Hey guys! I just created a Facebook page for my cosplay because it’s much easier to network through Facebook but I don’t want to give out my personal FB page. So here! Go take a look through, maybe give it a like, it would mean a lot. Thanks!
Originally published in 1984, Maelstrom was something of an oddity. It was a full RPG, but not one that was released not by a hobby publisher, but by Puffin Books, the imprint of Penguin Books that was, and remains a major publisher of children’s books. This meant that an actual RPG appeared not just on the shelves of your local games shop, but also on the shelves of your local, and thus any, book shop. Now this sounds strange, but in 1984, the hobby in the United Kingdom was at the height of the Fighting Fantasy craze. Titles in the solo game book series were selling very well, but Maelstrom was a very different beast, a semi-historical RPG set in the late Elizabethan Age, that came not only with a magic system and potentially, a treatment of the supernatural, but also a solo adventure and an adventure written for multiple characters. Further, its characters were not the traditional warriors and wizards, but nobles, professionals, craftsmen and artisans, tradesmen and labourers, as well as mercenaries, priests, mages, and rogues.
One thing that you may not be aware of though is under the heading of Adventure Gamebooks that Puffin had been releasing a gem of a RPG was released. It was called Maelstrom and was a complete RPG packaged like one of the books that regularly came out in the system. The author, Alexander Scott was 15 years of age when the game he had written was released. It went out of print very soon after as did many of the Adventure Gamebook line. Scott apparently never wrote another RPG in his time, though I hope he is out there somewhere lurking, and maybe even reads the blog so he could comment on the game.
Summary: It’s a Hard Life is my Firefly campaign set before the events of Serenity. We started play on April 23, 2014. I am using Savage Worlds as the rule system. Our heroes are all crew members on a small, but fast Hornet Class Ship.