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The Thursday Thing #22, November 25, 2021

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On Vampires
by Hida Mann

I love Vampires - they've always fascinated me as a concept, from literature to film to gaming and beyond. Recently, and quite by chance, a number of Vampire-related media have confluenced upon me, leaving me pondering the nature of Vampires as a literary device, a biological concept and a spiritual representation. Let's start by looking at what I've seen recently that sparked these ponderings.

*John Carpenter's Vampires: Action romp with the bizarre choice of James Woods as a Vampire hunter. Vampires are fairly animalistic in this and getting bitten means you become one of them, at a seemingly random rate. Makes the interesting note that the first vampire was created by the Catholic church during a botched exorcism.

*Vampire: The Masquerade (5th Edition): A modern update of the game that everyone played in the mid 90s. Vampirism is more of a lifestyle than a curse here, but the rigid strictures of Vampire society restrain your actions.

*Midnight Mass: An utterly captivating Netflix drama about a small fishing village's religious passions and how they are exploited by a very naked, demonic looking Vampire. Secretly an extended metaphor for death and how we think about it.

*Fright Night: A very Dracula-esque Vampire moves in next door to a kid who can only turn to his girlfriend and a local TV presenter for help in dealing with the fanged fiend. Played for laughs, but with some moments of genuine horror interspersed.

So, in our sample of four Vampire media, something jumps out at me right away - two are positioned as attacks on the Church. Interesting, as traditionally, faith/crucifixes are a defense against a vampire. Midnight Mass, in particular, launches some scathing attacks at the concept of blind faith and how deep a hole it can dig you into.

Vampires also seem to evolve with us as a society; 3 out of these 4 talk about how the old legends about Vampires are at best partially true and at worst, disinformation spread by Vampires. Times change and running water being a hinderance becomes less convenient for a story, I get it, but it's interesting that we don't update other cultural monsters in the same way, or at least make the point as prominently.

The Vampires themselves vary greatly, from the somewhat camp lotharios of Fright Night to the genuinely monstrous in Midnight Mass and the animalistic in JC's Vampires. V:tM has to come out as the most nuanced and interesting here; vampirism empowers and tethers you simultaneously, keeping characters in a perpetual state of angst.

Facing a Vampire as a coming of age ritual, or significant life milestone, is another important theme here almost juxtaposed with the suggestion that becoming a Vampire is a way of slipping the shackles of the modern world. Encounters with Vampires seem to be about determining the mettle of a person.

I wonder if there's a game in here somewhere. There's definitely games that have explored it before - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hunter: The Reckoning and so forth, but I think the notion of making choices at critical moments in your life is integral to good roleplay, which makes this a compelling situation to try and replicate in an RPG.

What makes Vampires so interesting? I dunno. Maybe blood is sexy. Maybe being able to exist outside of the concerns of daily life appeals. Maybe watching human Davids battle Vampiric Goliaths gets us going. Whatever the reason, it's an enduring cultural myth with dozens of different representations across multiple cultures and stories - seems like something cool to explore in your RPGs!


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The Ctanta Claus Geeklist is up for the items people are receiving from Cthanta!
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! RPGGeek Secret Santa 2021

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Being the creator of a magazine myself I want to highlight a review of another mag, in the hopes more zines get the treatment! Hint hint, nudge nudge.
Starting to feel like a real periodical

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Q: Why are pirates called pirates?
A Pirate's Work is Never Done
A: Because they aaaarrrrrr!

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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 NOV 20: Have you ever played an rpg designed for only one-shots? If so, which one and what are your thoughts on your favorite and least enjoyable. If not, what prevents you from trying one?

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Scenario 44 - Red Steel: Gates of Chisinau.




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The Thursday Thing #21, November 18, 2021

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On Distilling Things to Their Essence
by Hida Mann

I've spoken a little bit in the past about the idea I had for a Dune game and the challenges of fitting it into the system, but as the movie comes closer to release in Australia, a lot of my friends have been opining and asking about Dune. I used to teach the novel and marked (and taught others how to mark) students' leaving exam essays (the HSC, if you're local) from around the state - which is a long way to say I'm pretty passionate about Dune.

