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What’s new?

Some of you might have been wondering what I’ve been up to lately. There hasn’t been that much activity at the blog and one or the other might have feared I lost interest in blogging or even *gasp* the hobby altogether. Far from it!

I was pretty busy reading several new (at least to me) roleplaying games, I am still actively playing in quite a few online games and there are a couple of blog posts brewing in the back of my head.

At the moment I am actually struggling with a review I wanted to write for quite some time. Free League Publishing was nice enough to send me a copy of MÖRK BORG – a game which looks great – but I find it pretty hard to review. In a way, it’s more art project than game, and I find it hard to do it justice. So that’s what my review takes longer than usual. I hope the final result will be worth the wait.

Aside from that I am currently hunting one of my white whales: a D&D sandbox campaign. It’s something I wanted to do for ages, and I really feel now might be the perfect opportunity to prepare such a game. I already have a few interested players and even a couple of ideas, BUT I can’t make up my mind when it comes to the rules I want to use. I’ve looked into Basic D&D, but I just can’t deal with descending armor classes and some of the quirkness which come with rulesets from the 1980s. Swords & Wizardry Complete looks very compelling, but so does White Box. Especially the latter makes it very easy to mold the rules to my liking. The Hero’s Journey 2nd Edition looks awesome as well, but might not quite fit what I had in mind. I’ll make a decision … eventually.

On the last weekend I ran Shadowrun Anarchy for the third time and it worked pretty well. I didn’t really do much prep at all, but just picked one of the contact briefs and improvised. I played it a bit fast and loose with the rules, but I felt it worked well for an online game and the players didn’t mind. There’s some interest to turn this into a campaign, but we haven’t really decided on anything yet.

This is kind of a big deal for me since I struggled hard with running any games for quite some time. If I am not mistaken I haven’t run more than a couple sessions in the last two to three years but slowly but surely I am overcoming my anxiety. I am actually pretty excited to run games for my friends again.

2020 hasn’t really turned out in the way I thought it would. Especially this pandemic we’re currently wrangling with threw a wrench into a lot of our plans, but luckily playing tabletop roleplaying games online is a thing nowadays. Running Shadowrun Anarchy over Roll20 actually worked great so I might be tempted to start another online-only game in the near future.

What have you been up to lately? How has the pandemic affected your gaming life? Is there anything you really want to talk about? Please share your comments below!

#RPGaDay 2019, let’s do this one more time! (Days 1 to 4)

You all know the drill by now. I drop off the face of the Earth for a year, and come August when the stars are right, I awaken from my slumber and crawl back to the blog to share my stories and ideas form RPG a Day. Now it is #RPGaDay2019, and I’ve been doing this since 2015. Here is the first post from #RPGaDay2015.

Back then I posted most days, but for the last three years, I’ve been doing video entries for RPG a Day. In recent years I began to do two posts for each day, one in Spanish for the Desde la Fosa YouTube channel, part of an RPG project here in Puerto Rico with a couple of friends, and the English videos I would post in my personal YouTube channel. I’ve always collected them here in the blog, and I plan to do it again this year.

For #RPGaDay2019, the creator Autocratik changed things around, and instead of phrases or questions each day. Instead, we have one-word prompts that give participants leeway on how they interpret the concept and their response. It’s been great and reading the posts and watching videos form participants I can tell the format has been a success.

What have I written about? Continue reading #RPGaDay 2019, let’s do this one more time! (Days 1 to 4)

Let’s talk Minecraft

Yes, I know. This is a tabletop roleplaying game blog, not a computer game one. But it’s also still my personal blog, so I guess a small detour from our regular content is in order.

Minecraft is a game that I started playing pretty early. I guess it was still in an alpha phase back in the day. The game was simple but allowed for a lot of creativity. The survival aspects added a sense of urgency and danger to the game and eventually the game also got a proper ending with “The End”.

But Minecraft became much more interesting for me with mods. Nowadays there are countless mods for single and multiplayer. Mods that add creatures, new machines, new mechanics, different world generation, and much, much more. These days I prefer to turn Minecraft into a more peaceful, constructive experience by playing modpacks focusing on technology and machines.

Instead of being a survival game, Minecraft becomes a game about building machines and complex logistical systems. My wife for example is more interested in building cool houses and creating elaborate farms, so we recently decided to build a modpack suited for both our play styles (and there’s also a small side project more focused on technology). I also started a dedicated blog about my Minecraft shenanigans. If you’re interested to learn more, I recommend you check it out.

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So why Minecraft? And why now? Minecraft helps me to be creative. I can easily create things in game. A lot of the gameplay is about building stuff after all. Other creative endeavors of mine weren’t so successful lately, so this is definitely a good thing.

So, let’s now return to our regular program. Winking smile