It’s not late for me to participate in #RPGaDay, isn’t it? Good! Let’s begin!
In this post I’m going to answer the questions of the first ten days.
August 1st: Real dice, dice app, diceless, how do you prefer to “roll”?
If you follow me on Twitter then you know that’s an easy question. I love dice! I love rolling dice! I have enough dice to make sets for a bunch of people but I want more. I need more!
Also, dice add the element of randomness which I consider very important. I like how my players’ faces light up when they roll a natural 20 and how they darken when they roll a 1.
As for dice apps, I’ve rarely used them and if I have to choose between them and physical dice, physical dice win. Every. Single. Time.
I haven’t tried playing without dice, though I’d like to try it. But in the end, physical dice will always win for me.
August 2nd: Best game session after August 2015?
Some time in early 2016, I started running Out of the Abyss for my players. Of the three players in that campaign, only one knew lore about the Demon Lords but didn’t know that they would be in the adventure.
And finally comes the session in which they reach Sloopludop. I’d been waiting for some time for that. I was so excited to finally see their reactions when Leemoogoogoon rose from Darklake and mayhem ensued. It was amazing. Also, they were kind enough to hit Shuushar in the head so they could take him with them and save him. After that session, they have an idea of how dangerous the situation in Underdark is and have become a lot more suspicious.
August 3rd: Character moment you are proudest of?
I mostly DM so, to begin with, I don’t have a lot of character moments. And I can’t think of one that I felt “proud” about. However, there was an awesome moment when my Paladin went into an area more or less like the Mournland of Eberron and destroyed a cultist encampment all by himself.
August 4th: Most impressive thing another’s character did?
Of course, the time I need to think of an impressive thing a character has done I can’t remember any. But here’s one. The party was hunted down inside a city they were originally trying to lay siege upon. They tried to hide inside a warehouse but after a while a patrol went inside so they reached the conclusion that they had to fight. The party at that moment was hiding on the first floor while the patrol was still on the ground floor. So the Warforged of the party decided that the best way to start the fight was by punching a hole on the floor and landing on the soldiers below. It was awesome!
August 5th: What story does your group tell about your character?
As I mentioned earlier, I mostly DM. So there are not any exceptional stories for any character I have played so far. Sorry about that.
August 6th: Most amazing thing a group did for their community?
This is something I feel bad about. As far as I know, in my city there is no organized community. There’s one LGS but it can’t even host Adventurers League because there are no DMs interested in participating. There was one for a couple of months but not anymore. I was thinking of doing it but I’m not sure if I can do it. I don’t know if I’m good enough and also I don’t know if I’m going to have the time for it every week.
I like the idea of a local community but I really don’t know if it’s something that can be done in my area. The number of DMs I know in my city can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And most of them DM just for their friends. So even if I tried to create an organized local community, probably there would be no response by others.
August 7th: What aspect of RPGs has had the biggest effect on you?
RPGs have definitely made me a more creative person. I tend to (try to) draw more often and I have found an interest in cartography. I also have started reading more books again and I’m trying to write my own adventures. I’m in the middle of brainstorming for an adventure I want to publish on DMs Guild!
August 8th: Hardcover, softcover, digital? What’s your preference?
From quite young I was introduced to books and I love them ever since. I prefer physical books over PDFs. If the book is hardcover that’s even better. I like their shape, their smell and how awesome they look in my library. Almost one wall in my office is covered in books!
However, this doesn’t mean PDFs are bad. They have their own positive traits. They cost less, you won’t have to wait for it to be delivered to you and you can fit as many as you want inside your phone or tablet and take them with you.
But the most important is that it allows everyone to publish their own content. See for example RPGs. With DriveThruRPG and the more recent DMs Guild, you can publish your own adventures and supplements with almost to no budget. In those sites, there are gems that we wouldn’t have the luxury of having access to if it wasn’t for PDFs. Well, unfortunately, there are not only gems in there but that’s a story for another time since I’m trying to focus on the positive now.
August 9th: Beyond the game, what’s involved in an ideal session?
In an ideal session, the atmosphere is just right and the people are in the zone. I’d also like to have a couple of small props and maybe some music to help the players. Oh, and some food would be nice because a good session makes me hungry.
August 10th: Largest in-game surprise you have experienced?
I don’t really get large surprises from my players. I know them well and I believe I can more or less guess what they may want to do. I blame it to our inexperience, but mostly mine. However, as we continue playing, I see them take courses of action that I wouldn’t easily guess. That’s good and I hope next year I will have a large surprise to talk about.
And that’s it for the first ten days of #RPGaDay. Tomorrow I will start posting normally.
So until then, have fun!