Monday, January 30, 2012

Zak's GM Questionnaire: My Answers

Okay, I am late to the party, but still intrigued enought to answer:

1. If you had to pick a single invention in a game you were most proud of what would it be?
The fictional city of "Breemster" at the coast of the Baltic Sea that is the setting for my ongoing Vampire: The Requiem game since 2004.

2. When was the last time you GMed?
January 27, 2012: Vampire: The Requiem set in "Breemster".

3. When was the last time you played?
January 6, 2012 an elven Barbarian/Sorcerer in a Pathfinder game.

4. Give us a one-sentence pitch for an adventure you haven't run but would like to.
An adventure for Mage: The Sorcerers' Crusade playing from October 5 to October 14 in 1582.

5. What do you do while you wait for players to do things?
Usually my players wait for me...

6. What, if anything, do you eat while you play?
Junk food, pizza (is that still junk food?) or Asian food (does that count as junk food too?).

7. Do you find GMing physically exhausting?
Occassionally.

8. What was the last interesting (to you, anyway) thing you remember a PC you were running doing?
Singing and dancing like a musical star in a C-Movie horror game (it was so bad that it couldn't be called a B-Movie).
9. Do your players take your serious setting and make it unserious? Vice versa? Neither?
No, we are serious that way.

10. What do you do with goblins?
Munch them.

11. What was the last non-RPG thing you saw that you converted into game material (background, setting, trap, etc.)?
The "Ravensfriend" from Richard K. Morgan's The Steel Remains/The Cold Commands. It's actually somewhere on this blog.

12. What's the funniest table moment you can remember right now?
I can't remember a specific one right now. There were just too many (and not enough in recent memory).

13. What was the last game book you looked at--aside from things you referenced in a game--why were you looking at it?
"Invite Only", a sourcebook for Vampire: The Requiem, because it arrived in the mail today.

14. Who's your idea of the perfect RPG illustrator?
Todd Morash. Yes, he has strange and weird style, but I like it very much.

15. Does your game ever make your players genuinely afraid?
Well, in my ongoing Vampire campaign I managed to give each player shivers at least once. Sometimes with very unexpected things.

16. What was the best time you ever had running an adventure you didn't write? (If ever)
The Earthdawn adventures back in the 90ies. I ran "Mists of Betrayal", "Terror in the Skies" and "Shattered Pattern" and some others in a connected campaign. This one is to you, Florian. May your soul rest in peace that you didn't find in live!

17. What would be the ideal physical set up to run a game in?
 A separate gaming room, ambient lighting from two snake lamps (like this one), a big table in the middle, black chairs all around and the walls covered with bookshelves full of gaming books.

18. If you had to think of the two most disparate games or game products that you like what would they be?
Dungeon & Dragons 3.5E and Everyway.

19. If you had to think of the most disparate influences overall on your game, what would they be?
H.P. Lovecraft and postmodern politics.

20. As a GM, what kind of player do you want at your table?
Players who are lively and engaged into the game, and most importantly, players I am friends with.

21. What's a real life experience you've translated into game terms?
The mass protest against the new central station being built in Stuttgart, Germany.
The transition to alternative energy sources pushed by the German government.

22. Is there an RPG product that you wish existed but doesn't?
The "Vampire: The Requiem" 20th Anniversary Edition in a red leatherette cover. Well, I'd even take a 10th Anniversary Edition in 2014 that does to Requiem what V20 did to Masquerade.

23. Is there anyone you know who you talk about RPGs with who doesn't play? How do those conversations go?
My mom. She asks, if I am playing on this or that weekend, and I answer her. She at least acknowledges that I have this strange hobby :) Back in my teenage days, she always said: "I'd rather have you playing role-playing games on a Saturday evening than being out-and-about in some club."

Hm, after reading my responses you probably wonder, why I maintain a gaming blog about LotfP. I do too...