Thursday, August 31, 2017

RPGaDay 2017: Final Roundup of Days 21 through 31.

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

The Black Hack. This RPG wonderfully recreates a original D&D feeling without wasting any words. It even inspired me to write my own wordier version with some additional rules called The Kraut Hack.

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

That's either a sandbox setup completely before play starts or a game that helps me to create everything on the fly. Recently, I had the best results for a sandbox with Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem. Even though setting up a sandbox is a lot of work, The best pick-up game is Masters of Umdaar a Fate World of Adventure for Fate Accelerated Edition.

Day 23: Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout?

Jaw-dropping can either mean visually gorgeous or easy to navigate. I have not seen an RPG that does both equally well. Fate Core is easy to navigate. The most visually stunning in my opinion is War of Ashes: The Fate of Agaptus.

Day 24: Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more?

I think Evil Hat could probably charge more for their Worlds of Adventures. Note: This is a completely uninformed customers opinion.

Day 25: What is the best way to thank your GM?

Saying thank you for GMing, being an engaged player, and maybe writing a game session report (either in or out of character).

Day 26: Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Not sure, if this supposed to mean contentwise in the rulebook or as resources on their webpage? I like random tables that help spark your imaginaton. So in a rulebook, I'd say Traveller, because the tables in almost any edition of the game help you build and run a solid game. As resources on a webpage, nothing beats the auto-calculating character sheet for the German edition of The Dark Eye, as well as their rules wikipage. Though I don't play the Dark Eye, the resources offered for the game online and offline (cards, fate chips etc) are gorgeous. They make me want to GM, even though I have zero players for the game.

Day 27: What are your essential tools for good gaming?

Dice, tokens for fortune/luck/fate points, paper, people and nowadays a webcam and Google Hangouts, since most of my gaming takes place online.

Day 28: What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group?

Actually it's two movies: The Gamers and The Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising. Especially the last one. Yes, it's frightingly self-referential.

Day 29: What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

Everything Greg Stolze did for Reign. Clear funding goal, only a PDF only level, and delivery the day after the money was collected. Also, the promise to keep the kickstarted stuff around for free for anybody else.  This was way back before kickstarting RPGs became a thing. The Reign Kickstarters are the ones you should aspire to: get the money, do PDF only, no stretchgoals, and give away the PDFs for free to everybody else afterwards. Also, next day delivery!

Day 30: What is an RPG genre-mashup you would most like to see?

In my opinion, most of the RPGs out there need more gay. I mean that seriously. Representation is a great mashup for any genre.

Day 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. Sadly, I am not able to let vampires entirely go.


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