#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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#RPGaDAY2015, Day 7: Favorite Free RPG

Today, on #RPGaDAY, our writing prompt is Favorite Free RPG. It's still Lady Blackbird. I didn't even need to think longer than a few seconds about that one. Well, see you tomorrow. Oh, wait. That's not 500 words. What I like about Lady Blackbird isn't one specific thing. There's a lot of great moments in those few pages of game material: The opening. You've got a situation that throws the protagonists into peril, reading like a Republic Movies serial opening as it scrawls up the screen. It's a wonderful technique and a throwback to the film serials that, due to being short movies that were designed to bring people back to the theater week after week, heavily imply near non-stop action and cliffhangers. ((It's not a coincidence that George Lucas used the same technique in Star Wars back in 1976, followed by one of the most memorable openings to a movie. Go back and watch Star Wars and see how long it is until the...
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