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#RPGaDay2017 Day 4: And the winner is…

Day 3 is in the dustbin… We’ve made it to Friday and day 4 of #RPGaDay2017! With the weekend around the corner and the possibility of some leisure time, let’s relax and jump right into the next topic.

August 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

 

These past twelve months since RPG a Day 2016 have been particularly fruitful in the role-playing games department. I tend to run long campaigns, and that means often sticking with one game for well over a year. Unless I try something different at a Geeknic, some years I play just one RPG. This year has been different. First, I decided to participate in the Alternity playtest and got a group of friends together to play at our FLGS The Gaming Pit.

After that game, some of us got together and started a new project, Desde la Fosa, a vlog about RPGs in Spanish. As part of Desde la Fosa we record actual-play videos so I’ve gotten to play and run more games than I usually do. I’ve played classic Star Frontiers, Silent Legions, and Torg Eternity!

With my weekly gaming group, we also played three sessions of The End of the World Zombie Apocalypse. That means that I’ve played five RPG games since August 2016. So, which one was the fifth one? What was the RPG I’ve played the most since last year… Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition!

“You like me, you really like me!”

If you follow me on social media that will not be a surprise. I post and tweet about it often enough. But if you’re a casual reader of the blog and remember my past posts about D&D you might be a little surprised. When D&D 4th edition came out I gave it a try, did not like it and moved on to Pathfinder. I even compared the separation with a breakup. But when 5th edition came around, I gave it a try… and I liked it! That means D&D and I got back together. Who says there are no second chances!

This very week last year we played the 19th session of the Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This past Tuesday we played the 62nd session. I also ran a D&D one shot at a Geeknic and for my friend Tony Rosales when he came to Puerto Rico, so with over 45 sessions since last August D&D is the game I’ve played the most.

What RPG have you played the most since August 2016? Let us know in the comments or share your response wherever you post it. Have a wonderful day, see you tomorrow!

In the YouTube channel of Desde la Fosa you can see a video by Anibal Delgado about which game he has played the most this past year. You can see the video, in Spanish, below:

(Hope everyone got the references on the post’s images…)

#RPGaDay2017 Day 2: The Publisher’s Chair

Welcome to day 2 of #RPGaDay2017. After the opening post, this second question really stumped me…

August 2: What is an RPG you would like to see published?

You’d think that the opportunity to sit at an imaginary publisher’s chair and decide which RPG I’d like to see published would be an easy answer. You’d be wrong!

It’s not that I don’t have an idea of what I’d like to see published, just that when I consider what I’d like to see published I think about it and conclude it’s either been done, or there is a close enough approximation. If I think of a genre or type of RPG there is so much out there. I really wanted to come up with a type of RPG that hasn’t been done before… and drew a blank. Sad day.

The more I think about it the more I come up with ideas about adaptations of particular intellectual properties that I would like to see as an RPG. This is solely my taste, not a product I think would necessarily sell, but who knows…

My choice, Atari Force!

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Hell froze over: There will be a new Alternity RPG

Wow! I actually haven’t believed this day would come, but Sasquatch Game Studio (veteran game designers Richard Baker, David Noonan and Stephen Schubert) is releasing a new Alternity RPG in 2017.

alternitylogowhiteonblack-1024x171What is Alternity? It was one of my favorite Sci-Fi RPGs, which unfortunately I never got to play, released by TSR around the time it was bought by Wizards of the Coast. It not only featured a pretty cool mechanics but was also a great Sci-Fi toolbox. With Alternity you could easily run any kind of SF game from the near future techno-thriller to a far future galaxy-roaming space opera.

sasquatchwithtype640-300x135Unfortunately WotC didn’t do anything with Alternity and never made the books available again once they sold out. From the announcement post we learn that they even let the trademark run out. While the original Alternity game is still owned by WotC, Sasquatch Game Studio acquired the trademark and the designers of the original game will help create the new one.

It might not be the same game as before, it will probably have different mechanics, but I hope that the spirit of Alternity will still be alive in the 2017 game. I am wishing Sasquatch Game Studio all the best and I have to admit I am cautiously excited!