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RPGaDay 2015

15th: Longest Campaign Played

Geez, these are getting harder!

I honestly don’t know. However, I can probably narrow it down to two contenders.

The first would be “Saviors”, relatively low-powered supers game using the Hero system, run mostly by Lowell Francis (man, he keeps coming up in these RPGaDay posts, doesn’t he?). I can’t even tell you how long it ran, but it seemed like a very long time – and I mean that in the best possible way. It was the kind of game where you just couldn’t help but be invested as a player: stakes were high, character death was a real possibility, and schemes were going on that you often felt you could do little to stop. I think I can safely say that for everyone involved it remains a hallmark of our gaming history.

The character I was known for in that game was The Word. He was a mysterious, perhaps insane, highly-principled, lives-in-the-sewers, trenchcoat-wearing, relentless vigilante inspired by the Rorschach character from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic book miniseries. He had what looked like a Christian cross on his face, but was never intended as a “Christian character”. I just liked the stark, idealistic iconography of it, especially for a mask. The horizontal beam hits right where a character’s eyes would be. He also had what looked like a priest’s collar with that little exposed white square, which combined with the vertical beam of the cross to sort of make the whole thing look like an exclamation point.

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The other contender would have to be whatever my friend Scott Hamlin called the AD&D games he ran back when we were both stationed at Fort Hood, TX back in our Army days. I feel like our weekends consisted of buying comic books, eating at restaurants, and playing D&D – in fact, we had a nasty habit of commandeering a large section of a restaurant, ordering lots of  food, and gaming too loudly for hours and hours. It was an absolute blast. That went on for a year and a half, give or take.

If you see someone online with the user name “Daz Florp Lebam”, that’s me; that was the name of a very silly character I ran in Scott’s game.



RPGaDay 2015

14th: Favorite RPG Accessory

Another hard one.

I don’t use or much care for GameMaster screens… I don’t use battle-mats or the like much… I use miniatures only semi-regularly… I’ve tried a bunch of dice-rolling apps, and I find Dice Roller to be the easiest to use, but I actually don’t use it much.

Basically, I don’t like gimmicks, props, and doodads when I run a game. I’d love to have mood music playing all the time, but the last thing I need when I’m running a game is more stuff to manage. As a player, I really like maps and minis and facsimile props – I guess because then I’m not the one who has to manage them!

I do like to have a few different sizes of paper on hand: post-it notes and/or 3×5 cards, regular 8.5×11″ lined and blank paper, and larger paper for the occasional map sketch. Also: a pen, a pencil, and a highlighter, the latter for marker super-important text when I’m looking up stuff in a rulebook.

I guess my answer would have to be: my tablet – a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I use it as I prep for a game and also at the table, for PDFs, images, and online randomizers. It has a good-sized screen, a built-in removable stylus, and a decent amount of storage. I have Dropbox and Google Drive on it, for accessing files I’ve used or found while on other computery-type devices. I actually use my phone more for finding, browsing, reading, and moving those files around wherever I happen to be, but at the table the tablet is much more versatile for my uses and for sharing with the players.

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