RPG a Day 2017 - Day 16

Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

Pretty much anything that's running on the Cypher System, and Numenera in particular. It's light enough that the rules don't get in the way of the fun, but still have enough systems in it to make your decisions interesting. It's also my favorite system to run as a GM (closely followed by D&D 5e). I've lifted the GM Intrusion mechanic and dropped it into other systems because it really fits with my style. It's a great system that I love playing.

I should probably petition my GM, Troy, to prioritize his long talked about Dragonlance Cypher System fantasy game once we wrap The Dracula Dossier.

RPG a Day 2017 - Day 7

What was your most impactful RPG session?

Hands down, it was the session in which my friend Trina's minotaur nearly murdered a paladin in cold blood.

We had been playing D&D 4e for some time and the characters were working their way through Gardmore Abbey. They had met a paladin of Bahamut in the town nearby and had agreed to help him find something in the abbey. I don't recall exactly what was happening with that, the important part is that he was traveling with them for quite a while. During their expeditions into the ruins of the abbey the group had come across a demonic shrine that was dedicated to an ancient creature that may have had a hand in creating the minotaurs thousands of years ago. Trina's minotaur was cursed by the shrine and started having conversations with the demonic creature when she would sleep. The creature urged her to cast off her domesticated role, embrace her true heritage, and return the minotaur race to their former glory. As things went on, he started dropping hints that the paladins of Bahamut may have had a hand in the downfall of the minotaurs. This manipulation went on for several sessions, and she became more and more unsure of their paladin companion.

All of this came to a head at one point when Trina's minotaur confronted the paladin with his order's history with the minotaurs. The paladin didn't deny that his order had something to do with the subjugation of her ancestors which infuriated her even further. She drew her weapon and challenged the paladin to a duel to the death. Realizing she'd been misguided by some demonic presence the paladin didn't draw his blade, but instead cast off his breastplate and told her to kill him if she was confident in this course of action.

It was an amazing moment. Trina's minotaur's resolve crumbled and she realized she'd been led astray. She didn't kill the paladin and had a lot to think over.

RPG a Day 2017 - Day 6

You can game every day for a week. Describe what you'd do!

This is very nearly what happens when I attend GenCon. That's basically four days of gaming that I get to do.

I'd put together materials for a whole bunch of one shots. First I'd prepare to run something with the Cypher System (I'll be running Predation for MCG this year). I would also put together everything I'd need to run Dungeon World and World Wide Wrestling, which are my favorite Apocalypse World games at the moment. Finally, I'd grab some playsets for Fiasco that sound fun.

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Once I've got all of the stuff together that I want to run, I'd get in touch with my GM friends and recruit them to run some games as well. All one shots, all the time. Campaign play can wait for my regularly scheduled game night.

RPG a Day 2017 - Day 4

Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

I'm pretty sure I've played FFG's Star Wars RPG the most this past year. We just wrapped up a 15 session campaign a couple months ago, which puts that at the top of the games I've played for the year. We mucked about the galaxy in the wake of the fall of the Empire, ultimately getting Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and delivering it to Maz Kanata.