So how do you go about distilling a novel as thick as a board game box into a few digestible ideas - and is this a transferrable skill? Spoilers: it is.

Dune is a work like Hamlet, or the Alchemist, that touches on a lot of different aspects of human existence. This is the first challenge in distillery; identifying the scope of the story. We know there is sweeping political drama taking place and get a sense of the chicanery that defines politics in Dune, but what the story is actually about is one young man growing up, experiencing loss and making choices that define his universe.

The novel is layered with social comment, much of which is metaphorical for Herbert's own world, America of the early 60s. You can draw parallels between Duke Leto and JFK, Spice and Oil, Dune and the Middle East, Bene Gesserits and Catholicism; the list goes on. The title reveals Herbert's central concern, ecology. Climate change had been identified and Herbert, then a reporter writing about the erosion of Sand Dunes, conceived a story that bore a message about our relationship with the planet.

Dune has another core message in it, one that many of us have learned not through Dune, but through its spiritual successor, Game of Thrones. That is the danger of hero worship. All of Paul's idols, the people he pinned his hopes and dreams on, die in the novel. He is forced to rely on himself and the kindness of the humble people around him to survive. When he in turn ascends to power, he does so not as a hero, but as a contentious figure who uses terror and power and fear as weapons to achieve what seems like a noble goal.

So how do I put all of that into a roleplaying game? Keep simplifying, keep extending the metaphor.

That coming of age stuff? The first few sessions of a campaign are all about finding your voice as a character. Figuring out exactly who you are. so let your players decide that, then sweep the rug out from underneath them. A character they like betrays them, a regime change occurs, the tide swings against them in a way that cannot be fixed with blades and guns.

The context? Easy enough to put in there if you have something to say - but also easy enough to use Herbert's - a lot of what he had to say still resonates in modern culture, climate change is real and oil is still causing problems.

The hero worship is the hardest to transfer across to an RPG - because the players are the heroes, but keeping them humble makes for an interesting game. Let them rely on others for help, have them befriend more powerful figures who are then taken down and put some morally ambiguous options in there for them to take if they want to.

Roleplaying in an existing universe isn't about killing Anakin before he becomes Darth Vader, or stealing the Doctor's TARDIS. It's about finding the vibe of that story and recreating it in stories of your own. Take some time to break things down to their components and then use those building blocks again to set up new ideas and you'll nail it every time!


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2021 24 Hour RPG Contest - VOTING OPEN

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Campaign Cartographer 3 - for the map-makers amongst you.
A Quality Product, which can produce Amazing Maps, but also Shows its Age

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Leonie with a bit of a tale.
Defiance in Phlan - A dragon’s tooth and Danger at Dusk


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QOTD NOV 17: What's your number one tip for combating distractions from the game?

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The Cthanta gifts will be shown off here:
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The Thursday Thing #20, November 11, 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.

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On Finding the Damn Time
by Hida Mann

Work has been monstering me lately. There's a lot of ways I recognise my own stress levels and 'overworkedness', but this one stood out to me:

I haven't logged into Steam in over 2 weeks.

Now, I'm not a religious, daily video gamer, but here in Sydney, we had a 12 week lockdown due to Corona which ended about a month ago, during which I definitely accessed Steam every day. The contrast is therefore stark to me.

Another notable; last night, I played a board game for the first time in around 3 weeks. This is even weirder to me, as pre-lockdown, it was a multiple-times-a-week event.

So what's different? I'm I'm definitely working a bit later than usual, but that's not necessarily the whole cause. I've been trying to spend more time exercising, which means some time on the treadmill every afternoon, and sure, it all adds up. Plus, with lockdown ended, I'm picking the kids up from school a few days a week. I've been trying to cook more, tied into the weight loss ambitions, but also seeing my better half's stress going up. Oh, and I've been spending some time with my daughter prepping her for her School Captain election speech. Then there's catching up with my parents and brothers, who I haven't been able to see for a few months, plus I planted a new garden bed... And then, and then, and then, and then.

How do we find the time for our hobbies? There are moments of genuine despair when I look at my board game/RPG collection - I love it. I love it all so much, but there's a lot of stuff still unplayed, or not played for some time now.

