Monthly Archives: August 2017

#RPGaDAY 2017 – What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, but for 2018 I’m anticipating the announcement of a proper Fallout RPG. I have ZERO knowledge that such a thing will be happening, but with Modiphius producing a mini-based skirmish game and Fantasy Flight Games producing a board game, it seems like it’s only a matter of time. If it happens using a system with which I’m already familiar (like FFG’s narrative dice system, aka Genesys), then so much the better.

I’m also looking forward to the release of the Sentinels Comics superhero RPG. I like superhero games in concept, but I’ve never really been able to get into one. Maybe this will be another game that I wish I could like, but just can’t figure out how to utilize in campaign play, or maybe it won’t. I want to see it, though.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – What is an RPG genre mash-up you would most like to see?

Frankly, I can’t think of a genre mash-up I want that isn’t already available.

Take any genre and you can add Comedy just by the way you play; you don’t need rules for that. Horror can also be interjected in just about any genre by just setting the proper mood. I’m sure opinions will vary wildly on this, but I usually don’t try to emulate a specific genre and be a real stickler that it NEVER devolves or evolves into something else. If we’re all having fun, I really don’t care if a sneaky, steal-the-MacGuffin adventure becomes a comedy heist.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

Do miniatures count as an RPG Kickstarter? If so, then I’m going to go with Ryan Wolfe’s map posters & miniature Kickstarters for space ship and space stations. I’ve backed at least half-a-dozen of these so far and for my pledge, I get a miniature-scale ship/station poster map (with PDFs) and a highly detailed resin miniature and base. Not only that, but in each and every case, the rewards have shipped no later than a week after the funding period completed. I’ve pre-ordered products from Amazon with longer turn-around time than that.

You may be thinking “Hey! Miniatures are RPG-related products and this question is about RPGs!” OK, fine. If I have to pick an RPG Kickstarter than I would say was the best run, it’s a toss-up between the various Cypher System Kickstarters run by Monte Cook Games and Goodman Games’s Kickstarters. I’ve backed several projects from both of these companies and neither have failed to impress me with their communication, quality, and timeliness. That’s not to say I haven’t received products late from either of them, but their communication was open enough that the delay wasn’t unexpected and I never felt taken advantage of. Plus, working in publishing myself, the delays were within what I would consider reasonable given the nature of publishing and printing. They are both companies I have absolute confidence will deliver a quality product in a timely manner and I don’t hesitate to back their Kickstarters if they’re offering a product in which I am interested.

 

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#RGPaDAY 2017 – What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group?

When we’re playing D&D, probably the film that gets quoted most is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Princess Bride gets some quote-love, but probably not to the same extent. It’s not a regular thing; what gets referenced is highly contextual in my group. Half the players are just as likely to bust out song lyrics for a given situation rather than a movie quote. Video games in the same genre are often referenced, as well.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – What are your essential tools for good gaming?

For good gaming, my needs are simple: a notebook and something to write with. That’s all I NEED to come up with an evening’s entertainment. Now, depending on the game, I might have to consult rulebooks (especially for monsters), but I’m not sure that counts for the purpose of this question.

I don’t NEED minis, maps, sculpted terrain, a fancy table, form-fillable character sheets, etc. I like to have many of those, but they’re not essential tools. I suppose good friends and a comfortable gaming environment are very useful, but I wouldn’t call those essential tools.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Of the games I regularly play, D&D has enough resources, both on- and off-line, that I can find pretty much whatever I’m looking for with a fairly quick Google search. It makes sense, though. D&D is one of the oldest RPGs and probably has the largest player base of any RPG in the world. Ever since I started using the Internet in the 1990s, I’ve been able to find online resources for D&D (and there certainly was no lack of printed resources back then).

I gotta give a shout-out to the fan efforts to support WEG’s D6 Star Wars RPG and the fan supporting Goodman Games’s Dungeon Crawl Classics. There’s a ton of high-quality resources online for both of those games

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – What is the best way to thank your GM?

Other GMs may be different, but I’m just happy if my players express some sort of happiness or satisfaction with the session. “Thanks, good game” is all I really need. That’s not to say I’ll turn down other forms of gratitude, I just don’t expect them.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more.

I can’t really answer this. I don’t browse enough electronic RPG listing to know off-hand who utilizes PWYW AND has quality-enough products that they really should charge a minimum. I assume that any company who has something you’d expect to pay money for and is actually giving it away has a source of revenue to keep them solvent.

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

All the glitz and glamour of a jaw-dropping layout doesn’t do any good if the book is a chore to read and often books that look the prettiest can be hard on the eyes. For me, I’m more impressed by a book’s layout if it doesn’t call attention to itself. For me, no RPG book has come close to Ptolus’s layout. An entire city campaign setting design to resemble a travel guide complete with sidebar cross references? Easy to read in print AND in PDF (and this is where a lot of really flashy, fancy designs fall down–what’s easy to read in print doesn’t necessarily translate to easy-to-read on a computer monitor or tablet screen).

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#RPGaDAY 2017 – Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

Paranoia and Star Wars are the easiest RPGs for me to run because they’re the ones I’m most familiar with and most comfortable improvising with. That may sound strange since I’ve said Dungeons & Dragons is the RPG I started with, played most, and prefer for open-ended campaign play, but its reliance on balance makes it harder for me to ad-lib encounters; for some reason, I’ve just never gotten the hang of improvising a D&D session. I can run a perfectly cromulent Paranoia game off the top of my head (the game is mostly about being unfair and provoking PvP anyway) and Star Wars isn’t much more difficult. I had a lot more Star Wars toys growing up than D&D-releated toys (’cause there really weren’t that many, though I did have some of them… I really liked that Hook Horror and Dragonne and I still crack up at Warduke’s impractical armor).

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