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Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-31

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.

How do sales affect your buying habits (especially on digital offerings)? Do you value the writing less than having the physical books?

"$20 for a PDF" is a quote that I hear all the time, and I know that I know that I've been guilty of the same thoughts. After all, it's an electronic document, right? But when you look at the rate for artists, writers, layout designers, editing- the only thing different in delivering the PDF is the fact that it doesn't have to go through printing. So I've been trying to adjust my thinking in that regard. In terms of boardgames, I tend to stay away from PnP, so it's never been a consideration for me. The few PnP that I have, I haven't really played.

As far as sales, I'll buy a lot that I was on the fence about given a bundle of holding or humble bundle- and many things that I've never even considered. I don't necessarily wait for sales anymore- something that I did before on many more products.

#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
 
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.

How varied are the genres in your RPG/Boardgame collection? Are there any that you avoid or prefer?

I like to think that I have space for everything, but there are definitely those that I eschew, whether deliberately or subconsciously. I dislike party games- I don't know if I'm at the level of hate, but I guess I'm only not there because my family loves them. In the case of RPGs, I have representation across the board, but I definitely tend more towards darker themes- sometimes action oriented, sometimes not.


#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-29

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.

How varied are the genres in your RPG/Boardgame collection? Are there any that you avoid or prefer?

I like to think that I have space for everything, but there are definitely those that I eschew, whether deliberately or subconsciously. I dislike party games- I don't know if I'm at the level of hate, but I guess I'm only not there because my family loves them. In the case of RPGs, I have representation across the board, but I definitely tend more towards darker themes- sometimes action oriented, sometimes not.


#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-28

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.

What criteria do you utilize when inviting new players to your gaming group?

I really struggle with this, so usually leave it to others to bring in players. I usually look for someone that's agreeable and laid back more than anything else- I hate drama when playing any sorts of games. Also, a commitment to showing up, playing, and timeliness. Beyond that, I think anything is surmountable.

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-27

I'm up late working, so figured I'd go ahead and post it.

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.

There are a few games funding right now on crowdfunding platforms about the current crisis. This is not the only time that has happened. In all honesty, World War I and II, Vietnam, etc are the same sorts of products. Is it just good business, or tacky? Is there a difference between types of events that make it OK or not? Or maybe time? When is it OK to release games about events?

I think it depends on the event, the timing of the product, and the delicacy in which it is handled. There was an event that White Wolf used (before Paradox decided to just farm everything out) where the terrors that were currently happening were based on supernatural forces rather than the evil that exists in the hearts of certain men. That was definitely tasteless. To base events on certain other atrocities even if you didn't do that would still be tasteless. But wars themselves- after a time when the populace is not going through them is fair game IMO. During Desert Storm/Desert Eagle I worked in a game shop and GMT (and others) released war games about the ongoing conflict. I thought that a bit too soon.


#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-26

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.

What game do you think is underrated and why?

For RPGs, I think Godlike by Arc Dream publishing. The way that it integrates super powered individuals with our own timeline to create a cohesive alternate reality reminds me of the best works of Turtledove, and I've never played a game that wasn't intense- largely because for all of the powers that the characters have, they're just as much at risk as the normal line soldiers. The system really supports that feeling, and makes the action fast and frantic.

For Boardgames, I think In the Shadow of the Emperor.

I don't see many talk about this in the aegis of well respected games and it's not one that I see people wanting to play often. It has so many well done aspects, from aging of the nobles to the marriage and inheritance process to the way that the game encourages change with concrete rewards. I'll play it any time (as my time on mabiweb shows), but in person, it's rarely a game that people want to play.

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-25

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.

Have you seen any games that go out of their way to be accessible? Have you considered accessibility in your designs?

I took a workshop recently, and there was a particular lesson about designing for accessibility. To my lament, I'd never even considered a lot of the points in that lesson. Colors, contrasts, textual clues for screen readers, layout- all these things and more go into making the hobby more accessible to everyone.

