Happy Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you. Because of the day I wanted to talk a little about Star Wars and role playing.
When I was in Graduate school the group I hung out with said that someone was going to run a Star Wars game. This was in 1992 (I think) so it was before movies 1-3 came out. So we were stuck relying on the original trilogy, and some of the novels for source material. But we had a great time. It was a well run game. And I got a decent idea of what a game in that universe would be like.
A few years later, living in a different place, I got to join in a home brew Star Wars game. It did not last very long. But it was still a lot of fun, and full of interesting ideas.
Now we have seven movies, 7 seasons of a good animated series, another 2 seasons of another animated series, an animated movie and an embarrassment of riches when it comes to books, comics, and other printed material. Including what are from all reports 3 excellent versions of Star Wars role playing games. I even have a group of players who have all been raised in a world with 6 or more Star Wars movies.
Despite all of this. And despite my deep and abiding love for the Star Wars universe and all that material I listed above. I just cannot bring myself to run a Star Wars game. It is a mental block for me.
If someone invited me to play in a game tomorrow I would likely jump at the chance to do so. Because I love the universe. And think that there are a ton of great stories to tell.
But for whatever reason, as a GM, I just cannot come up with a story line. It is not that I do not think that you could run a great game in the universe. I am sure you could. I have been in some games in that universe and really enjoyed them.
This is something that bothers me. I guess I am just stuck in my ways. My head does not contain the necessary wiring to construct a campaign in that setting. I really wish it did. If I had the time I might even try running the game that comes with the starter box for the new game. That would be a good start I guess.
What do you all think? Is there a type of campaign setting or style that your brain just refuses to run? Where your head wiring says ‘uh-huh, compute this I cannot’?