Two months of links

7 July, 2009 at 6:32 pm (roleplaying)

A friend has been busy for some time and wanted a bunch of nice roleplaying-related links. Almost all of these links I have shared and starred on Google Reader; but not all of those are included here. There’s a mix of play advice and cultural commentary, as well as some lightweight theory (these are not distinct sets). With no further commentary and in almost reverse chronological order:

http://oldguyrpg.blogspot.com/2009/06/dispelling-myth-sandbox-prep.html

http://bankuei.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/the-stories-we-want-to-see/

http://lotfp.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-hate-fun-one-year-later.html

http://lotfp.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-am-nobody-in-real-life.html

http://leagueofimaginaryheroes.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/support-for-situation-generation/

http://drivingblind.livejournal.com/445875.html

http://buriedwithoutceremony.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/no/

http://d7.pipemaze.com/blog/2009/05/28/fiction-first/

http://d7.pipemaze.com/blog/2009/05/25/skill-systems-are-sometimes-a-good-idea/

http://deltasdnd.blogspot.com/2009/05/its-not-just-about-fun.html

http://philgamer.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/scion-return-of-the-yes-but/

http://rob-donoghue.livejournal.com/335247.html

http://revolution21days.blogspot.com/2009/05/industry-is-irrelevant.html

http://trollsmyth.blogspot.com/2009/05/where-pros-are.html

http://rob-donoghue.livejournal.com/334550.html

http://philgamer.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/character-development-happens-in-game/

In other news, I’ve been running Shadow of the Yesterday, a most fantastic game, in the local university rpg group. Someone’s going to be sacrificed to the serpent god in a session or two and we’ll probably end the game shortly after that. The player base has had few changes, but overall we’ve been doing fine. I’ve done one severe mistake thus far, which is acceptable, but annoying.

Soon I’ll probably start a sci-fi game inspired by Alien(s) and Starcraft. I’ve run a sort of introductory scenario in which a research facility was overrun (one player character probably died, others lived) by aliens / the zerg. Rules set will be modified tSoY, since I’m on a kick and enjoy it. I’ll be back to homebrewing and running or maybe even playing in homebrewed games in some months, likely as not. I don’t read much science fiction, so the setting creation is likely to be fairly co-operative to reduce the number of quite assured cries of implausibility. Also: New player introduced to roleplaying. Maybe it sticks, maybe not; I play with people, not to act as a recruitment officer for the hobby.

4 Comments

  1. the_blunderbuss said,

    You are the awesomest!
    Thank you very much for the information and the effort you put in that.

    Glad to know you are doing some new and exciting things with the hobby. Take it easy on the new guy, just because you are not a recruitment officer for the hobby doesn’t mean you can’t spend some time showing the game to someone that’s curious (which seems exactly like what you’ll be doing.)

    Or… is that the kind of situation where a guy is basically “Come on! Please! You’ll have fun, promise!” kind of pushed in to the game just because he wants to hang out with his friends (or family or couple)?

    Fred

  2. Olorin said,

    “A sci-fi game inspired by Alien(s) and Starcraft” sounds awesome/interesting. Too bad I’m stuck up with so many other games atm.

  3. Tommi said,

    Or… is that the kind of situation where a guy is basically “Come on! Please! You’ll have fun, promise!” kind of pushed in to the game just because he wants to hang out with his friends (or family or couple)?

    Nope, nothing of the sort.

    I’m just opposed to the notion that people can’t simply play a game or two without becoming diehard hobbyists and lifestyle gamers. It is an activity, not necessarily a way of life.

    Olorin;
    If it works, I’ll doubtless run more games with similar themes, maybe in the same setting. I don’t have a default scifi setting yet.

    What are you playing nowadays?

  4. Olorin said,

    Nowdays… I have this Unknown Armies -shortie (GM), one Glorantha-campaign (player), two games of Purgatory*, the first one a campaign and the other an adventure (player in both), I’m trying to start a Stalker-minicampaign (GM) and I’d like to testdrive eCollapse one more time.

    *This “WH40K meets steampunk” game a friend of mine (the GM) is working on. So basically it’s playtesting.

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