Advanced Labyrinth Lord, Al'Amarja, B/X, Classic Traveller, CyberPunk, Cyberpunk 2013, Dungeons & Dragons, Empire of the Petal Throne, Gaming, Labyrinth Lord, Neoclassical Geek Revival, NGR, OSR, Over the Edge, RPG, RPGs, Tekumel, TFT, The Black Hack, The Fantasy Trip, Traveller, Troika, Warhammer Fantasy, WHFRP, WHFRP1e
I kind of disappointed myself this year with only 12 RPGs played in 2019. I try to game 3-4 times a week, and have managed that most of this year until familial obligations took over this fall and cut me down to 2ish games per week.
That said, I played RPGs with about 50 different people this year, without playing in any “open table” or convention games (back when I used to go to RPG conventions, I’d usually manage a dozen different RPGs played in a single weekend instead of a full year). And the games were great.
My taste in games obviously trends to the old school (while I love D&D, you’ll note that the only actual D&D I played this year was B/X D&D and classic OD&D) – but I also had the chance to really enjoy running a short Over the Edge story arc which was immense fun (the new system for this edition of OTE is really up my alley). It sits along nicely with Troika! and The Black Hack as super-simple systems that REALLY work well.
I’ve been playing in extended campaigns of Advanced Labyrinth Lord (with a group that takes breaks along the way – when we finish a major adventure, someone else takes the reins for a few sessions of another RPG before we get back to the campaign), Empire of the Petal Throne (going on 5 years now, I think?), and Neoclassical Geek Revival (now in the fourth campaign that I’ve played with the same DM and some of the same player).
For the last year and change I’ve also been running a Warhammer Fantasy 1e campaign playing through the full classic “Enemy Within” campaign. While the system has some complexities that I don’t fully enjoy, it has been a LOT of fun and by our best guess we have about 12-14 months more before we’ll finish the whole thing.
Along the edges of these campaigns I played an interdimensional assassin trainee in Troika!, a Vargr Corsair in Traveller, a Conan-styled thief in B/X D&D, a minor warlock in The Fantasy Trip, and a cigarette-based occultist in the Black Hack. I also ran a short urban adventure in classic OD&D, an introduction to Al’Amarja and a big party in Over the Edge, and an orbital AI heist in Cyberpunk 2013.
Let’s see if I can increase the variety of games played next year, eh?
Andreas Davour said:
Only 12 you say!
I think I’ve changed up my gaming a o lot this year, and I played 5 different game systems so far. Savage Worlds, Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, The Fantasy Trip, Forbidden Lands and a homebrew EPT/Black Hack game. I might manage to cram in a session of Call of Cthulhu before the end of the year if I’m lucky.
I think many play one or two systems exclusively. I who crave variation and who also love to try new things usually want to play more different things than I do. But, 5 or 6 feels quite decent after all.
Alec Semicognito said:
Wish I knew how to get in so many games!
Dyson Logos said:
It was easier in the G+ days when people were always announcing when their next online game was being held.
Reblogged this on DDOCentral.
I am the Keeper for a Call of Cthulhu session every other Saturday at a local gaming store.
Andreas Davour said:
Like Dyson say, online gaming helps if you want to try different things out. Then there’s the life puzzle, and that’s why I played 5 game systems, and he did 12! 🙂
Ah, D&D Googly Eyes Edition. Best D&D there is.
Robin Fitton said:
All of that excellent mixing with 50 other people. You will have the mind of mind-flayer, absorbing the brain waves of the roleplayers. I manage 1 game a week, so you are doing very well!
Jonathan BeckerJB said:
That’s actually a pretty great list. I haven’t played Over The Edge, Cyberpunk, or WFRP in YEARS and I wish that wasn’t the case…they were some of my favorites in years past.
*sigh* I only *wish* I could play a couple times per week. Feel fortunate, man.
Dyson Logos said:
The new edition of Over the Edge is AMAZEBALLS.
Compared to a single system that I’ve played (unless you count each edition as separate, then three – B/X, AD&D2e and D&D5e), that’s no mean feat! To be honest, though, the gaming community here isn’t that sophisticated. That being said, a friend of mine will run WFRP in a few days from now.
And yeah, I’ll be lucky if I manage to play more than once a week.
Yikes! That might be more different game systems than I’ve played in the last decade!