RPGaDay 19,20 & 21: Ketchup

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19. Best way to learn a new game?

Is probably still the learn as you go routine. That’s how I done it.

Back when I first discovered a group of fellow students playing AD&D I didn’t know what the heck was going on but I knew there was a lot of imagination. There was no board, no tokens, just paper, pencils, and dice (as a few rule books here and there). I was asked if I wanted to play and I told them I didn’t have any dice. A chair was pulled out and they told me to take a seat and I was handed a player sheet and some dice and viola! The game looked imposing but it’s simple to learn! Someone loaned me a rulebook to look over and it was a learning experience.

So, today I guess the best way to learn is to watch Youtube videos of the game you are interested in. Because, there are tons of them out there.

20. Most challenging and rewarding system you learned?

I have played a ton of games over the years, considering that coming from era when rpgs were sprouting up trying to out do each other with game mechanics and additional little twerks to make their game stand out more: Rolemaster, Space Opera, DC Heroes, and there’s more.

Though the most challenging and rewarding system I learned? Has got to be Anime: Beyond Fantasy. It’s just a few years old and is inspired by Japanese video games such as Final Fantasy and Suikoden. The game features anime/manga styled art, Eastern concepts of honor codes, mysticism and martial arts and combing those with traditional elements of western fantasy as magical and medieval. I guess what is challenging is that the game is a direct translation of the original Spanish rules and a few things got lost in the fold but it is easy to figure out once you get the hanging of it.

The action is percentile base and plays a lot like RoleMaster system and is a very beautiful game with a lot of crazy genres thrown in to make it. It’s a fun game to play and I wouldn’t mind running another campaign with it.

21. Funniest misinterpretation of a rule in your group.

Hmmmm, I can’t think of one at this moment since it mustn’t of be that funny. I know there’s been plenty of misinterpretation of rules at the game table and some of them have led to arguments where dice have be thrown in disgust. But, funniest one eludes me at the moment.

RPGaDAY 17: Make Your Saving Throw…

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What fictional character would best fit in your group?

Currently my group consists of two players, what fictional character would I like to have around the table playing as well? I’d say Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes fame. That little tyke has the imagination to fill the void and with his sidekick, Hobbes, I’d get two players for the the price of one!

RPGaDAY 16: Why We Need A Holodeck

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Historical person you’d like in your group? What game?

Okay Sherman set the Wayback Machine to 1600 because we are about to rendezvous with William Shakespeare and do some Changeling: The Dreaming. I figured a campaign situated in a Midsummer’s Night Dream would be awesome to run with Shakespeare sitting at the table.

Changeling was a part of White Wolf’s original world of darkness line. Where players created fae souls reborn into human bodies as characters. I wouldn’t mind having the Great Bard at the table spinning a yarn of an adventure or two that’s for damn sure.

RPGaDAY 15: Liberated From Others

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What best source of inspiration for RPGs?

Well, let’s just say that everything and anything is a source of inspiration for gaming; books, movies, televisions, news events, graphic novels, comic books, cartoons, etc. These are where the ideas comes form.

Also I find the best source is basically the fear and paranoia the players say during the session which also helps shapes the campaign. When a red herring turns into one of the biggest campaigns ever, that is thanks to the players due to saying something that I had never thought of and then incorporate it into the session. It’s basically a free for all when it comes to writing up adventures and adding your own twist to things that makes it all kinds of fun.

RPGaDAY 14: Dream Team

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Your dream team of people you used to game with?

Dang, this question really made me think about the players I had around my table over the years. This is a tough question for me since I’d game with all of the them again (well except for YOU… you know who you are!) So, after some serious thought it all boils down to a large list of people.

So, I really can’t do this question without writing a freakin’ novel and I’m not about to do that. Let’s just say I love everyone who had a chance to play at my table (well except for You… you know who you are!).