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Since my GM hiatus started back in June 2017, I used the opportunity to play in as many games as possible. For a very long time I was basically the go-to GM for many of my friends, but I didn’t get to play as often as I liked. Being the GM is fun, and it’s something very dear to me, BUT sometimes you just need to stay on the other side of the GM’s screen for a while. So, what games have I been playing during these almost 12 months?
Mutant Year Zero & Gen Lab Alpha
If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know that I am a fan of post-apocalyptic settings in general and the Mutant games by Free League in particular. Mutant Year Zero is definitely one of the most exciting and immersive games I’ve played so far. Since I am playing one of the bosses in our Ark (which is a derelict aircraft carrier), the game is sometimes pretty political. My character, Washington, is an idealist, trying to build a new civilization on the ruins of the past. He strongly believes in compassion, reason, and justice. In a way he sometimes feels like an anachronism. I have to admit that Washington shares a lot with myself, aside from the fact that I don’t have the Mind Terror mutation in real life.
MY0 has all the elements I love: drama, politics, intrigue, exploration. Matthias, our GM, is also doing an awesome job running the game. He even manages what usually fails spectacular: while he’s running the game, he also plays his own player character. This is usually a recipe for disaster, but in Matthias’ case it works great.
I’ve already wrote about our Genlab Alpha game in my review of the core rules, so I will skip it here.
Shadowrun 3rd Edition
This is a game I’ve been playing for years now. And even though I think that the rules are a mess, the game itself can be a lot of fun. Planning runs, trying to get to our goals without even raising an alarm is a lot of fun, and sometimes we even managed to have some flawlessly executed heists. But usually things go terribly wrong and everything ends in a messy fight. Since we usually ignore some of the more tedious rules (like bioware stress etc.), our characters got very powerful, very quickly. While some games might break down with characters that powerful, our GM just raises the stakes a bit. Our Shadowrun campaign is over-the-top and great fun, but all good things must end eventually, so we decided our current adventure will be the last. We’re dealing with dragons and their machinations this time, which is IMHO very fitting for our last bow.
Thank you for coming back dear reader. I hope you are all having fun with #RPGaDay207. If you missed yesterday’s post you can find it right here. Now, on to today’s topic:
August 3: How do you find out about new RPGs?
The internet has changed how we consume information. When I first went online I was a passive consumer of content. I would visit boards ad pages and read up on the latest news on my favorite games. Slowly as I began to interact with people online, posting in forums, eventually writing here in the blog, eventually getting the chance to chat with some game creators, I stopped being a passive consumer of gaming news and seeking out what interested me.
I don’t want to suggest I’m the most connected guy, far from it! But In the age of social media, where you can tweet to the writer or company you want more information of, then finding out about new RPGs is a matter of staying connected to the right people. When you know what you like and of other fans who have similar tastes, you tailor your information content to your specific liking. Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 3: Inquiring minds want to know