Tuesday, 22 August 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 22: Easiest RPGs to run?

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22: Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

Urban fantasy with monster hunting and high weirdness clashing with the everyday world. Preferably with fairly simple rules. Yeah, like Buffy. Maybe take it back.

Monday, 21 August 2017


Whedonesque closed today. I’ll be shutting up about Buffy for a while, I think. Not forever, I hope, as this is a creation that has brought me a lot of joy over the years, lasting friendships and more. But not today.

#RPGaDay 2017 21: The most with the least words?

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21: Which RPG does the most with the least words?


See how few words I used? But anyway, the first edition is 68 pages with large type and lots of art, including adventures. There are smaller RPGs out there (including one-page RPGs and even the Business Card RPG) but this is the one that made me a roleplayer for real and that I ran on and off for years.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 20: Best source for out of print RPGs?

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20: What is the best source for out of print RPGs?

PDFs And print on demand mean few things are truly gone, but licensed games in particular can vanish.

Paizo and Noble Knight are good for this, but in the UK I mostly rely on eBay and sometimes The Shop On The Borderlands and Travelling Man. But check your FLGS first, though, because if you’re in luck you can look through the book rather than sending for it sight unseen.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

#RPGaDay 2017 19: Which RPG features the best writing?

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19: Which RPG features the best writing?

Best rules writing? TOON for clarity and flavour. Best prose? Adventure! for Warren Ellis and more. Best GM advice? d6 Star Wars.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Star Wars: Legion

A new Star Wars skirmish wargame from FFG... apparently with big-even-for-32mm scale miniatures, more realistic but also half a head taller than Imperial Assault. :/

#RPGaDay 2017 18: RPG you've played the most?

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18: Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Including GMing, probably Buffy, followed by Vampire: The Masquerade or possibly d6 Star Wars.

Excluding GMing, probably Vampire: The Masquerade due to a whole lot of shortish games and the New Bremen chat, particularly if I count time playing a mortal. d6 Star Wars is probably the runner-up here too. Marvel Super Heroes SAGA must be close too, with two two-year-plus games. The longest campaign I’ve ever been in as a player, four academic years, was Werewolf: The Apocalypse, but I’ve played about three sessions of it outside that chronicle. Sadly Buffy is a long way down the list.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Trinity Storypath preview and Onyx Path brochure

New from Onyx Path, the 2017 brochure, and a new Storypath system with a Trinity focus.


Congratulations to Seven Wonders for Indie Groundbreaker Game of the Year Award.

#RPGaDay 2017 17: Longest owned unplayed RPG?

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17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played?

I’m going to have to look up some publication dates here...

Monster Horrorshow came out in 1987. It was really a book of GMing advice and an adventure with a simple system attached, but it still counts. I think I got it soon after it came out.

But for a big RPG that has gone through multiple editions and has supplements and such, the GW hardback core set for third edition RuneQuest also came out in 1987, though I don’t think I got them until 1988 or so, when they were on sale.

I never ran either of these, or even seriously considered doing so.

Yes, I have games I’ve owned and never done anything with for thirty years.

Just a couple, though...

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

To D&D - And Beyond!

D&D Beyond is live.

The original Star Wars RPG at 30 - back in print!

FFG are reprinting the first edition d6 Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and the Star Wars Sourcebook for their 30th anniversary. Guess they can get my money for a Star Wars RPG after all!

I wonder how the licence works... reprints of some of the adventures would be nice too.

#RPGaDay 2017 16: RPG you enjoy using as is?

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16: Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

To vary my answers a bit, Cubicle 7’s Doctor Who, as the simple system allows for a wide variety of characters, and the action-based initiative is genius.

Otherwise, yes folks, Buffy. I don’t even change the grainy Life Points. I probably should, but honestly I hardly ever have the monsters hit the PCs...

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Coming soon: Mage plot hooks

Halfway through a “thirty hooks from song titles” challenge for Mage: The Ascension and thinking I could run this game.

Though I might be leaning a bit too much on “rival cabals being troublesome”. That may be more of an Awakening thing.

Nosferatu 3?

A potential remake of Nosferatu, from director Robert Eggers and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, reteaming after The VVitch.

Still waiting on the “remix” with virtual sets from the original and Doug Jones as Orlok to come through post-production, though...