Saturday, August 5, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 5

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August 5th) Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game?

Today demands a visual answer...

Yes, the Star Wars RPG from West End Games. There is no doubt about what you will get inside. There is no mistaking this for anything else. If you removed the text from the cover the content would still be adequately described to those viewing the cover. There is simply no mistaking what this is. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 4

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August 4th) Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

I'd say this is a tie between Dungeon Crawl Classics and Cypher System (in various settings). Probably with Cypher System edging out the win. I've been in a monthly (ish) DCC game as well as getting some games in at Gary Con and the occasional other game. On the Cypher side I'm running a monthly Gods of the Fall game and playing in a Numenera game that meets about three times a month.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 3

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August 3rd) How do you find out about new RPGs?

Sadly, oh so sadly, the answer to this is Kickstarter. Which is pretty damn terrible. I suppose I could answer "social media" but ultimately that's a dodge because usually that's just a tweet or Google+ share of the Kickstarter with basically no other information. Having backed many an RPG on Kickstarter I also get messages direct from publishers about their next big thing. So, yeah, sadly Kickstarter gets the win on this one.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 2

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August 2nd) What is an RPG you would like to see published?

Mostly if I really like an idea I'll sort of kitbash it using the RPGs I play, reskinning rules, or making new stuff up as needed to fill the gaps. There's no specific idea that I can think of that I couldn't do via that method. However, to answer the question in the best way I can ... I'd love to see an RPG for Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra. The complex martial arts of those series, combined with the bending powers, chi-blocking, and the later series' technology and spirit magic could make for a really fun product. In my pipe dream world this would also be illustrated by the animation teams who worked on the series development; if you've ever seen the "Art of ..." books for these series you know how amazing this book could look.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 1

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Once again the best 31 days of gaming have arrived. Best because of RPGaDay and because of Gen Con. For the rest of the month my normal posting will be replaced with #RPGaDay daily posts. Enjoy!

August 1st) What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

This is a pretty tough question. When it comes down to it I never feel like I get enough gaming in general, let alone for specific games I love. I think though that I wish I were playing in a game of Bruce Cordell's Gods of the Fall, from Monte Cook Games. It quickly became an obsession of mine when it came out prior to Gen Con last year and while I have written many a blog post and am running a game of it I have not yet played in more than a couple of one-shot sessions. I'd love to get a chance to play in a regular, ongoing game set in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world where the gods are dead and the player characters are taking on the quest of walking the divine paths of prophecy to become gods themselves and put the world to right once more. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Furry Road - The Driver

Notes: Drives Like a Maniac is from Expanded Worlds. Max is actually the first pre-gen I created for this, but I held him back because I needed to design the car. Also it was convenient to have a finished character in my back pocket in case I was pressed for time. Anyways, Max is a patrol trooper, so Virtuous seemed like a nice fit, especially when combined with the other assorted characters. Drives Like a Maniac was basically a pre-req for this game. The character is one of the most well rounded of the pre-gens as well thanks in part of a hefty dose of skills from descriptor and focus in addition to those gained from type. As for the Armored Patrol Cruiser, that's designed using the rules I created for CypherCaster Magazine #6. These expand on the vehicle rules from the CSR for games where the vehicle is more center stage than in other games.  I made some terminology modifications because those rules were written for spacecraft, but they apply equally well for road vehicles... for instance the "Truck" type is the same as the "Light Freighter" type.

Max the Dog is a Virtuous Explorer who Drives Like a Maniac

Tier 3 • Effort 3
Might 17 • Edge 1
Speed 15 • Edge 2
Intellect 12 • Edge 1

Cypher Limit: 2

Armor: 2 • Bullet proof vest (medium)

  • Trained
    • Running
    • Speed Defense
    • Medium Ranged Attacks
    • Knowledge: Road Gangs
    • discerning people’s true motives or seeing through lies
  • Specialized
    • Intellect Defense
    • driving cars, trucks, & motorcycles
    • Navigation
    • Vehicular repair 
  • Practiced in Armor
  • Practiced With Light and Medium Weapons
  • Danger Sense (1 Speed point)
  • Quick Recovery
  • Stand Watch (2 Intellect points)
  • Machine Efficiency (3 Intellect points)
  • Seize Opportunity (4 Speed points)
  • Ignore the Pain
  • Driving on the Edge
  • Car Surfer
Equipment: Calivada Road Patrol fatigues, a trunk tool kit (heavy tools), roll of duct tape, flashlight, 1x MRE. Armored patrol cruiser. (see below).

  • Sawn-off shotgun • special ranged weapon 
    • 6 damage at immediate range
    • 4 damage to Short range
    • attacks as a light weapon at long range (2 damage)
  • 9mm pistol • medium ranged weapon
  • Knife • light melee weapon 
  • Molotov cocktail • thrown weapon • short range • 2 damage plus fire
Armored patrol cruiser - "Sheila" is a Hardy Truck Defends the Weak

  • Frame: 18 • Edge 1
  • Engine: 12 • Edge -1
  • Alternator: 8 • Edge 0
  • Armor: 2
  • Hardpoints:
    • Medium Weapon turret (4 damage, long range) 
    • Extra Heavy Frame
    • Light Armor 
    • Full Throttle (As Fleet of Foot, CSR pg 40)
    • Optimized for Armor

  • Cargo: None - personal items only
  • Crew: 2 (Driver & Navigator/Gunner) + turret gunner
  • Weapons: Forward mounted SMG (light ranged weapon, long range)
  • Easy to Repair: Recovery takes 1/2 time
  • Keep Rolling: Ignore one damage level
  • Brick: Trained in Hull Defense
  • EMP Shielded: trained in Alternator Defense

Initial Link: It's your job as a sworn officer of the Calivada Road Patrol to protect the roads, and the Road Hogs are the biggest threat to safety in the entirety of the coastal region.

  • You've worked with Cornelius the Chimpanzee before. On a previous mission you accidentally crashed your vehicle when Cornelius was a passenger. Though you both recovered you still feel guilty about the incident.
  • Anthony the Mouse is one of the few people you trust to work on your car.