Welcome to the Age of Heroes!
Age of Heroes is an old-school rules-light RPG set in a mythical bronze-age world. Using the Mazes & Minotaurs ruleset, adventures will be run via the internet with Skype and Gametable. This gameblog is intended to capture character information, house rules, campaign background, session logs, and player communications.
About Mazes & Minotaurs
Mazes & Minotaurs is an indie role-playing game by Olivier Legrand. It aims to create a game which is what Dungeons & Dragons would have been, “if its authors had taken their inspiration from Jason & the Argonauts and Homer’s Odyssey rather than from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts & Three Lions.”
Old-school and rules-light in design, M&M is typically included amongst the various retro-clones and simulacrum games of the Old School Renaissance. The game is completely free and can be downloaded from the Mazes & Minotaurs homepage. It is also supported via the M&M Yahoo Newsgroup.
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the internet. If you don’t already have it, you can download the software application from the Skype homepage. Given the rather ‘rarefied’ nature of an old-school, bronze-age, rules-light RPG campaign, I figure the best way to gather enough interest is to run the games over the net.
We will observe several points of protocol when gaming via Skype:
- Game sessions will be conducted in English.
- All game times will be in Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6), with sessions scheduled at the whim of the referee.
- Where possible, all participants will make efforts to encourage an environment supportive to gaming, with minimal background noise or interference.
- The referee shall initiate and manage all game sessions. I will contact each player on schedule at the start of each game session. If the signal is dropped or a player is lost, the referee will attempt to regain contact.
- If the number of players becomes difficult to manage, a ‘caller’ may be designated to declare PC actions.
- For the love of Zeus – don’t eat chips if you’re using a mic headset!
Gametable is a remote RPG whiteboarding client. It is designed to play RPGs online, providing an interface for all players to use a shared map. You can download the software application from the Gametable homepage.
Essentially, Gametable is an ‘internet whiteboard’ with dice rolling capability. I’ll use it to sketch pictures or maps and roll dice during a game session. It also has chat capability, which can be useful for background chatter during the game.
Each Gametable session requires one person to host. By convention, the referee will host the sesssion using the following settings:
- IP: 126.96.36.199
- Port: 6812 (default)
- Password: Glory
Typically the Gametable session will be set up about an hour before the scheduled game time.