Saturday, August 26, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 26

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August 26th) Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

I'm going to answer this by saying the Cypher System because it doesn't need resources. When I run it I rarely use more than a piece of scrap paper, a pencil, and something for XP. If I'm feeling in the mood I'll pull cyphers from one of the Cypher decks, but more often I just roll them, or have the players roll them. The best resources are the ones you don't need. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 25

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August 25th) What is the best way to thank your GM?

There's all kinds of good ways. The easiest is actually saying "Thank you" after each session. Throwing in "that was fun/awesome/superb/other superlative" is also a good way to show appreciation. Depending on your GM offering to run a game when they need a break, even if it's just a one-shot or a few weeks long, can be really nice. Not all GMs get much time to play, and some wish the could. Alternately if money isn't an issue maybe offer to buy the next release for them so they don't have to. Often GMs shell out the big investment bucks compared to players. Help bear that burden if you can. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 24

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August 24th) Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more.

Umm? No idea. I don't really follow any publishers who routinely use PWYW. 

Err... Quick! To the backup question vault!

Grabbing the question from Aug 24 last year we get What is the game you are most likely to give to others as a gift?

Hmm, last year I said Pandemic, and that is still a stupidly solid choice. BUT I think this year I'd have to say Pandemic LEGACY. Because somehow they took a nearly perfect game and made it better. Like, a lot better, which seems impossible. TARDIS level of impossible. 

Can't wait for season 2!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 23

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August 23rd) Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

I have to go with Gods of the Fall from Monte Cook Games. Between the art and their signature margin notes the book is both easy to navigate and beautiful to behold. The text is always clear and easy to read and the chapters are nicely color coded such that even from the edge of the book you can get to within 50 or so pages of your target. In digital they are fully hyperlinked PDFs which does make them a bit bigger and slower, but the ease of navigation this yields is well worth it. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 22

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August 22nd) Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

Cypher System. Next question!

Seriously, if you read this blog at all you knew that was coming. If you don't read this blog very often then you need only look at the way the Cypher System uses 100% player facing rolls, has a built in mechanism for GM tomfoolery, and has simplified the process of creating NPCs on the fly and you'll know why I consider this one of the easiest RPGs to run. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 21

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August 21st) Which RPG does the most with the least words?

Another question I could look at in two ways.

At face value I can point to games with fairly minimal word counts that generate a lot of options & value for play. In this case I'd have to go with Microscope. It's literally both a game and a world engine. One of these days I really want to kick off a campaign by running a few sessions of Microscope ahead of time with my players to cooperatively build the setting.

Alternately I can look at this as what RPG does the most with it's art. In this case using art to help sell the setting, tone, gene, feel, and the like. This is hard to pick just one as art can really speak to you in a way that words may fail to do so. Games like Deadlands, Dark Sun, Gods of the Fall, and Rifts (yes, even Rifts) all contain artwork of such beauty and composition as to really draw me in and put me into those worlds. Even when the mechanics or setting proves something other than what I wanted that art can stay with me for years later. As a younger gamer the covers of the TMNT & Other Strangeness RPG and its various supplements including After the Bomb all spoke to me with such strength that to this day a few of them remain in my top 10 of all time best RPG covers. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 20

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August 20th) What is the best source for out-of-print RPGs?

I've been quite lucky with my local shop who buys and sells used RPGs, if you're ever in Worcester, Mass. check out That's Entertainment. I've also utilized Noble Knight and eBay at times. Depending on the urgency of the need and the expense of the item. Lastly though is Drive Thru RPG (and it's sister sites). Lots of older stuff is coming to PDF these days and depending on your intended use these can be a great economical way to get your hands on some of the older RPGs you may have missed back in the day.