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A Few More RPGaDay Questions

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Question #28

WHAT FILM/SERIES IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF QUOTES IN YOUR GROUP?

I’d say it depends a bit on what group and what game we’re playing… Monty Python has always been a big one over the years (in particular the Holy Grail and maybe Life of Brian). I’d guess that was the single most-quoted source… perhaps ALIENS being the second…

Once a group has been together long enough and they have some good role-players, though, there tends to be a shift from movie quotes to in jokes and self-referential quotes. In my current alternating-fridays group we often joke about “excessive role-playing” because our GM Bruce told us one night that we’d be finishing up the campaign he’d been running for the previous year and a half. It took us three more months to finish it off. He later claimed it was due to our “excessive role-playing” and now we joke about that any time he says anything to do with how long something will take us or if someone really gets into the role-playing of a certain situation – someone will say “knock it off with all the ‘excessive role-playing'”.

In our current D&D campaign one of the Rogues traffics a product he calls “Sorcerers Squash” – a hallucinogenic that grows in the nearby jungles. He often misses sessions in the spring and fall due to farming (like the player actually farms and can’t make it to games) so we started saying his character was hitting the squash or the “product”. Now anytime someone misses a game – their character’s been “on the squash”… I’m sure when we wrap up the campaign it will continue to be the excuse for missing characters!

Question #29

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST-RUN KICKSTARTER YOU HAVE BACKED?

I can’t say I’ve ever backed a role-playing game through kickstarter. I’ve backed board games and miniatures and graphic novels. Of those I think the ones that were the best so far have been the Lead Adventure ones (Dwarven Gold Fever and Astropolis II), and Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kits – which I guess could be used with RPGs – the Astropolis miniatures are going to be perfect for Rogue Trader!

Question #30

WHAT IS AN RPG GENRE-MASH-UP YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO SEE?

I need to see LESS mash-ups. Sometimes I feel like everything “new” is just a mash-up of tired old settings – it’s like developers just say let’s take [this] and add [zombies and/or battlemechs and/or magic and/or aliens or alien technology] and that will be AWESOME!!!! (It’s not really awesome).

Question #31 (a day early, but whatever…)

WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE MOST FOR GAMING IN 2018?

Gaming…? just gaming… and getting back to more role-playing. It’s been too damned long since I’ve really run any role-playing games. I’d really like to do more role-playing with my kids – while they’re still actually interested in playing games with ME!? This week I actually have arranged to play a game of Only War with the kids and one of their friends tomorrow and I’m going to be trying out Tales from the Loop with some other friends on Friday evening (both of which I hope might turn into a campaign that I’ll continue to run through the fall and winter). I’d also like to try out Rogue Trader and have another game I’d like to run with some home-brew rules (largely based on Song of Blades and Heroes)!

I’d also like to get playing some actual MINIATURE GAMES over the next year! I feel like I’ve hardly played any over the last year and a half since the Quest for the Skull Sword campaign last February. Sure, I’ve got in a game or two of The Pikeman’s Lament… but it’s not like previously where I was playing as many miniature games in a month as I’ve played all year! And there are a LOT of games I’d like to play – I’d like to get back to playing Song of Blades and Heroes or Song of Shadows and Dust – or any of the other Ganesha Games, I’d like to try out the new edition of Warhammer 40K and Dracula’s America (which I just picked up!), and definitely get in some MORE game of The Pikeman’s Lament (and Dragon Rampant and Lion Rampant and try out Men Who Would Be Kings).

In Other News… 

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get to posting my monthly Boardgame Round-up of all the games we played through the month of August. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future I’ll get to posting some new minis I’ve painted. Production has slowed in the mini painting department as we’re finally getting moving on our kitchen/dining room renovation.
Yesterday I started wrecking the dining room. That wall is coming out (no, it’s not load-bearing!) and a peninsula of cabinetry is going in there – to open up the area a bit. Plumber and Electrician are coming today to start 
Immortal Tim – Destructor of Kitchens. 

A Few More RPGaDay Questions

Posted on August 30th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Question #28

WHAT FILM/SERIES IS THE BIGGEST SOURCE OF QUOTES IN YOUR GROUP?

I’d say it depends a bit on what group and what game we’re playing… Monty Python has always been a big one over the years (in particular the Holy Grail and maybe Life of Brian). I’d guess that was the single most-quoted source… perhaps ALIENS being the second…

Once a group has been together long enough and they have some good role-players, though, there tends to be a shift from movie quotes to in jokes and self-referential quotes. In my current alternating-fridays group we often joke about “excessive role-playing” because our GM Bruce told us one night that we’d be finishing up the campaign he’d been running for the previous year and a half. It took us three more months to finish it off. He later claimed it was due to our “excessive role-playing” and now we joke about that any time he says anything to do with how long something will take us or if someone really gets into the role-playing of a certain situation – someone will say “knock it off with all the ‘excessive role-playing'”.

In our current D&D campaign one of the Rogues traffics a product he calls “Sorcerers Squash” – a hallucinogenic that grows in the nearby jungles. He often misses sessions in the spring and fall due to farming (like the player actually farms and can’t make it to games) so we started saying his character was hitting the squash or the “product”. Now anytime someone misses a game – their character’s been “on the squash”… I’m sure when we wrap up the campaign it will continue to be the excuse for missing characters!

