Books for November

I’ve recently read a few books and just returned them to the library today. The three books I returned are:
Katherine Kurtz- In the King’s Service
Jude Fisher- Sorcery Rising & Wild Magic

Currently reading:
Poul Anderson- Three Hearts and Three Lions

Books checked out today:
John Betancourt- The Dawn of Amber
Ray Bradbury- One More For The Road
John Barnes- A Million Open Doors
Raleigh Trevelyan- Sir Walter Raleigh

RPG meme bandwagon

(from Matt Snyder)

1. What is the first RPG you ever played?
D&D (basic), back in 4th grade.

2. What RPG do you currently play most often?
We’re in the middle of a Dogs in the Vineyard campaign, but Dad’s starting up a 3.5D&D campaign after the holidays.

3. What is the best system you’ve played?
Vampire: The Masquerade. When he’s on, Will can really make a session hop. Pendragon has also been cool.

4. What is the best system you’ve run?
Mage: The Ascension. Mostly because of my players and love of its color, more than the actual structural underpinnings.

5. Would you consider yourself an: Elitist/ Min-Maxer/ Rules Lawyer?
Yeah, I’m probably an elitist. I want systems that support gameplay without too much bookkeeping and overhead. Distributed narration is a big plus. (DiTV is great.)

6. If you could recommend a new RPG which would you recommend? Why?
Dogs in the Vineyard. It manages to make even “talking” tense, backs it up with system… and tempts you to escalate. The GMing advice is very good at getting you to create a town “properly”, so the system doesn’t wind up twisted into traditional tracks.

7. How often do you play?
About once a week, though we’re on hiatus til Emily’s bounced back from having her kid.

8. What sort of characters do you play? Leader? Follower? Comic Relief? Roll-Player/ Role-Player?
I often make a complimentary follower type, plugging holes that the system requires. That often means a Cleric type (in D&D) or other general support role, though if the bases are covered I’ll indulge in vanity characters. (Like Alanora the Bard, or Nathaniel, of FoodMaxx and dance fame.)

9. What is your favorite Genre for RPGs?
Modern or Sci-fi. I can get irritated by badly done history or poorly extrapolated fantasy.

10. What Genres have you played in?
Fantasy, Modern (White Wolf), Sci-fi (Mech, Cyberpunk, Shadowrun), Super Heroic. [Edited to add: Western(DiTV), Amber, and more that I’m probably forgetting.]

11. Do you prefer to play or GM? Do you do both?
The preference is weak. I’d rather GM a good game than play in a bad one, but if someone else has a good game, I’m all for letting someone else run it.

12. Do you like religion in your games?
Not really. I can’t do the mindset justice in my portrayals, and it’s too often reduced to a bare line on the character sheet and ignored.

13. Do you have taboo subjects in your games or is everything “fair game”?
Most everything is fair game. I’d be hesitant to play “deeply” with the old Saturday night group, and sorcery as demonic/evil magic is a sore spot for some players, so I’d avoid that as well.

14. Have you developed your own RPG before?
Yeah, mostly adaptations of other people’s stuff. Nothing terribly worthwhile in retrospect, but it was fun doing.

15. Have you ever been published in the Gaming Industry? If so…what?

Christmas Lists 2004

Alright, I’m looking forward to the holidays. Before the spirit leaves me, I’d appreciate a little help with Christmas lists. I’m going to create a post for each person. Just click on “comments” and there will appear a box for you to scribble what goodies you want. If you think of something else that you want later, just add another comment.

Sizes are important, please include them in your first comment. (Well, sizes are important for clothing– I guess you don’t have to include sizes for DVDs.)

Adults, I’m sure we’ll coordinate this the usual way… barely. 🙂 Phone & email seem like good ways to “claim” items & prevent duplication.

Now, off to the individual posts, so that you’ll have something to respond to.

[Edited to add: Click the comment below the article with your name on it. I’ve moved previous comments into the proper threads. Sorry I wasn’t clearer earlier.]

Alysia — Christmas 2004 List


Hope you’re learning interesting stuff in school; what time period do your history classes cover this year?

On to the question we’ve all been waiting for– what do you want for Christmas? When you respond, please include clothing sizes (and if you’re in the juniors, teens, women’s, or whatever department, or where in the store your sizes are right). I’m probably not brave enough to try clothing shopping for you, but the information will probably be useful to other people with slightly better taste.

Thanks for scribbling back– hopefully I’ll be able to find cool stuff that you’ll enjoy. Though there are some good books out there that I may not be able to resist…
Uncle Scott

Myles — Christmas 2004 List

Hey Myles, good to type at you!

Anyway, I was wondering if there’s anything cool that you want for Christmas? Scribble it all here and we’ll fight like wildebeests to get the coolest stuff. Some of which we might even share with you, we’re that nice.

Um, yeah. Anyway, please include clothing sizes when you scribble your list (by hitting comment). After all, you have to have something easy for other people to get you…

Hope your turkey day is a good one!
Uncle Scott

Tonya’s List — Christmas 2004

What do you want for Christmas Tonya? Please include your clothing sizes in the comment, even if you don’t want clothing. Even though I’d be a fool to shop for women’s clothing, I’ve been foolish before. (If you’re just wise enough not to want clothing from me, it may be useful info for others with better taste…) If you’re different sizes in different brands, include that!

For you especially, if there are particular stores that have good gift cards, and you’d like cute little rectangles of plastic, include them.
— Scott