Sunday, August 17, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 17: Funniest Game You've Played


We had a blast with Fiasco. I got to ham it up, no one really knew which way the story was going to turn, and it was all horribly inappropriate in a wonderful way. My wife even got involved (she thought the game sounded really fun). We're all fairly convinced it's kind of a perfect game to play with non-gamers (my wife's pretty well a non-gamer and an introvert to boot). The Fiasco Companion even has tips on dulling the edges a bit, if you need something with a little less sex, drugs and violence.

Take a read at our actual play if you wanna know how our (hopefully first) session went.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 16: RPG I Wish I Owned

I am not a huge Trekkie, but I do like Star Trek - especially Next Generation - and while I got to play a short session of this with an inexperienced GM, I would love to have a crack at the book myself, maybe even running a game. Being a licensed game in the age before digital rights means it's generally difficult to get one's hands on a legal copy, but I would probably snap one up if I ran across a used copy in a store somewhere, just to read it myself, if nothing else.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 14: Best Convention Purchase

I actually don't buy a lot of RPGs or RPG related materials at conventions. These, I got at a convention.

I know, boring story.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 13: Most Memorable Character Death

Not Marshal Kidd
United States Marshal (and Blessed) "Ugly" Joe Kidd (I swear, I somehow did not know about the Clint Eastwood movie at the time) was one of my few forays into being a full on player (Deadlands Classic), and one of my favorites. His death was actually pretty ambiguous, as he was attempting to stop a Ravenite from opening up a scary portal leading to The Hunting Grounds and unleashing scary, scary stuff. He tackled the Ravenite through the portal and found the talisman keeping the portal open. He made a snap decision to destroy the talisman and prevent something huge and scary from getting through, but not before having a manly, yet touching, "goodbye" moment with his deputy on the other side, a Cherokee tracker and Shaman named Tontchay.

Such was Kidd's death that when the GM moved away and we opted to resume the game with the Savage Worlds rules and me in the GM chair, Tontchay was dead set on finding Marshal Kidd, convinced that Kidd had to still be alive.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 12: Old RPG You Still Play/Read

I could have said Marvel SAGA, but really, it kinda sits since my main player moved away...Deadlands Classic no longer gets PLAYED around here, but I have the entire classic run and I mine it *constantly* for material, adventures and so forth. I have gradually added mechanical bits from Classic to fill in gaps from Reloaded, and the sheer volume of setting material is invaluable.

While I never plan on reverting back to Classic, as long as I run Deadlands, I will always have at least one of the orange books at my table with me.

Monday, August 11, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 11: Weirdest RPG I Own

There are a few obvious choices I could have gone with, like Over the Edge, Unknown Armies or (the game I about posted) Low Life...but Tools of Ignorance has to take the cake. Why? For starters, a lot of people don't even know what the reference is. And two: It's a roleplaying game about a baseball team. Yeah, Low Life lets you play as humanoid cockroaches and sentient cupcakes, but how many RPGs are built to let you relive your own "Major League"?

And don't get me wrong...I hate baseball and I would still gladly play this game for the sheer novelty. I kinda wish a basketball version existed.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 10: Favorite Tie-in Novel/Game Fiction

I'll avoid the "cheap" answers like citing Marvel Comics or The Dresden Files, which were adapted to RPGs after the fact, and pick this one: I love Ravenloft and Soth was one of my favorite Dark Lords. Heck, most of the Ravenloft novels were great to me. I could easily have said "I, Strahd", "Vampire of the Mists" or even "Mordenheim", but I'll give this the nod.

There's other stuff I liked more, mind you: The Drizzt novels spring to mind...but they only served to show me how limited Dungeons and Dragons was, and how badly it failed at the product TSR was trying to sell at the time.

You know what? The Ravenloft game stuff didn't mesh with the system very well, either. I'm changing my vote back to my original one:

The Buried Tales anthology made me long to play in Pinebox, TX, and I'll finally get to do that with East Texas University. Buried Tales it is.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 9: My Favorite Dice

Not my oldest dice by any stretch, but I have become very fond of these Deadlands Dice I bought last fall. I make it a point to use them exclusively when GMing Deadlands Reloaded.

Friday, August 8, 2014

#RPGaDay Day 8: Favorite Character(s)

I could name a few of these, and they are all actually NPCs (given how little I actually play).

Tanjlock Sarlon is a Wood Elf Fighter from AD&D 2nd Edition who ultimately came to be known as much for his mental instability and his "road to Hell being paved with good intentions" as anything else. The art above is from my friend and partner in crime, Johnnie Johnson, for what is intended to be an illustrated novella series featuring Tanjlock.

Bully, The Bull That Walks Like A Man was an NPC in my Necessary Evil game and the first NPC that, when I killed him off, nearly set off a riot at the table. My players were FURIOUS. When he showed up later as a Super Drone, they were furious a second time, but one of the PCs managed to wrench him from his brain washing and bring him back to their side. He will be migrating to comic book form in my upcoming PALADIN: AGENT OF KRYPTIC comic.

Lastly would be Former US Marshal Ezekiah Joseph Kidd, my first Deadlands character. He began as an ugly, self righteous US Marshal who ultimately became Blessed and gave his life in pursuit of stopping Ravenites from doing bad, bad things. After I took over as GM of the game, his deputy (one of the remaining PCs) made it his life's mission to find Kidd. When he discovered Kidd was actually dead, he invoked the blackest of magic to return Kidd to life against his wishes.
Kidd is not presently slated to appear in any fiction.