Question #29

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST-RUN KICKSTARTER YOU HAVE BACKED?

I can’t say I’ve ever backed a role-playing game through kickstarter. I’ve backed board games and miniatures and graphic novels. Of those I think the ones that were the best so far have been the Lead Adventure ones (Dwarven Gold Fever and Astropolis II), and Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kits – which I guess could be used with RPGs – the Astropolis miniatures are going to be perfect for Rogue Trader!

Question #30

WHAT IS AN RPG GENRE-MASH-UP YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO SEE?

I need to see LESS mash-ups. Sometimes I feel like everything “new” is just a mash-up of tired old settings – it’s like developers just say let’s take [this] and add [zombies and/or battlemechs and/or magic and/or aliens or alien technology] and that will be AWESOME!!!! (It’s not really awesome).

Question #31 (a day early, but whatever…)

WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE MOST FOR GAMING IN 2018?

Gaming…? just gaming… and getting back to more role-playing. It’s been too damned long since I’ve really run any role-playing games. I’d really like to do more role-playing with my kids – while they’re still actually interested in playing games with ME!? This week I actually have arranged to play a game of Only War with the kids and one of their friends tomorrow and I’m going to be trying out Tales from the Loop with some other friends on Friday evening (both of which I hope might turn into a campaign that I’ll continue to run through the fall and winter). I’d also like to try out Rogue Trader and have another game I’d like to run with some home-brew rules (largely based on Song of Blades and Heroes)!

I’d also like to get playing some actual MINIATURE GAMES over the next year! I feel like I’ve hardly played any over the last year and a half since the Quest for the Skull Sword campaign last February. Sure, I’ve got in a game or two of The Pikeman’s Lament… but it’s not like previously where I was playing as many miniature games in a month as I’ve played all year! And there are a LOT of games I’d like to play – I’d like to get back to playing Song of Blades and Heroes or Song of Shadows and Dust – or any of the other Ganesha Games, I’d like to try out the new edition of Warhammer 40K and Dracula’s America (which I just picked up!), and definitely get in some MORE game of The Pikeman’s Lament (and Dragon Rampant and Lion Rampant and try out Men Who Would Be Kings).

In Other News… 

Tomorrow I’ll hopefully get to posting my monthly Boardgame Round-up of all the games we played through the month of August. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future I’ll get to posting some new minis I’ve painted. Production has slowed in the mini painting department as we’re finally getting moving on our kitchen/dining room renovation.
Yesterday I started wrecking the dining room. That wall is coming out (no, it’s not load-bearing!) and a peninsula of cabinetry is going in there – to open up the area a bit. Plumber and Electrician are coming today to start 
Immortal Tim – Destructor of Kitchens. 

RPGaDay 2017 #25

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Okay, I missed the 24th, but the question didn’t really apply to me (it was: Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more? and I don’t think I’ve ever BOUGHT any PWYW items, so….)

RPGaDay 2017 Question #25

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THANK YOUR GM?

Root Beer? (Or other BRIBES!) Actually not root beer – I used to offer bonus bennies to anyone that brought me a good bottle of Root Beer back when we were playing Savage Worlds regularly. Stuff like Real Brew or Santa Cruz or Virgils… I drank so much root beer that I’m totally sick of it and don’t really drink it at all anymore. 
Actually, I think the best way to show your appreciation for your GM is SHOWING UP!! Nothing is more disheartening for me, as a GM, to spend a week (or weekS) crafting a fantastic epic adventure for a group that is challenging and fun and makes use of all the special talents of each member of the group… and then have more than half of the party not even show up… 
(and maybe bring some dice and your own damned PENCIL AND ERASER!?) 
But gifts and bribes are perfectly acceptable as well…. 
In Other News….
Most of the Astoropolis minis got based over the last day or so… not to get painting them! Or… not… perhaps I should really get working on the JET BIKES! ToonCon is just over a month away! (I could paint some of the Astropolis figures to use as spectators – which occasionally spill out onto the field!

RPGaDay 2017 #25

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Okay, I missed the 24th, but the question didn’t really apply to me (it was: Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more? and I don’t think I’ve ever BOUGHT any PWYW items, so….)

RPGaDay 2017 Question #25

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO THANK YOUR GM?

Root Beer? (Or other BRIBES!) Actually not root beer – I used to offer bonus bennies to anyone that brought me a good bottle of Root Beer back when we were playing Savage Worlds regularly. Stuff like Real Brew or Santa Cruz or Virgils… I drank so much root beer that I’m totally sick of it and don’t really drink it at all anymore. 
Actually, I think the best way to show your appreciation for your GM is SHOWING UP!! Nothing is more disheartening for me, as a GM, to spend a week (or weekS) crafting a fantastic epic adventure for a group that is challenging and fun and makes use of all the special talents of each member of the group… and then have more than half of the party not even show up… 
(and maybe bring some dice and your own damned PENCIL AND ERASER!?) 
But gifts and bribes are perfectly acceptable as well…. 
In Other News….
Most of the Astoropolis minis got based over the last day or so… not to get painting them! Or… not… perhaps I should really get working on the JET BIKES! ToonCon is just over a month away! (I could paint some of the Astropolis figures to use as spectators – which occasionally spill out onto the field!

