though the TSR sponsored Planescape events at GenCon are rather
sparse (especially after the one seminar on the subject was cancelled),
a few hardy DMs run Planescape events. One fairly regular offering
has been two or three games run by the folks at Game Base 7. Having
gone through Planescape withdrawal this past year, I decided to
give one of the events a try.
I will admit
that I was going in with slightly lowered expectations. I had heard
bad things in the past about Planescape events run by GB7. However,
I hadn`t heard any specific reasons as to why the games were supposed
to be bad. So, I figured I`d risk disappointment and boredom by
joining one of the games. I am happy to say that the event was not
as bad as I`d been led to believe. Unfortunately, I can`t say that
it was a stellar performance, either.
One thing that
didn`t measure up to my (admittedly high and demanding) standards
were the pre-generated characters. Not a single one was planar in
any way. No planar races, no faction allegiances, not even anything
planar in their short histories. Essentially, they were just mid-level
primes who happened to be in Sigil and were supposed bloods.
found out after the game started was that I could have brought a
character of my own creation into it - this was not specifically
mentioned in the overview in the event book. A couple people had
taken advantage of this and did have true planar characters (one
githzerai and one bariaur). Overall, I found it odd that a Planescape
game didn`t come with Planescape characters.
The other was
the game itself. While it did take place in Sigil and feature a
few planar creatures (an alu-fiend) and locations (The Golden Bariaur
Inn), it seemed to be a bit lacking in Planescape-ness somehow.
The plot seemed rather mundane. However, I suspect that most of
this impression came from the fact that this was a two-part event.
The first half took place in Sigil, while the latter half took place
on a layer in the Abyss. I did qualify to go to the second round,
but since it started at the same time as The Big Announcement, I
it wasn`t quite up to par, I do recommend that people give the GB7
Planescape events a try. Heck, we might want to contact them ahead
of time to make sure there`s enough interest for them to schedule
another one or two at GenCon 2000. If there`s enough players who
actually know the system, they might get around to upping the content
and making these events something to really remember.