Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Continuing with my #RPGaDay entries, for days 17-31.
17th - Funniest Game You've Played
I can't remember any "funny" games I've played, although I did sit in on a game of Paranoia that was absolutely hilarious. That would probably be my go to game if I wanted a humorous RPG.
18th - Favorite Game System
By far, its the BRP system, specifically that which is used for Call of Cthulhu pre-7th edition. Its so simple, easy to use, and can be taught quickly. Roll percentage, get under what your skill is.
19th - Favorite Published Adventure
Crack'd & Crook'd Manse in Mansions of Madness. Years ago I read about this scenario in the (then) out of print book and made it my goal to track it down. Since then, I've run it at least 10 times. Its an amazing twist on the haunted house scenario and I've never seen it fail to please.
20th - Will Still Play in 20 Years...
Definitely Call of Cthulhu. This RPG has stood the test of time, already being over 30 years old. I've played it for the last 10+ years. Unless 7th edition totally ruins it for me, I can't see myself turning away. Even then, I'd probably just go back to pre-7th edition.
21st - Favorite Licensed RPG
Leverage from Margaret Weis Productions. Loved the TV show, and the group at MRP took the show, applied the Cortex System to it, and did an amazing job creating a fantastic game that took the best elements of the show and put them into the players hands. Fantastic job!
22nd - Best Secondhand RPG Purchase
This is a toss between my 1st edition Paranoia boxed set I got at a used game sale for $5, or an early D&D boxed set for $2 at an estate sale. Both are still on my shelf.
23rd - Coolest Looking RPG Product/Book
I'd have to go with the USB drive I got from Yog-Sothoth.com. It has a cool Cthulhu print on it, and is filled with RPG goodness (including one of my scenarios!). I never use it, and keep it locked away.
24th - Most Complicated RPG Owned
I'd have to go with Chill (Mayfair Games edition). I tried reading the rules for this at one point, but the chart for it in the back just hurt my head.
25th - Favorite RPG No One Wants to Play
Unfortunately, I don't get to play RPGs very often. However, when I do play its typically only a handful of games. So, if I had to pick one that probably wouldn't get played that I would want, it would be Don't Rest Your Head. I can't see me ever getting a chance to bring this to the table.
26th - Coolest Character Sheet
I'd have to say the best character sheets I've seen are the passport booklet character sheets that someone created. While I'm not sure how practical they would be in a game, they are just too cool.
27th - Game You'd Like to See a New/Improved Edition Of
Army of Darkness. The AoD games are great, and I don't think the RPG got the love it deserved. I'm running a game of it now, and it feels unbalanced. I'd like to see it revised to be more balanced, at least in favor of the players.
28th - Scariest Game You've Played
Again, Call of Cthulhu. I can think of multiple instances during a good Call of Cthulhu game that I've actually been tensed and frightened by what was going on.
29th - Most Memorable Encounter
In a Call of Cthulhu game, we were investigating the faked death of a relative. Our investigation took us to a library, in which the librarian was refusing to give us access to some behind-the-counter materials. So, we decided to create a distraction by "knocking over some books".
Unfortunately, due to a botched roll, I knocked over a shelf, which in turn knocked over another, and started a cascading effect of shelves falling over - all heading for the children's area and a little tyke reading Dr. Seuss. Fortunately, the kid wasn't hurt and we made it out before the cops were called.
30th - Rarest RPG Owned
This would have to be my Call of Cthulhu 30th Anniversary Sans-Detours French Edition. Not necessarily rare in itself, given that I live in the US, not many people have it.
31st - Favorite RPG of All Time
Can't you guess? Call of Cthulhu.