Lunchtime Poll #19: My So-Called Life

Gaming (both roleplaying and boardgames) provide me with “fun things” to do with friends. They are a good way to do something while friendship grows… though they’re also subject to taking the place of real friendships if you let them. Mostly, they’re like most hobbies– something to do with likeminded people.

Lunchtime Poll #19: My So-Called Life

What does gaming bring to your real life?

Gaming (both roleplaying and boardgames) provide me with “fun things” to do with friends. They are a good way to do something while friendship grows… though they’re also subject to taking the place of real friendships if you let them. Mostly, they’re like most hobbies– something to do with likeminded people.

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IRE #16: The Revolutionary Document

What if, this time, we let one of their hair brained stunts “break the game”. They want to route tacheons through the drive? Let it happen… with dramatic effect. Then spin at least two or three episodes as follow up– superiors debriefing them on the effects of their innovation, rivals trying to steal the data, theorists turning the effect (whatever it was) into a weapon… the whole universe destabilized by their desperate attempt.

IRE #16: The Revolutionary Document

Today, March 17th marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s completion of the first of his major papers that would revolutionize physics forever. So even with the recent Ides of March, I am choosing Einstein’s papers as the inspiration for the latest IRE.

Introduce something that changes all the rules, mid-game. For the best parallel, I prefer that it be something the PCs have been working on, with effects even more dramatic than their imaginations anticipate. In some games this is perfect– sci-fi in particular has very skilled character types (Engineers, Science Officers, etc.) that don’t do much more than “scan”.

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Lunchtime Poll #18: Not in Kansas

In Li’s Lunchtime Poll #18: Not in Kansas, she asks:

What alternate-historical setting would you most like to play in, and why?

Wow, there are a number of great worlds I’d love to play in. One of the ones that has me intrigued is the Chronoplane Wars, The Empire of Time was particularly interesting.

I think it’ll work well because you can muck around with history without worrying about paradoxes– you can meet and negotiate with the big names of history. It’d also be cool as a conspiracy, since no one knows who runs the Intertemporal Agency… nor why people and missions are shunted around, why people have blocks– there is lots of room for internal politics.

Lunchtime Poll #17: Long-Term, High-Yield

In Lunchtime Poll #17: Long-Term, High-Yield, Li repeats Narrative Guy’s querstion:

“New games are popping up all of the time, yet they don’t stay around very long at all anymore. Magic: The Gathering has lasted 10 years…The White Wolf “storytelling” system reached its apex at about 4 years old…the (*shudder*) Pokemon game lasted maybe two years…what’s going to last?”

The games that are established are the ones that will stick around; long after D&D was obsolete, it was still the gateway RPG. More importantly, though– I don’t care which ones stick around. Once I buy a game, I’m rarely interested in a lot of supplements [Mage was a sad exception]; I can run the core game at my leisure.

Except that I’m really enjoying the new wave of indie games. I want to play them– and to play any significant proportion of them, the games I do play should be short. That works fine for me, for now at least.

Lunchtime Poll #16: I Am a Jelly Doughnut

The GM played it out with gestures and strange sounds at first, when there was no real chance to translate. This modified, with the GM choosing persistantly strange coloquialisms even in shared languages. That helped keep them exotic; overall, it was very well done.

Lunchtime Poll #16: I Am a Jelly Doughnut

This one can be answered from a player or GM point of view.

How do you convey the feeling of being unable to speak the majority language in the area where the story is taking place?

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