#RPGaDAY2015, Day 27: Favorite Idea for Merging Two Games Into One

I've only heard of one other group coming up with this idea, and that was John Wick for his gaming group, so I know it's a good idea we stumbled across. John's version took the concept a step further than our group's idea of using lenses, as in "we view the campaign through a different lens". This was actually Bo's campaign ((Yeah, that Bo -- the one who later went on to produce Tabletop.)) he was running while we were out from the gaming scene with a newborn. I think he started the game off with the d20 system, then switched over to a generic RPG system he homebrewed. ((The intent was to develop it and bring it to market, but that will never happen.)) Like I tend to do, Bo ran the game like television seasons: a major storyline through a series of episodes, then a break and retooling for the next season. We joined up in season three and he wanted...
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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 11: Favorite RPG Writer

Regarding a Favorite RPG Writer, I don't really pay much attention to that, or at least as much as others do. See, I do graphic design and book layout and I've always equated it to a letterer's job in comic books: if you do it right, nobody notices. And because I work behind the scenes (although usually coming in at the end of a project), I see a lot going on in creating one of those big RPG books. Sections are written by different people and have to be rewritten to have a book's "voice": chapters three and seven have to sound like they're written by the same people, even if the two writers have never met. There's the project manager and the editors and proofreaders keeping all this straight. They're also the invisible hands on a project. They do a good job and you don't notice. This process subtly changes the output of the writing. Bob's contributions on the Big...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 11 – Weirdest RPG Owned

Weirdest RPG owned is today, last year’s #RPGaDay topic. Okay then, let’s talk John Wick’s Thirty. Note: I’m going to spoil the ending to that game. Stop reading and experience the magic firsthand. I’ve never really picked up any of John’s big games: 7th Sea, Legend of the Five Rings, or even Houses of the Blooded. Everything I have of Wick’s has been his little games. Thirty is the closest thing to one of his big games, but it’s not. It says so in the name, which truthfully is Thirty: A Little Game about a Big Secret. It’s also not one of his little games, either. This is a full on campaign that’s guided from point A to point B all the way to point L. No deviations, sir. And you can’t play it over the internet. You have to play it at someone’s house at a table where you can look each other in the eye and hear each other breathe. This is a game...
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