Saturday, August 12, 2017

RPGaDat 2017 #12

Question #12

Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?

I really liked the Timothy Bradstreet illustrations in the original Twilight: 2000 rpg game and modules. Those black and white, sketchy illustrations with heavy shadows (most of which were based on iconic black and white photos from Vietnam or others conflicts) I though really captured the gritty, harsh reality of the game.

More recently? The illustrations in Tales from the Loop are really fun. But that whole game is BASED on the amazing artwork of Simon StÃ¥lenhag, so…

Thursday, August 10, 2017

RPGaDay 2017 #11

Question #11

Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?

How dead is “dead”…? Are we talking recently out of print stuff like the FFG 40K RPGs that they recently lost the license to produce? Or are we talking about long out of print gems like... I don't know... Burrows and Bunnies? Is that even what they mean by “dead”? “Out of print”? Maybe out of print from the original publisher and largely forgotten by the majority of the role-playing masses…?

Or is “dead” something that no one is playing anymore? If no one is playing it anymore, it’s probably because it wasn’t any good. If it was any good there’s probably someone somewhere still playing it!

What do they mean by “reborn”? It seems to me that just about ANY game that was half good at all has been kept alive by someone, somewhere in some form… (often as a pdf on RPGNow or Drive-thru RPG or something similar)

Even oddball old stuff like the Morrow Project – a weird little smaller press post-apocalyptic RPG from the 80s – which I never played, but always found the idea intriguing – is apparently not only still around, but in its FOURTH FREAKING EDITION!?

Perhaps they simply mean what long out of print game that you haven’t played in years (or DECADES) do you still have feelings of nostalgia for and wish you could convince someone to play it again (but probably won’t ever because you’ll realize it wasn’t actually as good of a game as you remember)...?

If that's the case I might like to dust off the old Twilight:2000 modules and have a go at them again. I'd probably use a different system. I tired it with Savage Worlds a few years back.  Perhaps If I have another go, I could just use them as a scenario generator for a series of skirmish scenarios (there's actually a brilliant blog devoted to just that: It's 500 Miles to the German Border! - A Twilight 2000 mininiature wargaming blog)

Otherwise, I don’t know… I’m pretty good with what I’ve got. And I don’t need any of the older games I have to be reborn for the purpose of having more adventures or supplements – because I prefer making that stuff all up myself anyway. I find games with loads of supplements overwhelming.

In other news... 

I actually got to RUN a role-playing game yesterday! I tried to run the kids and a couple of their friends through The Eleventh Hour - an Only War adventure FFG published for Free RPG Day a few years. 

After almost three hours - the youngest one got "bored" and so I had to all it, even though we didn't finish the adventure. The other three were pretty disappointed - but that just means they were really having fun and it shouldn't be too hard to convince the three of them to play again sometime.

RPGaDay 2017 #10

Question #10

Where to you go for RPG reviews?

I find this similar to the “how do you find out about new RPGs” question from the 3rd. If I want an opinion of a game I’ll ask people I actually know, that have similar tastes in games, for their opinion. I find reviews, of anything, mostly useless – different folks like different things – this becomes even more extreme in gaming. Games I LOVE others despise,. Games other people won’t shut up about I find boring as heck…

When I do want to find out more about a game and don’t know anyone that’s played it, I’ll usually head to BoardGameGeek and RPGgeek… or maybe talk to Al at Dragon's Den Games.