Jacob Wood is one designer that I know that's visibly at the forefront of making this a more known subject with two kickstarter projects on the issue:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/accessiblegames/accessible-gaming-quarterly-an-rpg-zine

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/accessiblegames/survival-of-the-able

It's a subject that I've seen little about.

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-24

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.


I know that designers are becoming more aware of diversity and inclusion, but it can be an area that is fraught with unknown landmines, especially during this time of transition to being more aware of marginalized groups.

Have you ever played a game that patronized you, or otherwise insulted you? And did you keep playing?


I've seen this a lot, and I think that I've just become inured to it. But I also think that this is an important area, and the hobby suffers when people are excluded either intentionally or unintentionally, so am interested in thoughts on the subject.

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-23

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.

Have you ever played in any way other than Face-to-Face? Why or why not? And if you have, what are some tools that you've used/advice that you'd give in doing so?

I play almost exclusively non-face-to-face these days. Even before the COVID-19 epidemic, I'd found that it was easier to get together with friends, negotiate schedules, and meet new gamers online rather than trying to get anything together.

For #RPG I use the mediums of play by email or what I've come to term play by google doc (even though we don't always use google- the non-google alternatives I've used are https://cryptpad.fr/ and https://hackmd.io/). Though I have tried roll20 and Fantasy Grounds, I find that the asynchronous types of games seem to be easier to schedule and last the longest.

For #boardgame I've tried Tabletop Simulator and roll20, but again, the most successful have been more asyncrhonous types of games. We've used Google docs for those also and play by e-mail, but even more I've found myself using websites built for the games.

Some examples include
http://www.amarriner.com/#/ (the games are down right now, but played a lot of roads and boats there)
http://brass.orderofthehammer.com/
http://www.spielbyweb.com/
http://www.boardgaming-online.com/
https://www.yucata.de/en/
http://www.mabiweb.com/index.php (my love for In the Shadow of the Emperor came from too many games there)

There's also https://www.michaelschacht.net/pbm/modules.php?name=Game_Info, but I haven't played games there.

As far as advice, it seems to me that social contract becomes even more important when playing games online. It's too easy for interactions that are not conducted in person to go wrong, and having a baseline for what is expected help to smooth these along.


#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-22

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.

In the old days, large companies were the only ones who could afford to publish games. We've discussed Kickstarter and other crowdfunding, and Patreon and other ways to support individual artists to release the flow of content to the masses. That's, however, a small part of the overall industry, and there are horror stories of different crowdfunding projects that have gone awry. How can we best continue this trend in removing gatekeepers while protecting the consumer from those who would prey on them and by these bad experiences, start to reverse this trend?

I remember my first Kickstarter. It was Greg Stolze for a new idea that he had called Reign. Greg Stolze was not unknown in the industry, and Arc Dream, though still small, had published a few items and had made a name for itself with some Delta Green content. But this was a way to directly fund a project that would not otherwise have been made, with a new system that would go on to power Godlike, Wild Talents, and several more unique products in the industry. Back then, I had no real rhyme or reason why I backed anything, and with a notable few exceptions (Far West), when I look at the projects on my spreadsheet, they are all fulfilled. There was even one that had problems- and they gave me my entire pledge back.

As time went on, and more money began to flow through the platform, it began to change. More people were concerned with the products and the bottom line than the idea- creators and backers included. That idea of removing the gatekeepers became less and less the idea. I know that I look to projects with a more critical eye- and this is from someone that's engaged because I like seeing people's dreams come to life, and hope to one day run my own project and have it greeted with a similar enthusiasm.

I've always wanted to be a writer- and Kickstarter was the manner by which I found my pseudonym on a couple of publications. With the traditional way that things were done, I don't think that would have happened. But the concerns about the platforms and the projects are really important. If we apply a more critical eye to the projects that are being funded, then we just move the gatekeepers to another location. However, there have to be certain safeguards in place- I just can't figure out what they'd look like in the end.

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-20

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

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.

If you were going to teach a class on game design, what topics would you emphasize to your students?

I think that playtesting is a section of game design that is in many cases and after thought (or not thought of) that has ruined more than one game. How to playtest and how to use the results of those playtests is a soft skill that can be hard to master.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-18

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

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.

