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RPGaDay in August – August 15th: Adapting RPGs August 15, 2017

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Day 15 – Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

This is a tough one, since I’m not sure I actually understand the question.

In the case of adapting something into an rpg, I would have to say that I rather enjoy adapting the Mark Schultz Xenozoic Tales (aka Cadillacs & Dinosaurs) to a roleplaying game set of rules, since I don’t really like the GDW game that came out. There are also a couple of other game concepts, mostly from novels, that I’d love to adapt but there just isn’t time and all that.

If you’re thinking of adapting material into a pre-existing rpg, I would have to say that it’s been fun adapting material from the Arabian Nights stories into the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, as that’s been a good challenge. I’m also looking forward to adapting some of the Scandinavian myths and legends into the Trudvang Chronicles RPG when that game comes out.

(Note: This is the last entry that I’ll be making for the month until I get back from GenCon 2017, at which time I’ll be playing at least a week of catch-up.)

Happy Birthday, Matt McFarland! August 15, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Matt! 🙂

Today is the birthday of Matthew McFarland, one of the nicest people in the gaming industry that you’re likely to meet.

Also known as “BlackHat Matt”, Matt works as a speech-language pathologist during the day, but has been writing and developing roleplaying games professionally since 1998. He’s got a lot of rpg writing and assorted work under his belt, but is currently a founder of the company Growling Door Games
and has just released the Monsters Sourcebook for the Chill 3rd Edition RPG.

May the Goddess bless you with happiness, health, prosperity, and good cheer for the coming year. May you always have a warm breeze at your back. And may the next year also be a Chilly one as well. 🙂

Here’s hoping you have a terrific birthday, Matt! 🙂

RPGaDay in August – August 14th: Open-Ended RPG Play? August 14, 2017

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Day 14 – Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?

In my opinion, I think that every rpg out there is suitable for open-ended campaign play, but it takes some effort on the part of the GM to run such a campaign and to keep making new game scenarios and materials for such campaigns. And this also takes effort and work on the part of the players to make such a campaign successful.

That said, I can see where some rpgs, like those suitable for children, might not be suited to open-ended campaigns, but suspect that they can be adapted to such play, depending on the children playing the game and the person running it wanting to take it in that direction.

(Note: Just so that folks know, since I’m going to GenCon Indy tomorrow, I’ll be posting tomorrow’s #RPGaDay entry automatically tomorrow, but will catch up on the rest of the month when I get back from Indianapolis.)

Two Days Before GenCon 2017 August 13, 2017

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Sunday afternoon. It’s two days before I leave for GenCon Indy.

A relatively hot day outside, and a sign of things to come for the much of the rest of the week here in Ottawa, it seems.

So many things to do, packing-wise and gaming-wise, before I head off to the airport on Tuesday.

Between the weather, the allergies (this season seems to be particularly bad), the shoulder agonypain that I’m in, some of the stress I’m feeling, and some other stuff that I won’t go into on my journal, I’ve not been sleeping all that well, though I do seem to have caught about four or five hours last night, so I guess that’s better than nothing. It won’t stop me from napping at times, either. That said, it doesn’t leave me feeling all that well, my temper’s a bit on edge, and I feel a bit ragged. Not an auspicious beginning for what promises to be a very busy (and hopefully enjoyable) week.

I’m taking it relatively easy today, “relatively” being an operative word. I’ll do a bit more packing though as I’m going to try to get most of the packing done today (I’m about 28 to 30 percent done; it’s the last 70% of packing, especially when you have gaming stuff to take with you, that always worries me; fortunately I don’t have too much gaming stuff to pack, as I’ll be receiving a rulebook and GM Screen as well as the scenario at the convention (if all goes according to plan) for the games I’m running at GenCon), since I’ve got two medical appointments tomorrow and a couple of places I need to stop for shopping. I might read a bit, but will definitely try to take a nap or two.

Just a reminder to folks going to GenCon Indy: I’ll be staying at the Westin downtown. If folks would like to meet up with me, chat, do dinner, or whatever, drop me a line on my Twitter account or text me (if you have my mobile phone number, PM me if you don’t).

RPGaDay in August – August 12th: Most Inspiring Art August 12, 2017

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Day 12 – Which RPG has the most inspiring art?

Interesting question.

I’ve got an interesting answer to this.

For the older rpgs out there, the most inspiring art for me came from the old DragonQuest RPG from SPI as well as the fantastic art for the SkyRealms of Jorune RPG that inspired so many story ideas for me back in the day.

From the modern day, the artwork for the Chill 3rd Edition RPG, as well as that of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon and the soon-to-be-released Trudvang Chronicles RPG have been the most inspirational artwork.

RPGaDay in August – August 10th: Where Do You Go for RPG Reviews? August 10, 2017

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Day 10 – Where do you go for RPG reviews?

Truth be told, I’ve given up a long time ago on reading rpg reviews from various websites and the like.

That said, I don’t go in for reviews, per sé, but rely more on what friends have to say on the subject. I trust their insights, and they have a pretty good idea of my taste in game settings and mechanics. (Well, I like to think so.)

A Week Until GenCon Indy Starts! August 10, 2017

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Looking at the calendar, I see that today is the 10th of August.

This means that GenCon Indy starts exactly a week today.

Eeek! Where has the time gone? I’ve got so much to do to get ready for the convention before flying down to Indy on Tuesday. Eeek!

RPGaDay in August – August 9th: What Is A Good RPG to Play for About 10 Sessions? August 9, 2017

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Day 9 – What is a good RPG to play to play for about 10 sessions?

This one’s easy…

Pretty much any roleplaying game out with, with maybe one or two exceptions (in my opinion), are suitable to running for around 10 sessions. No-brainer, to be honest.

RPGaDay in August – August 8th: What Is A Good RPG to Play for Sessions of 2 Hours or Less? August 8, 2017

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Day 8 – What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hours or less?

To be honest, I’m not really sure about this, but I can take a stab at the question.

I think there are several rpgs out there that can be played in a couple of hours. These include Mermaid Adventures, Atomic Highway, and from personal experience, Tales From the Loop. There are probably a lot of other rpgs out there that work for a 2-hour session, but I’m not really up on them.

Really don’t have that much to add on this subject.

RPGaDay in August – August 7th: What Was Your Most Impactful RPG Session? August 7, 2017

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Day 7 – What was your most impactful RPG session?

I’m not really sure what is meant by this question, but…

Two game sessions come to mind, depending on how one interprets the question. The first was a game session of the old Universe SF RPG from the folks at SPI. The player characters knew that there were alien shape-shifters infiltrating the facility that they were at, and when one of the player characters was mortally injured by the one masquerading as the doctor, the other player characters took her to the doctor’s medlab for treatment. The dying player character knew full well that the doctor was the shape-shifter, and was afraid he would kill her, but couldn’t tell the other characters about this due to her condition. Sure enough, the shape-shifter killed her when the others left to find the shape-shifter. A truly emotional scene.

The second session was my very first running of the Primeval RPG, in which a group of characters encountered their first prehistoric creature – a T. rex! The scene was an action-packed session from start to finish, with the player characters running from the creature whih doggedly pursued them. They ran smack into a pack of large herbivores, and spent the rest of the game session leading the T. rex away from the Scutasauruses and their infants, eventually getting the dinosaur to fall into a ravine after it teetered on the edge for some time. Pure adrenalin and the rush of it all for an entire game session. Loved it.