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RPG Spotlight #7: The One Ring

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You might have noticed this new thing that sometimes invades the front page posts: The RPG Spotlight Event. The aim of the event is to increase activity on the site - and of course to provide some fun activities for anyone participating. Every three weeks, a new RPG from the database will be chosen to step into the spotlight.

The Spotlight is currently on The One Ring (1st Ed.). The event is aimed explicitly both at people already playing The One Ring (both First and Second edition, that is just coming out, well, now-ish) and folks who are just curious and want to learn more about a game they currently know little or nothing about.

There is a new thread every few days until the spotlight moves on to the next RPG. Which doesn't mean you cannot participate in older posts, too, of course!

What's going on right now?

The following is an overview of the threads created for the current RPG Spotlight - so check them out and see if something catches your interest:

As in every RPG Spotlight, I would first encourage everyone to say hello to their fellow geeks first: [RPG Spotlight] Who are you?

Once you've done that, you can browse around and ask or answer miscellaneous questions that come up in the Newbie Thread. Don't be shy, there is no such thing as a dumb question and there's lots of interesting topics in there already!

With Second Edition by Free League Publishing around the corner, here's where you can discuss how excited (or not) you are about the new edition: [RPG Spotlight] Are you excited for Second Edition? Or loyal to the First?.

Looking for adventure modules to play around with? Then according to this thread you can't go wrong with any of those out there - so check out which module fits which tastes!

Want to try out some adventuring in Middle-Earth all by yourself? Or have done so in the past? Then here's the place to go for you: [RPG Spotlight] A Fellowship of One – Solo Experiences!

There will be more threads going up during the next week, so keep an eye out on the front page - or subscribe to The One Ring!

What's up on the Horizon?

How do you get notified about new threads in the event? There is of course the possibility to subscribe to the RPG in question, but you can also check the front page for new forum posts: Posts created for these events are always headlined with [RPG Spotlight], so you'll be able to find them easily when browsing the 'geek.

You can also subscribe to the RPG Spotlight Event Tracker or watch this News Channel!

If you want to contribute more to the event - just post your own questions, ideas or Tavern Game! There is a cross promotion with the 2021 Annual Geek Review Challenge - so write some reviews for extra points over there. Or maybe now is the time to start that PbF you always wanted to run for The One Ring? Use the spotlight to promote your game and fill these virtual tables!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The RPG Spotlight will go on a kind of hiatus over Christmas and New Year's Eve, so there is no poll for the next game today. But no need to turn the internet off over the holidays: I will host a special Spotlight Event for the 24 Hour RPG Contest! As of today, you can still send in your vote for one of the twelve entries and once the winners are announced, the Contest and its Winners will feature in this RPG Spotlight Special Event! Chat with the designers, get extra GG for rating, commenting and reviewing and have fun with those short and sweet RPG designs brought to you by your fellow geeks. Stay tuned, more info once the Special Event is about to start!
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RPG Spotlight #6: Numenera

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You might have noticed this new thing that sometimes invades the front page posts: The RPG Spotlight Event. The aim of the event is to increase activity on the site - and of course to provide some fun activities for anyone participating. Every three weeks, a new RPG from the database will be chosen to step into the spotlight.

The Spotlight is currently on Numenera. The event is aimed explicitly both at people already playing Numenera and folks who are just curious and want to learn more about a game they currently know little or nothing about.

There is a new thread every few days until the spotlight moves on to the next RPG. Which doesn't mean you cannot participate in older posts, too, of course!

What's going on right now?

The following is an overview of the threads created for the current RPG Spotlight - so check them out and see if something catches your interest:

The best place to dive into the currently running event is to wave hello in the Introduction Thread. There's also a poll about your experience with Numenera, just in case you're in a hurry and just want to click some multiple choice questions!

For those totally unfamiliar, but endlessly curious about the Numenera or Cypher system, The Newbie Thread is back and a great place to drop your questions. And of course, as usual, we rely on those familiar with the game to answer those questions.

Getting started with a new game is often the hardest part, so there is one place to start looking for how to head out into the Ninth world: [RPG Spotlight] Making your way into the Ninth World.

