#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 22: Easy to Run RPGs

Day 22 of #RPGaDAY is all about ease of use at the table. "Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?" Anything that's really freeform and really light rules, I'd start with. But then my mind starts to wander a bit and I'm looking at Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars line again. It's an incredibly simple system that manages to be crunchy and tactical, yet light and story-driven at the same time. Those crazy dice -- the dice that take a few rolls to get used to with their crazy symbols -- let you have something awesomely beneficial happen when you fail, bring about something disastrous when succeeding. They're But Dice: Yes, but… they say. No, but... they tell you. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 22: Easy to Run RPGs” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 15: Adapting a Game

Wow. Let's see. I was at Gen Con and didn't get ahead on my #RPGaDAY posts. Where did I leave off? Day fifteen? Okay, then. The topic for that day is "Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?" Well, that's an odd one. I mean, I could see how someone's answer is something like how they use game X to play Star Wars (or Shadowrun), but for the most part I'm thinking the real answers to this question is about generic game systems, like Fate or GURPS. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2017, Day 15: Adapting a Game” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 11: How did the tabletop RPGs you’ve played shape how you play now?

Oh, I love this question (again, supplied from Tracy Barnett): How did the RPGs I've played shape the gamer I am now? It's a different question from the real question for day, "Which gamer most affected the way you play?" But there is a bit of overlap. There are moments in one's gaming life where something clicks and is so profound it changes how you run (or play) the games you enjoy so. Here, I'm thinking about five different games: InSpectres; Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; (a game session of) Shadowrun, 4th Edition; Burning Wheel; and Apocalypse World. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 11: How did the tabletop RPGs you’ve played shape how you play now?” »...
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