RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 21

Final entry of favorites week, setting this time around.  #RPGaDay2015 keeps going strong, send me links to you entries or blogs on the subject so I can share them! On with the show…

Day 21 – Favorite RPG setting

The obvious choice would be my homebrewed world, but since you have no point of reference you would have to just take my world for how awesome it is! But that’s cheating; let me break it down by genre…

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For fantasy, and this should be no surprise to regular readers, it’s the D&D Known World, better known as Mystara. From the map in the D&D Expert set to the Gazetteer series, it’s still my favorite D&D setting!

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Sci-fi, really sci-fantasy, I just love the world of Fading Suns. Even if I’ve never played it, it just captures my fancy. I have the Victory Point books, the D20 books, but I think Stars Without Number might handle it really well!

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My favorite horror setting, Masque of the Red Death, originally for AD&D 2nd edition Ravenloft, later adapted to D&D 3rd edition. A close seconds is Cthulhu by Gaslight. My favorite steampunk (before there was such a thing) is Space 1889. You can see a pattern here, lots of love for the Victoria era.

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Favorite supers setting Legion of Superheroes, and there have sadly been too few sourcebooks for this series, only three that I know of, for the old Mayfair’s DC game. I own two of the three and sadly never got the adventure. Look at the cover below…

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What’s your favorite RPG setting? Looking forward to your comments, have a great Friday! See you all tomorrow.

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!

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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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RPG a Day 2015 Challenge – Day 19

Third entry on favorites week for #RPGaDay2015! This time around it’s supers…

Day 19 – Favorite supers RPG

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For the longest time my answer would be Champions. I loved the idea of being able to make whatever character you wanted! I read the books and made hundreds of characters, and could never get anyone to play. Such was my burden! But the story has a happy ending, read on…

Just like sci-fi yesterday, superhero games are a category of RPGs to which people bring varied expectations. Despite the long history of superheroes and the icons and tropes that come with them, ask two people what makes a good supers story and you’ll rarely get them to agree. Some love classic golden age heroes, where good guys are good and the bad guys worse, everybody has over the top powers and the existence of superheroes has little real effect on the real world. Others like gritty street level heroes, low powered, very realistic, and everything in between, angst ridden mutants, comedic sidekicks, alternate history, you name it!

I grew up on classic DC and Marvel, collected them for the longest time, and worked at a comic book store after High School and through College, so I’ve been close to comics all my life. Before the big two publishers in the USA I also read  a lot of comics in Spanish, there were a lot of different heroes and character, such as Kaliman or Aguila Solitaria, so my tastes and sensibilities were an odd mix.

For a long time I tried to run a successful super campaign, and while there were some good runs with the Marvel FASERIP system (mostly a Daredevil solo campaign I ran for a friend) a couple of Heroes Unlimited campaigns, It wasn’t unlit recently that I ran my definitive (so far!) superhero campaign.

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When I began posting on this blog I had just discovered Icons and wrote a lot about the system, including some character write ups. I wanted to use that system, but not all my players were keen on the idea. I had participated as a player in a Mutants & Masterminds 2nd edition campaign son when DC Adventures, using the Mutants & Masterminds 3rd edition rules, I set on that system and what was meant to be a seven month campaign, became an almost two year-long game. I posted about the experience here in the blog in case you want to check it out.

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Mutants & Masterminds had the flexibility of character creating just like Champions did, but the system, while far from simple, was definitely easier to grasp and run than the Hero System, So Mutants & Masterminds is my current favorite supers game, with Icons a close second for shorter or lighter games. And like a pointed out in a previous post, bit games by Steve Kenson, the supers game guru!

So what’s your favorite supers game? Let us know in the comments. See you all tomorrow for my horror pick…

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