Time to get back to it. It's sometimes difficult to block out time and say 'no' to everything else. It feels selfish, or like you're letting yourself down, but the truth is that if we don't take that time, don't prioritise our fun, we end up spiraling into a funk of unhappiness.

Make time for your games, friends. Give them some love. Balance it all out as best you can, but when you notice those stress signs, those moments where you ask yourself what you're doing and why it isn't something you love - it's you time. Speaking of which, I better go paint some minis. Bye!

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If you are after map-making software for your RPG games/books then HumbleBundle has a deal on:
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QOTD NOV 4: What criteria and methods do you use to update your Wishlist in anticipation of Secret Santa, whether for RPGs, boardgames, wargames, etc. ?

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It's that time of year again: The triumvirate of seasonal cheer is once more upon us!!

With Steve's sebatical still in force, Patrick has stepped up to the fore to run the Envelope TOSSER this year.
2021 RPGG Envelope TOSSER - Sign ups closed, targets assigned!

and no RPG Geek year would be complete without the awakening of the great old deep one and his minions. I once more bring you:
The 13th (2021) Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Targets Assigned
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!!! YOU HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY TO SIGN UP !!!

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The Thursday Thing #19, November 4, 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.

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On Comfort Food
by Hida Mann

Growing up, my brothers and I collected and read Knights of the Dinner Table for years. It became difficult to get here in Australia as low local readership meant few copies were coming here, my local comic shop installed a minimum order that I wasn't hitting and life became busy... Things sometimes fall aside.

A few weeks ago, one of my brothers, now paid silly amounts of corporate money as a headhunter, said he'd ordered some KODT issues online to read. "That's cool", I thought at the time.

Then he got them, read them and passed them on to me.

Have you ever seen an old friend or flame after 5-10 years, and fallen back into step with them immediately, like nothing had changed? If not, I don't know that I can really convey the feeling in words, but the closest I have is that we know when we step out of our comfort zones - we feel challenged, uncertain and our brains go into problem-solving mode. This is the opposite of that. Imagine knowing you are safe and happy, everything feeling natural and requiring no thought, just happy emotions.

I'm prone to a little exaggeration (you may have noticed), but I swear to Ra, reading these comics was a revelation of how far outside of my comfort zone life has taken me. See, inside (and I suspect many of you will empathise with this), I'm still a kid. My most genuine moments of pleasure in life come from being with people I love, reading or watching something I've loved for years and being free of the concerns of bills, child-rearing, work or the mouldy spot that just won't get clean in the shower. We drift pretty far from that as adults, which is probably why more than a few of us use our leisure time to hop into another realm and be someone else for a bit.

The Knights of the Dinner Table are fun, silly, exaggerated, outrageous and occasionally show a little growth as human beings in an endearing way, all through the lens of their gaming adventures. If you've never read an issue, give it a look. If, like me, you fell off the wagon, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up, hop under a blanket and go back to your happy place for a while with them.

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A new GotWotM (Geek of the Week of the Month) has stepped into the light. Congratulate and ask strange questions of Dave T here:
RPG Geek of the Week/Month November 2021 #458: Dave T (icarussc)

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There's nothing like a good lambasting, and this has a cherry on top of a shining city under a blue sky.
Bryce Weeps

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I'll pimp my own work this week. Our Sin-Eaters and Geists went out with a valiant effort. Our groups' first ever TPK.
Session Five. In which we die (again)


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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 NOV 3: What is your favorite tt-rpg related app?

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It's that time of year again: The triumvirate of seasonal cheer is once more upon us!!

With Steve's sebatical still in force, Patrick has stepped up to the fore to run the Envelope TOSSER this year.
2021 RPGG Envelope TOSSER - Sign ups closed, targets assigned!

RPG Geek Christmas Card Exchange is once more organised by Jeff.
2021 RPG Geek Tavern Christmas Card Exchange

and no RPG Geek year would be complete without the awakening of the great old deep one and his minions. I once more bring you:
The 13th (2021) Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Targets Assigned
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The Thursday Thing #18, October 28, 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.

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On Customisation
by Hida Mann

We live in a very different world now to what we did when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s. This is a pretty obvious statement, but I want to focus on one aspect of it in particular;

Scooby-Doo Deck Chairs.

