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RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 27

This post brought to you by hurricane preparedness and emergency shopping! Just kidding… Currently Puerto Rico is under tropical storm warning, and we are preparing for the arrival of tropical storm Erika. Everything should be fine, but if I miss my post tomorrow, you’ll know we lost power due to the winds. Hopefully tomorrow’s post should be on time. But you are not here for meteorological update; let’s get to today’s topics for #RPGaDay2015.

Day 27 – Favorite idea for merging two games into one

Space 1889

If you are a regular reader of the blog, this pick should surprise you, and I know I’m not alone in my love for this game, Space 1889! Merging pulp adventures set in a Victorian word with super science based on the scientific concepts of the age produced a game that had a significant impact in me. I loved Jules Verne as a kid, my grandmother read me some of his works, I devoured comics based on his stories as soon as I could read, so the concept of adventure in the 19th century was immediately appealing to me, however when I began reading the book I realized how much I didn’t know about the epoch. Mind you I was 16, but I realized my history classed had glossed over much of the period. The game began a long love affair with learning about the Victoria era and eventually studying the literature of the age. Continue reading RPG a Day 2015 Challenge — Day 27

Day 26 – Favorite inspiration for your game

As I write this post the end of the 26th day of August quickly approaches in Germany, but since I’ve take over the blog this month, we are running in Puerto Rico time and here it is still the 26th. Never mind the muffled cries from the basement, the Stargazer is ok!

Unlike the past two days, today’s topic for #RPGaDay2015 is something I talk about at length, inspiration! Read on…

Day 26 – Favorite inspiration for your game

If you’ve been reading my entries over the past weeks you’ll have doubtlessly discovered various inspirations, from movies to books, specific series and even toys for different genres, but if I try to identify larger inspirations that apply across all the different games I play I can pinpoint three major ones that played a role on my creative process, campaign creation and the dynamics of storytelling, and you may be surprised about some of them. Allow me to tackle them one at a time:

1 – Telenovelas!

Yes, telenovelas… As a young kid it was hard to avoid telenovelas in local television, they would take up a good block of programing, typically after noon, until children’s programing began and then another block after the news. In that respect, not much has change, only that today they show even MORE telenovelas. I grew up watching them, and loved them! I don’t watch them anymore, but they are still very popular.

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RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 20

Fourth favorites RPG entry this week for the #RPGaDay2015 challenge! Big thanks to everybody who’s left a comment, liked or shared in social media, It’s good to be back blogging, and one of the best things is getting back in touch with the wonderful community of Stargazer’s World and the greater RPG blogging community.

The topic today is spine tingling, in special mythos vision!

Day 21 – Favorite horror RPG

No contest, Call of Cthulhu!

CoC

The first edition I owned!

Lately it seems Cthulhu is everywhere, like John Kovalic said in Dork Tower, Cthulhu is the bacon of gaming! There are so many systems you can play a Cthulhu game in, D20, Gumshoe (Trail of Cthulhu), Tremulus, and I’m missing a few, but for me the original Basic RPG, percentile based, Call of Cthulhu, is still the best.

Amazingly I’ve never run a CoC game! I’ve only ran a couple of horror one shots using a freeform system, a one shot zombie game and a 7 session zombie mini campaign using Savage Worlds, but never Call of Cthulhu. Why is that?

I really believe it has a lot to do with player expectations, CoC really requires a different mindset from the combat intensive, kill’em loot’em typical fantasy game, and sometimes players are not ready to play character with sanities flimsier than a Kleenex.

However, I LOVE playing horror games, I was spoiled by my good friend Luis Miranda who really ran some amazing Call of Cthulhu games. I would play another of his CoC adventures in a heartbeat.

On the last three posts I’ve listed all the genre media that inspired my love of those games, but in the case of Call of Cthulhu it was the game that introduced me to the works of HP Lovecraft, others that contributed to the mythos and all the wonderful horror literature inspired by this mythology. Granted Lovecraft can be a controversial figure, but his stories still hold my interest and I discovered so many wonderful authors thanks to this game, and that’s a good thing!

What’s your favorite horror game? Let us know in the comments. See you tomorrow.

PS – I might have shared them before, but I think they are appropriate for the post, the Reaper Cthulhu miniature (and that term is relative) painted by my good friend Braulio Rivera in front of a CoC boxed set. Enjoy…

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