RPG a Day: Old Friends

18. What’s an RPG item you have played a lot in your life?

The game I got the most play from is probably 7th Sea (Alderac Entertainment Games), since that was a regular, reliable campaign that went on for at least four years. It’s the campaign I have most enjoyed playing in my life.

The game that I have been playing the longest and continue to play is Over The Edge (Atlas Games). I have been playing for 23 or 24 years and it’s still a go-to.

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RPG a Day: Two Hours!

8. What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hours or less?

[Wherein I give up on picking a single option.]

If you’re going to plan on a 2-hour game, you had better use a streamlined system with rapid character creation. Systems that are well-suited include Fate Accelerated, The Shadow of Yesterday, PDQ, Wushu, Over The Edge, etc.

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RPG a Day: We can do that?

25. Favourite revolutionary game mechanic

OTE-1st-coverThree things.

  1. Free-form skills, as introduced by Over the Edge (Atlas Games). They changed the face of gaming for me, turning characters back into concepts, not the piles of numbers they had been reduced to by earlier RPGs.
  2. Character troubles and backgrounds as stories a player wants to pursue, not a source of of disadvantage points to min-max with. First encountered in 7th Sea (Alderac Entertainment Games).
  3. A range of success that includes No but…, Yes but…, and Yes and…, as first encountered in octaNe (Memento Mori Theatricks). In the long run, it  made a huge difference in my game-mastering.

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RPG a Day: Longest journey

15. Longest RPG campaign played

7thSeaTitleFace-to-face, I think that would be “Aldana Steel,” our 7th Sea campaign that lasted from 1999 to 2004. Online via VoIP, probably our Savage Worlds: Dark Heresy saga, from about 2009 to 2013, I think. Online text-based: probably “Big Trouble in Little Al Amarja,” an Over The Edge play-by-email from about 1996 to 1999.

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