#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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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 31 – Favorite RPG

Last year, the final day's question was What is your favorite roleplaying game? My answer was simple: without a doubt, it was Primetime Adventures. Several years ago, we were playing Shadowrun, 4th Edition. We had played four sessions so far, each about four hours long. I was so taken by PTA, I suggested we play the next session using PTA rules. In that two, perhaps three, hour game session, I learned more about the characters in that Shadowrun game than I did in the prior sixteen hours of play. Continue reading “#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 31 – Favorite RPG” »...
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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 25: A Revolutionary Game Mechanic

For my Favorite Revolutionary Game Mechanic, I was planning on writing about Audience Participation rules for Primetime Adventures, but while it's one of my favorite game elements, it hasn't really been added to games that followed its introduction. This is a shame, but I can see how it was forgotten or ignored by later games. Most roleplaying games are thought of as being played in private, around a table or over a virtual tabletop or from the sofa and chairs in the living room. Audience Participation comes in when you're playing Primetime Adventures in public. When a conflict comes up, people watching the game also get a card to vote for which side of the conflict they want to win. ((In earlier editions, they could also get narration rights, too, so they could definitively say what was going on in the conflict's aftermath.)) It's a neat rule that allows for interesting play at game days and conventions. Huh. I guess I...
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