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(Very Late) RPGaDay: What Makes For a Good Character?

This isn’t a useful question, because when it comes to characters, games can have varying levels of complexity, and can also focus on different things. So what makes a character “good” in one system may not be “good” in another. Plus, gaming groups will have their own preferences, which can also change […]

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RPGaDay: Best Way to Learn a New Game?

This one’s easy: play the game. In my teenage years, I remember my then-group having trouble learning Shadowrun, so one weekend I brought the book over to a friend’s house, we made characters as we learned how to make them, and we learned everything else while playing. So, for example, we didn’t […]

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RPGaDay: Largest In-Game Surprise You Have Experienced?

Since David is usually the GM, I’m going to answer this RPGaDay question. There are actually two instances I can think of. The first was during the Ravenloft game that David was running using Dungeon World. I was playing The Witch, because I wrote most of the class and wanted to see […]

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RPGaDay: Your Best Source of Inspiration for RPGs?

Mostly video games, books, movies, my random thoughts, and rarely other paper-and-pencil roleplaying games (though I have looked through older D&D editions while designing FrankenFourth, mostly to nail down how complex I want it to be). Some examples: H.P. Lovecraft is responsible for a lot. I’ve run numerous FrankenFourth playtest adventures that […]

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RPGaDay: What Game is Your Group Most Likely to Play Next?

The Monday group is approaching the halfway mark of an Age of Worms campaign, which I’m running using my homebrewed FrankenFourth rules, and the Wednesday group is on hold since “real life” has taken a hold of half the members. I’m not sure what the Monday group will play next: maybe another FrankenFourth campaign? […]

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RPGaDay: Hardcover, Softcover, Digital? What Is Your Preference?

It depends. For things like single classes (or subclasses), small adventures, and collections of monsters or items I’m fine with a PDF, especially if it’s something I might only use a couple times (and if I need to reference it at the table I can use my phone with minimal […]

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FrankenFourth: Meet the Cleric

If you want to see more details on what I’m talking about in this blog post, check out the FrankenFourth alpha document. It’s got all the cleric stuff, plus a bunch of other stuff. In most editions of Dungeons & Dragons, cleric “magic” operates under the same pseudo-Vancian system that wizards […]

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RPGaDay: What Story Does Your Group Tell About Your Character?

As I’ve said numerous times I rarely get to actually play roleplaying games, and the only gamer I routinely talk to face-to-face with is Melissa (unless we’re gaming with our kids, we only play via Hangouts). So, I again went to her with this question, and funnily enough I for some reason […]

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RPGaDay: Most Impressive Thing Another’s Character Did

A few years ago I ran Expedition to Castle Ravenloft using Dungeon World (something I really outta do with FrankenFourth), and I guess I forgot to post the grand finale because it’s not linked on the play report page. That’s fine, because here’s most of it. Over the course of the […]

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RPGaDay: Character Moment You Are Proudest Of

I wanted to tap Melissa for an answer to this one, but it was basically, “Any time I make a plan or try to do something and the dice don’t fuck me over”. This is probably because the dice often fuck her over. You’d think that since I so rarely […]

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