And in case you want to dip your toes into Numenera without having to drag a group along - of course we got some insights on soloing Numenera, too!

In this spotlight, a (possibly recurring) thread category celebrates its debut: In Pros and Cons, you can discuss your love or loathing of the GM Intrusion.

The weekend will kick off tomorrow with this spotlight's Tavern Game: I'm thinking of calling it "Cypher Darts", where you can throw dangerous contraptions about. Have another idea for a Tavern Game? Feel free to write a comment to that effect - or just start your own thread in the Numenera forums right away!

What's up on the Horizon?

How do you get notified about new threads in the event? There is of course the possibility to subscribe to the RPG in question, but you can also check the front page for new forum posts: Posts created for these events are always headlined with [RPG Spotlight], so you'll be able to find them easily when browsing the 'geek.

You can also subscribe to the RPG Spotlight Event Tracker or watch this News Channel!

If you want to contribute more to the event - just post your own questions, ideas or Tavern Game! There is a cross promotion with the 2021 Annual Geek Review Challenge - so write some reviews for extra points over there. Or maybe now is the time to start that PbF you always wanted to run for Numenera? Use the spotlight to promote your game and fill these virtual tables!

Of course, the next event is already on the horizon, so vote for the next game to enjoy the spotlight here:

Poll: RPG Spotlight Event #7: Choose your game!
Which of those games shall feature in Spotlight #6?
 Choices Your Answer  Bars Vote Percent Vote Count
Dragon AGE
14.3 percent
14.3% 5
Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition)
14.3 percent
14.3% 5
The One Ring (1st Ed.) (and probably 2nd)
71.4 percent
71.4% 25
Voters 35
This poll is now closed.   35 answers
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Closes: Fri Nov 19, 2021 6:00 am
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RPG Spotlight #5: Dungeon Crawl Classics

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You might have noticed this new thing that sometimes invades the front page posts: The RPG Spotlight Event. The aim of the event is to increase activity on the site - and of course to provide some fun activities for anyone participating. Every three weeks, a new RPG from the database will be chosen to step into the spotlight.

The Spotlight is currently on Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game. The event is aimed explicitly both at people already playing DCC and folks who are just curious and want to learn more about a game they currently know little or nothing about.

This time, the frequency of new posts is a little lower than for the first events, so there will be new threads all across the three weeks (but not one every day). This was a suggestion after the last event, so lemme know what you think about this change!

What's going on right now?

The following is an overview of the threads created for the current RPG Spotlight - so check them out and see if something catches your interest:

The best place to dive into the currently running event is to wave hello in the Introduction Thread. This is always present in every Spotlight, but still nice to see new and returning faces every time.

The only thing you know about the game is the publisher's blurb and now you have some burning questions to follow up? The Newbie Thread will have you covered. With any luck, your question may have already come up, so how about posting a follow-up? If you are familiar with the game - help along those Newbies by answering their questions!

There are loads of different adventure modules out there - so here is a good spot to get or offer some recommendations for cool stuff to play.

No spotlight would be complete without some love for solo RPG playing! Here you can share your best practices in playing a solo DCC game. Or get inspiration if you want to try it out at some point.

Have already had your fair share of experiences and led countless adventurers to their early demise? Celebrate their memory by talking about they lived (and possibly died).

Last but not least, there should also be some fun gaming going on, right? Just up today, you can join the Tavern Game for some gonzo adventuring of your own making!

What's up on the Horizon?

How do you get notified about new threads in the event? There is of course the possibility to subscribe to the RPG in question, but you can also check the front page for new forum posts: Posts created for these events are always headlined with [RPG Spotlight], so you'll be able to find them easily when browsing the 'geek.

If you want to contribute more to the event - just post your own questions, ideas or Tavern Game! There is a cross promotion with the 2021 Annual Geek Review Challenge - so write some reviews for extra points over there.

You can also subscribe to the RPG Spotlight Event Tracker or watch this News Channel!

