#RPGaDay Day 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

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Day 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

“Last day. Capricorn 15’s. Year of the city – 2274. Carousel begins.”

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Okay, it’s nothing quite so dramatic, but we have reached the “Last Day” of RPGaDay 2017. It has been a thrilling month and a project I’m always happy to take part in. With all the negativity out here in the wild wild web, it’s nice to be a part of Autocratik’s brilliant attempt to inject positivity into our hobby.

Before I dive into today’s final answer, I would like to thank Anthony Boyd aka Runeslinger for once again being a terrific host for the event. If you’re not subscribed to Anthony’s YouTube channel you’re really missing out on some really thoughtful RPG discussion, critique, and evaluation.

But enough of all that, let’s get down to the business of sending off RPGaDay properly. The final question, What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?, is a great end-cap and I’m going to share with you three things I’m really looking forward to next year.

NUMBER THREE

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While not exactly an RPG, I’m really looking forward to A Song of Ice & Fire: The Tabletop Miniatures Game hitting retail. It’s a game we backed via kickstarter and we’re excited to receive those rewards in April or so. We’re also looking forward to the release of more factions, units, and starter sets. But most of all, we’re just eager to play the game and to integrate it into what is my number two most anticipated part of gaming in 2018.

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NUMBER TWO

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Next year, I anticipate beginning a new D&D 5E campaign and utilizing A Song of Ice & Fire: The Tabletop Miniatures Game to help bring Drakkarsys v2.0 to life. Based on a sword & sorcery / epic fantasy series I’ve been noodling with — The Veroldnar Chronicles — this next campaign will, I believe, be my final campaign in Dungeons & Dragons.

No, I’m not giving the game up. I’m in my early 50s. I’m anticipating taking my 40 years of D&D experience and poring it all into this campaign that will carry me to the grave. And I hope that this world that my friends and I will be building together will live on beyond me, with the torch being carried forward by future generations of players.

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NUMBER ONE

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The thing I’m most anticipating is getting Bordermen Games even further off the ground. With two games in various stages of production — Occult Detective: The Roleplaying Game and Blood & Honour — Connor and I hope to make the push and get not one, but both out to the public, most likely via kickstarter.

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So, that’s it for 2017. I look forward to 2018 with great anticipation, not only for the top 3 things I’ve mentioned above, but for many more gaming-related marvels sure to rear their collective heads.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my contributions to this year’s RPGaDay. I know I’ve enjoyed many of yours and I look forward to trolling youtube catching up on many I missed.

Cheers.

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#RPGaDay Day 29: What’s the best run RPG Kickstarter you’ve backed?

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Day 29: What’s the best run RPG Kickstarter you’ve backed?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: my pockets are not deep. I’ve backed very few kickstarters, though I vocally support a lot of them. I want them to succeed, even if I can’t take part. So, before I mention what I have backed, I thought I’d spotlight two that I didn’t (and am kicking myself for missing out).

Trudvang Chronicles is an award-winning fantasy roleplaying game based on the mysterious and dark Nordic and Celtic sagas and myths. Enter a world of enchanted forests, trolls, dragons, spirits of nature, heroes and adventures. Trudvang is both grim and dark, epic and yet down to earth, with a melancholic tone of an ancient age when nature was a living creature and magic was wild and strong. Above all, Trudvang is a saga…

Sounds awesome, right? Well, here’s what I missed out on —

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My heart breaks, but not as much as this next missed opportunity.

Monte Cook’s Invisible Sun makes magic magical again. Magic’s not just a series of mechanics. It’s weird, wonderful, unpredictable, and dangerous. With spells and incantations like The Flock Scatters at the Sound of Teeth, Sharp Edges in the First Frost, and The Punishment of Change Comes to the Wary, magic is what the game is all about.

Sounds exciting, no? Like Pan’s Labyrinth meets Doctor Strange. It gets weirder. Take a look at what you’d have gotten with a pledge —

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A little part of me just died.

But hey, like I said, I’ve backed a couple of kickstarters via my gaming group.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of was a brilliant campaign, full of excellent core and splat books, maps, screens, and more. As a lifelong Howard fan, this was a no-brainer for me, and thus far, Modiphius has delivered a beautiful collection of products.

Here’s what was offered —

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My favorite kickstarter, though, wasn’t really an RPG per se.

