You’ve probably heard of an anime by the name of Sailor Moon, but you might not know that a brand new series came out this summer celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show’s release. I was a little freaked out when I saw the manga-esque style, but it’s made me fall in love with the Sailor Senshi all over again and given me a hefty dose of nostalgia for one of my all-time-favorite-things-ever.
Does it surprise anyone, then, that I was unable to resist purchasing The Complete Book of Yoma, Volume 1 when I found it at Half Price Books this weekend (for $3 off the list price on Amazon, I might add)? Ryan just rolled his eyes, but for me it was a one of those things that felt like it was meant to be. I mean, IT HAS ALL THE MONSTERS FROM THE FIRST TWO SEASONS OF SAILOR MOON. Phew. Excuse me, my fangirl is showing.
It would be a shame to relegate a perfectly good “monster manual” to the shelf, so of course I have find an excuse to use them! Enter The Sailor Moon Roleplaying Game and Resource Book.
I was a little surprised at how easy it was to ask around at work to see whether anyone would be interested in playing. What’s cool is that I’ve got four young women–all in their mid-twenties–and one guy also our age, with another two players potentially jumping in. I plan on meeting up with them sometime next week to talk campaign premise and character options.
The basic premise I have bouncing around takes some cues from the Sailor Moon: Another Story SNES RPG:
The Enemy has changed Destiny in order to thwart the coming of Neo Queen Serenity. At the end of the Silver Millennium, the Sailor Crystals drifted to another time and place, and were born into different bodies. Now, it’s up to a different set of senshi to defend Earth, find their lost princess, and stop the Dark Kingdom! But first, they’ll have to survive high school.
We still need to decide whether they want to play as the inner senshi, outer senshi, asteroid senshi, zodiac senshi, or another set entirely, but I figure I can run with whatever they end up choosing. I’ve got seventy-someodd episodes of material to draw from as inspiration, not to mention a pretty solid episodic formula to structure the sessions themselves!
Wish me luck! This probably won’t be the last time you read about it.