Jet Bikes! Astropolis II! RPGaDay!

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have no pictures of the Astropolis II stuff – it just arrived yesterday and I’m pretty excited and so I just had to mention that…

I did finally finish up another Jet Bike!

This bike was assembled from parts I acquired from the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter.

Back end.

I’d actually been trying to paint from memory – having looked at the source material a few days before and was horrified when I went to double check… something… and realized I’d done the striping  all wrong!? GAH!?I’d spent so much time painting all that red and white checking I had to take a picture of it before I painted it all over with black…

I’ve been slacking off on posting my RPGaDay answers on the blog here (they do go up daily on a Facebook gaming group I run)…


RPGaDay 2017 Question #21
WHICH RPG DOES THE MOST WITH THE LEAST WORDS?
I don’t know… Savage Worlds? Maybe?


RPGaDay 2017 Question #22. 
WHICH RPGs ARE THE EASIEST FOR YOU TO RUN?
I have found simple games that are light on rules the easiest for me to run. Savage Worlds was great for this. I’m trying to move to even simpler rules.


RPGaDay 2017 Question #23
WHICH RPG HAS THE MOST JAW-DROPPING LAYOUT?
Meh. 
I don’t actually care for all the full colour, hard cover books the industry is cranking out these days. I’m not really concerned if the layout looks nice – I’m more concerned about being able to find things I want to look up quickly!


Jet Bikes! Astropolis II! RPGaDay!

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I have no pictures of the Astropolis II stuff – it just arrived yesterday and I’m pretty excited and so I just had to mention that…

I did finally finish up another Jet Bike!

This bike was assembled from parts I acquired from the Ramshackle Games Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter.

Back end.

I’d actually been trying to paint from memory – having looked at the source material a few days before and was horrified when I went to double check… something… and realized I’d done the striping  all wrong!? GAH!?I’d spent so much time painting all that red and white checking I had to take a picture of it before I painted it all over with black…

I’ve been slacking off on posting my RPGaDay answers on the blog here (they do go up daily on a Facebook gaming group I run)…


RPGaDay 2017 Question #21
WHICH RPG DOES THE MOST WITH THE LEAST WORDS?
I don’t know… Savage Worlds? Maybe?


RPGaDay 2017 Question #22. 
WHICH RPGs ARE THE EASIEST FOR YOU TO RUN?
I have found simple games that are light on rules the easiest for me to run. Savage Worlds was great for this. I’m trying to move to even simpler rules.


RPGaDay 2017 Question #23
WHICH RPG HAS THE MOST JAW-DROPPING LAYOUT?
Meh. 
I don’t actually care for all the full colour, hard cover books the industry is cranking out these days. I’m not really concerned if the layout looks nice – I’m more concerned about being able to find things I want to look up quickly!


More RPGaDay, More Vacation Pics

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The vacation pics are actually over on my other blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part Two

I think there are over 100 pics in the post. Here’s a couple pictures so you have an idea…
The Girl going wicked fast. 
Me… adjusting my rear hub… AGAIN!
And here are the weekend’s RPGaDay questions 
Question #19 

WHICH RPG FEATURES THE BEST WRITING?

Again I’m not entirely clear on what is the “best writing”? Do they mean the most lyrical and literary with the most flavourful flavour text? Or do they meant the rules with the the most clear and concise technical rule writing?

I’m a painfully slow reader. So, I’ve never really read game rules just to read them for the sake of reading and enjoying the writing. I read as much as I can to understand the rules or the setting or the adventure I’m going to run and skip the rest. I’m more concerned with whether the rules are laid out in an order that makes sense and if I’ll be able to find the rules I need to refer to in the future!

That being said, the miniature game rules by Daniel Mersey – Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, etc – have been really fun to read. (Not actually RPGs…. buuuut… fun to read – and PLAY!) 


Question #20

WHAT IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR OUT-OF-PRINT RPGs?
I find that FLGS that don’t have an online catalogue are the best for finding old treasures – I’ve found a few gems squirrelled away on the bottom shelf in the back corner or in their bargain bins… 
Other than that… the Sentry Box? (at least back when Sean worked there and staff could actually LOCATE stuff that was in their catalogue) 
I’ve picked up the occasional item of eBay or ABE books…
I know of others who’ve gotten amazing deals at conventions…
I suppose a lot are available as PDFs at RPGNow or Drive-ThruRPG. Does it even count as “out of print” if it’s still available as a PDF? 
In Other News…
I really need to get cracking on some Jet Bikes! 
Amanda’s off to Seattle, but not before leaving me with this cold she came down with on the last day of our vacation! Boooo! 

More RPGaDay, More Vacation Pics

Posted on August 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

The vacation pics are actually over on my other blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part Two

I think there are over 100 pics in the post. Here’s a couple pictures so you have an idea…
The Girl going wicked fast. 
Me… adjusting my rear hub… AGAIN!
And here are the weekend’s RPGaDay questions 
Question #19 

WHICH RPG FEATURES THE BEST WRITING?

