I use pictures culled from the internet, mostly from DeviantArt (but you use what you want), to emphasize scenes during gaming sessions with my kids. Sci-fi, historical, techno, you-name-it.
I do the very same thing. Specifically, I'll seek out concept artwork that matches the settings I'd like to use for a particular adventure. On game day, I'll share these images with the players to reinforce my descriptions of each new setting. It's been a big hit with my players.
While I have much interest in playing pretty much any tabletop rpg, I am limited by what I believe my wife would enjoy (which is not tabletop rpg's (yet) but is Doctor Who). That and being a father of 2 youngsters and working 6 days week with 8-10 hour days I have been lacking in both time and opportunity to seek out and join a group, which is why I haven't played in about a decade.
Given the perfect world I would love to join a small group as a player and learn the ropes by playing, and maybe eventually move into being the gm for an odd game or two. But as things stand for me I have to create my own opportunity and run with it.
How old are your youngsters? Perhaps they'd be game to play with you and your wife?
Sorry for the long silence everyone, life has been a bit crazy, but finally got around to playing last night. It went surprisingly well, although I found that my wife is a much better role player then I am as I was bumbley and nervous while she acted her role with gusto (though to be fair my wife probably is River Song in this dimension so she was pretty much just acting exactly how she would have reacted if this was her real life). It was a real quick session, I think it took less then 30 minutes total, but it was really just the prologue.
The main setup includes a custom race that I called the Chauvogs, which are a human sized species that look like a mashup of a bearded dwarf and a pig (visually similar to a Tellarite if you are a Trekkie*) and have a very low opinion of females, often treating them like property. The planet of the Chauvogs has many moons, most of which are settled in some way. The smaller ones are privetly owned mansions and such while the middle sized ones are typically business owned ventures, such as luxury getaway resorts and casinos or large scale spaceship construction yards. The larger ones are still government owned, being militarily bases, fully settled colonies, or space moon jails.
As our story went River song was approached in her office by a Chauvog General and his two human escorts/bodyguards with a mission to collect the engagement ring of the third daughter of the planets king. The king had gambled away the ring at New Space Vegas, which meant that the casinos owner and CEO could marry the kings daughter (told you that women are treated as property). It is feared that the space Mafia runs the casino and wants to become the planetary king by killing the two elder daughters. The second eldest daughter already killed in an “accident” and the eldest is now in protective custody. River was sought out to retrieve the ring as she is female and therefor can't marry the kings daughter herself.
The meeting went well although Rivers argumentative nature coupled with her being a non-submissive female infuriated the General. River was offered one of two pieces of holography gadgets to aid her and literally only 1/100th of the monetary bounty as an upfront payment (although as angry as the general was it was a good idea not to have tried bartering as there would have been a massive penalty from his angry mood and a failure would have resulted in withdrawing all support for River). However Rivers attractiveness and charm won over one of the two human guards who pickpocketed the second hologram gadget and left it, along with his phone number, for River. The session ended with River plotting how she wanted to go about infiltrating the casino and what gadgets she wanted to bring with her.
Does that sound like a good intro and/or plot? I'll list my two hologram gadgets in the next post to see if I did well in their creation.
*P.S. I am not a Trekkie at all, I just found a picture of Tellarites on Google image search and though that they roughly fit my mental picture.
Holographic Clothes Plus – Minor Gadget (has 1 story point)
Description: A swallowable pill that allows for a holographic disguise. A technological improvement of the original holographic clothing pill for its speed, stronger abilities and ease of use, but at the cost of only being a visual change and with a far shorter life span before shorting out.
Traits: Shapeshift – 1-3 minute after swallowing instant holographic disguise.
Restrictions: Eyes only – Can only fool vision, does not emulate touch, smell etc. Time Limit – 1 hour for clothing only. 30min for clothing and light facial changes. 15 min to visually change species Psychic effect – Doesn't affect people with psychic training One Shot – One time use.
Credit to Jay042 who created the original holographic cloths gadget that inspired this modified version.
Holographic Distraction Mouse – Major Gadget (has 2 story points)
Description: Looks like a futuristic wind up mouse toy, but is capable of producing a hologram of a scanned object. It will then attempt to avoid and run away from anything and everything it can to the best of its ability.
Traits: Scan – specialised scan – captures visual image of an object Hologram – Produces a hologram of a scanned object Run for your life! – Runs away and avoids contact with anything it can
Restrictions: Eyes only – Can only fool vision, does not emulate touch, smell etc. Low Memory – Can only hold one scanned object at a time Preset settings – Assumes everything it scans is a living being capable of movement
As a note the Chauvogs are poor of eyesight but have keen smell. The general didn't want to give anything that would have as easily fooled his own kind, but to be fair most of the guards and workers of the casino are human.