Thursday, August 31, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 31

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August 31st) What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?
There's so much 2017 left it's hard to look ahead to next year. Probably I would have to say I'm looking forward to Gary Con next year. I had a lot of fun with it this year and as a smaller convention it feels so much less stressful than Gen Con, and at the time of this writing pre-Gen Con stress is something that I'm dealing with daily.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 30

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August 30th) What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

There's a lot of mashups out there so I feel the need to come up with something new, unique, and probably a little wacky. How about a traditional High Fantasy game combined with Superheroes. In this case a setting where Super Powers and Magic are all hereditary. The characters could either be normal folk trying to survive the wars of power between the High Houses, or the scions of those houses gifted with power, but perhaps not with the morals to use them well. Imagine Game of Thrones but with the X-men playing the major roles. What happens when a whore's son develops Powers which can only come from the blood of the High Houses?

A second idea, one that I've had for a while but never figured out how to make it work is Giant Mecha + High Fantasy + King Arthur. I called it "Grand Steel Knights". The idea being that Arthur's knights each have a magical giant mecha that they use to defend the realm. Kinda like Pacific Rim but in a fantasy setting.

I dunno, maybe I'm nuts. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 29

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August 29th) What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

Hands down it has to be Robert Schwalb's Shadow of the Demon Lord. While I didn't end up taking to the game as I had hoped (though I would like to try playing it with a good GM to see if I was just a bad GM for it) I have to hand it to Mr. Schwalb for the amazing execution. For the better part of a year after the initial release of the core rules there was an adventure module, setting expansion, rules addendum, or similar product released on Mondays. Not only was there something new EVERY WEEK but they were high quality, generally highly polished products. There was no instance of a shoddy offering, or a rushed production. The game may not have been my cup of tea, but it certainly demonstrated how a good Kickstarter could be run. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 28

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August 28th) What film or series is the most-frequent source of quotes in your group?

Ghostbusters. The Princess Bride. Basically anything by Mel Brooks. Star Wars. Star Trek. Monty Python. 

Basically all the normal places you'd expect a bunch of nerds/geeks to quote from.

Now go away, or I shall taunt you a second time, you silly, English knight! 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 - Day 27

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August 27th) What are your essential tools for good gaming?

I kinda feel like I answered this yesterday in that the best RPGs need very little extraneous material. I don't like GM screens, I prefer as GM to roll dice as seldom as possible, and if a game has so many charts that I need to have reference handy it's probably not for me (some exceptions do apply). That being said I think the most essential tool is an open and creative mind. If you can come to the table ready to play and be creative and original and all the other things that make RPGs great everything else falls by the wayside.