Again I’m not entirely clear on what is the “best writing”? Do they mean the most lyrical and literary with the most flavourful flavour text? Or do they meant the rules with the the most clear and concise technical rule writing?

I’m a painfully slow reader. So, I’ve never really read game rules just to read them for the sake of reading and enjoying the writing. I read as much as I can to understand the rules or the setting or the adventure I’m going to run and skip the rest. I’m more concerned with whether the rules are laid out in an order that makes sense and if I’ll be able to find the rules I need to refer to in the future!

That being said, the miniature game rules by Daniel Mersey – Lion Rampant, Dragon Rampant, etc – have been really fun to read. (Not actually RPGs…. buuuut… fun to read – and PLAY!) 


Question #20

WHAT IS THE BEST SOURCE FOR OUT-OF-PRINT RPGs?
I find that FLGS that don’t have an online catalogue are the best for finding old treasures – I’ve found a few gems squirrelled away on the bottom shelf in the back corner or in their bargain bins… 
Other than that… the Sentry Box? (at least back when Sean worked there and staff could actually LOCATE stuff that was in their catalogue) 
I’ve picked up the occasional item of eBay or ABE books…
I know of others who’ve gotten amazing deals at conventions…
I suppose a lot are available as PDFs at RPGNow or Drive-ThruRPG. Does it even count as “out of print” if it’s still available as a PDF? 
In Other News…
I really need to get cracking on some Jet Bikes! 
Amanda’s off to Seattle, but not before leaving me with this cold she came down with on the last day of our vacation! Boooo! 

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

Not Dead – Just on Vacation

Posted on August 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In case you were wondering why I haven’t kept up with the RPGaDay questions – but were afraid to ask – I’ve been on vacation. Since it mostly involved trees and bicycles, you can read about the over on my bike blog:

What I Did for my Summer Vacation – the 2017 Edition – Part One

There was some gaming involved… but I’ll post about that at the end of the month with my monthly boardgame round-up.

I was hoping to find the Astropolis II Kickstarter rewards had arrived when I got home, but alas, they have not…

In the meantime… RPGaDay Questions…

Question #13
Describe a game experience that changed how you play.

Yeah… I kind of drew a blank on this one. 

Changes in the way I play have been small, subtle, and gradual over the years. 
I think things that have changed how I game probably occurred OUTSIDE of actual play. Encountering a game system that gave experience for stuff OTHER THAN killing things and taking treasure was a bit thing… 
I guess one thing could be when I tried to kill Runkha… The first person I ever played with was my Dad. Because for the first bit it was just the two of us, he had two characters he played; Zadoc (a priest) and Runka (a thief). Once I encountered actual kids my age that played and had more than one player I kind of got it in my head that ONE MUST ONLY PLAY WITH ONE CHARACTER – but my dad insisted on playing with the two – even when playing with my other friend(s). I got annoyed by this and decided to kill off Rukha by having him attacked by a Ninja – hired by the baddies whose dungeon they were planning to attack… He looked so forlorn, I ended up saying he didn’t DIE, but was so gravely wounded he’d have to stay at the inn while the rest of the party went and bashed the Dungeon. I realized right away it was a bit of a dick move and decided not to ever be a dick again… But I don’t think he ever played a game again with me after that. 

Question #14 
Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play.

I think Traveller has worked really well for that… it is such a vast sandbox of a galaxy all laid out – but with lots of room for customization and tinkering. 

Mind you, I’ve used GURPS Traveller and I could just as easily use Savage Worlds or something else. I think the SETTING has as much (or MORE) to do with the ability for open-ended play than any particular role-playing game. 
Question #15
Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I had a lot of fun adapting SavageWorlds to all sorts of different settings – and I definitely have the most experience adapting it. Most recently I’ve been tinkering with the idea of minimizing rules to focus on actual ROLE-PLAYING and have been thinking a LOT about ways I could use something like Song of Blades and Heroes (or any of the games using the same basic game engine) as the basis for an extremely simple role-playing game. We shall see… 

Question #16. 
Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

I think most RPGs I start out using as is – believing “Surely this will work out…” and then I always end up unsatisfied withe something and tinkering some how. I do like to at least TRY to play any new rule set – whether RPG, Miniatures, or boardgames – with the rules as is, to try and understand what the author(s) intended.

I’m reading through Tales from the Loop and the 40K RPGs right now (Rogue Trader and Only War) – and I can’t see any issues with Tales fem the Loop and so I could possibly run it “as is”, but after a few sessions who knows. The 40K RPGs…? Well, I can already imagine them bogging down in combat – so I’m already planning to use a streamlined combat system that uses elements of the 40K skirmish game to speed things up.
Question #17
Which RPG have you owned the longest by not played?

