Posts Tagged ‘GTA’

Day 267: Is anyone out there?

April 20, 2010

I’ll soon be posting a link to my new website, but more importantly I’m trying to engage more with Toronto gamers.

Does anyone still follow the blog?  Do you want to play?


Day 72: The Three Ways

October 7, 2009

I have three ways I play.

1) Follow my lead

In Follow my Lead play, one player – always the GM – is the author of the game’s story, and the players take roles within that story.

2) Story Now

Story Now is live fiction, like live music.  The point of Story Now is to create the fiction at the table, and puts all the players in the position of author, actor, and audience at the same time.  Story Now is an incredibly complex topic with a mind-boggling diversity of play experiences that can be had.

3) Step on up

Step on up games are about overcoming challenge and playing to win.  Many step-on-up games are competitive amongst the players, with the GM acting as a referee.  The other step-on-up model is where the GM sets up a world full of challenges – like an amusement park on steroids – and the players go about choosing challenges and using their skills to defeat those challenges.  In that context the GM crucially provides consistency, and danger is not an illusion.  4th edition Tag’s Folly is a Step on up game of the latter variety.

Day 58: Scheduling

September 23, 2009

Wow, I am gaming a LOT these days. Almost too much to keep up with. I have a Richmond Hill group, a downtown group, and two Tag’s Folly’s groups, not to mention the stuff I get invited to ad-hoc.

I’ve put up the days that are already busy on the sidebar. That stuff is either life or reserved by another game. I can’t just game every night (I am a dad and husband, after all), so when a night is booked for gaming, the days adjacent to it become booked for family (if they aren’t already).

Edit: I updated some Take 10s, see the link in the sidebar.

Day 55: Bullshit #2, Organizers should Organize.

September 20, 2009

So, basically, I tried to be nice while I was there but D&D game day at the Aurora Public Library was essentially a disaster.  I had come out to try to meet new gamers, and I did, so in that way it was a success.

But here’s some tips if you’re organizing a game event.

  1. Give a shit about whether anyone besides you has any fun.
  2. You’re expected to try to make the game better, not be a distraction.
  3. Don’t invite someone who you know will be a disruption at the table.
  4. If it’s a public library, reserve a room.
  5. A constant stream of talking might be a problem.

Now here’s the “are you fucking kidding me?” bit.   So the event was booked at the Aurora Public Library, but the organizer decided that we didn’t need to book a room.  This means the librarians have to come and threaten to kick you out – not the best atmosphere to introduce new players and make a first impression.  “Hi, I like Roleplaying Games and I’ve set up an event.  First, I’m going to make you very uncomfortable.  If you get excited about something, make sure to keep it to yourself because we need to be quiet.  I’ve also talked over the GM, disrespected the other players and the game, and acted like I’m 5 years old.  By the way, I’ll spend a good part of the game scolding my son who’s being almost as obnoxious as I am.  I don’t care whether you’re having fun.  Want to invite me to your game?”

So this manages to be Toronto Gaming Bullshit, #2, totally unplanned.

Names from Husk

August 31, 2009

Update 31-Aug-2009: Cleanup, with new names starred.

Here is the names list for the campaign.  As these get used, I will mark them with an asterisk (*) and lengthen the list as necessary.

Remember: *’s are taken.  I know multiple people can have the same name in real life, but it makes tracking this campaign more difficult so please pick something else.

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