So I skipped Day 11 and answered Day 11’s question on Day 10. Oh, well. Always forward, never backward. Today’s question is “Which RPG has the most inspiring interior art?” This has to be Numenera.
“Which ‘dead game’ would you like to see reborn?” I honestly could not think of a single game to answer this question. Leave them all dead. I just can’t think of any voids in my current library that a reborn game would fill. Furthermore, I can replicate a lot of discontinued games using existing systems. For example, it would be nice to play a Marvel superhero game. But, I could easily run that in FATE or Mutants and Masterminds. A new Marvel branded RPG would probably end up being expensive anyway because of the Disney licensing juggernaut.
The question for Day 9 is “What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions?” I was almost going to pick Dungeons & Dragons, but there’s so problems there. D&D is great, but if you’re going to run through a current published module it’s not going to take you 10 sessions. If you opt to run a campaign instead 10 sessions is barely scratching the surface.
Numenera is the game that fits better for the 10 session scenario. Character creation is quick, but open enough to allow for characters to grow. The mechanics are basic enough so that your group won’t spend three sessions running through a fifteen-minute combat scene. But, what makes Numenera perfect for a 10 session scenario is the world itself.
Because of the weird nature of the world of Numenera, it’s easier for a Game Master to string together as much strangeness as possible into a 10 session campaign without it seeming ham fisted. Why is there a cult of androids worshiping a mysterious glass cube on the road to the town we need to travel to? Numenera. Did we teleport from this temple into space where we found a ship that took us to an undersea kingdom? Numenera. You can build a campaign of about 10 sessions that’s all killer and no filler.
Today’s question is “What is a good RPG to play for sessions of 2 hrs or less?”
Technically, a GM can plan for any RPG session to be played in 2 hours or less. Unfortunately, players don’t care how long you planned a session to be. They’re like “Why would my character be searching a haunted house?” or “Oooh, I want to look in that drawer!” or “What does this spell do again? I can’t find the page.” Just awful!
You need a game that gets the players to the action quickly and doesn’t bog the action down with tomes of rules. A perfect game for that is Tiny Frontiers: Mecha and Monsters. Mecha and monster creation is quick and easy. The rules are minimalist and simple to understand making gameplay flow smoothly. Best of all, the premise of the game allows you to strip away a lot of extraneous story and just get right down to punching kaiju. You can spend the majority of that 2 hours having a great time.
For our full review of this game check out this post: Tiny Frontiers: Mecha and Monsters Review
The question for Day 7 is “What was your most impactful RPG session?” I was having a hard time coming up with an answer for this question. What makes an RPG session impactful? I could probably name my most fun RPG session or the most frustrating RPG session. But, I wouldn’t call either of those impactful. Then, the answer hit me. Continue reading #RPGaDay: Day 7
Today’s question is “You can game every day for a week. Describe what you’d do!” I have two answers for this. However, the RPGaDay bylaws allow for this.
My first choice would be running a mini-campaign. One of the biggest time wasters in our normal games is getting everybody back up to speed. Playing seven days straight would eliminate the need for this. The story and where the players were in it would remain fresh in everyone’s minds. Also, a mini-campaign played out in this manner would be more rewarding for the players. They would get to see their roleplaying have consequences hours or days later instead of weeks, months or years.
My second choice would be to run one-shots of as many different games as I could during the week. Probably my most difficult challenge is fitting new games into our gaming schedule. We’re all busy people who don’t have time to game every week. There is always the risk that you will spend an entire session trying out a game that no one ends up liking. As a result, we often fall back on familiar games. However, a week’s worth of sessions lessens the risk. The players and I could move on from games we didn’t like or play more of games that we did like.