Actual role-playing games not individual adventures or supplements…

ALIENS? Bunnies and Burrows? High Colonies? All three I picked up in the late 80s when I worked at the Wizard’s Corner and never actually played… ALIENS and High Colonies I picked up when they first came out, Burrows and Bunnies I bought used off a guy…

I was a HUGE fan of Aliens back in the late 80s. I’ve probably seen that movie more than any other movie. So needless to say I was SUPER STOKED when I heard there was going to be an ALIENS role-playing game and I bought it the moment I set eyes upon it…. I remember reading the rules and being utterly underwhelmed by the whole thing… I don’t recall exactly what it was, but just overall disappointed. I may have made characters, but I’m pretty sure I never got so far as to PLAY the game. 

It looks like 

High Colonies came out in 1988 and ALIENS in 1991, so I’ve obviously had High Colonies longer. I have a feeling I may have bought Bunnies and Burrows before 1987… 

Question #18
Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Hard to say…. In terms of number of gaming session or actual hours spent playing? Or the number of years spent using it as your go-to game?  Probably Savage Worlds… or maybe GURPS…?

I played a LOT of Role Master in high school and a lot of Palladium games (TMNT, Robotech, Heroes Unlimited, Beyond the Supernatural, etc – though I never really played Rifts…), Twilight:2000, Top Secret, Star Frontiers, Battletech/Mechwarrior…. who could possibly tally all those hours at lunch time or after school?!

After high school I played a LOT of GURPS and ran various GURPS games for years.

Eventually I abandoned GURPS in favour of Savage Worlds and ran games every Saturday evening for years… I played it enough that I set up an entire separate BLOG for it!

I have played a lot of D&D(Basic, AD&D, and more recently 5E) – This was the first RPG I ever played, and played it exclusively for some time before moving on to other games (though for a while I still played it as my go-to fantasy game) – and more recently I’ve been playing 5E…

Stay tuned for RPGaDay2017 Question #19 – coming tomorrow! 

RPGaDay 2017 #12

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Question #12
Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

I really liked the Timothy Bradstreet illustrations in the original Twilight: 2000 rpg game and modules. Those black and white, sketchy illustrations with heavy shadows (most of which were based on iconic black and white photos from Vietnam or others conflicts) I though really captured the gritty, harsh reality of the game.

More recently? The illustrations in Tales from the Loop are really fun. But that whole game is BASED on the amazing artwork of Simon Stålenhag, so…

RPGaDat 2017 #12

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Question #12
Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

I really liked the Timothy Bradstreet illustrations in the original Twilight: 2000 rpg game and modules. Those black and white, sketchy illustrations with heavy shadows (most of which were based on iconic black and white photos from Vietnam or others conflicts) I though really captured the gritty, harsh reality of the game.

More recently? The illustrations in Tales from the Loop are really fun. But that whole game is BASED on the amazing artwork of Simon Stålenhag, so…

RPGaDay 2017 #11

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Question #11

Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?

How dead is “dead”…? Are we talking recently out of print stuff like the FFG 40K RPGs that they recently lost the license to produce? Or are we talking about long out of print gems like… I don’t know… Burrows and Bunnies? Is that even what they mean by “dead”? “Out of print”? Maybe out of print from the original publisher and largely forgotten by the majority of the role-playing masses…?

Or is “dead” something that no one is playing anymore? If no one is playing it anymore, it’s probably because it wasn’t any good. If it was any good there’s probably someone somewhere still playing it!

What do they mean by “reborn”? It seems to me that just about ANY game that was half good at all has been kept alive by someone, somewhere in some form… (often as a pdf on RPGNow or Drive-thru RPG or something similar)

Even oddball old stuff like the Morrow Project – a weird little smaller press post-apocalyptic RPG from the 80s – which I never played, but always found the idea intriguing – is apparently not only still around, but in its FOURTH FREAKING EDITION!?

Perhaps they simply mean what long out of print game that you haven’t played in years (or DECADES) do you still have feelings of nostalgia for and wish you could convince someone to play it again (but probably won’t ever because you’ll realize it wasn’t actually as good of a game as you remember)…?



If that’s the case I might like to dust off the old Twilight:2000 modules and have a go at them again. I’d probably use a different system. I tired it with Savage Worlds a few years back.  Perhaps If I have another go, I could just use them as a scenario generator for a series of skirmish scenarios (there’s actually a brilliant blog devoted to just that: It’s 500 Miles to the German Border! – A Twilight 2000 mininiature wargaming blog)

Otherwise, I don’t know… I’m pretty good with what I’ve got. And I don’t need any of the older games I have to be reborn for the purpose of having more adventures or supplements – because I prefer making that stuff all up myself anyway. I find games with loads of supplements overwhelming.

In other news… 

I actually got to RUN a role-playing game yesterday! I tried to run the kids and a couple of their friends through The Eleventh Hour – an Only War adventure FFG published for Free RPG Day a few years. 
After almost three hours – the youngest one got “bored” and so I had to all it, even though we didn’t finish the adventure. The other three were pretty disappointed – but that just means they were really having fun and it shouldn’t be too hard to convince the three of them to play again sometime.

RPGaDay 2017 #11

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Question #11

Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?

How dead is “dead”…? Are we talking recently out of print stuff like the FFG 40K RPGs that they recently lost the license to produce? Or are we talking about long out of print gems like… I don’t know… Burrows and Bunnies? Is that even what they mean by “dead”? “Out of print”? Maybe out of print from the original publisher and largely forgotten by the majority of the role-playing masses…?

