Thursday, November 25, 2004

More memes

RPG meme

  1. What is the first RPG you ever played?
    OD&D up to Eldritch wizardry with Pasadena cleric system
  2. What RPG do you currently play most often?
    Burned out years back; last as player was using the WEG Star Wars d6 system; as GM varAD&D2.
  3. What is the best system you've played?
    I was never really a player, much more a GM. In terms of enjoyment hours, the old var-D&D c1978, follwed by Champions (3rd).
  4. What is the best system you've run?
    I would have liked it to have been HeroQuest - but that didn't quite manage to rekindle the embers. In terms of the players having a good time for a reasonable number of sessions - AD&D2+house rules, followed by Champions (3rd).
  5. Would you consider yourself an: Elitist/ Min-Maxer/ Rules Lawyer?
    Uh? You what? I'd consider myself a gamist with simulationist leanings.
  6. If you could recommend a new RPG which would you recommend? Why?
    HeroQuest, even though the 25 year wait was just a bit too long, because I liked the feel as I read it.
  7. How often do you play?
    Not at all for the last 5-6 years. Was monthly before that. GMd weekly for a good bit in the early 90s.
  8. What sort of characters do you play? Leader? Follower? Comic Relief? Roll-Player/ Role-Player?
    If there is a theme, it's characters who walk up to opponents and hit them; and if they do develop as characters to role-play, they are ones who wonder why they're not doing something safe instead.
  9. What is your favorite Genre for RPGs?
    Fantasy, followed by 4-colour superhero. I couldn't get into the dark style of games that seemed to be everywhere in the 90s; and SF games always had "which sub-genre" and "how to justify 1950s technology" issues.
  10. What Genres have you played in?
    Fantasy, superheroes, a little bit of "'60s spy show crossed with Dr. Who", a number of abortive attempts at SF. Once each Paranoia and CoC (and never again).
  11. Do you prefer to play or GM? Do you do both?
    By far the most as GM. Play got less and less comfortable. Before I GMd I wrote SF for my own amusement; and since I stopped GMing, I went back to that. Not that characters are as amenable when they're your own :)
  12. Do you like religion in your games?
    In fantasy games, yes. It's what makes Glorantha such an appealing setting. I could even do the generic-Catholic quasi-mediaeval setting. Other settings stay secular, by tacit consensus.
  13. Do you have taboo subjects in your games or is everything "fair game"?
    The tacit consensus was very much PG-13 style play, staying away from the areas not to be discussed at dinner parties - sex, religion, politics (No sex please, we're British)
  14. Have you developed your own RPG before?
    Yes, back c78, as a codification of the complete rewrite of D&D we'd been playing.
  15. Have you ever been published in the Gaming Industry? If so...what?
    Yes - in WD50 (RQ and some D&D stats for the Citadel WD special figures collection) and 78 (planetary system accretion program based on Stephen Dole's ACRETE); a review in Interactive Fantasy, with credits for assist on a number of Phil Masters' GURPS or Hero publications.

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