RPGaDAY #29 - Best Kickstarter

Tue 29 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

Tough call. I have backed quite a few kickstarters and most have come out beautifully. Picking one will be hard. Here are some of the better ones...

-Feng Shui 2. Fast turn around. Good product.

-Primeval Thule 5E. Fast return even on the stretch goals. Looked great.

-Starvation Cheap. This is for a smaller kickstarter and book


RPGaDAY #28 - Game quotes

Mon 28 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What film/series is the biggest source of quotes in your group?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

I suspect this answer will be the most popular one...at least for us older gamers. Even my wife who has never seen the movie (I almost stopped dating her when I ...

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RPGaDAY #27 - Essential gaming tools

Sun 27 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What are your essential tools for good gaming?

Dice and paper and pencil.

Seems simple doesn't it? That is all I really need, the essentials. I usually have a good idea of the targets numbers required for a game system and from that I can pretty much do anything ...

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RPGaDAY #26 - Best Resources

Sat 26 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Trick question. I am going to assume they mean which company that released the rpg provides the most resources for their game. I have found that many games, even "dead" ones, will have resources for a given rpg from various fan sites. Sometimes ...

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RPGaDAY #25 - How to show appreciation to your DM

Fri 25 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What is the best way to thank your GM?

Let me count the ways. As I mostly GM I think feel qualified to answer this one. The best is to actually show up and be engaged. Missing multiple weeks for weak reasons or showing up and not paying attention will ...

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RPGaDAY #24 - PWYW that is worth more

Thu 24 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Share a PWYW publisher who should be charging more.

While technically not a PWYW (Pay What You Want) because it has a price of free and there is a version that you can buy, I am going to say most of the games from Goblinoid Games, specifically Labyrinth Lord. It ...

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RPGaDAY #23 - Best RPG layout

Wed 23 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG has the most jaw-dropping layout? 

I'm going to go with the 5E Monster Manual. There are so many to choose from that I have to go with one of the ones I have seen most recently. I actually like the way they integrate the monster pictures with ...

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RPGaDAY #22 - Easiest to run RPG

Tue 22 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run? 

The ones where everyone at the table already know the rules. I prefer to focus on the story going on and I've at various times defaulted to the players for a rule. I make them look up a rule as ...

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RPGaDAY #21 - Most succinct RPG

Mon 21 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What RPG does the most with the least words? 

There does seem to be a trend in game design to use the most words possible. This is usually done to either sound intelligent or to pad the word count for a higher paycheck. Some do it well and others are ...

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RPGaDAY #20 - Out-of-print RPGs

Sun 20 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What is the best source for out-of-print RPGs? 

If I am looking for a particular hard-copy of a game  I usually go to eBay first. The pricing tends to be fair and they usually have what I am looking for. Amazon sometimes has them but not as often and not ...

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RPGaDAY #19 - Best writing

Sat 19 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG features the best writing? 

This is a tough one. There can be many forms of "best" for "writing". Do you mean flavor text? Do you mean that the rules are clear with good examples? Do you mean the writing is evocative and makes you wants to play the ...

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RPGaDAY #18 - Most played RPG

Fri 18 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG have you played the most in your life? 

Dungeons & Dragons.

This is the game I started with. Sometimes I will either grow tired of it or want to try something new, but I always end up wanting to run a game with it eventually. Curiously I always end ...

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RPGaDAY #17 - Longest unplayed RPG

Thu 17 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played? 

Bushido by FGU.

I got the game soon after it was released by FGU. It was actually out before then but it didn't come onto my radar until FGU published it. Technically, I had some early Traveller books which ...

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RPFaDAY #16 - Best RAW RPG

Wed 16 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG do you enjoy using as is? 

RAW (run as written).

There have been many times when I prefer to run a game as written without any homebrew. Often I will be looking to run a certain type of game and I then go looking for which system I ...

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RPGaDAY #15 - Most adaptable RPG

Tue 15 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG do you enjoy adapting the most? 

I have actually been adapting, or as we like to call it homebrewing, for decades now (wow, did I really just say decades?). Obviously D&D and its various editions have been adapted. Also I've done work with... 

1E Gamma World ...

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RPGaDAY #14 - Favorite system for campaigns

Mon 14 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play? 

I feel that the majority of RPG systems lend themselves to open-ended campaign play (Toon and Paranoia come to mind as systems/settings that would prove difficult for a sustained campaign). However, generic systems or those decoupled from a setting tend ...

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I have a kickstarter!

Mon 14 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

As some of you have noticed I have been remiss with this blog (though I am having some fun doing the latest RPGaDAY event - part of the reason I joined in was to do some writing here). What have I been doing with the time I haven't been writing ...

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RPGaDAY #11 - Which game needs a new edition

Sun 13 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which "dead game" would you like to see reborn? 

Flashing Blades.

This is a Three Musketeers style game that came out in 1984 from Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU). It was well written and even had some excellent supplements for it. The rules had an excellent background/career system for characters ...

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RPGaDAY #12 - Interior art

Sun 13 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Which game has the most inspiring interior art? 

I'm going to turn this into a question of...which artist did I like the best as interior art. Allen Nunis. I am most familiar with him from the work he did for West End Games, particularly TORG. (So I guess ...

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RPGaDAY #13 - Things that changed how I play

Sun 13 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Describe a game experience that changed the way you play.

I am playing a druid named Brie Wildways. His highest stat was a 12 (Wisdom), but the highlight was his Intelligence of 6 (bad die rolling). It was at a college game with about 12 other people (they had a ...

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RPGaDAY #10 - RPG reviews

Thu 10 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

Where do you go for RPG reviews? 

I do a general internet Google search. However, most of the links all point to https://www.rpg.net/ at some point. I have found that they tend to have more than one review for a game and are rather comprehensive in their ...

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RPGaDAY #9 - The 10 session campaign

Wed 09 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What is a good RPG to play for about 10 sessions? 

I tend to prefer long, multiyear long campaigns. I do not tend to run finite campaigns but rather let the players decide where to go and what to do. If one of my campaigns ends around 10 sessions it ...

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RPGaDAY #8 - Good and short RPGs

Tue 08 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What is a good RPG to play for sessions 2hrs or less? 

Right now I'm going to go with 5E D&D. Combat moves much faster while still retaining good choices and resource management. Because the combats flow faster it means you can pack in more non-combat scenes as ...

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RPGaDAY #7 - Impactful RPG session

Mon 07 August 2017 by David Dolph from Big Ball of No Fun

What was your most impactful RPG session? 

My first interpretation of "impactful" is one wherein there was a session with great immersion or that altered by perceptions of RPGs in general. However, I have to say that no such thing has happened at my tables (though I have seen it ...

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