I know that we've talked about Kickstarter- but what about Patreon, Payhip, and other smaller sites to support smaller artists? Any that you support that you want to call out (Tabletop or other)

I know I run a site that supports PbEM and PbP with mailing lists, wikis, websites, etc, and it took a long time for me to feel comfortable even asking for support. CPanel changed their method of charging for their software, and it increased my hosting costs to the tune of $10 a month. Just by asking, I've been almost able to cover that increased cost.

I've always been very supportive on Patreon, but also found out there are a wide variety of sites that people use including:

https://www.itch.io
https://www.ko-fi.com
https://www.payhip.com
https://www.gumroad.com
https://www.liberapay.com
https://www.patreon.com

Some of the people that I support include:

Vincent Baker (https://www.patreon.com/lumpley/posts)
Johnn Four (https://www.patreon.com/johnnfour/posts)
Dyson Logos (https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos/posts)
EN World (https://www.patreon.com/ensider/posts, https://www.patreon.com/trailseeker/posts, https://www.patreon.com/woinrpg/posts)
Frank L. Turfler, Jr (https://www.patreon.com/FrankT/posts)
Plate Mail Games (https://www.patreon.com/platemailgames/posts)
Dean Spencer (https://www.patreon.com/deanspencerart/posts)
Shane Ivey (https://www.patreon.com/shaneivey/posts)
Johnny Gray (https://www.patreon.com/JonnyGray/posts)
Runehammer (https://www.patreon.com/RUNEHAMMER/posts)
GM Binder (https://www.patreon.com/gmbinder/posts)
Dennis Detwiller (https://www.patreon.com/detwiller/posts)
Sectors Without Number (https://www.patreon.com/sectorswithoutnumber/posts)
Epic Isometric (https://www.patreon.com/epicisometric/posts)
Eloy Lasanta (https://www.patreon.com/PipSystemPrimer/posts)
The Forge Studios (https://www.patreon.com/user/posts?u=2863325)
Fraser Ronald (https://www.patreon.com/FraserRonald/posts)
The Elven Tower (https://www.patreon.com/elventower/posts)
Joe Banner (https://www.patreon.com/jbinc/posts)
Tabletop Audio (https://www.patreon.com/tabletopaudio/posts)
Raging Swan Press (https://www.patreon.com/ragingswanpress/posts)
Button Shy Games (https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy)
Richard Gray (https://www.patreon.com/RichardGray)
Three Minute Boardgames (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=9257332)
Board Game Set (https://www.patreon.com/boardgameset)
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-17

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

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.

How is the COVID-19 Pandemic affecting your gaming habits?

My last face-to-face gaming group died out a few years ago. Well, more than a few. It was some people at work, and we'd play after hours in a conference room. We started out with D&D4e- playing in Eberron and then Dark Sun. Then we moved on to FATE 3.0 (DFRPG). We also had a Board Game group where I live, but they repurposed the clubhouse to make it only for the golfers and more high scale clientele.

As a result, my gaming has moved online, so it's not really affecting me, other than the sporadic visits I'd make to Barnes and Noble and the couple of game shops in the next town.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-16

#Tabletop #QOTD

Sorry for the outage - was under the weather this weekend.

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

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.

How do you use technology to aid in your gaming?

I use a gaming wiki to log the campaign and keep track of the essential in-game information. There's also areas for the players to log information about their characters. I also use my tablet instead of carrying a crate of books around- one less milk crate being carried around.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-12

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

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.

Does a designer's personal life influence you to try their games, either positively or negatively?

Negatively: I don't usually have a problem separating the artist from the art, and unless it's something egregious, it doesn't affect my habits. If I already have items and have been enjoying them, then I don't feel any need to divest myself of them even in those cases.

Positively: Absolutely! If someone is doing positive things, especially in the hobby, but also otherwise, I might give something that they've done a try even if I might not have been inclined to do so. If there is a happy confluence of good design and good designer, so much the better.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-11

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

If you could interview any game designer (alive or dead), who would you interview and what question would you ask?

