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Ideal Role Playing Session Needs…

Ideal Role Playing Session Needs…

RPGaDay Day #9 asks: Beyond the game, what’s involved in an ideal session? And I’d respond preparation. The level of prep varies wildly, but it matters at all levels and on both sides. Both the GM and the players owe it to one another to come prepared to the table to deliver their best game. A player who isn’t in the zone or the committed to the game will make it a chore for everyone. Being prepared means that the…

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Hardcover, Softcover, Digital

Hardcover, Softcover, Digital

RPGaDay Day #8 asks: Hardcover, softcover, digital? What is your preference? If you look for the most significant impact on my gaming habits this year, you need to look no further than Symbaroum. A beautiful hardcover book filled with glorious illustrations with a dark and brooding cover image. The internal presentation of this book simply caught my imagination and hasn’t let go – resulting in all the content over on The Iron Pact. Every time I look at the book,…

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The Effects of RPGs on Me

The Effects of RPGs on Me

RPGaDay Day #7 asks: What aspect of RPGs has had the biggest effect on you? There existence has impacted me significantly, as without them and my interest in them, I would never have got into writing in the way I have. I spent about 10 years running play-by-mail games in the late 80s and early 90s. I appreciate that it didn’t make me a better writer in a grammatical sense, but it did get me into the business of just…

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Stories About Your Character

Stories About Your Character

RPGaDay Day #5 asks: What story does your group tell about your character? I have eternally made Dwarves Italian after a couple of entertaining games run in my ongoing Dragon Age campaign, does that count? I honestly can’t say that this applies to me because I don’t recall anyone ever talking to me about my character. Maybe I don’t run in the same sort of circles or something? Is this actually a thing? I probably talk more about my own…

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Impressive Character Act

Impressive Character Act

RPGaDay Day #4 asks: Most impressive thing another’s character did? Wow. While I have enjoyed the whole business of RPGaDay for the last few years, I find this business of player focus distressing, because I’m not a player (well, distressing might be a bit extreme, but it’s the first word that sprang to mind). Oddly, when I run games I don’t necessarily remember what the players did, well or otherwise. It was either a great game or not. And then…

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Proudest Character Moment

Proudest Character Moment

RPGaDay Day #3 asks: Character moment you are proudest of? I’m going to go weird and wild here¬†because my proudest character moment is a setting. The Underplex In 2004 (or thereabouts), I got the chance to help with the text of PARANOIA XP. I got the job of working through the skills and service groups, contributing original text and some conversions across about 25 pages, which was nice. It also got me a place amidst the Traitor Recycling Studio. In…

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Book Pile: August 2016

Book Pile: August 2016

This past weekend provided some solid gains in the roleplaying department – and explain why I never post much in the thread about resisting purchases. I got a dinged copy of 13th Age from Games Lore because I have heard so many positive things and had two good games. I couldn’t not buy it for ¬£20 including postage. It almost seemed rude. I have played this twice with Guy Milner – who runs a great game with fantastic bursts of…

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