The global and cultural significance of the Scooby-Doo Deck Chair cannot be understated. Not because of the lovable cartoon dog on the plastic butt receptacle, but because you can now get almost anything you can imagine. Print on demand services exist everywhere and have little respect for copywrite. Make your own trading cards. Make your own board games. Make your own Halloween decorations. The biggest hitch you are likely to encounter is that some places may want you to make a minimum quantity of them.

There's plenty of environmental, legal and even social ramifications that spin out of this phenomenon, but let's bring it back to us; is there an RPG for everyone?

Increasingly, the answer is yes. I remember homebrewing a Transformers RPG when I was 10, but soon, I'll be able to walk into a store and buy Renegade's new one. The same is true of Masters of the Universe. Can Thundercats and Silver Hawks be far behind?

Of course, it isn't just licenses. One only need browse Kickstarter for a few minutes to see D&D rules supplements based on anthropomorphism, circuses, Ancient Egypt, Greece, China and South America, romance and the Loch Ness Monster.

Look further afield and you find the remarkable works of Jason Morningstar, who not only gave us Fiasco, but also games where you are a skeleton guarding a tomb over millennia, where you are the plaintiff in a court case against a ghost or where you are soviet witches fighting in WW2, to name a few.

O Brave New World that Hath Such Gaming In't!

Of course, Miranda is naive when she utters Shakespeare's oft-used exclamation of wonder - and we must also take care not to miss the forest for the trees in this magical isle we live on - to whit, MY SHELVES ARE FULL.

I have so many RPGs now, most of which are specialised to my sense of humour and tastes, that it can be problematic finding a group that works together to play them. Of course, time is also an issue - how many games can I realistically run? Which in turn leads to the burnout caused by running games all the time and never getting to be a player in the games I bought because I want to play them (and yes, I realise that being the GM IS playing the game, but it isn't quite the same experience).

It's unlikely I'll ever stop buying games that appeal to me - maybe slow down, at best - and any problems I have really are a hill of beans in context, because wow, look at the cool stuff we have. But if anyone ever wants to run Little Grey Cells or Meddling Kids and needs a player, let me know and I'll be there for it!


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Not exactly news...in fact, not news at all....but there doesn't appear to be much of that this week. So instead, have a thought-provoking blog:
StoryTogether TTRPG Blog

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Last week I chose to be un-biased, choosing a Dune review. This week I'm going to be COMPLETELY BIASED. I wholeheartedly agree with John. I don't get it (and I hate the art).
34 pages of associated items, ennies, much ravings..... and I just don't get it?

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A sentient house, a giant with his missing goose and players doing what they do best - breaking a scenario before it's gotten started!
The Breaking of Willowby Hall


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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 OCT 25: Should RPGGeek host a weekly one-hour social Zoom chat?

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It's that time of year again: The triumvirate of seasonal cheer is once more upon us!!

With Steve's sebatical still in force, Patrick has stepped up to the fore to run the Envelope TOSSER this year.
2021 RPGG Envelope TOSSER - Sign ups closed, targets assigned!

RPG Geek Christmas Card Exchange is once more organised by Jeff.
2021 RPG Geek Tavern Christmas Card Exchange

and no RPG Geek year would be complete without the awakening of the great old deep one and his minions. I once more bring you:
The 13th (2021) Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Targets Assigned
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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 #17, October 21, 2021

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On the Unexpected
by Hida Mann

In the last session of my Sentinels of the Multiverse Campaign, the players (a team of government-sponsored supers) were on the trail of someone who had been stealing others' senses. In particular, an art director lost his sight, a chef lost his sense of taste and a musician lost his hearing. There were two people they could connect with all three victims; a struggling artist and a high powered lawyer. They chose to pursue the artist first.

They found him at home, where he lived with his mother. She was very polite and welcomed them in, whereas he was petulant and resisted their investigation at every turn. Eventually, it became fairly obvious that he knew something and they asked him to accompany them to their base. He kicked up a commotion, calling them 'Supercops' and calling out police brutality.

(For those wanting the full story, the young artist had inherited money when his father died and used it to hire the lawyer, who was actually a super-powered mercenary, to punish those who he felt had wronged him and stymied his career).

