Saturday, 19 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 19 - Which RPG features the best writing

I'm not sure. I've not read that many rule books, and when I do, I'm usually either browsing for ideas or I'm looking up something specific, which means I'm not focusing on the quality of the writing - unless it's so poor as to be a problem. And that old excuse I keep using this month: most of my books are packed away so I can't even nose through for comparison now.

I haven't read that many tie-in novels either, one for ShadowRun so many years ago all I remember is one of the secondary characters had cheap cyberware boosting his speed and it made him twitch and stutter, and then most of the Ravenloft books - some of which are terrible, to be fair. Most either have good writing but weak concepts, or interesting concepts and weak writing - but the Strahd novels by P N Elrod are very good, in concept, plot and writing. I'd like to read more by her!


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Friday, 18 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 18 - Which RPG have you played the most in your life

The first RPG I played for any length of time was ShadowRun, for a couple of years. Then I wandered off to uni, where I played a World of Darkness campaign for the best part of 3 years - I played other games too, but none for as long. (Actually, that was pretty great: I got to try loads of games, while still getting the long-running, in-depth games I particularly enjoy.) One was Aberrant (though I didn't know it at the time), mentioned now as we'll come back to that later, because this is RPG played most, not campaign.

Then I came home and played a mix of games, usually only for a few months at a time (this included some ShadowRun, but not enough to give it the topspot). We played a bit of Deadlands in preparation for The Flood, the campaign we're currently playing in, but before starting the campaign proper, we moved on to Pathfinder. We're now playing The Flood, but I think it's been around a year.

Then Rich also started running Aberrant for me and Bells, and we played for a good couple of years, but even adding the couple of months I played at uni doesn't do enough, because we then switched to Exalted, which we've been playing for a couple of years - so that doesn't get to win either.

It's going to be Pathfinder. It's far from my favourite system, but I love my main character.

 

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 17 - Which RPG have you owned longest but not played

Between us, Husbit & I own a fair few roleplay books, and we've played maybe two thirds of the settings. If you go further and break it down to source books, that probably gets to be even worse odds - especially if you take him out of the equation and only look at me.

But of all the books, of the ones that are actually mine, I think the one I've had longest and done nothing with is Abney Park's Airship Pirates. (I say mine, I bought it for Husbit but he wasn't all that interested so I claimed it for me ;-) ).

I bought it because I like the band Abney Park and I was entertained by the back story they created to justify their change from goth to steampunk and the concurrant change in line up. It feels like the start of a roleplay story: their plane was caught in a freak accident with a time travelling dirigible (the Ophelia). They combined with the survivors of the crash to become airship pirates (see Wikipedia and their website).

The RPG in a far future that's pretty broken, with most people living inside a huge walled city where rebels and dissenters are thrown in the 'change cage' and there's dark things going on. Outside, there are many dangers but also more freedoms. You've got people living in cloud cities, you've Neobedouin nomads, and of course the airship pirates themselves.

I'd very much like to play or run it one day, but for now I'm happy just owning it and enjoying the setting.





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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 16 - Which RPG do you enjoy using as is

I'm afraid my answer today is going to be as wet as yesterday, and for basically the same reasons.

I guess although I haven't played in ages, ShadowRun is probably the game I most enjoy playing as is. The setting is really rich and the history well put together: using the return of magic as the justification for why technology that we take for granted but which wasn't considered when the game was written doesn't exist in the game is a great get-out clause and helps keep me immersed.

I was very disappointed when 2012 swung round and no elves were born.
 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 15 - Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most

I'm a player, not a GM, so don't very often get involved in adapting games, and while I know both Husbit and Rich make changes to settings and scenarios to suit the campaigns they want to run, because I don't know what's been changed or what it's been changed from, I don't know which changes I'm enjoying more, as it were.

Still not inspired by any of the alt questions, and don't really have anything to add to my answers for this day in previous years, so it's another very short one from me, I'm afraid.

 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 14 - Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play

Umm...

It's not about the system or the setting, but the people you're playing with and the story you're telling.

There are for sure some systems that don't lend themselves to long-running or open-ended play, either because the xp progression means you'll become too powerful for the world too quickly, or because there's a point where you run out of stuff to spend it on or levels or whatever, and as much as I love Svetlana and want to continue her story, I do find Pathfinder and D&D systems to be frustrating for long term play because combat slows everything down.

I guess the genre I most enjoy true open-ended play, with no long-term goal, is something cyberpunk'y, something like ShadowRun. To be honest, it's the only game I have played that way, and I did enjoy it for something to dip in and out of, and for all my protestations on Day 9, I actually kinda miss it and would kinda like to play in a campaign like that again. One day, with more time and more energy...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

#RPGaDAY2017: Day 13 - Describe a game experience that changed the way you play

I'm really struggling to answer this one. I don't think I play very much differently to when I first started playing, and where things have changed, it's been a gradual process as a result of, well, getting older! Experience in playing, desire to seek new experiences, different people to play with, different amounts of time to play, all that jazz.

I looked through the alternate questions and was uninspired, and going through previous years' questions I find: 2016 - What makes a successful campaign, which would largely be talking about things I talked about on Day 9; 2015 was Favourite RPG podcast, and I don't really listen to podcasts; and 2014 was most memorable character death. There have been a couple of character deaths since then - Steve, one of Paul's characters, blew up or drowned or got shot with the boat he was on, and Zabeel, one of Husbit's characters, climbed on a fire demon thing while covered in gunpowder and similar stuff and went out in a great fireball of glory to save the rest of us.


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