Paul Mitchener came up with a new writing challenge on role-playing games called “12 RPGs for the 12th Month” (see the full list of questions here.)
Question 11: 21st to 22nd December
Talk about a particular stand-out positive experience of playing (rather than running) an RPG in 2017. What was it? What was so good about it?
I get the bulk of my joy in role-playing from three things:
- Hanging out with wonderful people.
- Seeing someone at the table do something amazingly clever, gutsy, funny, well-portrayed, and so forth.
- Occasionally being the one to do the thing.
Pretty much all my games satisfied #1 this year. There were games where I don’t remember any of the fiction or die rolls, but I remember just feeling super-chill and happy to be with my friends.
There were so many memorable moments for #2, though! I think I will pick Adi beautifully role-playing the witch in Gretchen Burneko’s Witch: The Road to Lindisfarne game at Big Bad Con, with Edmund giving the perfect counterpoint as Sir Thorne. It was a like a front-row seat for a high-quality theater drama.
(For #3, I will be a mean person and pick my barbarian collapsing the cursed temple onto the head of [Name Withheld]’s annoying character—and mine.)