The Next Shadowrun Game

I love Shadowrun. See, there was an illustration of an elf hanging off a helicopter’s skids. The elf was shooting a submachine gun at someone. The guy looking at this illustration – Jordan Wiseman, if I recall correctly -- said, “I want a game where I do that.” And Shadowrun was born. That happened a few years after I discovered William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Max Headroom. This game was introduced to me when the in-game clock was 2056, and it hit me with the full force of a hurricane. This was the game I wanted to play. A future dystopia with a band of people working together to fight the system and get rich while trying. It’s twenty minutes into the future, but what a future it was: magic had returned. ((And it wasn’t that Vancian magic system that D&D and its clones ran. I hated the “you cast a spell and now you don’t know how to cast it again”...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 18: Using Relationship Maps

This question is spawned from the IndieGameADay thing, which pokes fun at ((I'm being charitable.)) #RPGaDAY with questions such as What kind of shit-fit did you throw the last time someone tried to schedule your convention game in a ballroom like you’re playing fucking Pathfinder or something? What was the very saddest thing you wrote on an index card? and What is your fondest memory of a game you thought was fun before you knew better? But they had a really interesting question for day 2 -- once you take out the snark -- about relationship maps which was What game created your most elaborate relationship map? How much of it did you actually use? Well now! Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 18: Using Relationship Maps” »...
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#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 12: The Next Game

The actual title of today's prompt is "What game is your group most likely to play next?" That question makes a few assumptions, the foremost being that one plays in a single group. Take a look at Rich Rogers. Inferring from his posts about gaming and invitations to game (or watch one being streamed), I don't think he actually has a game group, just a whole bunch of gamer friends that come together to play stuff for a few sessions and then back to the pool. Or if he does have a game group, he has at least three, each with a revolving cast, maybe some regulars in each. (Rich, don't tell me. I want to believe you live in a magical wonderland of gaming and one day you'll open a retirement home for all us gamers who can mix and mingle and play throughout our golden years.) Continue reading “#RPGaDAY 2016, Day 12: The Next Game” »...
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