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RPGaDay2020 Prompt 05 - Tribute

from https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-05-tribute

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Prompt: Tribute

This prompt took a bit more thought, but quickly I came to the luminaries that preceeded us in the gaming industry, that blazed the way for the games that we enjoy. Greg Stafford was the first that came to mind- though I started with AD&D and Rolemaster, RuneQuest and BRP were large parts of the experience, especially as they were the systems used in Call of Cthulhu, which became the basis of most of the experience, leading to Gumshoe today. But tributes can also be made to those that shape my present day gaming: Vincent Baker, Fred Hicks, Robin Laws, Kenneth Hite, Greg Stolze- those and many more shaped my preferences and gaming style, and continue to do so today.
 

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 04 - Vision

from: https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-04-vision

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Prompt: Vision

Another prompt that spawns multiple thoughts about what I want to answer. On a personal front, my vision for my place in the hobby is as a writer and designer. Not for profit or really anything other than as a side gig- I know too many fantastic people that struggle to do that, and I don't want the hobby to be intertwined with the need for financial gain. I've made strides towards that, releasing a few things on my own, and taking on minor gigs in the industry. I want that to continue and grow to be more.

On a grander scale, I'd like the hobby to lose the stigma it has, and be more visible to those that might enjoy it as an outlet. There have been strides made towards this, but the "you play that game?" look is still prevalent, and it is definitely still misunderstood.
 
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#RPGaDay2020 - Thread

The word thread makes me sadly remember the days of the G+ RPG community.

There were so many great RPG threads there, I met so many people, I learned about so many games. I don't think I would be where I am today if it weren't for G+ gaming threads.
 

# RPGaDay2020 Prompt 03 - Thread

from https://write.as/chuckdee/rpgaday2020-prompt-03-thread

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Prompt: Thread

Since I moved several years ago, I have only been able to get one campaign going with people from work, and though that went for a while, and through four campaigns, it eventually petered out. I haven't been as driven to find a new campaign- I'm just not that good at even reaching out to try anymore. So my gaming currently consists mostly of play by email games. I find it a very good gaming and writing exercise, and since the play is asynchronous, you can play whenever you have time. Though I love playing with pretty much anyone in that fashion, I find that the best threads that I have in games are with writers that are better than me. It seems to push my boundaries and make me a better writer. It makes the game a bit more challenging and makes me put in more effort, but I've found it a rewarding exercise, that has paid off in making me confident enough to actually try to make a living from my writing. I've also made contacts in the industry that I otherwise would not have done.
 
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#RPGaDAY2020 - Change

For many years I considered myself a Role Playing Gamer. While I would play the occasional card game or board game, I thought of RPGs as "real gaming" Over the years this has shifted, and for a while, I was a Board Gamer. Then I got back into RPGs heavy. That group fell apart and we started to play more board games.

Now I'm polygamerous. I play RPGs and Board Games and Card Games and Wargames and even some Miniature battle games.

Now I'm not a role player or a board gamer, I'm a tabletop gamer.
 

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 02 - Change

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 02 - Change

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Change is a loaded word, as it means so many things. There's change going on in the world right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Calls for change spurred by police brutality, especially towards Black people, and specifically Black men. Calls for change in our government, from the top down. Calls for change by women in how the world at large treats them, especially men in charge- and a call to be equally represented at that level so that their voices are heard and respected. But what does it mean for tabletop games?

Steven Barnes once said that he had to sacrifice his melanin on the altar of his testosterone. That put a phrase to something that I'd felt my whole life. It's hard being a Black man in Fantasy and Science Fiction fandom. On the one side, your peers see it as a strange pursuit, and one that White people partake in. You also see few people in the hobby that look like you, or that can be mentors if you want to get into the industry. That is changing. And not just in my story- women, other people of color, all sexual orientations and gender identifications- diversity has taken the hobby by storm. And I think this is a good thing! My inner child smiles to see that other children won't have to make the gymnastic efforts to reconcile the cognitive dissonance of a hobby that doesn't recognize them or even want them in it. I can say that I'm proud of the vast majority of the community that has embraced these changes and realized the revitalization that comes from it.
 

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 01 - Beginning

RPGaDay2020 Prompt 01 - Beginning

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There are several beginnings that I could write about, but the one that comes to the forefront is the beginning of my journey into this hobby.

I'd naturally gravitated towards fantasy and science fiction. At a family reunion at an aunt's house, I'd sit in her library and read books, and she encouraged me to, even when the rest of my family didn't understand. I've very thankful for her, because that would be a common theme throughout life. I was a big Star Wars fanatic, and devoured any kind of media that had anything to do with Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Super Heroes.

One day as I walked through the mall, I saw a diorama in a window, depicting knights, mages, and dragons besieging a castle. I was captivated, and wandered in the store. At first, it was the miniatures that caught my attention, but as I visited that store each time my family came to the mall, I started to browse the books. I saved my allowance, and bought the AD&D Players guide. I didn't realize that I was missing half the rules, and just had fun making characters and assigning the stats to my figures and imagining large battles. I suppose that's where my love for making rules and hacking came into play- anything that I didn't have the rules for I just made up, extrapolating from the rules that I did have.

There was a whole progression into the hobby after that, but I can see that this beginning had a firm hand in shaping the way that I play games, and the way that I consume rules, with an eye more towards the characters that inhabit the world and how the game is goign to be played to be the most entertaining rather than just assuming that RAW is the way that it should be played.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-07-31

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Are you going to participate in this year's #RPGaDAY event

More of a direct RPG question; you can read about it at https://www.autocratik.com/2020/06/announcing-rpgaday2020.html

The basic idea is to keep up with writer's prompts to get creative and post something daily. I'm sure some of it will leak in here.




I'm planning to try to keep up, but not sure how that's going to work out, especially since I'll be moving towards the end of the month.

An introduction video:

YouTube: RPGaDAY2020 Announcement (Autocratik)

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
@UnclePirate (Stan McCann)
 
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