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Gaming => Other Games => Topic started by: Shiftkitty on September 10, 2019, 03:57:14 PM

Title: Castle Falkenstein by R Talsorian Games
Post by: Shiftkitty on September 10, 2019, 03:57:14 PM
Rooting through my old game books I found the full set of Castle Falkenstein splat books and core book (no adventures, if any were ever published). Sat down and started messing with it. I like the magic system. Not really tuned to big, flashy spells, but just for laughs I tried to recreate Magic Missile with it. Best I could get was an arrow of fire, but it did the job. We did a little "fun run" when two of the group were away with an all-human team who accidentally killed the bad guy they needed to question to find where the main villain was lurking. (Their contact was killed by the villain, and the Sorcerous Order he belonged to believe the party did it.)

Role-playing high-society characters in the Steam Age is actually kind of hard. When language got free I often had to ask if the character really used "those exact words" just in case some ladies fainted at the salty language. Then a bad draw of the cards would happen and instead of the usual verbiage it was funny watching everyone try to find more appropriate words like "Drat!", "Zounds!", and "Dash it all!" Yeah, it was tough, but fun!

I think the funniest part was when one of the guys had difficulty getting into the Victorian swing. We had to remind that Victorians didn't use "thee" and "thou" and "thy". He had gotten a bit TOO proper, but his character evolved into a Shakespearean actor, so his vocal flubs sounded more "normal".

It was a fun evening, and I was wondering if anybody else here has ever played it.
Title: Re: Castle Falkenstein by R Talsorian Games
Post by: DMMike on September 11, 2019, 11:22:09 AM
Always wanted to give it a one-shot try, but reading it the "fay" part was a little too significant for my tastes. I prefer low magic, even in my Victorian-esque gaming. :)

DM (Good at avoiding Marvel Thor-isms) Mike
Title: Re: Castle Falkenstein by R Talsorian Games
Post by: Loma on October 11, 2019, 11:39:48 AM
Sounds like a fun game.
Title: Re: Castle Falkenstein by R Talsorian Games
Post by: DMMike on October 11, 2019, 11:58:52 AM
You know, rereading my reply above struck me a little odd. Not that its not true, but strange I have a reluctance to high magic/fey in my Victorian RPGs....but I wrote the Victorious RPG?

"Steampunk Adventure in the Age of SuperMankind"

...but high magic bugs me? :?

DM (Good at inconsistency?) Mike
Title: Re: Castle Falkenstein by R Talsorian Games
Post by: Jack Daniel on September 23, 2020, 08:55:29 PM
I think that if a steampunk setting is going to incorporate magic and fantasy, it's better to go full Victorian and lean into the fairy-tale vibe. Incorporate English, Scottish, and Irish folklore whole-hog and go ahead and bring in American wonder-tales (cf. Oz) as well. That's better IMHO than just having steampunk elves and dwarves ripped straight out of Tolkien (as much as I dearly love me some Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura).