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RPG a Day 2016: Days 1-9

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The full list of this year’s RPG-inspired questions.

That time of year again! Just take a second with me to reflect on how big this community, specifically the RPGaDay trend in August, has grown! While I believe that tabletop RPGs provide a never dry well of inspiration and questions to be answered, it still amazes me to see the variety presented in these.

I’m a bit late to the game (nothing unusual there), so in an attempt to not bog myself and my blog down, I’m just going to post these in blocks (maybe 7 days worth at a time, give or take).

So here we go!

Day 1: “Real dice, dice app, diceless, how do you prefer to roll?”

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Physical dice, hands down. I love collecting them, I like drilling holes in them and turning them into jewelry, I love giving them to my kids so they can marvel at the color combinations. I love dice.

I like dice apps for when I’m rolling up characters or NPCs for fun, it’s quick, easy, and my phone does the math for me. I’ve never played diceless before, but I have a couple of diceless storytelling RPGs that I’ve yet to play; it’s hard for me to imagine, but I’d give it a try.

Check out the newest “molton purple” set I got! Pink and purple marbled with gold lettering. Beautiful. And they roll pretty randomly, too!

Some truly beautiful pinkish purplish dice with gold lettering lie on the table, waiting to be rolled against a Bugbear.

Day 2: “Best game session since August 2015?”

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Unfortunately, I’ve only had the free time to play a couple of sessions in the past year (children are a joy, but they sure are needy). I’d have to say my favorite session was one a few months ago, playing Rifts with my Dad, Brother, and a friend. I was playing a Battle Magus Controller (essentially a magic using, golem master), and we were attacked by two huge monsters. Using my Automaton, my character not only sliced the monster in half (turns out it was a giant robot), but then disintegrated its head with a magical blast. It was a crazy night of amazing rolls, let me tell you! You can read how that party all got started here.

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RPG a Day: A Whole Month’s Worth of Gaming!

A bit late to post, but a similar family emergency as detailed here has cropped up. While we are all shaken, we persevere and make the necessary changes to our life as needed. I will not be putting my weekly posts on hiatus as I dearly need this hobby of mine for stress relief, but I cannot cast aside any chance of troubles meeting my schedule in the future. Things happen, and while we are making every preventative effort we can, more may yet happen.

That being said, this was a delight to take part in and to share and relive my personal gaming stories. Much is copied from my personal posts on Google Plus, which you can still find on my profile, but there is much that was lost or not included that I stuffed in here! I hope you enjoy and find yourself reminiscing upon your own gaming (mis)adventures!

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One: First RPG Played
That would be Rifts by Palladium Books, and I was 17. My Dad was the DM, he had just gotten honorably discharged from the US Navy and he was looking to spend some time reconnecting with me, so he dug out his old copies and we spent about 4 hours going through character creation! My fiancĂ© (now my Husband) was there, too, and while he had played Dungeons and Dragons throughout school, he’d never heard of Rifts and got sucked into it, too. I played a Freeborn Dog-Boy (played in the style of an Operator O.C.C. who specializes in mechanics), and my fiancĂ© played a human Wilderness Scout.

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The campaign stretched on for a few weeks through nightly sessions, we’d gotten to level 14 or so, until finally Dad devised a player killer ending. We were up against an army of Coalition skelebots, tanks, towers, deathhead transports, SAMAS suits; it was very much meant to end the campaign. While my fiance and the rest of the party were taking down a good amount of baddies with some well timed explosions and great shots, I climbed up a tower with my gigantic wrench, taking pieces off as I went along, until I finally reached the point where I could hack into the terminals. Dad is the type of DM who operates on the belief that anything is possible, even if it’s incredibly unlikely (I got this DM style from him.) I had to succeed at two separate pencentile rolls (with a maxed out skill) and roll really well for both of them.

I somehow managed to do it. Then I used the tower to destroy the other defenses and take out droves of baddies, paving the way for a surprise success with my other powerful party members. Dad ended the campaign there because he was not only sick of the campaign itself, but also because he didn’t want to figure out experience. We went out and ordered a book from our local game store within the week and we’ve been playing ever since.
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