing between investigating past events, and putting out fires like missing children and a lurking vampire.*
I’m having lots of fun, and every month is a learning experience in becoming a better Narrator. Every month feels like I’m making hand-crafting presents for my friends for Christmas. My players are having a blast, and they look forward to seeing their characters grow, change, and discover.
When the first story arc is over (expected to be by next Sunday or next month), I’ll share with everyone the PC’s at Lv4.
Lastly, I want to leave you with a few links showing everyone the house rules and some of the homebrew content I made for my group. I made these rules and content for 3 reasons (in order of importance): (1) to accommodate a greater variety of character concepts, (2) to enhance fun, (3) as a critique on Blue Rose and the AGE system. I hope you enjoy reading it and find if encouraging (inspirational? motivating?) to really make your adventures different and unique.
Action Reference Sheet
*Rules last updated: April 9, 2018.
*I wanted to see how a group of 4 Lv1’s would handle a Thrall Vampire with a small troop of Walking Dead. It took them 3 combat encounters followed by 1 social encounter to “defeat” the vampire.