#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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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 12: Favorite RPG Illustrator

This one is a bit odd. In the past two days of #RPGaDAY, we've had favorite writer and favorite publisher, so we're pointing at specific people (or entities comprised of people), but today we're looking at Favorite RPG Illustration instead of illustrator. I'm going to pretend that's a mistake. For art direction, I don't think anyone is doing it better than Zoë Robinson of Fantasy Flight Games. The only games I'm currently getting from FFG are things in the Star Wars Age of Rebellion line (probably I'll pick up Force and Destiny) ((Must check my store credit at Bullmoose... Oh, they don't have it yet. Yet.)) and the Android: Netrunner card game. Both have a lot of representation of women and people of color ((that last one is a bit easier to accommodate in the Star Wars universe, but you'd be amazed at how many SF properties have a whole bunch of white humans running around with their laser swords)), yet it...
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#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 12 – Oldest RPG You Still Read or Play

Day 12! This time last year, everyone is leaving for Gen Con and our topic for #RPGaDAY yesterday was the oldest RPG you still read or play. “I’m going to bust out Twilight: 2000 and read about Soviet troop movements!” No. I’m not going to do that. Man, this is proving difficult to answer! I have some older games, but I don’t really play them. And of those older games, I reference some earlier Shadowrun books when I do that other Shadowrun game. Maybe Pathfinder, but that’s just the Adventure Paths, really, to get an idea of the type of 5e game I’d like to run for the family. Pathfinder doesn’t seem that old, even though when I look back at Curse of the Crimson Throne, it’s only 2008. I am guessing that prompt is hoping I pick something from the 1980s or something at least a decade old, but I just don’t go back and read RPG books for pleasure – maybe for reference,...
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