#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 10 – Favorite Game Fiction

One year ago, it was Day 10! And the topic for #RPGaDAY back then is your favorite tie-in novel or game fiction. Oh gods. Please, no. I dislike most game fiction and haven’t read a tie-in novel for any game since maybe the Shadowrun 2 days. In my hazy recollections of game-based novels, it feels like one could hear dice clattering in the distance as the author tells you how awesome his character is, no really, he’s really awesome. Just look at him. He even had sex with the hot elf chick near the end of the book, how awesome is that? (Answer: really awesome.) Now, I love me some Shadowrun and I’ve always liked their books because they incorporated game fiction in a way that wasn’t just two to six pages of short stories. Most sourcebooks featured in-game information that was player-friendly, presented as files uploaded to a website, followed by a game rules section that showed how to use all that stuff in your game....
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 8 – Favorite Character

Again, not a good topic to revisit, as I typically run games instead of play in them. ((Maybe I should rethink this whole "Last Year" concept. Nah. I've got some good stuff coming.)) So last year today on #RPGaDAY, a subject that really is called "Tell me about your character". I’ll try not to bore you. I play in games very rarely. Since picking up that boxed set of Dungeons & Dragons, it seems like I’ve always been the GM. There were a handful of characters I actually played, usually thieves in the pseudo-European magical medieval fantasy games due to my dislike of the Vancian magic system D&D and its imitators favored. ((It's probably why I've never read any of Vance's books, too.)) As those few moments of being on the other side of the DM screen drifted away into the hazy past, I really only recall two or three characters worth mentioning. They all do the right thing, but wind up suffering for...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 7 – “Do you own a copy of Nobilis?”

Last year, today, our question is What is the most intellectual RPG you own? ((aka "Who has a copy of Nobilis?")) Most intellectual RPG? Man, that’s worse than defining “old school” from day five. Are we talking about a game that makes you feel smarter than people who don’t grok what you're reading? Or a game whose writing is rated above a sixth-grader’s vocabulary? A game with lofty ambitions or goals to make you a better person and reflect on the real world? Perhaps an agenda-filled RPG? How about the most pretentious game ever? Let’s face it, most RPGs are pretty dumb. You make a character and her or she or it does stuff, usually through a liberal application of violence, in order to, um, get stuff. The writing may be slightly better than these little posts I’ve been making, but the largest word I have used so far in this screed is “intellectual”, which was part of the question prompt, so...
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