|With apologies to Zak|
"Yes," I nodded, remembering that and several blog entries that I had written revolving around the concept.
"I've been thinking," the Boy started.
"You know, I started with Fourth Edition, and that's my home," he looked at me. "I want to go home."
Oh crap. Done in by my own figure of speech.
The Boy has put up with my OSR shenanigans for half a year now. He followed me down Nostalgia Lane and even gave Jim Ward and Frank Mentzer a run for their money. He has more than earned the right to play what he wants.
"Okay, okay, I get it," I chuckled. "Let's play some 4e."
But how? I thought about the various RPGA and Encounters stuff from WOTC - but that style of play epitomizes the worst of what 4e has to offer. I looked at several gaming groups - but so many of them are switching to Pathfinder these days. I thought I had someone to DM - but come to find out he'd much rather play. So looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet and RUN 4E AGAIN.
After meditating on the subject for some time, I think I can deal with it. But this time it's going to be different. I'm going Old School. Screw balanced encounters. To hell with the fully portioned level appropriate treasure parcels. And skill challenges? Those were lame anyway. They get tossed out on the side of the road. I'll keep the mechanics that the boy likes, but I'm not doing boring or stupid crap to 'complete the harmonic 4E balance in flux.'
And I'm going to run Vornheim.
I read Vornheim during my vacation and was amazed. Zak's really got something great here. I'd say award-winning. My initial thought was to use it verbatim - but I'm rethinking that. I think I'll teleport Vornheim to a post-apocalyptic Earth half a million years in the future - Dying Earth-ish. I don't like cold, so rather than frigid, I'll put it on the the Texas Coast. That ought to do the trick. A few tweaks here and there and I'll be done.
That still leaves all of the battle mats and minis. I got a box load of little monster pogs with the Monster Vault. I'd like to use them, but I guess that the players are going to want to use their minis. The Boy certainly will. And fighting a cardboard pog with a gloriously painted metal mini might seem a bit lame. Oh well, something to think about.
If anyone has any thoughts on making 4e palatable - without changing the basic mechanics - let me know. The Boy's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to have it all ironed out before then. :)