Welcome to Alien RPG and Halifax: Episode 27. The crew members have come together once again and it’s time to get back to work. Halifax leaves Uzuno behind and moves on to LV-779, their next cargo delivery destination. The distance from Uzuno and LV-779 is very long and Halifax is heading out to the Frontier. What could possibly happen?
Maybe we can build a fire and sing a couple of songs? Why don’t we try that?
Halifax has no problem making its way to LV-779. The Halifax land just fine and the welcoming party is there waiting for them. The crew makes their way out to greet the welcoming party only to find out that the welcoming party is dead. They have been made to look alive enough to draw the crew out of Halifax.
Panic sets in immediately. Things are not right on LV-779 and the crew needs to figure out what is going on. Halifax becomes completely unresponsive. The immediate thought is that Imogen is up to something. That is until a Working Joe makes its first appearance.
I have learned that one of the greatest perks of running a campaign is that you can inject anything that adds to the game or story. Some injections may be subtle and have minimal effect, while some are large and drastically change the game or story. They can be personal, and what I did was inject a bit of my personal life into the Halifax campaign.
Back in May of 2009, I adopted Buddy from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. He was not treated well by the previous owners so Buddy came with some difficulties. That didn’t matter to me. We worked together and became the best of friends.
On September 02, 2022, my dog, Buddy, had to be put down. I decided to pay tribute to Buddy in this episode. I used one of his photos as the Roll20 token, and I took a sound bite of him snoring and dreaming while sleeping. The tribute is short and it didn’t go exactly as planned but I’m okay with that. I feel like it’s the thought that counts. Who knows, he may pop up again.
I miss my little boy. Here are some pictures of him:
You can watch the tribute right here:
What does MU/TH/UR think?
I’m not particularly pleased with this episode. I feel like a lot of meta-gaming takes place which is something I am not a fan of. This episode also feels like a comedy and not survival horror. I had to have a talk with my players about it and I hope that this won’t happen again.
The tribute to Buddy was an awesome idea. However, I regret not telling my players ahead of time. They were already well aware of the situation but it is apparent that they didn’t know how to react when I introduced Buddy. Lesson learned.