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Thursday, 24 August 2017

[ #RPG ] Can An Experienced GM Play In A Game With An Inexperienced GM?


An unexpected side effect of this month's focus on roleplaying games (thanks to #RPGaDAY) has been one of my readers, over on the HeroPress Facebook page, asking me a question about gaming. I've tried to answer their question as best I can, but welcome any input from other readers. I also rather enjoyed this challenge so am opening HeroPress up for other questions of this nature. Important Note: I don't do rules questions, as I'm shit at grokking rules.

QUESTION:
Do you believe it is possible for a seasoned GM - one who crafts compelling adventures - to happily return to the subservient position of a player under an inexperienced GM or one who is a poor storyteller?
ANSWER:
Only if they're good at biting their tongue. I can't imagine many more frustrating scenarios.

I guess it depends how much the seasoned GM wants to play, rather than run, and how much of his frustration he is willing to swallow for the sake of someone else's game.
FOLLOW-UP QUESTION:
I was wondering if it was just me for being awkward about getting involved with groups with less capability ... I didn't believe I was being a snob. Damn, but doesn't it severely restrict options when shopping around for a good group?
ANSWER:
You can't judge a group until you've played with them. Someone who's only been playing for a year or two could be a savant, a gifted storyteller, while someone with decades under his belt could be a cliché-spouting rules lawyer (but perhaps that's what his players like).

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

#RPGaDAY: Which RPG Has The Most Jaw-Dropping Layout?


I have two answers for this question: one positive and one negative.

The most "jaw-dropping" (in a good way) game layout I have seen recently is Tales From The Loop, a beautifully designed book that makes the text easy to read (and therefore the game easy to grok), while capturing the spirit and mood of its retro setting.

However, the most "jaw-dropping" (in a bad way) was the wuxia adventure RPG Weapons Of The Gods: a mish-mash of different coloured text, yet with no clear delineation between 'narrative puff' and actual rules... I still have nightmares about trying to get my head round this one.

[ #RPG ] Well, That Was Grand!

Grand Canyon!

For those following along at home, last month the Tuesday Knights' heroic band of secret agents (in Pete's 1980s Top Secret SI campaign) were test driving high-tech motorbikes for ORION, in the Grand Canyon, when we got ambushed by WEB agents. They stole a couple of the bikes, but we managed to fight off our captors in their underground lair.

Picking up from the last session, we took a quick vote and chose (four to one) to get the hell out of Dodge, rather than wander aimlessly through the WEB base hunting the two missing bikes and potentially losing the ones we still had.

Big Mac (Simon's character) got on the back of the bike driven by my character, Barry, while Ivy (Erica's character) climbed on behind Bruno (Kevin's character), and Hermione (Clare's character) took the final bike.

We burst out of the waterfall covering the entrance to the WEB base and soon found ourselves pursued by a half-dozen WEB agents on motorbikes ... and a WEB helicopter.

The chase through the rocky landscape featured some bonkers encounters (such as Bufford the old prospector and his donkey Betty), as well as opportunities to jump narrow chasms, fire off tear gas, drop caltrops, and lure the WEB bikers into a Wild Bunch-style hail of machine gun fire (our bikes had front and rear mounted machine-guns, as well as a smattering of other technological marvels).

Ivy shot down the WEB helicopter using a missile launcher on Bruno's bike (and rolling a '00' ultra-critical hit).

However, after we'd shaken off our WEB pursuers and navigated the pathways and tracks around the Grand Canyon, we eventually found a path leading out of the Canyon... only to find ourselves caught-up in crowd of other bikers, participating in a 'Canyon Climb' race.

Matters were further complicated by the fact that a helicopter masquerading as a TV 'copter covering the race for an evangelical group called KHRH ("salvation through sportsmanship") actually had a sniper in it, who wounded Bruno with a couple of lucky shots.

A couple of the racers also seemed to be armed, but we made quick work of them once they showed their hands (Barry blew one away with his own '00' roll).

Marvellous Mark
Then we crested the hill, and found ourselves crossing the finishing line of the race; Hermione first.

In a truly surreal turn of events, before we could head back to the nearest ORION base for debriefing, Hermione was declared 'Queen Of The Canyon Climb', and handed a trophy by the spokesmodel Bambi Cappuccino... much to the chagrin of last year's winner, Marco 'Marvellous Mark' Moskolletto.

Marvellous Mark had to be restrained from launching a physical assault on Hermione, and has now declared that she had not heard the last of him!

Sadly for Hermione, she also didn't get to test the rocket booster system that had been fitted to her bike.

But apparently our American adventures will continue next time, so maybe Hermione will still get a chance to do her Evel Knievel impression...

On The Season Finale Of Game Of Thrones...



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