31 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 31

31. What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

Finding the means to attend some gaming conventions, and doing much more gaming with my own groups. Oh, and finishing some of my projects.

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30 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 30

30. What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

Supernatural or cosmic horror meets the War of 1812 or the French and Indian War.

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29 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 29

29. What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

I can't really say, as different projects vary in scope and difficulty, and I lack firsthand experience in running a Kickstarter project. Pass.

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28 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 28

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

I've been lucky to have groups that don't indulge in excessive film or television quotations, but when they do quote something, it's usually from a wide variety of sources.

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27 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 27

27. What are your essential tools for good gaming?

Index cards, maps, dice, dice tray, writing utensils, GM screen (preferably landscape format), notebook, table, chairs, beverage. Often a rulebook and an adventure. Sometimes poker chips. Sometimes handouts.

In my earlier gaming days, I also tended to burn incense, and sometimes used miniatures and a battlemat. Cheese and crackers were often present, too.

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26 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 26

26. Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Ringworld (along with the Ringworld Companion, which was originally intended to be part of the box set).

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25 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 25

25. What is the best way to thank your GM?

The best way is to say, "Thank you."

For GM's Day or birthdays, gift cards are fine gifts that I guarantee will reap benefits for the entire gaming group (especially gift cards for Lulu, OneBookShelf, Wayne's Books, Noble Knight Games, Half Price Books, Barnes & Noble, eBay, Michaels, Staples, or Office Max).

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24 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 24

24. Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more.

This requires more research than I have time to devote to it. Pass.

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23 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 23

23. Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

Clarity. That's the only quality I respect with regard to a role-playing game rulebook's layout. Visually, everything else is secondary. I'll take the layout in Pits & Perils over the layout in Dungeons & Dragons 3e or 3.5 any day. I don't require "jaw-dropping" layout. Competent is sufficient.

DEATH TO BACKGROUND IMAGES IN RULEBOOKS.

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22 August 2017

RPGaDAY 2017: Day 22

22. Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

The easy answer would be the role-playing games I've run or played the most, which would be Dungeons & Dragons and various Chaosium games utilizing the Basic Role-Playing framework. Between games I've played the least or only read, I'd say the answer would be the games with the fewest and/or best organized rules and (if I'm running a published adventure) the most streamlined, improvisation-friendly published adventures. I find it much easier to run games that have easily internalized, intuitive game mechanics, and I prefer rules that fade into the background and use as little meta jargon as possible. I'm still exploring which of those games are easiest for me to run.

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