Or is “dead” something that no one is playing anymore? If no one is playing it anymore, it’s probably because it wasn’t any good. If it was any good there’s probably someone somewhere still playing it!

What do they mean by “reborn”? It seems to me that just about ANY game that was half good at all has been kept alive by someone, somewhere in some form… (often as a pdf on RPGNow or Drive-thru RPG or something similar)

Even oddball old stuff like the Morrow Project – a weird little smaller press post-apocalyptic RPG from the 80s – which I never played, but always found the idea intriguing – is apparently not only still around, but in its FOURTH FREAKING EDITION!?

Perhaps they simply mean what long out of print game that you haven’t played in years (or DECADES) do you still have feelings of nostalgia for and wish you could convince someone to play it again (but probably won’t ever because you’ll realize it wasn’t actually as good of a game as you remember)…?



If that’s the case I might like to dust off the old Twilight:2000 modules and have a go at them again. I’d probably use a different system. I tired it with Savage Worlds a few years back.  Perhaps If I have another go, I could just use them as a scenario generator for a series of skirmish scenarios (there’s actually a brilliant blog devoted to just that: It’s 500 Miles to the German Border! – A Twilight 2000 mininiature wargaming blog)

Otherwise, I don’t know… I’m pretty good with what I’ve got. And I don’t need any of the older games I have to be reborn for the purpose of having more adventures or supplements – because I prefer making that stuff all up myself anyway. I find games with loads of supplements overwhelming.

In other news… 

I actually got to RUN a role-playing game yesterday! I tried to run the kids and a couple of their friends through The Eleventh Hour – an Only War adventure FFG published for Free RPG Day a few years. 
After almost three hours – the youngest one got “bored” and so I had to all it, even though we didn’t finish the adventure. The other three were pretty disappointed – but that just means they were really having fun and it shouldn’t be too hard to convince the three of them to play again sometime.

RPGaDay 2017 #10

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Question #10

Where to you go for RPG reviews?

I find this similar to the “how do you find out about new RPGs” question from the 3rd. If I want an opinion of a game I’ll ask people I actually know, that have similar tastes in games, for their opinion. I find reviews, of anything, mostly useless – different folks like different things – this becomes even more extreme in gaming. Games I LOVE others despise,. Games other people won’t shut up about I find boring as heck…

When I do want to find out more about a game and don’t know anyone that’s played it, I’ll usually head to BoardGameGeek and RPGgeek… or maybe talk to Al at Dragon’s Den Games.

RPGaDay 2017 #10

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Question #10

Where to you go for RPG reviews?

I find this similar to the “how do you find out about new RPGs” question from the 3rd. If I want an opinion of a game I’ll ask people I actually know, that have similar tastes in games, for their opinion. I find reviews, of anything, mostly useless – different folks like different things – this becomes even more extreme in gaming. Games I LOVE others despise,. Games other people won’t shut up about I find boring as heck…

When I do want to find out more about a game and don’t know anyone that’s played it, I’ll usually head to BoardGameGeek and RPGgeek… or maybe talk to Al at Dragon’s Den Games.

RPGaDay 2017 #9

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Question # 9 
What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?

I’m getting this feeling that these questions are really for more committed role-players – people that play a lot more role-playing games than me – play more regularly, play longer sessions, run longer campaigns, try out more games… Who has time to try out multiple game systems and play multiple campaigns of varying lengths and all recently enough to REMEMBER to be able to say which of them is best for 10 sessions.

Other than games I played in high school (30 years ago!?) I can’t think of many games that I’ve run that have lasted more than 10 sessions. Oh, for about a decade and a half I had a regular weekly game night (about 2001-2015). Most of which was, in theory, role-playing. but most campaigns probably went about 10 sessions. 10 sessions would end up being more like 3-4 months though, because sessions were cancelled or we played something else one night because not enough people showed up Very few of them I felt were brought to a satisfactory conclusion, they just fizzled out (players didn’t show up regularly enough to keep any sort of continuity in the story line) or I just had a new idea! 
Though now that I think about it, many of the games we played in high school never lasted that long. I definitely played more regularly and there were a few longer running campaigns. but more often that not I’d get a new game, we’d make some characters, play a couple of sessions… then there would be another game someone wanted to try out… Though I have a slightly longer attention span and an ability to commit to things, I’ve found it harder as an adult to keep games going – players just aren’t as committed because, you know… they have lives beyond gaming… people have other hobbies and commitments…
I guess in theory, I think most COULD go that long – with a few exceptions – stuff like Kobolds Ate My Baby might be challenging to keep going that long… but then again, depending on the group, maybe it would.

The Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign Bruce ran was about 16 or 17 sessions. We’ve been playing Thule for about that many now as well. I don’t think they could have been brought to a satisfactory conclusion in fewer sessions so… Not those…

Hmmmmm… Now that I’m thinking about it, I think it has more to do with the gaming group – their availability and style of play – that determines a “good length” than a particular game system or setting. 

I would be curious to know if the people coming up with these questions think 10 sessions is a long or a short campaign?

