#RPGaDAY, Last Year: Day 9 – Favorite Dice

One year ago today, on #RPGaDAY, it’s Your Favorite Die or Dice Set. Huh. How am I going to get 500 words out of that? Over on my desk, I have my dice bag. It sits flat when open and can hold slightly more dice than a Crown Royal bag. Inside are four different sets of polyhedrals: a dark blue die set that includes a d30 (which I accidentally used one D&D game session instead of a d20 and didn’t realize until I rolled a natural 24), a green set (that I use when the blue set misbehaves), the remnants of my smoke set (nearly clear, but slightly grey dice) I used during my earlier years that is in the dice bag to share their wisdom and train the other dice to roll well, and a smaller set of clear polys in a smaller bag that my wife got me for Father’s Day last year. Also in the bag are the d10 sets...
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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 8: Favorite Appearance of RPGs in Media

Today, on #RPGaDAY, our writing prompt is Favorite Appearance of RPGs in the Media. I can't really think of any, or at least any that are positive. Either they're played for jokes, or they're present to show the players themselves are the jokes: INT. SHELDON AND LEONARD'S APARTMENT. DAY. PENNY What have you guys got planned for the weekend? SHELDON We were going to play Dungeons & Dragons. [audience laughter] SHELDON (holding up player's handbook) It's Advanced. [more audience laughter] Boardgames have a better presence in television. Over on Orphan Black, Runewars from Fantasy Flight Games made an appearance late in season two, with members of Cosima's lab playing. The showrunner is a fan of the game, coordinated with FFG's president, and went over the script with the actors to make sure they actually were (seemingly) playing the game. In season three ((I haven't caught up yet. No spoilers, please.)), more FFG games show up. Carcassone, Settlers of Catan, and other gateway games have been seen on other recent television shows. And...
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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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