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#RPGaDay2017 Day 14: No end in sight

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Monday is here! At least you have new #RPGaDay2017 content to enjoy. Today’s topic is about a topic near and dear to my heart. Long campaigns!

August 14: Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?

I love long campaigns. They are my bread and butter. My typical campaign lasts an average of two years. Not only that, my homebrewed campaign (about which I’ve written in the blog before) was created in 1987, 30 years ago! The current version, after I rebooted the timeline and continuity, in 1993, has been going for 24 years. So that’s the point of reference I’m coming from when I talk about a long running open ended campaign. What RPG have I used for all those games? Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 14: No end in sight

#RPGaDay2017 Day 4: And the winner is…

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Day 3 is in the dustbin… We’ve made it to Friday and day 4 of #RPGaDay2017! With the weekend around the corner and the possibility of some leisure time, let’s relax and jump right into the next topic.

August 4: Which RPG have you played the most since August 2016?

 

These past twelve months since RPG a Day 2016 have been particularly fruitful in the role-playing games department. I tend to run long campaigns, and that means often sticking with one game for well over a year. Unless I try something different at a Geeknic, some years I play just one RPG. This year has been different. First, I decided to participate in the Alternity playtest and got a group of friends together to play at our FLGS The Gaming Pit.

After that game, some of us got together and started a new project, Desde la Fosa, a vlog about RPGs in Spanish. As part of Desde la Fosa we record actual-play videos so I’ve gotten to play and run more games than I usually do. I’ve played classic Star Frontiers, Silent Legions, and Torg Eternity!

With my weekly gaming group, we also played three sessions of The End of the World Zombie Apocalypse. That means that I’ve played five RPG games since August 2016. So, which one was the fifth one? What was the RPG I’ve played the most since last year… Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition!

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If you follow me on social media that will not be a surprise. I post and tweet about it often enough. But if you’re a casual reader of the blog and remember my past posts about D&D you might be a little surprised. When D&D 4th edition came out I gave it a try, did not like it and moved on to Pathfinder. I even compared the separation with a breakup. But when 5th edition came around, I gave it a try… and I liked it! That means D&D and I got back together. Who says there are no second chances!

This very week last year we played the 19th session of the Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This past Tuesday we played the 62nd session. I also ran a D&D one shot at a Geeknic and for my friend Tony Rosales when he came to Puerto Rico, so with over 45 sessions since last August D&D is the game I’ve played the most.

What RPG have you played the most since August 2016? Let us know in the comments or share your response wherever you post it. Have a wonderful day, see you tomorrow!

In the YouTube channel of Desde la Fosa you can see a video by Anibal Delgado about which game he has played the most this past year. You can see the video, in Spanish, below:

(Hope everyone got the references on the post’s images…)

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 17

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Let’s start another week with the #RPGaDay2015 Challenge! I assure you Michael is still around, I just tied him up and put him in the basement while I take over for a month with this project. I hope you are all having as much fun with it as I am. On to the week of favorite, and we begin with…

Day 17 – Favorite fantasy RPG

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I’ve said it before, despite playing in different genres and systems, and over the last 10 years about half of that time has been spent playing either sci-fi or supers games, my poison of choice has always been fantasy. It was a passion of mine before discovering RPGs, from literature, to movies and comics I devoured everything I could. Before RPGs I had read Tolkien and some Robert E. Howard. I had watched the Lord of the Rings animated film when I was 5 years old, Conan the Barbarian in theaters in 1982 (despite the R rating) and the comics based on the characters were among the first comics in English I read. Excalibur was among my favorite films (another R rated movie, and I am so grateful I was allowed to watch them) and to this day I can quote parts of the dialogue. Wizards I watched on TV along with the Hobbit animated movie (The Return of the King animated version I discovered in VHS).

Clash of the Titans began my love affair with Greek mythology and was the reason I read children’s versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey. I was a huge fan of the Simbad movies. I played with the World’s Greatest Super Knights toys as a kid and had AD&D action figures before I knew what D&D was!

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Perhaps the fantasy movie I watched the most as a teenager was Fire and Ice, and mind you, this was during the days of the Video Club, you really didn’t buy movies and back then, and I didn’t have two VHS recorders to copy the film… I rented it countless times! Fire and Ice along with the Elfquest collections were formative in my concepts of fantasy.

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This trip down  memory lane is simply meant to show you that I was destined to fall in love with Fantasy RPGs, especially with the very first game I played, Dungeons & Dragons. To this day, D&D in all it’s iterations, from Basic, to AD&D, AD&D 2nd edition, D&D 3rd edition, 3.5, Pathfinder and assorted retroclones, Dungeons and Dragons has always been the game I return to. The right way to look at it is, I play D&D, when I take a break, I play other games!

The astute reader might notice that there is one edtion missing from the previous list, D&D 4th edition. I didn’t hate it, it was just not for me, and I’ve talked about this at length, so it’s not worth repeating. However D&D 5th edition has me interested in the brand once more. Now I can play, Pathfinder, or D&D 5e, or Microlite20, or my favorite retorclone Basic Fantasy RPG. No matter what happens, I think I’ll be playing D&D for a long time…

So, what’s your favorite fantasy RPG? Let us know in the comments.

See you all tomorrow for the next favorite RPG, sci-fi. Care to take a guess? Come back to find out…