#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 10: An Unexpected Gaming Experience

Today's #RPGaDAY topic is "An Unexpected Gaming Experience". This is actually last year's Day 10 topic, or rather, it was my take on Day 10's topic, which was "Largest In-Game Surprise Experienced", which wasn't all that interesting to me back then. This year it's supposed to be "Where Do You Find RPG Reviews", which is also... meh. A different unexpected gaming experience than last year: it was the last time I was at Gen Con, I believe. I had moved away from Maine, not thinking that I'd see those people again in the flesh except for rare occasions, and I get a message: our friend Derek suddenly got the weekend off, so he came up from Arizona and would I like to play Call of Cthulhu with him? Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 10: An Unexpected Gaming Experience” »...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 17 – Funniest Game You’ve Played

One year ago today, the topic was Funniest Game You've Played. I really haven't played much since that post, so the answer will remain the same. The thing about humor in games is if it’s forced, it’s not funny. That’s why I don’t go for comedy games. I prefer the humor to come up naturally within a game. To put it in movie terms, you know Michael Bay’s Transformers? The first one? There’s the government agent guy and he’s the forced humor in the movie: an overacting cartoonish insult to the audience’s intelligence. But there he is, somehow stripped down to a Superman-like-logo t-shirt that he’s wearing and goofy boxers! Isn’t that hilarious? Oh, and now he’s being peed on by Bumblebee. Haw haw. That type of thing is just painful. That’s been my experience with comedy RPGs. Instead of the funny just happening, it’s pointed out. Some of the funniest bits have come from games where people are playing it straight and serious. Eric vs....
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