#RPGaDay2015 Catch Up Post, Days 18 to 25

Here’s this week’s #RPGaDay2015 catch up post #3! Again, to those unfamiliar with the practice, it’s all about answering a series of questions relating to RPGS. The list of questions can be seen in the graphic found HERE

Day 18: Favorite Sci-Fi RPG

Of all my Sci-Fi RPGs, I’m going to have to give in and say that I’m still a giant fan of the Metabarons RPG. To those unfamiliar with it, it’s a D6 system take on the Metabarons Comic Book universe. With plenty of room for a mad and crazy idea at every turn. The system itself serviceable, and perhaps uninspired, but the setting is ripe with possibilities to leave your players scratching their heads. That said, most of my most insane moments were informed by reading the comic as opposed to the book, which did a pretty poor job of conveying the same manic world of the comics.

Day 19: Favorite Supers RPG

HERO System is perhaps one of my favorite systems since Character Creation is a game in itself. It’s bulky, and confusing at times, but I’ve yet to see a supers game faithfully attempt to simulate a world so thoroughly. You owe it to yourselves to check out at least the Champions Complete book.

Day 20: Favorite Horror RPG

The World of Darkness holds a special place in my heart for Horror RPGs. I’ve run so much Mage and WoD Core stuff that running horror became second nature to me, and resulted in me being typecast as the horror GM, something I’ve been trying to shake off.

Day 21: Favorite RPG Setting

Rokugan, from Legend of the Five Rings. Hard to beat such an extensively detailed world of faux-Japan. It’s not the same, clearly, but it’s accessible enough to scratch the particular itch of wanting to play fantasy samurai in a world that cleaves to a different set of values than traditional western fantasy, and until now I’ve yet to see a setting come close to overthrowing L5R’s position for the best.

Day 22: Perfect Gaming Environment

I honestly love running at home. It’s quiet, you have access to food and drink, and you can play music if necessary. Right now that’s a little difficult given that I have an 8 month old son who is still in need of a lot of attention, but eventually I’ll get started on hosting games again.

Day 23: Perfect Game For You

It’s a toss up between Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition and Mage: the Awakening for me right now.

Day 24: Favorite House Rule

I don’t house rule so much, but there’s a little thing I’m planning to implement in a convention game I’m going to be running this weekend for D&D 5e game where the players are part of a Bloodsport-esque gladiatorial combat simulator.

Audience Request

Once per Encounter, a member of the Audience may request for a specific action to be taken by the party. If the party is able to execute the action during the encounter, they gain a Favor Token.

On their turn, an player may spend a Favor Token to gain any of the following:

– Reroll a failed check or save
– Stabilize and restore to 1 HP
– Heal 1 hit die + CON damage

Day 25: Favorite Revolutionary Game Mechanic

As far as games go, there’s a lot of new mechanics I’ve come to learn, but the one I found to be pretty amusing was the addition of an official GMPC in the form of a Ryuujin in Ryuutama. It’s funky since the GM is rewarded for doing his thing, adding extra motivation his way!

#RPGaDay2015 Catch Up Post, Days 8 to 17

Looks like I’ve been remiss again so here’s the #RPGaDay2015 catch up post #2! Again, to those unfamiliar with the practice, it’s all about answering a series of questions relating to RPGS. The list of questions can be seen in the graphic found HERE

Day 8: Favourite Appearance of RPGs in the Media

Dexter’s Laboratory episode, “D&DD” where they were playing an equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons.

Day 9: Favourite Media you wish were an RPG

This is a difficult one. I’ve always been a fan of a lot of geek stuff, like comics and such that already have RPG equivalents. If I were to pick something that I’d love to play in tabletop format, I’d probably go for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, specifically the first three games. I’m somewhat aware that it exists in some format in Japan, but I can’t read Japanese. 😦

Day 10: Favourite RPG Publisher

Wow, this doesn’t get any easier. There’s a whole bunch of awesome publishers these days from Vigilance Press to Modiphius, and Cubicle 7, but I’m going to have to go with first loves here and go with Onyx Path. I blame my irrational love for Mage.

Day 11: Favourite RPG Writer

I can’t answer this. I’m sorry, but there’s a lot of awesome writing out there right now in so many RPGs that picking just one is going to ruin me. Sorry guys.

Day 12: Favourite RPG Illustration

My current favorite RPG illustration right now has to be the cover of Monte Cook’s Numenera. It’s a powerful image and a call to crazy adventures that fits the tone of the game perfectly.

Day 13: Favourite RPG Podcast

I’ve not been too familiar with podcasts but I’ve certainly enjoyed episodes of 2 GMs 1 Mic.

Day 14: Favourite RPG Accessory

I’ve always been a fan of the standard DM screen. I’m especially happy with the hardcover types, as opposed to the flimsy cardboard ones we used to have.

Day 15: Longest Campaign Played

The longest campaign I’ve played is probably the “Never a Dull Blade” Legend of the Five Rings campaign I ran not long ago.

Day 16: Longest Session Played

I’m too old for all-nighters these days, but the longest I’ve played is probably a Call of Cthulhu session for Masks of Nyarlathotep that lasted until around 2am.

Day 17: Favourite Fantasy RPG

Really? I have to answer this after I’ve gone over Fantasy AGE and I’m in the middle of Ryuutama? Fantasy is a huge genre though so I’ll cheat a bit here.

  • For Hardcore / heavy crunch, my heart belongs to Fantasy Craft
  • For Medium crunch, I’ll favor Fantasy AGE
  • For light / alternative, Ryuutama‘s winning my favor.
  • For Asian fantasy, Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition is still where it’s at for me.

I’m still in the middle of evaluating D&D 5e, so I haven’t ranked it yet.

Looks like there’s still more than half the month to go, and I’ve got a lot more to think about.

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