Rise of the Valkyries was our first real foray into a D20 Modern campaign and it was pretty interesting. Coming off from D&D the way we were it took a bit of adjustment but we had it down pretty well during our first session.
Like most of Matthew's homebrew campaigns RotV proved to be fairly challenging. In this case, less strategically challenging and more the "what the heck is going on here?" kind of challenging. From the very beginning it was clear we were caught up in something big that we honestly couldn't make heads or tails out of. By the end, once we'd started piecing things together, the story proved pretty darned exciting and we got a real kick out of going up against the crazy teenage psychics bent on world domination with nothing but firearms and our wits.
The final four episodes in this eight-part campaign were lost in the Geocities debacle, unfortunately. To that end I'll leave the details vague for the time being in the hopes that I can find the spare time to sit down and try to recall details of those four sessions. While I have some notes and scattered whatnots on the campaign a lot of the specifics are lost.
The Diehard Trinity was another short-lived campaign, this time in the D20 Modern system. Unlike "Rise of the Valkyries" we had intended right from the beginning to ditch the campaign once it started getting tedious. As it happened it was only a pastime until we were able to start up another Cortex campaign so we didn't mind if it ended abruptly.
Nevertheless, we ended up enjoying the heck out of this campaign and were actually pretty sorry to end it when the time came. Specifically the episode "Reaper" clinched it for us. That was truly a knuckle-biter and it had us all on the edge of our seats for the whole session.
I don't think I've ever had an RPG session actually scare me before but Matthew managed to pull it off in all of the first three sessions. Especially "Wendigo". Seriously. Ally actually got up and turned on another lamp about halfway through that game...and I was glad she did!
This is definately another "backburner" campaign, one of many we have to fall back on should we need something to tide us over. Anxiety and mild terror abounded in this particular campaign.