#RPGaDay 29: You can game anywhere on Earth, where would you choose?

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 29, you can game anywhere on Earth, where would you choose?
Aser – I would game wherever Megan was: no really, we had to play apart so long that I couldn’t wait to literally share these moments together.
John D. – I have no idea; ideally a setting similar to the game at hand (a cloud, underwater, the desert, etc)
Jonn P. – I would like to say someplace like Mesa Verde, Chichen Itza, or some other ancient place, but, in reality, traveling cause me anxiety. I am perfectly happy gaming at one of the local game shops.
Landan – Guinness Brewery in Ireland.
Megan – I think somewhere appropriate to the game we were playing. So an old library for a 1920’s Call of Cthulhu game, etc. But I think anymore I would just pick anywhere with a group in person!
Mike G. – A national park with lots of space (indoor and outdoor) where you can get the mood of the game without being disturbed by others. Did it twice, it was great.
Patrick – I would give my big toe to play a game of Better Angels inside the Westboro Baptist Church whilst broadcasting it live over the loud speakers. And just watch with glee all the vitriol they could spew out. Well, either Better Angels or any of the White Wolf games when it was still World of Darkness.
Phil – Wherever my groups are.

#RPGaDay 28: Thing you’d be most surprised a friend had not seen or read?

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 28, what is the thing you’d be most surprised a friend had not seen or read?
Aser – I would be surprised if anyone I knew had not seen Star Wars.
John D. – Read: Lovecraft or Conan, seen probably the Aliens, Predator or Terminator series.
Jonn P. – To this day, I am surprised by how many people I have met that DM without ever having read the Dungeon Masters Guide.
Megan – Lord of the Rings
Mike G. – Lord of the Rings. I would be very surprised.
Patrick – Labyrinth.
Phil – Firefly. Belgariad.

095 Scary on the Choo-Choo 8: Deranged Degenerates

Finally turning their attention to the business of acquiring the simulacrum, the party meets some new adversaries.

Featuring Aser, Eli, Megan, Phil, and Zack. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Alchemist’s Tower”(incompetech.com)
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#RPGaDay 27, Most unusual circumstance or location in which you’ve gamed?

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 27, what is the most unusual circumstance or location in which you’ve gamed?
Aser – I’ve almost always gamed over an online interface. On one occasion though, I really played 5E on an actual kitchen table.
John D. – I got up at 3 am on my off day while deployed to the desert to run Black Crusade for the group; it was supper time for them back home! Aser thought it was funny I had good wifi in my room but had to go three buildings over to use the bathroom.
Jonn P. – I was running a pickup campaign of Keep on the Shadowfell at the local game store when one of the Assistant Directors at my job dropped by with his son to try out D&D. He was playing a paladin and his son a wizard. I had previously planned for the party to fight kobolds and a young brown dragon, a decent challenge for the party’s level.  Long story short, during the fight, I was faced with a moral dilemma, the squishy wizard had waded into the frontline, and I had to decide if I would spare the Assistant Director’s kid. I took the only morally correct option for a DM…blind the paladin with the dragon’s breath weapon before crushing the elf wizard in the brown’s claws. The integrity of the Dungeon Master must remain beyond reproach!
Megan – My first game sessions were in a conference room in the middle of a lab at grad school.
Mike G. – In the middle of the sidewalk in downtown Chicago. It was very odd.
Patrick – I’m pretty much a stone sober kind of guy but my most unusal game session invloved people who were coming down from five day speed benders and a lot of reefer.
Phil – On the internet I guess. Or at square dancing.

#RPGaDay 26: What hobbies go well with RPGs

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 26, what hobbies go well with RPGs?
Aser – I think reading and to other degrees consumption of other narrative media goes well with reading, as does history. The key is a love of storytelling and a desire to create or discover new stories.
John D. – Board games, reading comics, reading in general, to a lesser extent video games, writing, listening to podcasts.
Jonn P.  – Creative writing is something I think goes well with RPGs. I’ve been in several games that made use of character stories written between session as cannon and would dread them for ideas. Seeing the internal dialog and hearing the story told from the character’s perspectives made them feel real.
Landan – I think for some people the painting mini’s works really well. If you draw or do illustration you can always draw your characters or group you play with characters maybe NPC’s your party has helped.
Megan – I think a love or stories and books. You can incorporate almost any creative hobby into RPGs though, that’s what great about them.
Mike G. – Reading, math, and music.
Patrick – Miniature war-gaming, reading, movies, writing, math. Anything that allows you to flex creative muscles really.
Phil – Dice collecting, doing math for fun, earning money.

#RPGaDay 25: What makes for a good character?

