Thursday, January 26, 2012

23 Questions


Zak Asked us people some questions. I wasn’t originally planning on doing it, especially since at the time this first started going around it had been years since I last played. Then I got to play...


1. If you had to pick a single invention in a game you were most proud of what would it be?

This is a tough one, as I’m more of an adaptor than an inventor. I think I’m going to go with The Witch of the Deep.

2. When was the last time you GMed?

1/7 I ran my 4e game with my cousins.

3. When was the last time you played?

1/24 Nick the Pike made his second venture into Stonehell on a Google+ game with Michael Curtis as a fellow player.

4. Give us a one-sentence pitch for an adventure you haven't run but would like to.

Red Hand of Doom - for Rules Cyclopedia D+D

5. What do you do while you wait for players to do things?

I usually take a sip of whatever I’m drinking.

6. What, if anything, do you eat while you play?

It varies. Chips, Naan bread, pizza, carrots, etc.

7. Do you find GMing physically exhausting?

More mentally exhausting, but so worth it!

8. What was the last interesting (to you, anyway) thing you remember a PC you were running doing?

Using a pit trap as a barricade against a horde of undead.

9. Do your players take your serious setting and make it unserious? Vice versa? Neither?

My players inevitably take my semi-serious setting and make it unserious.

10. What do you do with goblins?

Mostly bog normal. I need to work on this...

11. What was the last non-RPG thing you saw that you converted into game material (background, setting, trap, etc.)?

I converted a gun from Halo into a D&D weapon.

12. What's the funniest table moment you can remember right now?

Funny and frustrating. My friend was DMing a D+D game, and we were in a green city full of halflings who only spoke french. The session closed with my character yelling “No! No ‘Por quoi’! Just tell me where to find the damn wizard you short shit!!”

13. What was the last game book you looked at--aside from things you referenced in a game--why were you looking at it?

Vornheim, because I just bought it, and Loviator, because it just came in the mail.

14. Who's your idea of the perfect RPG illustrator?

Jeff Easley has always been my favorite RPG illustrator.

15. Does your game ever make your players genuinely afraid?

For their characters? Sometimes. Beyond that? No.

16. What was the best time you ever had running an adventure you didn't write? (If ever)

I think the best was probably The Sunless Citadel when 3.0 was released.

17. What would be the ideal physical set up to run a game in?

A holodeck. Aside from that, a long table with the players along the long edges, the DM at one end, books, art, terrain, and minis on the walls. Ideally, in a real castle.

18. If you had to think of the two most disparate games or game products that you like what would they be?

Nobilis and Tales from the Floating Vagabond

19. If you had to think of the most disparate influences overall on your game, what would they be?

Currently? Zac and Raggi on one side, and C.S. Lewis on the other. Chronicles of Vornia anyone?

20. As a GM, what kind of player do you want at your table?

Well-adjusted, Engaged, Mature - in that order.

21. What's a real life experience you've translated into game terms?

Bartering in the market and hiking.

22. Is there an RPG product that you wish existed but doesn't?

I want a DM-in-a-box. Google+ is pretty close.

23. Is there anyone you know who you talk about RPGs with who doesn't play? How do those conversations go?

Not really. I generally keep it separate from everything else. It isn’t hidden, I just don’t want to bore anyone.

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