Monday, August 29, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #29

I don't think the question for today is particularly useful. For the record, it's "If you could host a game anywhere on Earth, where would that be?"

The need to travel the Earth to game just feels odd to me. The "gaming Dream Team" question earlier this month covers travel to at least some degree. "I would go to Calgary so I could game with Steve again." That sort of thing. The immediate physical environment of the gaming space will be the topic tomorrow. The only other reason I can think to travel abroad doesn't really apply to gaming. I mean, maybe you could say that it would be cool to run a game set in Ancient Rome while in view of the Coliseum, or maybe even LARP in the Coliseum. But outside of that sort of circumstance, gaming somewhere and doing touristy stuff are rather separate things.

You might also talk about things like convention gaming here. The gap between the gaming at the location and doing touristy stuff is a but smaller, but still present. Still, it is very fun. I do love running and playing games at DunDraCon and I still hope against hope that one day, I will go to other cons. Winkie Con, an Oz convention, is next on my list, but Kubla Con, CelestiCon, and even GenCon would be awesome.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #28 What Film Or Novel Would You Be Most Surprised That A Friend Had Not Seen or Read?

I am always surprised to find out that people haven't seen The Wizard of Oz. While I know a lot of people haven't read the book, the film seems like one of those cultural touchstones. "Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!" "We're off to see the Wizard!" "Ding Dong! The Witch is dead!" "I'll get you, my pretty! And your little dog, too!"

Another supposed cultural touchstone that seems to be losing its luster is Star Trek. While the new film franchise might bring some of it back, Benedict Cumberbatch will never be Khan to me. Sorry, but a Sikh from India being presented as a genetic superman is way more interesting than Pasty White Prettyboy #49303238.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #27 Describe The Most Unusual Circumstance Or Location In Which You Have Gamed.

I would have to say the most unusual location I've gamed it would have to be a shed. There was a table in the shed, but not quite enough chairs or perimeter for everyone to sit around it. We were playing D&D, but didn't have our map and minis out. There might not have been room at the table, but Kris was running the game and it was one of his more experimental sessions.

He didn't change systems on us or anything, but there was a trial going on for one character's soul. An NPC cleric of a good god had been corrupted to evil by the actions of one of the other PCs, but had died very soon after, so there was a question regarding the final dispensation of their soul. I don't think I played my regular character that session, but was called on to speak for the powers of Good in the trial.

Friday, August 26, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #26 What hobbies go well with RPGs?

I think the best hobby for gamers is reading. Whether you're reading fact or fiction, a good book stimulates and engages the brain. It's also a good way to pick up ideas, which are the currency of gaming these days. It is possible to get inspirations and ideas from other media, like TV and movies, but those media encourage the analytical brain to shut down. You have to make an effort to keep that sort of thinking going as you're watching, but the rewards can be pretty awesome.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #25 What makes for a good character?

A great character is one in motion. They've got something to do, somewhere to go. And that doesn't just mean in the broad sense of having a quest, mission or goal to pursue. It can also mean that the character has something to contribute to every scene they're in. The character isn't just following the GM's lead, and maybe not always the player's. They may actually be doing those things, but a good character is one that makes it look completely natural.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RPGaDay 2016 #24 What is the game you are most likely to give to others as a gift?

To be fully honest, the game that I have given as a gift is actually my own, Adventures in Oz: Fantasy Roleplaying Beyond the Yellow Brick Road. It was a Christmas gift for my niece, who I was also gifting with the Oz books at the time. So it wasn't totally self-aggrandizing.

Though Christmas is one of my high points for sales, so apparently other people think it's worth gifting as well.


The other game that I would be very likely to give as a gift would likely be Fate Accelerated. It's small, inexpensive and easily digestible. There are even a couple of settings made specifically for FAE, Aether Sea and Masters of Umdaar, that are pretty cool. Add some Fate Dice and you're ready to go.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

RPGaDay #23 Share One Of Your Best 'Worst Luck' Stories

That would have to be the sad yet hilarious tale of Bentley, a gnome illusionist from the early days of the old school megadungeon game.

Among the various rooms full of monsters, there was a 10 foot by 10 foot room with 3 or 4 skeletons in it. As we were playing, I drew out this room on my map as a square comprised of 4 grid squares. I then placed figures to represent the skeletons (they might have all been skeleton figures, but no guarantees).

Bentley moved into the room, eager to smash some skeletons. That's when our powerhouse, a ranger we all called Boots decided she wanted in on the skeleton smashing action. But there was only so much room in that room. So I, being the kind and generous GM that I am, told her that she could move into the space if she could kill the skeleton occupying it. She also had the highest Strength score in the group, so her bonuses made her success assured.

If only she hadn't rolled a 1. But she did. Then, to make things interesting, I told her to make another attack roll, Since she had missed the skeleton, I had decided that there was a chance she had hit Bentley. And what else would she roll but a natural 20. Critical hit. Without rolling for damage, her Strength bonuses were enough to drop poor little 1st level spellcaster Bentley into negative hit points. If I had made her roll damage, it would only have made him that much deader.

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