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 25, what makes for a good character?
Aser – I think the best characters are specialized enough to be distinctive, but flexible enough in their attributes and skills not to be powerless when not in their optimal operating environment.
John D. – A strong basic concept, a good backstory, reason for doing what they do and a good skill build. It helps to have a visual appeal, signature gear or a personality quirk, like a bad attitude, disliking arguments, or slang particularly if at odds with the way NPCs perceive them.
I prefer ‘jack of all trades’ to ‘min / max’.
Jonn P.  – A good character has motivations and a quirk or two. A good PC makes interesting decisions and driving the story forward through their success and failure. That they actively take part in the story. There is nothing worse than characters that avoid action in a game.
Megan – A certain amount of flexibility. You can have important story elements in your background, but a rigid one makes it impossible for the GM to easily incorporate that background in the story and provide opportunities for a character arc. They also have to be willing to let other people shine.
Mike G. – A flaw and a good background that doesn’t interfere with group cohesion.
Patrick – Depth. Or at least a modicum of being fleshed out. I can’t take any more “Mysterious man/woman with an equally mysterious past.” I don’t care how crappy your character is if they have any spark of life. I find a stoned pizza delivery driver mage who ensorcells the pizza boxes for bigger tips to be more interesting than the stranger in the corner that makes monsters crap their pants with a knife edged glare. GIVE YOUR CREATIONS LIFE PEOPLE!
Phil – A good player.

#RPGaDay 24: What is the game you are most likely to give to others

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 24, what is the game you are most likely to give to others?
Aser – I’m most likely to give people Fiasco. It has easy rules, an identifiable plot structure and encourages fun, self-destructive play. It’s a perfect gift.
John D. – Final Girl.
Jonn P. – I’m waffling right now, but I think Fate Core is still the game right now.
Landan – In the RPG context likely Pathfinder or something within The Cypher System.
Megan – Numenera is my favorite game, so that’s probably what I’ll try to hook you with. But for a fun quick game? Final Girl.
Mike G. – Cypher System RPG
Patrick – 7TH SEA. First Edition. Where the Eisen are manly and the Montaigne run scared.
Phil – Call of Cthulhu.

#RPGaDay 23: Share one of your best Worst Luck stories

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Each year we celebrate Autocratik’s #RPGaDay, where we spend a month celebrating RPGs, discussing what we love and what we love about them. Here are the responses of the TRF crew. Be sure to tweet, blog, or post your own with the #RPGaDay!

For August 23, Share one of your best Worst Luck stories
Aser – Two weeks ago, we were playing Warhammer 40k: Only War. My character’s Storm bolter jammed, then he dropped his grenade with predictable results.
John D. – The second game of Only War my character (SPOILER!) crawled into a ceiling vent to drop grenades on the enemy; he wreaked havoc on the heretics yet unfortunately some survived and returned fire where I could not dodge or evade and scored a critical hit before I escaped, resulting in medically retirement due to the horrific burns be received (at least the plasma rifle was ok!)
Jonn P. – I fell off a gargantuan library shelf after failing a climb check. The GM let me roll luck check, 66% chance, every 10’ to catch myself. I fell 100’ to my death…
Megan – In Pathfinder I finally got bad guys with a high enough level to cast Prismatic Spray, which they used to great effect. Unfortunately one of the players also gained a CL high enough to use it and the result of their roll was that the monster I was so excited about was banished to another plane before I even had a chance to attack.
Mike G. – In a Strange RPG game (hosted by TRF of course) we had to fight a coven of witches. To say the least, all my rolls were good (either missing party members I was compelled to attack or to break their enchantment) exceptfor those rolls to keep from being enchanted in the first place!
Patrick – I was playing in a political based game of Legend of the Five Rings as a samurai of the Scorpion Clan (SCORPS FOR LIFE! NOTICE ME KACHIKO!), I had just finished cleaning out a yakuza gambling den of all their hard earned cash and was the victim of an attempted mugging by two of the Yakuza that I had best in a game of Winds and Fortunes.(I had rolled an effective Royal Flush after going all in.) After slaughtering one with no effort I hobbled the other and sent him to his masters with a warning not to try it again. The problem was that their boss was another player at the table, one made to take any kind of beating and crush most people in one hit. We dueled, and I got crushed. In one hit.
Phil – Clockwork knight, bad die rolls, head bouncing down stairs…

Review: RPG Crate

A lot of subscription boxes are hit or miss. I’ve actually never kept a subscription for one longer then a few months. But I was really excited to hear about RPG Crate– a subscription box that aligned with one of my greatest passions. RPG Crate advertises that it has “Fantastic Tabletop Roleplaying loot delivered right to your castle steps! Subscribers will receive a monthly RPG Crate which may include up to a dozen different products; full modules, maps, dice, miniatures, exclusive adventure settings, and other tabletop role-playing game treasures.” I subscribed to get my hands on the first box and was super excited to have it arrive this month.

Box, closed and opened. White box with red and green sides, says RPG Crate on the top, and Critical hit on the side. When opened there is red and green tissue paper

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What’s Cool on Kickstarter

There’s many interesting items to be found on Kickstarter, but these are the coolest ones this week.

Polyhero Dice: Wizard Set
I backed the Warrior dice and got them shortly before I left for GenCon. And these dice are really cool. I love that they are so uniquely shaped and the colors are really great. I don’t generally play magic users, but I want these really interesting dice in my collection as soon as possible. I mean, you’ll be able to roll a magic missile shaped die for your magic missile damage. Does it get any better? (Well, probably, but you have to admit it’s pretty cool)

“Last year we ran a Kickstarter to produce a set of imaginative dice, the Warrior Set, and thanks to 2000+ supporters they are now a reality! Now it’s time to get together and summon a series of special dice for spell-casters! The Wizard Set is once again the classic 7-piece set of RPG dice (plus a special Kickstarter bonus – see below), and this time we are also going for fancy and fittingly magical looking materials.”
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