Wednesday, August 17, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 17: Past, Present, or Future - WHEN is your favourite game set?


Day Seventeen of #RPGaDay2022 asks when your favourite game is set? Oh, if only I had a favourite game! It changes depending upon the mood, from the 1980's (Tales from the Loop or Ghostbusters) to a galaxy far, far away (WEG Star Wars). I'm not much of a fantasy gamer, so that's probably the furthest in the past I'd prefer (though I did have a great game of Victorian era Changeling recently). 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 16: What would be your perfect game?


Day Sixteen of #RPGaDay2022 and we're nearly halfway through the month! Hurrah!! Today's question asks "What would be your perfect game?" 

Tricky? Short of saying I'd love a game of something like The X-Files or Twin Peaks, or some other supernatural investigation game, or Stranger Things to capture that vibe of Tales from the Loop meets Stephen King, I don't know...

I'd like something that's relatively light, like Scott Pilgrim - a surreal but fun experience, where there's a little fighting but it's not the focus, and lots of cool and wacky happenings - maybe in a Ghostbusters style.

Other than that, you know my weird tastes!

Monday, August 15, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 15: Who would you like to Gamemaster for you?


And we're on to the next week of #RPGaDay2022, and the question is once again WHO? Who would you like to Gamemaster for you?

I honestly don't know! I'm not a great GM, so I certainly appreciate other people GMing for me. Stoo is doing a grand job with our games to date, having GM'd Tales from the Loop, Star Wars, Alien, Scum & Villainy, and currently - The One Ring

If I could get anyone to GM, it'd probably be someone cool like Eric Campbell, running something like Star Trek Adventures or Doctor Who. That'd be great.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 14: Suggestion Sunday

Day Fourteen of #RPGaDay2022 is one of those Suggestion Sunday things where you're supposed to tag some friends and suggest an RPG to try. Well, I'm not really a big fan of tagging people in things, and I already know some friends I'd like to see get involved, but the game I'm going to suggest is Broken Compass

A cool game that came out a year or more ago by Two Little Mice publishing, that immediately caught everyone's eye by its great corebook design. The game is little bit Tomb Raider, a little Uncharted, and a whole lot of Indiana Jones, with a corebook designed to look like a leatherbound travel journal, complete with an elasticated loop to hold a pen or pencil (logo emblazoned pencil is included). 

The system may take a little getting used to, as the dice rolling is very 'one roll for a whole encounter' and I would have thought a more segmented roll for each part of a trap or fight would be more in keeping with the tension-raising stakes of a high-adventure game. But I'd really like to see it in action and find out how it plays. 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 13: How would you change the way you started RPGing?

 Day Thirteen of #RPGaDay2022 asks HOW would you change the way you started RPGing? 

I don't think I would. Great games, even better friends, the only way it could be improved would be to have started playing earlier. The groups in my little town had been playing for a while by the time I got involved, so I missed out on a year or two of gaming! I didn't even know these things existed before then!! 

Friday, August 12, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 12: Why did you start RPGing?


Day Twelve of #RPGaDay2022 asks an odd question - Why did you start RPGing? 

I guess the answer to that one is fairly simple. I was obsessed with Star Wars and science fiction in general. My first RPG was Traveller, and while it wasn't the Star Wars that I loved, it was as close as I could get for a while. I enjoyed D&D and Runequest, I loved the company - having a growing group of friends that I'm still in contact with (and still gaming with) today. And then along came Star Frontiers, which was even more Star Wars-y than Traveller, and I was hooked. 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 11: If you could live in a game setting, where would it be?


Oh boy, today's question is a tricky one. Day Eleven of #RPGaDay2022 asks 'If you could live in a game setting, where would it be?'

I guess my problem is that I LOVE licensed games, so a lot of the RPG settings I'd pick are licensed settings. I mean, who wouldn't want to live in the idillic future of Star Trek, or run around with a lightsaber in Star Wars

Sadly, I'd have to say that my ideal choice would be Tales from the Loop. I know it's licensed, but who wouldn't want to return to your childhood in the 80s, surrounded by that cool music, iconic imagery, and add some (usually) helpful robots into the mix? Count me in!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 10: When Did you Start Gamemastering?


Day Ten of #RPGaDay2022 is 'When did you start Gamemastering?' and that was kinda answered in yesterday's question. My first GMing was the awesomeness that was original Star Frontiers. So the "When" answer is probably around 1983. I wasn't a great Gamemaster - I don't think I am now either. I think I peaked in the mid 90's with Kult. But I had a blast GMing Star Frontiers, and then I went on to things like TSR's Indiana Jones, WEG's Ghostbusters, WEG's Star Wars, Victory Games' James Bond (you can tell a trend there).

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 9: What is the Second RPG you bought?


Day Nine of #RPGaDay2022 asks the question, what is the second RPG you bought? That's a tricky one, because I bought two fairly close to each other, and I can't remember which came first!! I think it was this way around...

After my first couple of games, I was introduced to Traveller, Runequest, and AD&D, and it was clear to me that I really needed my own copy of the AD&D Player's Handbook. So, after a trip to the aforementioned secret shop hidden above a picture framers in the city 13 miles away, I purchased my own AD&D Player's Handbook. Not the one everyone started with, I had the blue one with the wizard. not the group stealing the stuff from the big demon statue. 

