Perfect Gaming Environment: Around a table with a home cooked meal and a bunch of friends. The rest depends on the specific game.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 22, 2015
Favorite RPG setting:
Eberron. It is probably the most flexible of fantasy settings.I love it especially for Pulpy 3 musketeers style games.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 21, 2015
Essoterrorists. It is like the Laundry without being BRP, and Like Trail of Cthuhllu without being Cthuhllu.
Once it is published, the Fate mod of Eclipse Phase might take this spot.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 20, 2015
Favorite Supers RPG
Maybe 5th level Pathfinder? Especially with the new Occult books and the upcoming Vigilante class/
I’ve already had one Fate Game, but either Spirit of the Century or FAE with a “we are doing x style super heroes” pitch might work for me.
Bubblegum Crisis is street level supers kind of the way that D&D is fantasy supers…
Marvel Heroic is going to take it though. It does a great job capturing the feel of a comic book while letting you plat wildly divergent power levels.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 19, 2015
Favorite SF rpg:
Something in the Traveller Family, Mechwarrior, Traveller, Firefly, etc
I’m going to go with Diaspora, which is a second cousin to Traveller. It is a pretty solid implementation of the headspace of Traveller into a very non-Traveller backbone. I think the game itself could benefit from being updated to the newer edition of Fate, and maybe abstracting some of the mini-games back to straight up fate, but it is still one of my favorite Fate settings, and the world building is delightful.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 18, 2015
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 17, 2015
Longest Session Played:
This goes back to high school again. We used to play all weekend, occasionally starting after school on Friday (5pmish?) and playing until well after dawn Saturday. Going to sleep, and often gaming again after we wake and eat and stuff.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 16, 2015
Longest campaign played:
Probably Brad’s Campaign back in high school. These days I’m not super engaged with the idea of super long campaigns. A pathfinder adventure path can be completed in half a year of weekly sessions, and that is about as long as I want a game to be.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 15, 2015
Most of what I run is D&D and D&D related. For that sort of game, my favorite accessorty is actually a line of related items. A while back, Crystal Caste had produced a set of square grid mats with a plastic coating that works with wet and dry erase markers and permanent markers. Unlike the old vinyl mats, you can write on them with almost anything without staining them.
Paizo bought them from Crystal Caste and started their own line of Flip Mats. They have also used the same coating on a metal board and magnetic tokens to create an initiative tracker. Given that most of my games are D&D, which works best with maps and needs decent initiative tracking, this is one of my favorite accessories.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 14, 2015
Favorite RPG Podcast
My favorite RPG podcast is a difficult decision. I love Happy Jack’s and Fear the Boot. Jank Cast seems to be Pod Fading. 1d4 cast’s actual plays are excellent. The tome show has some wonderful casts. But my number one super favorite podcast, the one that, once it drops, I rearrange my que to listen to it? Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff. Ken and Robin are some of the smartest, most well read people in the RPG industry, and they pull it off without being boring or any of the other failure states of erudite. They talk about an incredibly broad set of topics and bring the fun the whole time.
As an aside, Ken Hite is one of those personalities that takes over a conversation almost immediately if no one else does, but while he could expound for hours on a given subject, he doesn’t. He does con panels, and if the other panelists are shyer than Ken (everyone is shyer than Ken) he uses his control of the discussion to make sure everyone gets microphone time, that they get to engage. He’s got this huge personality that could be stifling, except he uses it to lift up the other people in the conversation.
Posted by roninkakuhito on August 13, 2015