Of course, the next event is already on the horizon, so vote for the next game to enjoy the spotlight here:

Poll: RPG Spotlight Event #6: Choose your game!
Which of those games shall feature in Spotlight #6?
 Choices Your Answer  Bars Vote Percent Vote Count
Dragon AGE
27.8 percent
27.8% 10
Numenera
50.0 percent
50.0% 18
Vampire: The Masquerade
22.2 percent
22.2% 8
Voters 36
This poll is now closed.   36 answers
Poll created by Farydia
Closes: Fri Oct 29, 2021 6:00 am
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RPG Spotlight #4: Pendragon

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You might have noticed this new thing that sometimes invades the front page posts: The RPG Spotlight Event. The aim of the event is to increase activity on the site - and of course to provide some fun activities for anyone participating. Every three weeks, a new RPG from the database will be chosen to step into the spotlight.

The Spotlight is currently on Pendragon (1st - 6th Editions). The event is aimed explicitly both at people already playing Pendragon and folks who are just curious and want to learn more about a game they currently know little or nothing about.

If someone knows how to design a microbadge for participants - I'd be very happy about some support here, just reply to this post or send me a geekmail if you would like to help me out .

What's going on right now?

The following is an overview of the threads created for the current event - so check them out and see if something catches your interest:

The best place to dive into the currently running event is to wave hello in the Introduction Thread. This is always present in every Spotlight, so someone already dubbed it the "Groundhog Thread" for returning participants .

The only thing you know about the game is the publisher's blurb and now you have some burning questions to follow up? The Newbie Thread will have you covered. With any luck, your question may have already come up, so how about posting a follow-up? If you are familiar with the game - help along those Newbies by answering their questions!

Now you want to dive into the game, but don't know where to start? Get some helpful starting points here and also pick up some interesting reading and watching recommendations.

Don't have a group willing to play or you just want to dip your toe into the system without dragging everyone else along? We got our solo gamers covered. Hopefully . I definitely intend to try this out!

For more experienced players sharing their experiences in and out of character, there are fond memories that are fun to read and maybe you can add something to that, as well? Or maybe you have an opinion and helpful insights on the Pendragon rules and rules supplements out there?

What's up on the Horizon?

How do you get notified about new threads in the event? There is of course the possibility to subscribe to the RPG in question, but you can also check the front page for new forum posts: Posts created for these events are always headlined with [RPG Spotlight], so you'll be able to find them easily when browsing the 'geek.

If you want to contribute more to the event - just post your own questions, ideas or Tavern Game! There is also a cross promotion with the 2021 Annual Geek Review Challenge - so write some reviews for extra points over there.

You can also subscribe to the RPG Spotlight Event Tracker or watch this News Channel!

And if you want to have a say in what comes next - why don't you cast your vote in the poll below?

Poll: RPG Spotlight Event #5
Which of those games shall feature in Spotlight #5?
 Choices Your Answer  Bars Vote Percent Vote Count
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game
57.9 percent
57.9% 22
Numenera
21.1 percent
21.1% 8
Vampire: The Masquerade
21.1 percent
21.1% 8
Voters 38
This poll is now closed.   38 answers
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Closes: Fri Oct 8, 2021 6:00 am
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The Thursday Thing #13, September 23, 2021

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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

[REMINDER] - In the temporary absence of Steve this Geek Production is being compiled by Sam/Bifford, so please send any ideas, In My Own Words or complaints to him.


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On Habits
by Hida Mann

I'm trying to write an "In My Own Words" each week. But that's just part of a bigger plan - trying to write something each day, with a view to actually putting some of it out there in the long run.

At the same time, I've been trying to lose weight - more specifically, trying to cut out snacks between meals (and by extension, a lot of junk food).

One of these projects is going much better than the other, but both are really, really hard.

Why? Habit.

It's not my habit to write daily. It is my habit to snack. Going against my grain, even if I know it's learned behaviour, is a big challenge. Even stranger? I really like writing, and I feel good about myself when I get through a day without junk food. If I can find positive reinforcements like that, why is it challenging to stick with these things?

Internally, I've always just accepted that I'm not a person with a lot of willpower, but if I step back and think for a moment, I'm stubborn as #@$! when I have something to defend. Why the dichotomy? Again, it's habit. I've had to fight for things tenaciously before, but making myself stick to a regimen and changing myself? That's the edge of my map.