A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game is a competitive miniatures game for two or more players. Each player controls one of the Great Houses of Westeros, commanding battlefield units, recruiting legendary Heroes, and manipulating the political stage, in the attempt to claim the greatest prize of all: The Iron Throne. Featuring House Stark and House Lannister, the Starter Set comes with over one hundred amazing, preassembled miniatures that are ready to play out of the box! All-new sculpts are based off original art created for the game by our crew under the direct supervision of George R.R. Martin and Dark Sword Miniatures, to ensure that the game delivers what fans have been envisioning for years.

Yeah, so my group will be modifying the game quite a bit, adding our own elements and introducing it into our RPG Campaign. Here’s what we got for our pledge —

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Uh, yeah, that campaign was run almost flawlessly, despite all the grumbling on the campaign messageboard. In the end, we received an enormous value for our money. The years of enjoyment that lie ahead for our gaming group is priceless.

#RPGaDay for 2017 is winding down. Only two questions remain.

 

 

#RPGaDay Day 28: What film/series is the most quoted in your group?

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Day 28: What film/series is the most quoted in your group?

This might just be my favorite question of the month.

As I suspect is true of most gaming groups, the Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club mines pop culture frequently and quotes (sometimes lengthy ones) can occur at almost any moment within the game. Picking the most frequently quoted source is a difficult one, because they are so many and varied.

Seinfeld is a common source — “Newman!”, “And you want to be my latex salesman”, “Now I’m driving the bus”, et cetera, ad nauseum.

There’s also plenty of Star Wars and Indiana Jones references.

And, of course, Lost still gets plenty of love at the table.

But I think, the film that tips the scales has got to be Tombstone —

Honorable Mention? While it’s not quoted from as much these days, back in the early years of our gaming we quoted the hell out of a particular film. A bit of a cliché, but true just the same.

#RPGaDay Day 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but never played?

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Day 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but never played?

Back in 1984, as a college freshman at Ball State University, I stumbled upon a magical place in The Village. Perched on the top floor of a tiny strip mall overlooking Papa Lou’s Chug-A-Mug, was the equivalent of Mecca for 18 year old me.

Wizard’s Keep was the first real gaming store I ever had the pleasure to set foot in. It smelled of cigarettes and old books and it was a little slice of heaven, believe me.

There was a homemade terrain table with sand and faux-grass, always populated by various painted miniatures. There were board games and manuals and miniatures and paints and models and… well, you get the picture.

My very first purchase there was a Degree in Medieval Metaphysics from Miskatonic University. My second purchase was a roleplaying game that, to this day, I have never played.

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Filled with fantastic art, Iron Crown Enterprises’ Middle-Earth Roleplaying captured my attention. Roleplaying in Middle-Earth? After six years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, this seemed like a no-brainer. I immediately snapped this up and the only other supplements in stock —

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And yes, I still own all three. The map is framed and hanging in my son’s bedroom, while the rulebook and module are shelved along with the rest of my Tolkien collection.

ICE’s Middle-Earth was a complicated, low magic game that utilized a d100 system.

Very different from the Original and 2nd Edition flavors of D&D I was used to, I was still thrilled by the game.

The only problem was, I didn’t have any friends at school who played.

So, I read the works, chewed on the game system, and then, when summer came and I returned home, I fell back in with my old Dungeons & Dragons Club. Though we played a couple of other games that summer and summers to come, we never dove into Middle-Earth.

But that’s okay. I have fond memories of purchasing it and reading it in my dorm room back at Palmer Hall. It served its purpose.

#RPGaDay2017? Let’s do this.

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Day 1 — What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?

After last night’s pretty epic roll20 adventure, my answer is Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Can we just pick up where we left off?

I know, I know, D&D 5e is a boring answer, but I’ve been playing D&D for 39 years. I wish I was playing it RIGHT NOW, because I was playing it last night, and it was a brilliant game.

Tying in elements (and characters) from our previous campaign, 5th level adventurers Tiefling Monk, Kyrian Winfell, and Stigandr Wolfgarsson battled an ancient black dragon and lived to tell the tale. They also were tapped by a prominent character from their previous campaign to embark on a quest into the heart of fabled Thule to find the cure for the Resurrection Curse that is plaguing the land.

All great and brilliant stuff, well played by this intrepid band… and leading up to a LIVE Gen-Con Gaming Event when the entire OHD&DC crew are back together.

So yeah, D&D 5E is my choice. How about you?