In the post-game discussion, a few interesting things came out. Firstly, none of the players had seen this coming. They were working as a government sanctioned team in 2021 and hadn't realised they might face anti-police sentiment. That's on me, I guess? As the GM, I set a lot of the game's tone, but it's been fairly street-level comics genre so far, and street level is where you see social justice issues in comics the most. Weirded me out.

Second, one of the players was reeeeeaally uncomfortable at being accused of brutality and had to really re-evaluate his character (he used his gravity manipulation powers to pick the artist up when he wouldn't come with them or answer their questions). Everyone at the table likes that, a lot.

Thirdly, the players applauded the use of a privileged white kid who didn't feel the world had given him enough and his expensive lawyer as a villain duo. I certainly planned them into those roles, but I was a little surprised and pleased to have the players identify that intention. After all, villains in that mould have been around in comics for decades.

I like to put social challenges and quandries to my players. Good fiction has always reflected the difficulties of its context, so having them interact with those challenges through our game is very satisfying. More than that, I like it so much when players surprise you - that character, who is now going to go through an in-game self-reflection as a result of this storyline, elevates things at the table for me. As a GM, there's few things better than knowing you've helped your players create drama and explore genuine human issues. IF you get the chance, give it a go.

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It's that time of year again: The triumvirate of seasonal cheer is once more upon us!!

With Steve's sebatical still in force, Patrick has stepped up to the fore to run the Envelope TOSSER this year.
2021 RPGG Envelope TOSSER - Sign ups closed, targets assigned!

RPG Geek Christmas Card Exchange is once more organised by Jeff.
2021 RPG Geek Tavern Christmas Card Exchange

and no RPG Geek year would be complete without the awakening of the great old deep one and his minions. I once more bring you:
The 13th (2021) Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Targets Assigned
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Eric Dodd talks us through the Lone Wolf book, The Kingdoms of Terror, book 6.
Lorestone in a Warzone

Bonus review: ALso take a look at Just like a khopesh to the guts!. It'll take but a moment, but worth it.

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I'm not a fan of Dune myself, but plenty are, so this is my unbiased choice of the week:
Big Worm Eats Bad Guys


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QOTD OCT 14: In Play-by-Forums (PbF), what do players appreciate in a gm and what do gms appreciate in players?

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The Thursday Thing #16, October 14, 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.

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On Screaming Into The Void
by Hida Mann

Up until comparatively recently (and acknowledging that on a cosmic scale, anything I do is recent), I worried about about seeing evidence that people are reading what I write and engaging with it. A few weeks ago, right here, I wrote about the fact that I was doing this column as a way to keep myself writing regularly and practice the craft of wordsmithery, and doing so triggered a realisation in me that while engagement is nice, there is often value in creating something for a limited - or even a unique - audience.

Being able to gauge the size of your audience *feels* important - we weigh it against our perceptions of what our reach *should* be. I published a module recently for 7th Sea on Drive Thru RPG and I can tell you exactly how many people purchased it. I can also tell you that the only commenter on the module accused me of being too woke, for having a woman leading a pirate crew and pregenerated characters with no gender on them. I'll be scratching my head over that one for some time to come.

In last week's column, I specifically asked for responses from people who had worked on representing diversity in their RPGs, but got not a peep back. The thought flashed through my mind - does this mean no-one is reading it? Does that in turn mean I shouldn't bother writing anymore?

Nah.

You could accuse me of liking the sound of my own voice too much - and you wouldn't be wrong - but In My Own Words isn't the Hida Mann blog - anyone can write this stuff - and it isn't about being provocative or sparking a reaction from you, dear reader. I like writing. It's part of a process of self-reflection that I feel, in some small way, helps me understand and codify my corner of the universe.

Feedback, discussion and intercourse over a topic are enjoyable - I do like to hear others' opinions; that's how mine grow and change over time. But there's another way that could happen - maybe one of you wants to write for In My Own Words? It's pretty easy - pick a topic and start typing, then send the result to Bifford (Sorry Bifford!).

In the end, each of us does leisurely things such as writing or roleplaying in life for our own enjoyment, and that of our friends. If you're not getting that enjoyment, or if the enjoyment is tied to feedback you're not getting, make a change! For me? I'm content to keep writing until I'm told to stop. 


