RPGaDay 2017 – End of the First Week

It’s the end of the first week of #RPGaDay 2017, there has been a massive response to this years RPGaDay, hundreds of videos and loads of blog posts with people getting involved and talking about the hobby.

What is RPGaDay?

If you’re not familiar with RPGaDay, essentially during the month of August people answer a series of RPG related questions and produce content related to it, these could be videos, blog posts, tweets, however you want to approach it. The idea of RPGaDay is that it gives us all an outlet to enthuse about this wonderful hobby of ours and share that enthusiasm with others, the side benefits are that we get to find out about cool new Youtube channels and also get to learn more about our fellow RP enthusiasts.

If you want to know more about RPGaDay, I’ve done a post at the start of August that you can read by clicking here.

Week 1 Recap

Runeslinger–who is one of the main forces for pushing the RPGaDay idea forward–has just published a video where he gives a brief recap of the first week and current state of RPGaDay 2017, you can click on it below:

Please note: This video was entirely created by Runeslinger, I’m just sharing the love.

What RPGaDay means to me

I don’t want to retread ground that Runeslinger has already covered–since he did his usual excellent job with the week 1 recap video–so I’m going to talk a little but about what RPGaDay means to me and then finish off this post with some of my favourite videos that have been published so far. This is by no means a comprehensive list, it’s just a few videos that stuck out or struck a chord with me.

RPGaDay to me is a though-provoking and sometimes infuriating exercise, the questions are always interesting, some of them I have to think about for a fair old while and others I feel like I’ve not really answered the question in full, either because I can’t, I’m not sure how, or because I have too many potential answers. However the questions always feel worthwhile to me, even if I struggle with them or end up giving an incomplete answer, it gets me thinking about this hobby that I love, often in ways that I may not have done were I not taking part in RPGaDay 2017.

For example: The most recent question (as of time of writing) was Describe a Game Experience that Changed How You Play, I struggled with this one for a while since I think that you inevitably tweak and evolve your playing style during games even if you aren’t consciously aware of the lessons that you are learning.

Eventually I settled on something one of the players in my Star Wars Campaign said that caused me to re-evaluate some of my opinions on games involving fewer players:

Although I did struggle to come up with an answer, by thinking about this subject it made me consider the way that we learn things in RPGs and how that affects our playing style going forward, even if I’d not managed to come up with an answer at all, thinking about it in this way has helped bring something from the back of my mind to the front and made me more consciously aware of it, this can only be a good thing.

Content I’ve enjoyed so far in RPGaDay 2017

Okay, so here’s some content I’ve enjoyed so far in this year’s RPGaDay:

Michael Guerra went a different route and used a simple graphic to show his choice of game for Day 5’s question.

Sophie Lagacé has published some great responses to RPGaDay 2017 on her blog, you can find the blog by clicking here.

So there we are, that’s a smattering of stuff that grabbed my attention for RPGaDay 2017 but there’s plenty more stuff out there, I’m stumbling across new content all the time – if you want to look for more then check out https://rpgaday.com/

Get Involved

So if you love RPGs but you’re not already producing content for RPGaDay 2017 you might be thinking it’s too late for you since a week has already passed, but nothing could be further from the truth, the point of RPGaDay isn’t to chastise people for missing making a day’s video, it’s to get us all talking for this great hobby. If you want to start producing now here’s a few suggestions:

  • Create a single post or video that answers the questions you missed, you can be as brief or verbose with your answers as you like.
  • Start with the current questions and then go back and fill in the missing ones when and if you have time.
  • Just don’t worry about it, start putting out content at whatever pace is comfortable for you.

I hope that more people will get involved and I look forward to seeing the great content in week 2 for RPGaDay 2017 🙂

VR: Peasant Competency Levels

One of the unfortunate things about filming video responses for my Youtube channel is that I tend to do them in an off-the-cuff manner, this is great for getting an unscripted and spontaneous feel to the video, however it does mean that on occasions I tend to forget things and only think about them after I’ve just spent an hour or so editing the video.

The same thing happened recently when I filmed a video response to the following video OSR Gatekeepers: I do not fear death by Your Humble Gamesmaster:

I filmed what I believed to be a fairly comprehensive response to the video in question, you can see my video here:

It was only after the upload had finished that I thought ‘Oh sh*t I forgot to mention the bit about peasant power levels in the video’ – now I’m not going to go back and record the whole thing again to cram that part in so I thought that I’d write a brief blog about it here instead.