Let's bring it back to something we share around here; roleplaying. I try to make every character I play different. I try to distinguish my NPCs when I GM, through voice or manner or diction or cadence. I try to create plots that are different from what has come before. but I know that inevitably, I'm drawn back to the tropes I find fascinating - as a player, I seriously don't know how to build a character who doesn't have a political axe to grind and a chip on their shoulder. As a GM, my players know they will be facing a godlike entity at some point, and they are always looking for the clever loophole I will inevitably offer them that allows them to win the day. They also know that they will encounter NPCs with Russian, English, Scottish and Irish accents, inescapably.

That's how it was for years, until I found Call of Cthulhu. The first adventure I ran was set in Indiana and I didn't use any of my standard accents. The second, I had an explosion tear my brother in half, straight up killing him. In the third, the PCs all died to close a rift in reality. Have these things become habits? No, but they have become items in my toolkit as a GM and through exposure to them, I've grown.

I might never be slim, or a writer of any great note, but every day that I succeed at not snacking is a day better I am at managing myself. Every piece I put to paper (as it were) is a few more words I've put out there in the search for something profound. Changing habits is hard, but like so many things, it's a matter of perspective and subtle advancement. Take a moment to zoom out and enjoy gradual change, my friends.

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The latest "Behind the Screen" article is by Stu Denison, who delves in to World-Creation and Performativity in Sessions 0-1. Potentially a huge topic, I feel it deserves being discussed, and there is a grand start of such at:
Behind the Screen #77: Something about a World and a Stage; World-Creation and Performativity from Sessions 0-1

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Love him, or hate him, Bryce says it as it is (in his mind at least). It is not often that he gives praise to an RPG item, so when he does I feel it is worth looking into further. He has written a review of The Sepulchre of Seven, and while there are things that can be improved with it, on the whole he fair glows in his review and is like a proud father. Check it out at:
(The Sepulchre of Seven) First Effort. Great Effort.

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I may be a little biassed on this one as I played Krystal during these sessions, but other people were there too, not least of which is Leonie. It was an interesting investigation, with angels and demons cooperating in the same town to take souls. They needed to be stopped. Read the adventure (or part, thereof) here:
Monster of the Week (Revised) - Summoning symbols all over town - Play by VoIP

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD:
QOTD SEP 19: Do you think character death through bad rolls/bad luck is acceptable?

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There are a lot of podcasts being made. With COVID-19 and lockdown I know a lot of new pods sprang up (I will be on the next episode by DoubleDM, which started in lockdown!) Find the full list here:
/browse/rpgpodcast

With the latest episodes listed at:
/browse/rpgpodcastepisode


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Here are some other things you might want to check out.
Behind the Screen is an archive of advice by and for GMs written by members of our community.
Geek of the Week Month is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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The Thursday Thing #12, September 16, 2021

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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

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On Mechanics
by Hida Mann

So, my car was making this funny noise the other day...

What? Oh, right. Sorry about that.

>AHEM<

Why are some systems crunchier than others? Apart from the obvious answer "because we all like different things'?

On the Board Game side of things, people often use an imaginary scale like this to 'measure' board games:

Theme ----------------------------------------- Mechanics

It's not too hard to recognise that a binary system like this is flawed and fails to account for a lot of people (subtle political metaphor). The easiest way to prove this on the scale above is to ask about interaction between the players - you could argue that it's an aspect of mechanics, or that it's a symbol of successful theming, but the truth is that it's a third tier of measurement. We do have to be careful, because this way lies madness - we could make anything a unit of measure for a game. How blue is it? How sour? How good is it for playing on a speedboat?

But the basic problem of dichotomous measurement is apparent; a game can have great theme and great mechanics, but not be super fun for people to play, which defeats the purpose of it being a game.

Back to roleplaying. Why can't we just re-theme games over any set of mechanics we like? Boiled down, the challenges in an RPG are the same, right? an action that isn't certain needs to be overcome through some form of random element, action economy or resource expenditure.

