Sunday, August 24, 2014
#RPGaDAY -- Catch Up (Days 7-9)
In the meantime, let's see if we can get this #RPGaDAY thing wrapped up by the end of the month and, as always, I'm playing catch up here:
7. Most 'intellectual' RPG owned.
8. Favourite character.
9. Favorite Die / Dice Set.
I find an intellectual game to be an interesting concept. Most RPGs have the capacity to be intellectual by virtue of imagination. It doesn't have to be something that's complicated but I suppose the devil is in the details. Looking and thinking back what I own or have owned, I guess I would have to go with something like Palladium Fantasy. Not because it is overly intellectual but because it had me thinking about game design more than once when I compared it to Dungeons & Dragons. That said, most will fine that character generation in games from Palladium are long and needlessly complicated. ;)
My favorite character is a toss up between two actually. One was my first character of course, a Fighter that grew to prominence in the campaigns I played. The other was a Halfling Thief that was in the middle of a pivotal and campaign altering war which he helped bring about. Fun times!
As to my favorite Die or Dice Set -- I don't really have one. For a few people, I've seen them select their very first dice set and I really suppose that's as good as an answer as any. I don't have my original dice set anymore. However they were special to me for a couple of reasons. The first is because they were given to me. When I became involved in the game (AD&D), I was living on a Canadian military base in Germany. Dice were EXTREMELY hard to come by. You couldn't just go to a local game store to pick them up. The place we got our books from (a small bookstore on the base) did not stock dice. So, when I started, a friend who had a couple of sets of dice he was regularly using gave me some old dice that was included in the Basic D&D set (BECMI series). Those were my dice. Within a couple of years with traveling and such, it was a big deal to find a game store in a foreign city and country and, sure enough, when the opportunity arose -- we bought dice. I had acquired a couple of other sets and, when I introduced another new player to D&D, I gave him the dice that were given to me. When I think back to that set, part of me hopes that they continue to exchange hands as necessary. I have my second set of dice still -- they are a multicolor set of solid dice which I have retired in their own tiny pouch amongst the hundreds of dice I have since acquired.