I think a lot of miniature skirmish campaigns would be suited to about 10 sessions…? 

RPGaDay 2017 #9

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Question # 9 
What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?

I’m getting this feeling that these questions are really for more committed role-players – people that play a lot more role-playing games than me – play more regularly, play longer sessions, run longer campaigns, try out more games… Who has time to try out multiple game systems and play multiple campaigns of varying lengths and all recently enough to REMEMBER to be able to say which of them is best for 10 sessions.

Other than games I played in high school (30 years ago!?) I can’t think of many games that I’ve run that have lasted more than 10 sessions. Oh, for about a decade and a half I had a regular weekly game night (about 2001-2015). Most of which was, in theory, role-playing. but most campaigns probably went about 10 sessions. 10 sessions would end up being more like 3-4 months though, because sessions were cancelled or we played something else one night because not enough people showed up Very few of them I felt were brought to a satisfactory conclusion, they just fizzled out (players didn’t show up regularly enough to keep any sort of continuity in the story line) or I just had a new idea! 
Though now that I think about it, many of the games we played in high school never lasted that long. I definitely played more regularly and there were a few longer running campaigns. but more often that not I’d get a new game, we’d make some characters, play a couple of sessions… then there would be another game someone wanted to try out… Though I have a slightly longer attention span and an ability to commit to things, I’ve found it harder as an adult to keep games going – players just aren’t as committed because, you know… they have lives beyond gaming… people have other hobbies and commitments…
I guess in theory, I think most COULD go that long – with a few exceptions – stuff like Kobolds Ate My Baby might be challenging to keep going that long… but then again, depending on the group, maybe it would.

The Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign Bruce ran was about 16 or 17 sessions. We’ve been playing Thule for about that many now as well. I don’t think they could have been brought to a satisfactory conclusion in fewer sessions so… Not those…

Hmmmmm… Now that I’m thinking about it, I think it has more to do with the gaming group – their availability and style of play – that determines a “good length” than a particular game system or setting. 

I would be curious to know if the people coming up with these questions think 10 sessions is a long or a short campaign?

I think a lot of miniature skirmish campaigns would be suited to about 10 sessions…? 

RPGaDay 2917 #8

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Question #8
What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hours or less?

Gosh, I remember playing a lot of games over the lunch break during high school – we’d get through a single encounter or two – and just carry on after school or the next noon hour. So, I think it could be done with ANY game – as long as the next session was soon and there were consistent players.

What could I play for just 2 hours nowadays? Honestly if I only had two hours to play a game I’d probably play a board game, of if I was going to run a regular campaign of something but only had two hours for each session I’d probably run a series of skirmish scenarios using something with the Ganesha Games/Song of Blades and Heroes engine.

In other news…
My friend Aaron and his son came over and we got in a good session of painting this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll get to post the results later today (along with some other stuff I’ve finished up recently but haven’t gotten to posting). 

RPGaDay 2917 #8

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Question #8
What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hours or less?

Gosh, I remember playing a lot of games over the lunch break during high school – we’d get through a single encounter or two – and just carry on after school or the next noon hour. So, I think it could be done with ANY game – as long as the next session was soon and there were consistent players.

What could I play for just 2 hours nowadays? Honestly if I only had two hours to play a game I’d probably play a board game, of if I was going to run a regular campaign of something but only had two hours for each session I’d probably run a series of skirmish scenarios using something with the Ganesha Games/Song of Blades and Heroes engine.

In other news…
My friend Aaron and his son came over and we got in a good session of painting this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll get to post the results later today (along with some other stuff I’ve finished up recently but haven’t gotten to posting). 

RPGaDay 2017 #7

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Question # 7

What was your most impactful RPG session?

I’m not really sure…? 
Does that mean a session that had the most impact on my own life (or perhaps on others) outside the game? 
Or does that mean the session that had the most impact on the world in the setting…? 
Either way, I can’t really think of any off the top of my head… 

RPGaDay 2017 #7

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Question # 7

What was your most impactful RPG session?

I’m not really sure…? 
Does that mean a session that had the most impact on my own life (or perhaps on others) outside the game? 
Or does that mean the session that had the most impact on the world in the setting…? 
Either way, I can’t really think of any off the top of my head… 

RPGaDay 2017 #6

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Question #6

You can game every day for a week. Describe what you’d do!

Well… it depends…

This seems like a question that’s meant to inspire you to dream a little – like wow wouldn’t this be cool if we could game every day for a week?! But I’m in a position that I potentially COULD game every day for a week. Heck for the last few years we’ve played a game every day for the month of September!? Often when there are school breaks and the kids don’t have activities we DO play games all week long…

So… How do I answer this question? What would I do different? What am I going to do NEXT time we have a week off and want to do some gaming? It really would depend on who is going to be available for this week. Would I have one group of people that will be available EVERY DAY for that week? Are we talking gaming ALL DAY for every day of the week? How much preparation time do I have…?

I guess if I could get the right people together, and they could play all day, every day for a whole week I’d love to run an entire complete, marathon-session, RPG campaign from character creation to ultimate epic conclusion. Or possibly an extended miniature campaign – like the ones I’ve done over a weekend, but extend it to an entire week!

