Hi everybody! Welcome to the Party! The Adventuring Party that is.
(Heh. See what I did there?)
This is a 'teaser' for the first entry in my new irregular series, 'Meet The Party', showcasing various gaming groups I've had over the years and their PCs. It is going to be very similar to the Characters section of my Campaigns I Have Known/Played posts but expanded, with perhaps a bit more about the players and the inter-player/inter-character dynamics.
This is kind of an experiment. I'm not sure how well it will go over compared to the Campaigns I Have... series and how many of these I can generate before the two series start to overlap. I definitely want these two works to cover separate ground. Hopefully I will be able to keep them distinct.
On a personal note, I don't like the word 'Party' for a group of PCs and never have. I don't know why exactly but it just never clicked with me. If you go back to my posts over the years you'll see I use it considerably less often then group, team, or even crew.
It largely boils down to what I heard growing up; the only 'party' I was familiar with in a context related to 'adventures' would've been a Search Party or Landing Party. Lord of The Rings calls it a Fellowship. In Superhero comics they say Team. Star Trek sends down Landing Parties or Away Teams but these consist of Crewmembers. Rebels in Star Wars. Musicians form a Band, as do Merry Men.
Yeah, Party just sounds weird to me.
Anyway...Our first Party consists of one of my very first Parties, The Winghorn Guard from my original Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (-ish) campaign from 1982-83.
See you soon,
Happy 90th Birthday to the great John Williams, composer of all the best movie soundtracks of my youth.
Rest in Peace to visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull - a pioneer in the field of film special effects who worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.