#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 14 – Favorite Convention Purchase

Everybody was at Gen Con this time last year, so for those of us staying at home, participating in #RPGaDAY, the next few days were all about conventions. I haven't been to a convention since the writing event last year, so my answer to today's topic last year, "What's your favorite convention purchase?" hasn't changed. Here's what I wrote last year: Today’s #RPGaDAY topic is “Everyone is at Gen Con except you, so what’s your favorite convention purchase and can I get some more salt for your wound?” Gee, thanks. We’re probably talking RPG-related purchases here, so that’s really going to limit my choices. Most of the time when I have a purchase at gaming convention, it’s a boardgame of some type. RPG-wise, the only contenders I can think of are the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beta or The Armitage Files for Trail of Cthulhu. AoR was a Beta game and I haven’t played it and I have the full release;...
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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 13: Favorite RPG Podcast

Readers, I need your help. Today's question is "What's your favorite RPG podcast?" Thing is, I don't listen to RPG podcasts. I stopped listening a while back—I'd usually queue them up for trips and listen as I drive—but we haven't taken long drives with just me and the wife in the past few years. I would sometimes listen when commuting in to the PR agency or to the university, but now my work commute to work is "go down the stairs, 'round through the kitchen, and to the office." I've asked on my social media accounts (twitter and G+, really) a few times for podcast suggestions, but very few came in. Perhaps you have some suggestions? Here's what I've got in my podcast app: Shut Up & Sit Down, The SnakesCast (From Snakes & Lattes), 99% Invisible, and RadioLab. Things I've liked in the past, all now over: Out of Character (Pulp Gamer/Seelie Studios), The Sons of Kryos, The Durham 3, and Hudson &...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 13 – Most Memorable Character Death

A year ago, I wrote about the Most Memorable Character Death in one of the games I ran. Half the time I tell this story, it's a "dumb player" story; the other half of the time, it's my "worst GMing moment" story. From a game running standpoint, it's one of those moments where I reevaluated how I run games and it actually made me a better GM. The Most Memorable Character Death hasn't changed in the past year, nor do I think it'll change in the future. ((I don't normally kill player characters. That's weak sauce.)) Let's head back several years to just after Shadowrun 4th Edition came out, to Fort Worth/Dallas, the largest sprawl in North America, just as rush hour is about to start.... The mission is to find someone in protective custody and make sure they don't testify in an upcoming trial. The time is late afternoon on a workday, about four: rush hour traffic is starting. While two members of the team are...
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