We were able to play a second session of Diaspora last night. I was looking forward to it because we ended on a cliffhanger last game that seemed to be the start of a conflict. I was right and I got to experience the rules of combat in Fate for the first time. Brennen ran the game again for me and John, here’s how it went

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Lanky humanoids that looked to be made from or coated in tar confronted us at the mouth of a path going into the forest. One taller than the rest stood out and made a threatening motion with his spear and we prepared to fight. Well, at least Sl’th’x did, Mara took off and vanished into the trees before the fight even began. Sl’th’x was surprised at Mara’s action, but he buffed up tall, trying to appear large and scary in the hope that it would scare off the people and leave him to the gold chuck in the ground. It didn’t work.

The guy out front chunked his spear at Sl’th’x with amazing accuracy. The spear hits, but thanks to Sl’th’x’s thick scaly hide, it only produces a small wound. The wound unfortunately begins to bleed freely. This enrages Sl’th’x and he throws down his energy trident and speeds forward, attacking the humanoid with teeth and fangs.

Meanwhile, some of the tar people follow Mara into the woods. She drops down from the trees and eliminates all four of them with some stunning moves. She then attempts to draw more of them into the woods so she can dispatch of them just a quick.

Sl’th’x flips blood at the creatures eyes as he rushes him, but the creature is agile and avoids Sl’th’x attack. They dance around, each trying to land a good solid blow on the other, but neither is successfully. Finally, they lock their arms together, trying to overpower each other.
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This is where we left off for the night. It ended up being a fairly short, but fun night. The combat ended up taking so long because we were all new to the combat system in Diaspora. We spent a lot of time making sure we had all the rules correct and it was tough for me to figure out when and how I should use my fate points. I am positive though that next week it will go faster and will continue to do so as we grow comfortable with the system.

I had to give Brennen a hard time because combat for me sure did seem like a lot of misses, but I enjoyed the game. I did miss a lot, but, it is important to remember that my character was not built as a combat orientated character and the dice were not treating me well either. So far, I like it much better than a d20 system because I do feel that the dice are much more balanced.

I am looking forward to next week and hopefully I will put some hurt on that tar creature!

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We got a chance to play Diaspora this week, ran by Brennen. The two players were me and John, and our characters are Sl’th’x and Mara.

The story begins with us and two other crew members, Captain Jack Mattson and Lena, getting hit from the military for a job we had just pulled. Sl’th’x deftly gets them to a different planet, but has to sacrifice the ship in order to throw off pursuit and makes a crash landing in a large body of watter not too far from off the coast from the city. The crew ejects in a cargo container before the ship actually crashes, and are carried underwater. Sl’th’x can breathe underwater, and thanks to some drugs administered by Lena, the rest of the crew is able to endure for a limited amount of time.

Mara does not seem to be able to swim, or she is starting to panic, so Sl’th’x ties a cord around him, and then ties it around her as well. His intent is tie it around the rest of the crew as well, since he is the best swimmer, and swim them all to safety, but his actions are interrupted by a giant size eel! Sl’th’x acts fast, raising his energy trident and tries to fry the creature, but misses. He then gets lucky and fries the eel, using the cargo container as a medium to delivery the bolt right into the creatures mouth, but the trident is pulled form his hands in the act. He then cannot see Captain Mattson or Lena, so he swims Mara to the surface. He leaves her there to go search for the other two.

When he gets back down there, he cannot find anyone, but he sees bigger aquatic life is beginning to move into the territory. Then he sees another eel, not as big as the first, but still bigger than him, with a foot sticking out of its mouth. He looks for something to use to kill the eel with, and sees a flickering light below. Heading towards it, he finds his energy trident! It appears to be broken, but he makes a few adjustments to it and thinks it will still be able to make a couple of shots. Looking around though, the eel he saw is no where in sight.

He finds no other signs of the rest of his crew, and not wanting to leave Mara alone for long, heads back to the surface. He finds Mara and another body with no head floating by her. They decide it is best to get to the shore and hope the others made it as well. Sl’th’x ties the rope back to Mara and he swims swiftly for the closest shoreline. They make it to a beach, but the environment looks very wild and foreboding.

They take a few minutes to gather their thoughts, and then Sl’th’x sees something glinting with sunlight several yards down the beach. He takes off for it, and finds what looks to be a large lump of gold sticking out the sand. He reaches down to pick it up, and gets an electrifying shock. Through stout resolve he is able to let go. When he does, he finds Mara running up to him, asking him what he found. He doesn’t know, but he is determined to find out. He thinks that if he can yank really hard, he could pull it out of the sand and stop it from shocking him. He crouches down and tenses his muscles, then grabs the object again and pulls with all his might. Electric shock jolts through his body again, but this time he continues to pull and refuses to get go. Finally, the shock lessens and stops altogether, but the item does not budge. He then begins to dig around it, trying to find the bottom.

It is because of this object, that both he and Mara are surprised by the appearance of humanoids as they surround them. They are holding spears, and around there necks hang necklaces with what appear to be gold nuggets. Sl’th’x eyes focus on the gold nuggets hanging around their necks as he contemplates his next move…

This is where we ended the session for the night. It is a fun game so far and Brennen did use many compels throughout the game. I am looking forward to finding out how a longer combat encounter is going to go. I was a little disappointed that our two NPC’s seemed to have died. I was hoping that they would turn up throughout our game as valuable allies in different situations. They still might I guess, we will just have to see how Brennen plays it.

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