RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 8

Lazy Saturday post! We continue with the #RPGaDay2015 Challenge and we are venturing outside the realm of tabletop games and discussing about their appearance in other media.

Day 8 – Favorite appearance of RPGs in the media

Bear with me, this is going to be somewhat controversial. There are good appearances of RPG in other media, for example the RPG scene in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, ot the recent YouTube Series Titansgrave. And then there are bad appearances, such as Mazes & Monsters, or the razy 60 Minutes piece on D&D and all the 80s fears! While I’m sure that paranoia affected some people negatively, parents refusing to let them play, or destroying their books, Oscar Wilde said it best, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

With that being said, my favorite appearance of RPGs in medias is, Dark Dungeons.

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Bear with me and allow me to explain. The little religious tract was meant as an attack on role-playing and the perceived evils in the eyes of extremist fundamentalist religious nuts! But the whole thing is so ludicrous, so comical, it has spawned so many parodies, even a movie, that it’s become iconic in my mind, and is a well that doesn’t seem to dry up. Without that little tract, we wouldn’t have gems like these:

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Dark Dungeons the Movie, not perfect, but I just couldn’t stop laughing…

I truly believe the paranoia and fears so common back then, and so clearly expressed in that pamphlet, meant that fans of the hobby had to engage in conversation, we had to know how to debunk those arguments and defend our hobby against baseless attacks, I really think we turned a negative into a positive. Dark Dungeons gives us a platform to address those concerns and speak to the truth of our hobby.  Some of those fears persist, but by and large, the concept of RPGs has entered the mainstream and that ultimately is a positive thing!

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know! See you all tomorrow…

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 7

Continuing my daily posts on the topic of #RPGaDay2015. Remember that you can join in in the discussion, posting, tweeting, facebooking on the subject using the hashtag. Remember to share those posts in the comments so I can read what your pics are. On to the next one!

Day 7 – Favorite free RPG

There are a lot of amazing freebies out there, from the Basic D&D Rules, the Pathfinder Reference Document, the Star Frontiers Books, retro-clones galore, do a search and you’ll find something  free out there to your liking out there, I’m sure of it!  Picking just one is really hard, but I go it…

Stars Without Number, a free RPG from Sine Nomine Publishing. It’s sci-fi gaming with a retro-clone feel, and a great set of tools for sandbox campaigns. as you can see by this post I’ve been a fan since 2011. I recommend it again and again. If you haven’t read it do yourself the favor and download it.

The publisher is currently running a Kickstarter for a planetary warfare sourcebook, Starvation is Cheap. I’ve never been disappointed by one of Kevin Crawford’s projects and I’m a backer of this one as well, check it out.

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Everybody take care, see you all tomorrow!

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 6

Well I seem to be getting back into form with the #RPGaDay2015 challenge. We are up to Day 6. Please share and leave your comments on this and other posts, spread the word, I really want to see your entries for this year. Now on to what you are here for…

Day 6 – Most recent RPG played

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Savage World! We’ve been playing the game in our weekly gaming session, for which I am the Game Master, for over a year and a half, 55 sessions now. The campaign is based on ideas I posted about extensively here in the blog, the Wanderers of the Outlands. You can find the first post here. Playing Savage Worlds for so long has been a treat, I’ve gotten to understand the system so much better, with all the great things and the inevitable warts every RPG system has. I plan on doing a post mortem once the campaign is finished in a couple of months, so be on the lookout for that.

The next game on the pipeline is D&D 5th edition for which I’m doing campaign prep, and I’m also toying with an old idea I want to adapt to the Cypher System by Monte Cook Games.

What are you playing? See you tomorrow…