Today’s #RPGaDAY topic is “An Unexpected Gaming Experience”. This is actually last year’s Day 10 topic, or rather, it was my take on Day 10’s topic, which was “Largest In-Game Surprise Experienced”, which wasn’t all that interesting to me back then. This year it’s supposed to be “Where Do You Find RPG Reviews”, which is also… meh.

A different unexpected gaming experience than last year: it was the last time I was at Gen Con, I believe. I had moved away from Maine, not thinking that I’d see those people again in the flesh except for rare occasions, and I get a message: our friend Derek suddenly got the weekend off, so he came up from Arizona and would I like to play Call of Cthulhu with him?

This was Derek’s favorite RPG. I’ve written about this game before: it was the last time I would ever see him. It was a wonderful game with a wonderful person running it.

I thought I’d see him again, just not that year. Definitely not that gaming convention. But there he was, alive and smiling.

See, I had never played CoC with Derek. I’ve seen him prep for it, back when he was getting ready for his sessions. I’ve run other games when he ran his during the Tucson RPG Guild meetups. I’ve heard of how great his games where.

And suddenly, he was there.

Like I said above, it was a fantastic evening with good friends.

Previously on #RPGaDAY…

Last year it was the same topic, and I told you how we thwarted a terrorist attack playing Top Secret/SI.

In 2015, the topic was “Favorite Publisher”. I’ve got the same answer as last year and the year before: anyone that pays their freelancers on time.

In 2014, the topic was “Favorite Game Fiction”. It’s three years later and my views on game fiction haven’t changed: there really isn’t any that’s worth reading. Except… Hey, have you seen Unknown Armies? No, not the version I worked on, the second edition — there’s a short bit of fiction about someone (Renata, I think?) entering the world of the occult underground for the first time. That was pretty cool.

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