The Humble Gamesmaster makes the point that peasants or commoners are often seen as being particularly weak in OSR style games, particularly when in funnel play or in comparison to characters who actually have levels in a more normal PC class (fighter, thief, mage, etc); this is a very valid point, I do have a few issues with it though. After thinking about it for some time, I realised that my main issue was based on an assumptions that I’d made about D&D and OSR style games:

  • Adventurers spend a lot of their “off-screen” time practicing their skills.

I’d always imagined that the fighter spent a lot of their off-screen time practicing combat whilst the thief was out engaging in nefarious activities, the mage was obsessively studying spells and the bard was playing their lute or whatever it is that they do when they’re not annoying the rest of the party and trying to grab some abilities from pretty much every other class.

The Humble Gamesmaster makes the point that peasants or commoners in a standard pseudo-medieval D&D world wouldn’t be weak, they would lead hard lives working the land, I certainly think that’s true, however, I’ve always seen the difference between commoners and PC classed characters in D&D as being akin to the difference between a fitness fanatic and a trained soldier in real life, sure the fitness fanatic might be fit and in reasonably good health, however they don’t exist in the constant state of readiness that the soldier does, knowing that s/he could be shipped out at any moment to face danger and death.

So let me know what you think, are commoners weak in your world or do they have some untapped wellspring of inner strength?

RPGaDay 2017

For those of us involved in a certain sub-section of the online TT RPGing community, the approach of August can only mean one thing, it’s almost time for RPGaDay – that special time of year when numerous roleplayers dredge through their memories and strive to create a series of blog and video posts talking about their current participation in the roleplaying hobby and their history with it. This year is the fourth year that RPGaDay has been running since Autocratik began it and–as usual–Runeslinger is flying the flag and getting the info-graphics out there, I’ve reproduced it below for convenience:

RPGaDay is a great way to reminisce about your RPG history and also to engage with other members of the community, we’re all talking about the same great hobby so–as well as making your own blog posts or videos–make sure to comment and get involved with other people’s, don’t forget to use the hashtag #RPGaDay. Even if you don’t manage to do a post a day, or whether you cheat and film/write several at once (like I do if I am really busy), that’s not important, what’s great about RPGaDay is that is gets everyone in the community involved and talking about this great hobby of ours.

I’ll be taking part this year and I urge you to do so as well 🙂 

RPG Bugbears – Dilemmas

In this RPG bugbears video I talk a little about a recent dilemma I’ve been musing on.

Video Tutorial – Creating a Discord/Roll20 screen using Xsplit

In this video tutorial–requested by Caius Wallen–I show how you can use Xsplit to create a Discord/Roll20 screen for recording or streaming TT RPG sessions online. This tutorial assumes you have basic knowledge of Discord, Xsplit and Roll20.

In order you use this tutorial you will need a Discord account, a copy of Xsplit (the free one is fine) and a Roll20 account with a game already set up.

The URL for the Discord Streamkit is: https://streamkit.discordapp.com/overlay

End of a campaign

Well that’s it – my Dungeon World campaign that has been running on a weekly basis for the past few months has reached it’s end, our heroes confronted and defeated two of the great evils menacing the land, the necromancer Jaspar Sirsk and the gestalt intelligence the Thinker, incarnated in the body of a great Apocalypse Dragon. Continue reading

2000 YouTube Subscribers

I’m pleased to announce that a few days ago our YouTube channel passed the 2000 subscriber mark, I’m pleased that people find the videos I put out entertaining and/or useful enough to subscribe and stick with our channel and blog. To mark the occasion I filmed a combination intro/thank you video for the channel. Continue reading

RPG Rambles: For RP what do you go back to as sources of inspiration?

In this RPG Rambles video I ask what films, books, etc you go back to time and again as inspiration for your roleplaying sessions and campaigns?

RPG Review: Torment, Tides of Numenera – Explorers Guide

Monte Cook games were kind enough to send me an advanced PDF of their forthcoming Numenera supplement, you can see my review of it by clicking on the link below:

RPG Review: Archetype

In this video I review Archetype an RPG by James Terbrack: