Sunday, August 18, 2019

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 15-18

For me, RPGs have been a DOORway for both my career and the friendships I developed that will be life long. This hobby has allowed me to discover some of the best and worst parts of who I am, and thankfully, helped overcome some of those negative traits. I'm thankful every day that I sell games for a living and get to do so while working with my wife and kids.

Since discovering this hobby, I'd always DREAMed of publishing my own stuff. And somehow, while working on this blog, I made that happen. This no better feeling than checking a box on your bucket list.

Additionally, the ONE thing RPGs have done for me, is to meet and fall in love with my wife. She helped found Comic Book World, where we work together now.

Finally, there have been PLENTY of weeks that have been rescued by getting together with my group, roll some bones, and laugh our stress away.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 14

As a manager of a small chain of Comics and Game stores I GUIDE customers (veteran and new) every day. It's my favorite part of the job. I've enjoyed the resurgence of DnD over the last five years as it's greatly expanded and diversified the types of players that walk into my store. These days, I've got empty nesters, middle-schoolers, and veteran edition warriors shopping with me. It's a real treat.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Super Hero RPGs

I've had an idea for a Super Hero campaign and I've been looking over some of the Super Hero RPGs I own, trying to see if one works better than the others.

So far, I've looked at the following games:

Champions Now Playtest
Champions 4E (5E is good too, but I'll pas on 6E)
Champions the New Millenium (Fuzion)
Rotted Capes
Icons: Assembled Edition
Prowlers and Paragons
AMP Year 1
Cypher System
Brave New World
Super World
Supers! Revised
3d6 Supers
Modern AGE
Angel RPG (Cinematic Unisystem)
Villains and Vigilantes/Mighty Protectors
Vigilante City

I'm looking for Lower Level heroes, powers at about the same level as the original X-Men.

I really like AMP Year 1 and Rotted Capes, but I'm not yet at a point where I can decide.

My intention is to make the same character for each system and post it on here with how character generation went.

At the same time, I'm going to take some time and really work out the story I want to tell and maybe that will help bring things into focus.

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 11, 12, & 13

One of my favorite things to do is to EXAMINE any game I'm newly exposed to, I like to see how it works and brainstorm what kind of game I would like to run. The downside is that I've been like this for the last three decades and there is no way I will have time use all of these games. But it makes me happy, so there you go.

I've been fortunate to develop several life-long FRIENDSHIPS with some amazing people because of role playing. I was always a bit introverted and these friends have stood by me through thick and thin. I can't ask for much more.

I tend to run games with central MYSTERIES, its a great way to have conflict without a fight and it gives players a chance to use their character's skills and connections.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 9 & 10

I think it is CRITICAL for players at a table to buy into the story. In the past, I've watched too many games get wrecked because of the age old "my character wouldn't do that". That's fine and all, but make a character that would. That doesn't mean the GM should railroad the players, but at a basic level, either take the GM's bait for a story or as a group work out your goals.

In this day and age I think it's important that everyone at the table FOCUS on what is happening. I think smartphones are the biggest problem for player focus and it makes sense for everyone to take talk about expectations and appropriate behavior before things get started.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 8

My RPG collection is filled with some OBSCURE games. I own RavenStar, Blood Dawn, Cosmic Enforcers, Millenium's End. I love learning new TRPG systems and for years looked for the "perfect" one. I eventually realized, that it doesn't exist (though DnD 5E and Shadow of the Demon Lord come pretty close).

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 7

As I get older, I find myself preferring to play or Game Master systems that are FAMILIAR to me and my players. It's not that I don't newer, shinier games, it's that I don't have the time to devote to them the way I used to.  As much as I'd like run Genesys, our group already knows how to play DnD 5E or Shadow of the Demon Lord. I'm not saying I won't run Genesys one day, but I can't say when I'll have the time to devote to working it out.

#RPGaDAY 2019: Day 15-18

For me, RPGs have been a DOORway for both my career and the friendships I developed that will be life long. This hobby has allowed me t...