Side note - yes, of course generic systems exist. My favourite of them is Fiasco and my least favourite is GURPS - but my question here is a little bit bigger than choice of system and deserves a bigger answer than 'you can re-theme games over any set of mechanics you like'

Personally, I have two answers I'll offer you. Agree with me, disagree with me, just put more traffic on Steve's post and pump those metrics, baby!

Firstly, 'Crunch' and 'Narrative' tickle different pleasure centres in my brain. I like playing Pathfinder because it challenges me to create, build and develop a character in interesting ways. It asks me to play in a tactical fashion, making the best combat choices and skill choices, and do so as part of a group. I like playing 7th Sea7th Sea because it tells me I can do anything I like for an action, while inviting me to say 'yes, and' when other players do the same. Moreover, I like it because it puts the focus on me and my friends being swashbuckling adventurers, achieving outrageous feats of derring-do without worrying about having a +2 bonus from a feat at any point.

The mechanics for these two games are utterly different and virtually incomparable.

This brings me to my second answer - there's a magical place where mechanics and narrative meet. Probably the best example of it, for me, is the chase mechanics from SpycraftSpycraft. Parties involved in a chase choose a manoeuvre, roll to see if they succeed at it and then compare their results to figure out what happens. Both can succeed. Both can fail. Things happen either way and the narrative to explain that is endlessly fascinating to me.

There are absolutely other truths about narrative, mechanics, dichotomies and why people play games - I'd love to hear some of them!

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2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge - RESULTS
The 2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge results are in. Come join the conversation and praise!


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Legacy of Dragonholt - A Positive Review
The Legacy of Dragonholt crosses the divide between board games, RPGs and solo RPGs. August Stapput provides us with an eloquent review. Please go and add comments!


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21st Century XDM Man
Join a crew on an interesting journey.
ctimmins wrote:
"As it develops, the page-ripping incident is worse that death."
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"I fully expect to see a notary hobgoblin sitting at a desk. I fully am disappointed."

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Every day there's a new Question of the Day. Most of them are game-related but once in a while we get one that'a more geek-related like favorite movies or books. The question changes every day and you can even suggest a QOTD. When you check out this week's Question of the Week, you can see a link to all the old questions and the chance to suggest a question of your own. Here's this week's QOTD: QOTD SEP 3: How do you learn a new RPG?


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Everyone needs a little help every now and then. Steve has a lot on his plate currently and real life has taken hold. The keen eyed of you saw this getting populated a bit at a time tonight. I (Bifford) will try to do this each week, but I'll need to wait for the auto-post to kick in before I can do so! Please be patient each week till Steve can resume his position as awesome dude of the Thursday Thing. Oh, and send me your Thursday THing article instead of Steve for now.


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Here are some other things you might want to check out.
Behind the Screen is an archive of advice by and for GMs written by members of our community.
Geek of the Week Month is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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RPG Spotlight: Labyrinth Lord Final Week!

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You might have noticed this new thing that sometimes invades the front page posts: The RPG Spotlight Event. The aim of the event is to increase activity on the site - and of course to provide some fun activities for anyone participating. Every three weeks, a new RPG from the database will be chosen to step into the spotlight.

We have now done this twice already and currently the Spotlight is on Labyrinth Lord. The event is aimed explicitly both at people already playing the game and folks who are just curious and want to learn more. There is also a "Tavern Game" post that is just meant as entertainment for anyone who enjoys RPGs in general.

The best place to dive into the currently running event is to wave hello in the Introduction Thread. This is always present in every Spotlight, so someone already dubbed it the "Groundhog Thread" for returning participants .

What's going on right now?

The following is an overview of the threads created for the current event - so check them out and see if someone catches your interest:

For all the solo RPG gamers out there, there is a thread asking about experiences and tipps for playing Labyrinth Lord as a solo adventure. So if you are interested in this topic, chime in here: [RPG Spotlight] Where is everybody? - Playing Labyrinth Lord Solo

Active players may have something to say about their expectations for a good adventure or remember something that went spectacularly wrong - or amazingly well. These threads could use some more love from those who have played the game at some point!

The LL Tavern Game is about creating a dungeon together. If this sounds like a fun activity to you - no matter how much you know about the actual game - let us know what you think is still missing in The Catacombs of the Nightmare Witch!