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It's time for the 2021 RPG Geek 24 hour RPG contest! Send in your entry by November 16th, with details here:
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Michael Taylor provides his thoughts on Crusaders of Sarillon
Not quite a review, but a definite recommendation

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Purely for the Spoiler awareness disclaimer at the start!
Raven's Purge Campaign - Session #20: Unleash the Hounds of War


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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 OCT 11: If you were writing an RPG about James Bond for a modern audience, what would it look like?
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Saturday is Free RPG Day. Find a thread about it, with info and links here:
Free RPG Day 2021


BONUS!!!!
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The Thursday Thing #15, October 7, 2021 [Special Friday Edition!]

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SPECIAL FRIDAY EDITION!
Due to moving house I don't yet have broadband. Last week I cobbled the Thursday Thing together on my phone. This week I was busy with work and tired so totally forgot it was Thursday until today. So here is a special Friday edition of the Thursday Thing!


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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 Variety
by Hida Mann

Games Workshop, whose products I very much enjoy, have created (off the top of my head) 10 different types of Elves between Fantasy and 40K.
In Pathfinder, I'm currently playing a Suli, which is a sort of elemental Djinn.
I have at least 10 different board games on my shelves which depict the Ancient Egyptian gods, with no two being identical.

They say that variety is the spice of life, but let's drill a little deeper - why do we desire that variety so? What do we gain when we create it?

I was brought up during an era of Australian Politics that focussed on multiculturalism - the government threw open the gates of immigration and invested money in having its citizens celebrate diversity and difference. Looking back, it was really phenomenal and a progressive policy for the 1980s. Growing up with that is probably one of the reasons I react very poorly to bigotry or exclusion in any form.

Thus, it's always been a little odd to me that the majority of written modules and roleplaying worlds I've seen are segregated; over there is the land of the dwarves, mountainous and challenging. Here is the abode of the Avian people, who are so rarely seen in the cities of humanity. To the North lays the frozen home of the barbarous yet noble wild tribes... and so forth. This 'standard' outline for a world offers us two key insights - firstly, that there is a perception that audiences can't or won't accept a multicultural setting and second, that despite this, audiences are interested in a diverse range of options for characters. (I can already hear the shouts from those of you who want to point out settings that do things differently to this stereotype and I have no doubt that they exist and I can think of a few myself, but stay with me for a moment).

There's obviously mechanical concerns in a game, which different races can satisfy. To go back to Games Workshop for a moment, the Age of Sigmar setting gives us Magic Elves (The Lumineth), Agile Elves (The Daughters of Khaine), Resilient Elves (The Sylvaneth), Agressive Elves (The Idoneth Deepkin) and subsets of those like animalistic Elves and Pirate Elves. Each of these has different lore, but there is a definite sensation that they are built from the mechanics up - how can we make these factions play differently on the table? Let's put those aside for a moment.

There's a big political discussion to be had around simple questions like 'why don't some of the avian people buy a house in the city', but that's not where I'm going with this. If we take it as granted that people want some diversity in their roleplaying (and other gaming), what can we do, as players and GMs, to satisfy that desire in dramatically positive ways? Legit question, post some answers, I want to hear them!


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Short and sweet! Solo gaming comic, Mud: A Golem Memoir, gets a review by Jonas.
A Gem of Clay: Short, well-crafted solo game comic

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Clark runs through a Pulp-tastic robot nazis scenario on the Orient Express with Patches, Philip the Magnificent and Dr. Merriwether. What's not to like?
Pulpy goodness - but we botched the pacing


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QOTD OCT 6: Do you financially support any RPG-related creator on Patreon?

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We try to make the Geek, and especially RPG Geek, as welcoming as possible. While the "Geek of the Week" has elongated into "Geek of the Month" it is still a very worthwhile community asset. Show the newest GotW/GotM some love at:
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The Thursday Thing #14, September 30, 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 Adjacency
by Hida Mann

My gaming life began a long time ago, with Masters of the Universe: The Power Sword Conquest. From there, things grew exponentially, and I thought it might be interesting to trace how one 'hobby', which at the time would probably be better described as a pastime, has grown into a range of interconnected subhobbies, where I now find myself. I suspect it is a tale that many of you will find familiar...