Which campaign? Well, that would really depend on what people could make it!
I guess if we were dreaming and assuming if there was anything I organized the right people would be available to play… well I always thought the idea of a D&D Birthright campaign sounded interesting. I wouldn’t use any of the actual D&D Birthright stuff, but just the idea that the players take on the roles of nobility with land and armies at their disposal… and have to defend their lands against neighbouring nobles that desire to take it by guile or force… or bring disparate, feuding nobles together to fight against a greater enemy…? It’d be fun to incorporate some miniature battles into it either Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant or DBA/Hordes of the Things (depending on the scale of action). 
Another campaign I’d LOVE to run over an extended weekend (or a week) would be a HUGE Song of Shadows and Dust campaign -with, like, 12 players. Each would have their own faction and their own home turf – I would have a huge map of their city and the different neighbourhoods and districts. Each district would have a different benefit to the controlling player. There would be more neighbourhoods than players, so to start they could fight over new neighbourhoods and once they were all snapped up they would have to try and expand into other’s turf while simultaneously trying to defend their own. I’d also like to works some chariot racing into it using Faustus Furius.
Another idea I had was to have a campaign on two different levels (this wouldn’t be a one week sort of thing, but rather run over a number of months). On one level I would have a group of players locally that would be playing a medieval-ish fantasy campaign as a minor noble and their retinue that has just come into power, surrounded by potentially hostile neighbours. On the other level I could have other players – playing by email, perhaps, that represent the aforementioned hostile neighbours. So on one level it would run like some of the other play-by-email miniature campaigns I’ve ran in the past (like the one I ran… oh… eight years ago!?) except in the midst of this war there would be an actual role-playing group of adventurers trying to do… well… whatever it is they are trying to do. Oooh – maybe if they players actually decided to travel to the lands to negotiate with the leaders of the other factions I could organize Skype session with them! 

RPGaDay 2017 #6

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Question #6

You can game every day for a week. Describe what you’d do!

Well… it depends…

This seems like a question that’s meant to inspire you to dream a little – like wow wouldn’t this be cool if we could game every day for a week?! But I’m in a position that I potentially COULD game every day for a week. Heck for the last few years we’ve played a game every day for the month of September!? Often when there are school breaks and the kids don’t have activities we DO play games all week long…

So… How do I answer this question? What would I do different? What am I going to do NEXT time we have a week off and want to do some gaming? It really would depend on who is going to be available for this week. Would I have one group of people that will be available EVERY DAY for that week? Are we talking gaming ALL DAY for every day of the week? How much preparation time do I have…?

I guess if I could get the right people together, and they could play all day, every day for a whole week I’d love to run an entire complete, marathon-session, RPG campaign from character creation to ultimate epic conclusion. Or possibly an extended miniature campaign – like the ones I’ve done over a weekend, but extend it to an entire week!

Which campaign? Well, that would really depend on what people could make it!
I guess if we were dreaming and assuming if there was anything I organized the right people would be available to play… well I always thought the idea of a D&D Birthright campaign sounded interesting. I wouldn’t use any of the actual D&D Birthright stuff, but just the idea that the players take on the roles of nobility with land and armies at their disposal… and have to defend their lands against neighbouring nobles that desire to take it by guile or force… or bring disparate, feuding nobles together to fight against a greater enemy…? It’d be fun to incorporate some miniature battles into it either Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant or DBA/Hordes of the Things (depending on the scale of action). 
Another campaign I’d LOVE to run over an extended weekend (or a week) would be a HUGE Song of Shadows and Dust campaign -with, like, 12 players. Each would have their own faction and their own home turf – I would have a huge map of their city and the different neighbourhoods and districts. Each district would have a different benefit to the controlling player. There would be more neighbourhoods than players, so to start they could fight over new neighbourhoods and once they were all snapped up they would have to try and expand into other’s turf while simultaneously trying to defend their own. I’d also like to works some chariot racing into it using Faustus Furius.
Another idea I had was to have a campaign on two different levels (this wouldn’t be a one week sort of thing, but rather run over a number of months). On one level I would have a group of players locally that would be playing a medieval-ish fantasy campaign as a minor noble and their retinue that has just come into power, surrounded by potentially hostile neighbours. On the other level I could have other players – playing by email, perhaps, that represent the aforementioned hostile neighbours. So on one level it would run like some of the other play-by-email miniature campaigns I’ve ran in the past (like the one I ran… oh… eight years ago!?) except in the midst of this war there would be an actual role-playing group of adventurers trying to do… well… whatever it is they are trying to do. Oooh – maybe if they players actually decided to travel to the lands to negotiate with the leaders of the other factions I could organize Skype session with them! 

RPGaDay 2017 #5

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Question #5

Which RPG Cover best captures the spirit of the game?

I don’t know… I LOVE the cover of Tales from the Loop. I really hope the game captures the spirit of the art of Simon Stålenhag that inspired it! (I have yet to play it or even read the rules!).

I did really like the original Twilight: 2000 art – for the core box set and all the modules – I thought it really captured the gritty, dark, grim setting…