Monte Cook or Ed Greenwood. I've always had a hard time with setting design, and both of these have proven themselves to be very good at the craft of world design. I'd want to pick their brains on how they go about designing their worlds.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-10

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

What sites do you visit to find out about upcoming games and/or projects?
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-09

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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 there any game mechanics that you love to see in games, and will give you a favorable view of the game before you even start to try it?

I love Fate Core, Powered by the Apocalypse and Gumshoe, and am guaranteed to at least take a look at a new project if it has that as the foundation.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-07

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

Have you used Kickstarter or any other crowdfunding platforms for Tabletop games? What are you thoughts on the platforms, and the effect of their successes and high profile failures on the Tabletop hobby?

I use Kickstarter quite extensively. I formerly used IndieGoGo also, but shied away from that as no matter how bare Kickstarter's responsibility is to the users of the platform, IGG is worse, IMO.

I think that it's had a reinvigorating effect on the hobby- allowing ideas that would have never made it past the idea stage formerly to grow and thrive. There are bad actors on the platforms, but I don't think that the negative influence of these outweigh the positives that crowdfunding have brought to the hobby.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-06

Sorry for the late start- a bit overloaded at work...

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

From @Craig Maloney

What's a mechanic that you don't care for but understand why it's in a game that you could otherwise love.

His answer: Negative scoring for me. It's pretty much killed my love for games like Blokus because it's feels like a lazy design choice.



Mine is a more pervasive one in the hobby- polyhedral dice. I understand the need for different probability distributions, but I just prefer 6-sided dice (including dF). I play, and have played other games, but this polyhedral dice are the reason that I end up converting so many things to Fate Core or PbtA (in the past, I converted everything to GURPS).
 

Tabletop QOTD: 2020-03-05

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

What do you wish your friendly Local Game Store was doing differently?

I'd be glad if I had a friendly local game store. There's one that I visit when I go to town, but now that I'm living in a more rural setting, game stores are few and far between. I worked in a game store for 10+ years though, and it was very hard to compete with online retailers in price- I tried to get the owner more interested in competing in the areas that we could- events, demos, and just customer service. But in the end, even that wasn't enough to keep the store alive.
 
#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

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.

Have you published and/or been involved in the design of anything Tabletop Game related? If so, would you consider it a success? What catches your attention when considering an Indie Tabletop game related item?

I have had a hand in a few products, but nothing that was my own. I want to do it myself, but seeing so many projects fail in execution, I'm taking a slower approach with my own.

As far as considering an indie tabletop game, it has to be written at the least- I'm done backing items that have not been written. There also has to be something that is a fresh and unique approach to design that I want to read and dissect (as I don't get as much of an opportunity to play these days), or just something that I want to help come to fruition.
 

Tabletop QOTD: 2020-03-03

#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
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect

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 there any game mechanics that you objectively think are not so good but really enjoy anyway?

I know that personally, fumbles happen way too often in most games for someone trained in the skill. We don't see people that train for most of their lives fail in skills as often as RPGs would make it seem. It does, however, add tension and risk to every roll made.
 

Tabletop QOTD: 2020-03-02

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going...

How much use of the works of others is 'fair'?

To a large extent, we have more content to borrow from for our own ideas than ever. There is a proliferation of creative commons content out there for use, and many works entering into the public domain. But everyone wants to see something 'new', not yet another PbtA or Fate Core derivative. But there are some that have a talent for taking ideas and putting a spin on them to make them feel new.

I love the "Acts of Caine" novel by Matthew Stover, and in one of my designs, I borrowed the idea that actors jumping between dimensions to entertain the upper classes. This isn't new to this series- there have been several instances of people having alternate world experiences, from Xanth to the Matrix. However, since I named this as my source, there were a few negative comments to using something else for an idea and it not being fresh and new, even though the actual implementation of the premise was quite different.

How much do you try to steer away from any pre-existing influences in your design? How much do you pre-judge a design based on there being obvious influences in it?

(And if you have any ideas for questions, feel free to shoot them my way, and anyone that you'd like to get added to the list).

#Tabletop #QOTD
 
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