Writing for this blog (and through it and our efforts with Puerto Rico Role Players) has allowed me to interact with the greater RPG community in ways I did not think possible. There have been many rewards, one of those is getting to talk with game creators I greatly admire, some of which I’ve been in awe since I began to play RPGs. Some time ago I interviewed one of my favorite writers Bruce Heard, and this time around it one of my favorite artist/writers Jeff Dee!
I’m rarely a player these days, and I’m not complaining. My gaming time is limited, and what I enjoy the most is being a GM, so I usually only get to be a player at the Puerto Rico Role Player Geeknics. But this week, for our weekly Tuesday game night we were going to be two players short so I decided to take a break and ask one of my players to run a Call of Catthulhu session for the group!
Mariana is one of the newest members of our group (mind you she began playing with us over two years ago, but she had a prolonged hiatus due to her studies), she along with her S.O. are the new blood to our gaming retinue. She had already run a Call of Catthulhu session I had missed due to work, but I had heard such great things about it from my friends that I could not pass up the opportunity to play.
I’m a cat lover, so a game where you get to play a cat, protecting the unsuspecting humans from the dangers of the chaos of other animal cults (and I’m paraphrasing form the description at their website) already has me sold on the idea. The game itself is very simple, narrative focused, creating your cat is a breeze and the archetypes and task resolution are elegant and very in keeping with the topic. Our Cat herder, Mariana, had some cute cat dice the added to the ambiance, and she had a rule that is we made her “awwww…” with our cat cuteness we’d get a treat that we could use for a reroll. We got actual goldfish crackers as treats, miau!
The session was a continuation from a previous session, so Sir Catington (Luis), Hamlet (Fernan) and Shadow (Edgardo) had to deal with the new cats in town Fetish (Hector) and me, Morphy. I was actually playing a version of my cat in the game. I believe I got the spirit of my cat down.
As a GM, sorry, Cat Herder, Mariana really created a very vivid and fun location with meaningful NPCs that really brought the setting to life, and boy, did she need to herd her cats! I think we all embraced our feline alter egos and really went all over the place, as cats ought to do, and she handled it with aplomb. When the session was over she told us that she had envisioned the session very differently, but if she hadn’t told us, she would have fooled me. She rolled with the punched, improvised and ran a one of most fun games I’ve been lucky enough to be a player in a long time. Kudos to the Cat Herder!
If you like rule light games, and the idea of playing a cat intrigues you, make sure to give this game a try. And before you dismiss it as a gimmick game, as much fun as I had and as much as I laughed, Mariana managed to make the game feel creepy and the stakes real, this felt like an adventure game through and through. I’m sure it’s a combination of a good game with a terrific GM.
Before I go, let me share with you a one page write up about Morphy I provided the Cat Herder with so she knew his personality when planning how to integrate him to the game. Creating his for the game was a cinch based on this. Hope you enjoy it!
And so we come to the end of #RPGaDay2015, this has been a great month, I’ve gotten back to blogging, reconnected with a lot of people, and I’ve pondered lots of interesting bits about RPGs I don’t usually think about. A big thanks to David F. Chapman for coming up with the idea, also to Michael Wolf, our very own Stargazer, for keeping the door open to me here in the blog, even when I disappeared for a long time, and most of all, a HUGE thanks to all our readers who turned up to read my ramblings, especially to Johnkzin who’s been a regular poster on the comments.
I hope to keep on posting after I untie Michael and let him out of the basement. Any particular topic you’d like to me to cover or write about? Are you interested in reviews, more background information about my campaigns, like I’ve posted before? Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments. Now, to the final topic for 2015…
Day 31 – Favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs
The big picture well thought out rational response would be RPG computer, console and MMO games, tabletop games sowed the seed and to this day you can see the influence of the tabletop hobby in the electronic medium. But in a way that is an RPG thing.
Second choice would be the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. KotD started in gaming magazine, but became its own comic. Yet again this is somewhat RPG related. I was wracking my brain thinking about this topic, and then the answer was so clear…
My favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGs has been life-long friendships!
(Warning, this is where I get a little sappy! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…)
Through RPGs I’ve met some of my longest lasting friends. Gaming I’ve met people with whom I share far more than the game. RPGs keep me in contact with friends with whom I might have drifted apart due to real life. Having that one day where we meet to roll dice and tell stories means we have one day a week where we see each other and get to know what’s happening in each other’s lives. I’ve gamed before important events, after tragic events, it’s the glue that’s kept some friendships going.
Thanks to RPGs I’ve been involved with Puerto Rico Role Players and shared my love for role-playing games with many people who I would not have met were it not for this group. I’ve been lucky enough to write about my hobby here in the blog and to become friends with a person I’ve never met in person, but whom I consider one of my dearest friends in the world, thanks Michael.
That’s my favorite non-RPG thing to come out of playing RPG games for almost 30 years, and I hope I will be able to make many new friends and share my love of gaming with many more people. Thanks for reading, may you also meet lasting friends at the table!
PS – This post is dedicated (again) to all the people who’ve played at my table, with whom I’ve been lucky enough to game, and to my current players. That’s them in the blurry picture down below. Have a great week!