#RPGaDay 2018 – Day 23 “Again”

Week 4: Which         Prompt 23: Which game would you like to play again?

Today’s prompt for #RPGaDay2018 could potentially open a flood gate of lists for some people, or perhaps that certain special game for others. It might bring a specific session or campaign to mind, or it might remind us of the uses to which we used to put a generic system. It might instead remind us of a particular time, place, and group. Let’s see~

Once more…

I do have specific answer for this question, but today I feel like getting to it by travelling along Remembrance Lane a little bit. When I first began to organize my thoughts for this prompt, for example, two games that instantly clamored for attention were Aces&Eights and Armies of Darkness. The latter, a licensed Evil Dead RPG for Eden Studios’ Unisystem is quick to learn, teach, and run and just showing the cover in an appropriate group of gamers can spark off a night of hilarity, pithy one-liners, and non-stop action. It’s a lot of fun to play and to GM. The former, Aces&Eights takes a little more preparation and explanation to get it to the table, but once there takes on a very engaging life that you might not expect when you look at its thick rule book and herd of subsystems. It is those subsystems, however, which give the game its dynamic and dramatic life. From the use of overlaid templates for shooting, its clever method for including card games (and cheating!) into play, and all the mini-games for cattle, prospecting, and the daily lives of frontier people, it is a bit like stepping into a time machine each time it gets play around my table.

These thoughts led me to consider how much fun it would be to return as a player to a whole host of games that I have run more than I have played: Shadowrun, Ars Magica, Mage, and Wraith topping that lengthy list. Each of these games has something unique and compelling to recommend them, and each has been quick to surface when someone asks me what I would like to play if there were time to explore something other than my main and current games.

Ah, time…

Get to the point!

My final answer for today, as a version of the Wraith 20th Anniversary Edition makes its way into waiting hands around the world seemed like it would be Wraith right up until the point of writing, but then changed as I realized that the game that I would most like to play again was something else.

Well…?

The game that I realized upon reflection as I typed up this response was that there was a game that was not only on the list of games that I wanted to play again, but topped that list. That game is Pendragon. I have had nowhere near my fill of that game, and even less time playing it than running it. While I would be happy to do either, (and if I played I know that would lead to me running it myself, so why not skip the middleman?), playing through something like the Great Pendragon Campaign would be a real treat.

Pendragon draws together a lot of my personal interests, skills, and education into one tidy package and harnesses that with an innovative game that puts the focus squarely onto character and characterization over large spans of time and across generations of knights. It is quite simple to play, and can grow to be as detailed in setting as the group enjoys.

Of all the games that have slipped out of play and into the past, this is the one that I would like to return to the most.

Tomorrow

We continue the fourth week, “which,”  and keep our focus on games that seem to be less-played than they might deserve. The prompt for Friday, Day 24 of #RPGaDay2018 is to discuss games we think need more recognition.

YouTube

As has been my habit since the second year of #RPGaDay, I am also keeping pace with the prompts on video. The content of the videos and the blog overlaps, but is not exactly the same, and where the greater emphasis on detail resides varies from day to day.

#RPGADAY 2018

This is the fourth week of the fifth iteration of the monthly roleplaying gaming celebration launched by Autocratik for all forms of social media. Share your responses however you prefer to share. If you want to get involved, grab and share the infographic with the prompts and jump right in!

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