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RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 4

And were back… Back to posting in the blog, and back for the next entry on the #RPGaDay2015 Challenge! You can find my previous post here.

Day 4-  Most surprising game

Amber_DRPGSurprise could mean a few things… I’m surprised just how much I liked this game, or how disappointed I was, or how complex, but I’m going on a limb here and go for all three! My answer is, the Amber Diceless RPG. When we played it I had not read The Chronicles of Amber and while I found the concept and the ideas in the book fascinating, we couldn’t wrap our heads around it. We got to the attribute auction and we talked about the game a lot, but never got around to actually playing it. We were younger and I’m sure there was a little gamer ADD involved when a new shinny came around, but to this day I am surprised by the ideas in the book, and sorry I didn’t get to play it!

Thanks for reading, and please share your thoughts, or our own entries, I would love to see what your picks are. Until tomorrow!

RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Days 1, 2 and 3

I’ve been absent from the blog way too long… Thankfully our fearless leader has kept toiling at it on his own for a while now. RL has really kept me away from posting, but not from my love of games. I still run my weekly session, and remain active in the local gaming community.

Last year I participated in the RPG a Day, but mostly in Facebook. This time around I’m joining the #RPGaDay2015 organized by Autocratik in his blog and posting it here on Stargazer’s World!

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Since I began yesterday, August 2, a day behind I posted my entries for Days 1 and 2 together on Facebook, and separately on Twitter. for Day 3 I’m compiling all three and posting them here on the blog. On the following days I will be sharing my daily entry here in the blog, so look for them and join in the fun if you are interested. I would surely love to know what your takes are on these entries.

Without further ado, here we go!

Day 1 – Forthcoming game you are most looking forward to

torg_eThe answer to this was easy a couple of weeks ago, Savage Rifts BUT, a game that originally came out at almost the same time way back when I was in high school has taken the spot, TORG Eternity. I know almost nothing except for the teasers and the two images of Dr. Mobius (there on the left!) and The Gaunt Man, but I’m on board. Can’t wait!

Day 2 – Kickstarter game most pleased you backed

133973I’ve backed a LOT of great games via Kickstarter, so coming up with just one is hard. My favorite game supplement I’ve back via KS is Calidar in Stranger Skies by Bruce Heard. It’s hard when you catch lightning in a bottle as he did with the Voyage of the Princess Ark, but he did again with the amazing Calidar, it is equal part nostalgia, and an exciting new setting. If I had to go with a full game, and it is the 2nd place after Calidar, it would be Silent Legions by Kevin Crawford.

Day 3 – Favorite new game of the last 12th months

pic2467204Great minds do think alike, and in this case it is a dear friend, Daniel Perez. There is one game I originally learned about because of a game he once ran, and have since discovered my friend Sara is also a fan, Prime Time Adventures. It is a different type of game form the usually crunch heavy or medium I run, but the concept is terrific. I was a backed of the Kickstarter for the latest edition, and I’m really pleased with it. This is a game I need to run! My second choice would be End of the World:  Zombie Apocalypse by Fantasy Flight Games.  I really like how the game mechanics handle the tropes of the genre.

So those are my first three entries in the #RPGaDay2015 challenge! See you all tomorrow for Day 4.

What’s New?

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately but today I pulled myself together to work on this post. Phew! A lot has been happening lately. And there are a couple of things I want to write about.

imageEarlier today I noticed that Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana has already been released on DriveThruRPG. Alas I failed my willpower check and bought it immediately. Luckily it’s an awesome-looking book for a reasonable price. The PDF contains some setting information, a couple of rules for Fantasy AGE, and the full campaign Wil Wheaton has run in his latest Youtube series. I would have hoped for more setting information, but I am sure Green Ronin will release more information in the future.

Apropos DriveThruRPG, they are celebrating their Xmas in July Sale again. So if you feel the need to spend your hard-earned cash on some roleplaying game stuff, you should check out what they have to offer.

In other news I am still struggling with my space opera setting. I’ve been working on various ideas for such a setting for ages now, but alas nothing seems to feel “right”. Everything either ends up being too generic or too close to an existing setting. Sometimes I come up with a great idea, but it just doesn’t work as a roleplaying-game setting. Perhaps I should keep some of those ideas in mind if I ever start writing short stories.

Recently I started rewatching the 1970s Captain Future anime series, and even though it didn’t really help me with my space opera project, it was at least entertaining. Yes, the dialogues are sometimes pretty horrible, and sometimes it’s pretty sexist, but that’s probably because the source material was created in less civilized times. By the way, you should definitely check out the soundtrack of the German version of the series, because it totally rocks!

150013-thumb140Recently I read about Worlds in Peril, a superhero game powered by the Apocalypse World rules. Has anyone of you already played this game? Obviously you can learn the rules by reading a comic included in the book. Neat!
I have to admit that while I enjoy these games from the player perspective, I haven’t really wrapped my head around the GM side of things. Do you have any advice for me?