Wednesday, 24 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 24: What is the game you are most likely to give to others?

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24: What is the game you are most likely to give to others?

Adventure! as two people I know who I have given it to as a leaving gift can attest.

I should note that they were already gamers and members of my groups, so this isn’t an introductory gift to potential gamers, in case that was the intent. I dunno what I’d do there.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 23: Worst Luck stories

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23: Share one of your best “Worst Luck” stories.

Sometimes the 1s just keep coming. I once canned a game for this, as it had no mechanic to buy off the frankly alarming number of botches someone was rolling.

If you can bring it in-game, do so. Which is why an episode of The Watch House that was going to be about something else became about a capricious boggart dropping a luck-stealing curse on the group.

Monday, 22 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 22: "Random" game events

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22: Supposedly random game events that keep happening?

This could easily become a rant about dice pools giving me Advantage instead of any actual success at what I wanted to do in the FFG Star Wars system. Let’s just say I would like a different result spread.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 21: Funniest misinterpretation of a rule in your group?

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21: Funniest misinterpretation of a rule in your group?

Going outside RPGs to wargaming, and going back twenty-five years, the first time (possibly the only time) RM played BattleTech and we started to wonder why his lightly armoured Whitworth was shrugging off so much damage. The game uses a standard mech sheet, and the armour and damage tracks are represented by dots. And he was counting the lightly crossed out unarmoured dots rather than the blank armoured ones.

Still, good to learn this all together a year or so before Vampire: The Masquerade came out.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 20: Challenging system?

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20: Most challenging but rewarding system you have learned?

I don’t really want a system to challenge me. If a system keeps hogging my attention I’m liable to use something less obtrusive instead.

I’ll make an exception for games designed with specific purposes in mind. Leverage maybe? It’s about telling an entertaining crime story rather than simulating crime, so the authorial distance of encouraging players to put their characters in trouble for later payoffs (and getting them out with player narrated Flashbacks) isn’t interfering with regular player to character identification. It’s still more moving parts than many players like to deal with though.

Friday, 19 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 19: Best way to learn a new game?

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19: Best way to learn a new game?

At the table.

(Obviously depending on the GM and other players teaching it.)

Second best is sitting down and reading the book.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

For that much she better make point five past lightspeed

A 1/72 scale Millennium Falcon model kit? Ooh.

Only $299 and 904 parts.

#RPGaDay 2016 18: What innovation could RPG groups benefit most from?

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18: What innovation could RPG groups benefit most from?

Holodecks!

Perhaps a bit sooner, Apocalypse World style playbooks becoming common tools for partial pregens and starting players to put together a template character quickly based on a couple options every stage.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Firefly: The Animated Trailer

To celebrate 2100 posts (why not) and Can’t Stop The Serenity here on Saturday, Firefly: The Animated Trailer by Stephen Byrne.

Your soul will ache, But it’s a good ache.

#RPGaDay 2016 17: What fictional character would fit best in your group?

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17: What fictional character would fit best in your group?

Charlie from Supernatural would fit best in all gaming groups worthy of the name.

The question wasn’t who I’d want in my group. She’d still be welcome, but my first pick would be Scheherazade. Now there’s a GM...

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 16: Historical person you'd like in your group?

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16: Historical person you’d like in your group? What game?

Sir Terry Pratchett sadly now qualifies. Anything he feels like running would be good by me.

Going further back in history to people I haven’t personally met, the Brontë sisters’ fantasy world sounds like it could be fun to play in.

And Peter Cushing would be welcome though he was more into wargames. I’d love to have him in a Doctor Who game...

Monday, 15 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 15: Your best source of inspiration for RPGs?

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15: Your Best Source Of Inspiration For RPGs?

RPG books, I guess. And RPG sites. And regular books. And TV and films. And comics. And sometimes music. And history. And the news.

And the players. Very much the players.

Okay, less generally, I’ll watch and read a lot about the setting (or settings it draws from) while doing other things. I’ll immerse myself in it, rereading specific sourcebooks or watching a particular episode of Buffy or even just listening to the Star Wars theme before heading to a session, to get into the right headspace and get the rhythms of the language. This can result in my talking Buffyspeak for days on end.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

#RPGaDay 2016 14: Your dream team of people you used to game with?

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14: Your dream team of people you used to game with?

... would look a lot like the major cast of The Watch House, with some additions from The Door In Time. I have other likely candidates in current games, liable to join future games, and still in the country.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Kenny Baker, best known for performing R2-D2, has died, aged 81. Taking a moment to think of all the performers like him whose work we love and who we so rarely know by name or sight.

Crowdfund Steve D. Do it.

Give Steve D some money, and he will give you games.