After that, I wanted to run my own game, and when I was buying the Player's Handbook the cover of Star Frontiers caught my eye and kinda stuck in my head, so it must have been shortly after that I purchased the original Star Frontiers Alpha Dawn boxed set. 

I loved Star Frontiers, we played the heck out of it, and Knight Hawks, and Zebulon's Guide. Loved it, and would have loved to have seen it make a comeback... but not like it is... dear god, no... You've ruined my youth... 

Monday, August 8, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 8: Who introduced you to RPGs?


Wow, week 2 of #RPGaDAY already, and the question for Day Eight is 'Who Introduced you to RPGs?'.

This kinda flashes back to the answer on day 3, of when were you introduced to RPGs... It was that moment when Crud (sorry, I know you never liked being called Crud, but I don't want to use real names here) decided that we weren't going to spend that afternoon creating lightcycles programs for the ZX Spectrum, and he was going to drag me along to JR's house to partake in my first game of Traveller

So, technically, the answer to 'Who' was Crud, along with JR and Pete. It was only a matter of time before that lead to me gaming with two different groups, which eventually merged into one.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 7: A Cool Part of a System

Day Seven of #RPGaDay2022 is one of the weird Sunday questions - this one is "Describe a cool part of a system that you love". Oh, man. So many to choose from. There have been many times over the last few years when I've read or played a relatively new game and thought "Wow, I wish I'd come up with that". 

Some cool elements that I particularly admire include the whole "Blades in the Dark" thing of rolling against a difficulty and the result determines if you succeed, succeed but with a consequence, or fail. That's bloomin' brilliant, and I think it's something that's been adapted from Powered by the Apocalypse - however, it was my first game of Scum and Villainy that I first encountered it. 

The other "wow" moment was experiencing Tales from the Loop for the first time. Just the simplicity of the game system, how the rules were a fraction of the size of most of the games I'd been playing, allowing the players to build their 'character' rather than a bunch of numbers. Flippin amazing. I guess that's my only frustration at the moment, is that there are no more official in-house Tales from the Loop books. I'd snap them up in an instant. 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 6: How would you get more people playing RPGs?

Day Six of #RPGaDay2022 asks 'How would you get more people playing RPGs?'. At a time when more people seem to be not only aware of what tabletop roleplaying games are, but also playing and streaming games, it's almost like TTRPGs are in a second renaissance! A new golden age, so to speak.

I remember having this discussion about 2006 when we were trying to work out how to get more people involved in RPGs, and we were talking about how licensed properties were the way to go. Get more kids introduced, a new generation of gamers, by bringing out games of properties they'd be interested in. We talked about James Bond, and (of course) Doctor Who - which eventually led to the game! 

Now, everyone's aware of tabletop roleplaying games thanks to streaming, Stranger Things, and more. You can find Dungeons & Dragons everywhere - no longer do you have to find out about secret, unmarked game stores hidden above picture framers.

That said, the best way to get more people playing RPGs is to NOT put them off. Put an end to the gatekeeping, and let everyone have a go! 

And that really is the great thing about the hobby at the moment - you really can have a go pretty easily. Or, at least, see what it's all about by watching streams. There are so many games out there if you fancy something different from Dungeons & Dragons, and so many indie games that are simply brilliant. And it's easier to get into making games now as well. We really are in a new golden age.

Friday, August 5, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 5: Why will they like this game?


I've kinda painted myself into a corner. After establishing the people I'd like to have introduced to RPGs being my dearly departed parents, and establishing some games I'd have used to introduce them to games, the question on Day Five is 'Why will they like this game?'

Answer should be because they enjoyed Ghostbusters, and would find it funny, but I have to say, in truth, they probably wouldn't have liked it. They'd have probably enjoyed West End Games' Star Wars more - they both loved Star Wars. Dad dressed up as Darth Vader one year for the town carnival, and when my mother was in care, the only DVD she wanted with her was the original Star Wars trilogy. Strange, but I wasn't going to question it. 

The West End Game Star Wars RPG was quick, pretty easy, and very accessible. Really lovely production on them as well. Love those first hardcovers. 

Right, tomorrow's question is a tricky one, so I'm going to go and think about that. 

Until then, stay multiclassy!!

Thursday, August 4, 2022

#RPGaDay2022 - Day 4: Where would you host a First Game?


Day Four of #RPGaDay2022 and the big question kinda follows on from the previous ones. We've asked who you'd like to introduce to RPGs, and what game would be a great choice. So now the question is 'Where would you host a first game?'

So you're all set, wanting to host this new game to show off to make a good impression for a first game. Where do you host it? 

Easy answer for that is wherever you're all comfortable and at ease. You could set the scene in a grand hall or a castle, with an epic table of minis, with candles and cool music, but it's not really necessary. The best thing I'd suggest is somewhere comfy, with few distractions, plenty of snacks. Heck, these days it doesn't even have to be in the same room as the other players!

My first game was at a friend's house on their dining room table. Most of our games were like that, at our houses around respective dining room tables. Some of the best times ever. But some of the coolest and most epic games I've had haven't even had that. One of the scariest Kult games was just in a little bedsit without even a single chair, while some of the most epic Star Wars games I've had have been mostly online with players in their own respective houses.

Just play wherever you like, and have fun. The more at ease and involved your prospective new players are, the more they'll enjoy it.