Discovering that I liked He-Man so much, my parents supposed that other fantasy Barbarians, like Conan and Lone Wolf, might appeal. Recognising that the original novels might be a little much for me at 5 years old, they instead got me a couple of Fighting Fantasy books. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. I was already big into reading, but suddenly there was interactive reading. Hot damn.

So, there I was at school a few years later, reading the latest Fighting Fantasy book, and another couple of kids come up. They are holding Hero Quest and tell me about it. I'm in. We play, we love it. We discover that there's a step up from Hero Quest, it's called Talisman. Hot Damn again. Then one of my friends shows up with Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. HE describes it as Hero Quest, but with no board and dozens of character classes. I play a gravedigger. I level up for the first time and become a Demonologist.

HOT DAMN.

During a long and boring school holiday, I take out my copy of Heroquest and find some old acrylic paints in the shed. To this day, I have no idea why we owned them, but I grab a brush and put them to use. My minis look awful, but I'm kinda proud anyway. I discover the existence of Warhammer as a wargame and buy some Dark Elves. I decide a whole army is expensive and too time consuming and wow, am I not good at painting.

Next year at school, Hero Quest kid comes in with a new game. It's called Blood Bowl and it is hilairous.

Needless to say, Hot Damn.

I hit High School and find some guys in the library playing D&D. I listen in, but it isn't for me - I've discovered already by this point that my tastes run a bit darker than generic fantasy. One of my friends shows me Civilization - I've played plenty of computer games up to now, but holy forking shirtballs, this leaves them all for dead. I fall in further in love with history and literature because of this game.

Late in school, one of my friends pulls out some cards and teached me to play a game. I have a disposable income at this point and I immediately dispose of it all on this amazing new game, Magic the Gathering. I have a circle of friends who play. Together, we go to a local game club where they run little tournaments. We go to a release event (because they didn't have prereleases yet). I am thoroughly hooked.

Flash forward to the end of school; the day after my final exams, I head into my favourite game store, hand them my resume and tell them I'll work for peanuts. I get the job that hadn't previously existed. I work hard and honestly, just put every cent I make back into that store. While I'm there, I discover everything from Vampire the Masquerade to Battletech to Call of Cthulhu.

Now out of school, I start going to roleplaying conventions with some of my friends. I make friends with the people running them. I start running them. I get approached by people running RPGs, Card Games, LAN setups, board games, the whole shebang. I say yes to all of it. I am swimming in gaming.

H O T D A M N.

Obviously, it's a slippery slope, but what fascinates me is that it just goes deeper and deeper. If you like Fighting Fantasy, roleplaying is a natural evolution. Once you're roleplaying, using minis becomes cool, so now you're modelling. When you're not roleplaying, maybe you still want to immerse yourself in a narrative, so now computer games are an option. Maybe you prefer the social element, so now you're board gaming.

At the start of the pandemic, I decided to stop just painting bits and pieces of models here and there and actually commit to the hobby. I did so in the form of painting my way through the entirety of Cthulhu: Death May Die. Last week, I picked up a bunch of special varnishes and textured paints so I could improve the bases of my minis - this is way further down the rabbit hole than I planned. In fact, having gotten a taste for being crafty, I took another plunge and ordered some resin to make chopping boards and maybe even a table with. Carpentry, borne ultimately of the He-Man board game. Hot damn.


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A "new" version of D&D has been announced. But is it new new, or just, ya-know, new? Make your comments here:
WotC Announces "New Evolution" of D&D in 2024

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A review of a GM/Storyteller screen? Maybe not. Read on to find out!
4 Bits of Cardboard and a Cracking Night's Play - A Review of the Conspiracy X 1st Edition Game Master's Screen

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It's been a quiet week for session reports, so I give you a two parter:
Pt 1. Getting out of Bogenhofen
Part 2. Altdorf again

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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 29: Which game has your favorite worldbuilding process?

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Should you find yourself with spare change, burning a hole in your pocket, then look no further than this Crowdfunding thread:
Table Top RPG Kickstarter/Crowd-funding Announcement Thread - 2021 Edition


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The Thursday Thing #13, September 23, 2021

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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.

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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:
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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.
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