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Saturday, May 29, 2010

How serious should you take a Game?

I've thought about this for awhile now.
As my group's primary GM, I put a lot of thought and effort into each game. I do it because I like it and I feel my friends deserve my best efforts.
But sometimes I think I take it too seriously and go too far, putting pressure and a sense of obligation, or expectation, on my players.
I'm trying to throttle it back but I just know we can hit it out of the park when everyone relaxes and gets into it.
I'm just not really sure how to promote that.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Warhammer, New God Risen

We started this campaign about three months ago. It had a mini-marathon at the beginning with three play sessions in the first week. We were having some recorder issues so apologies if it cuts off a little short.
link here

Monday, May 24, 2010

DC returning to Pen and Paper rpgs with Green Ronin/Mutants and Masterminds.

Big announcement. I've never made a secret that Mutants and Masterminds is my second favorite superhero RPG. Top spot still goes to Champions but its steep learning curve keeps a few folks away.
So, I heard about and read about this news today. Green Ronin is not only coming out with a third edition of Mutants and Masterminds, they're also going to be producing the licensed DC Adventures rpg which will be fully compatible with M&M 3e.
I'm pretty stoked by this turn of events, no lie.
You can read more about it here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's wrong with 4e?

Its not a question I've been asked by anyone else, its one I've asked myself quite often. Why am I not running 4e? Whenever I manage to brave one of the local game stores and head to the bulletin board, to see in anyone has replied to my flyer looking for new players, I'm often met with disappointment. Not from my flyer, all the little tabs have been pulled off, (though nobody ever calls/emails, the cowards. :P), no the disappointment comes from all the other flyers on the board of folks who are looking for a game. After you wade through all the folks wanting someone else to play Warhammer 40k, all you're left with are flyers of folks that want to play 4e.
That's it.
I've only played a demo of the game and, while it was fun, it wasn't what I considered an rpg. Maybe I'd been broken by already playing Fantasy Flight Games' boardgame Descent, but the games eerily similar.
I felt that, in both games, I was playing as a playing piece, not a multi-faceted character with individual foibles and characteristics.
I might as well be trying to roleplay as the scottish terrier from the monopoly set.
So I don't understand the fascination with this tactical minatures game combined with CCG mechanics. I'd love someone to explain it to me. If you'd like to, please reply because I'm starting to feel old.
Really old.
Did I mention I turned 40 last month?

Raw game feed from the vault.

Here's a blast from the past. Raw game feed from a few years back. Its a mashup of Arkham Horror and Call of Cthulhu. Listen to part 1, character generation.

Epsilon Terra

Its that time of year again. Its time for me to start thinking and writing up what games I'll be running for Dragoncon this year.
The first contender is Epsilon Terra. Its a scifi game I've cooked up using the Unisystem and All Tomorrow's Zombies.
We have a few sessions under our belt and here is Session one for your enjoyment.

Where does the time go?

Well, its been far too long since I've updated the Blog. Starting tomorrow and at least twice a week I will be posting updates of my thoughts on gaming and related media as well as telling you about my players and the games we're doing.
Sorry for the long absence.