What's up on the Horizon?

How do you get notified about new threads in the event? There is of course the possibility to subscribe to the RPG in question, but you can also check the front page for new forum posts: Posts created for these events are always headlined with [RPG Spotlight], so you'll be able to find them easily when browsing the 'geek.

If you want to contribute more to the event - just post your own questions, ideas or Tavern Game! There is also a cross promotion with the 2021 Annual Geek Review Challenge - so write some reviews for extra points over there.

Want to know what come next? Well, we got you covered: As the last week of the current RPG Spotlight is on its way, you can vote for the next RPG to feature in the RPG Spotlight Event Tracker.
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The 24-Hour Cartography Contest has ended. Check out the winning entries here:

2021 24 Hour Cartography Challenge - RESULTS
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The Thursday Thing #11, September 9, 2021

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The goal of The Thing is to highlight contests and other interesting things on RPG Geek.

Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

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On 'The Industry'
Hida Mann

I'm not sure if understanding has grown or not over time, but no-one gets into making games for the money. The best and worst thing about the game industry is the passion that everyone brings to it.

In 2012, I was a very active member of the RPGG community (and BGG, and VGG, for that matter). Then I quit my job teaching literature and history and opened a game store and all my spare time just vanished. On paper, running a store and teaching take about the same amount of time; both have a core 5 days a week, both have take home work which adds invisibly to the time spent on work each week. But with a store, every spare second you have has to be reinvested into the community. The first year completely burnt me out - on reflection, I think I had a serious mental episode that took me years to bounce back from. My hobbies vanished from my life in service to the time needed to do those extra promotions, demos, planning, learn new skills about business and marketing...

And in some ways, it paid off. In 2016, I was offered a job as the brand manager for a chain of stores, helping them all to replicate the successes I found in mine. This was very good for me, as I was getting a salary, had more consistent hours and the bargaining power of 25 stores behind me, where previously I was trying to do it all alone. There were challenges, to be sure, but things slowly returned to normal on a personal level. Bridges were mended and I was able to approach normality again, but I still didn't find much time to come hang out on the 'Geek, because the expectations of my new role were 25 times bigger than they had been, and I had to work around the schedules of 25 other people.

In 2019, I was offered another job in the industry, working for someone who I was friends with, who offered me pay equal to the time I put into my work and opportunities beyond that which I'd ever had a store, or representative of many stores. He also told me not to keep working after I'd put in a full week and encouraged me to find some time for myself and my family. The business is international, so I could keep my own hours as well, knowing that I'd be able to get work done late or early or anywhere inbetween. This was all quite a revelation. I now have time to write these columns for Steve (most weeks) and do more than look up the hotness or promote something I'm working on. Feels good. I doubt I'll ever get back to being as deep in the community as I was way back when, but I'm feeling a lot more connected now than I have in years.

Passion drives us to our highest highs and our lowest lows. This industry, the games we love, it's all built on passion and love. Next time you watch a stream, or go to a con, or even visit your FLGS (especially when you visit your FLGS), buy the people making/running doing that thing a coffee and give them a smile. Trust me, they're working for it.

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QOTD SEP 8: What is the most number of different RPGs that you have played over a weekend (Fri-Sun)? What is the most number of different RPGs that you have played during a game convention?


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Obviously, the banners and The Thursday Thing are still evolving, but I think the banners are getting better every week as we replace my "art" with Patrick's.

Suggestions are still welcome.

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QOTD AUG 30: How does your role playing change during a session when you have strangers at the table?

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This is the last week to vote for the 2021 24 Hour RPG Cartography Contest - VOTING CLOSED


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Behind the Screen is an archive of advice by and for GMs written by members of our community.
Geek of the Week Month is a chance to learn more about our community members.
Contest Subscription Thread os where we go to find contests on the RPG side.
US RPG Chain of Generosity 2021 is where people in the US swap things they don't want for things they do.
Kickstarter RPG Game Books - 2021 is updated with all the latest RPG offerings.
RPG Spotlight Event Tracker is a focus on different games with questions and ideas. It's new, but gaining steam!
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