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#RPGaDay2017 Day 17: Oldie and unknown

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Welcome back reader. I hope everyone is enjoying my August return. Just like that mythic weather predicting groundhog I may go into my hole soon, so enjoy me while you have me!

Just kidding. Let’s get back to the business of #RPGaDay2017:

August 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played?

If you read my Day 1 post, and the myriad other post on which I’ve mentioned the game, you may think the answer to today’s questions is Fading Suns. But it’s not.

I own a lot of games. With the advent of digital publishing that number has grown even more. In recent years, I sometimes buy games to read them, either to learn more about the mechanics, or the setting, without necessarily playing them. They can be inspiration, research, or simply entertainment. That didn’t use to be the case in High School and College. When I got a game, I meant to play it.

That doesn’t mean I played them a lot. Those were the times when the new shinny really distracted me. I wanted to play the brand-new game. We rolled up a character played one or two sessions, and then we moved on. There are many games I love that I want to play, but often we made a character or played a session of them at one time or another.

If this list was games you own and have not played it would be huge!  But the game I’ve owned the longest and not played is a very specific one. Some background… Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 17: Oldie and unknown

#RPGaDay2017 Day 16: Game is as is. No returns!

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Hello everyone to the hump post! Week three of #RPGaDay2017 continues apace. Today is the flipside of yesterday’s, and it is:

August 16: Which RPG do you enjoy using as is?

Dungeons & Dragons, it’s D&D… You may be saying, “But wait Roberto! You said yesterday that you modified the game.” And I did, but when you take into account how much I’ve played the game (come back for Day 18 to know just HOW much!), I’ve barely scratched the surface of modifying it. I typically run the game as is.

Of course, that was easier in the days of TSR. Once the OGL came about there is so much third-party content out there that you have a great menu to pick from when putting together your game. That’s the wonder of the Open Gaming License, it’s given us so many wonderful games to play. I may play it as is, but there is so much of it out there!

A simple reminder. The team at Desde la Fosa  is posting video replies in Spanish on our YouTube channel to the questions of #RPGaDay2017. We are grateful for your views, comments, and shares

So, what’s your as is game? Looking forward to your comments.

#RPGaDay2017 Day 15: House rules always win!

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#RPGaDay2017 week three is here! Thanks for sticking around. Here we go…

August 15: Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most?

I’m not a house ruler. Of course, I’ve written some house rules here and there, but incredibly in all these years, I haven’t really done so many.  I usually tend to play games RAW, at least on the first pass, so I can change them with some knowledge of how they system works. I usually move to a new system by then and end up never modifying them.

There are two old games for which I wrote extensive house rules documents. These were more a case of necessity that actual enjoyment. I compiled a long house rules list for Rifts and other Palladium systems back when I played them. I also wrote a hose rule document for AD&D 2nd edition, but this came out of a player trying to exploit the rules rather than my desire to do it.

You could argue that I’ve always enjoyed tweaking D&D, from making up new classes in D&D BECMI, to monsters and pantheons in all other editions. One system enjoyed modifying was D20 Modern. I adapted the skill system simplified it, altered the classes. That was fun! Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 15: House rules always win!