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Monday, 1 May 2017

A Roleplaying Epiphany Of Sorts...


Too many roleplaying games, not enough time.

There are a couple of gorgeous-looking roleplaying games hitting the market around now that I have become fixated on: namely Free League Publishing's Tales From The Loop and Mongoose's revamp of Paranoia.

And this isn't even considering Kickstarters (a whole other ball of wax I'm trying to wean myself off of), such as Kenzers' fancy new version of Aces & Eights.

Both Tales From The Loop and Paranoia appear to have been produced with a great deal of love and attention to detail, published with the highest quality of craftsmanship, but just as I was about to pull the trigger on one - or maybe both - of these, I was suddenly struck by the question: why?

I already own more roleplaying games (let alone comics and books) than I could possibly read in my lifetime, let alone actually play, so do I really need yet another game?

Tales From The Loop, in particular, riding the  '80s nostalgia zeitgeist driven by the success of the marvellous Stranger Things, appears to have wonderfully elegant rules and dice mechanics (albeit of the dice pool variety that I usually baulk at) and conjures a very evocative oeuvre.

However, I also have to look at in the context of my gaming group, The Tuesday Knights. A long time ago, when I briefly floated the idea of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer campaign, there was an undercurrent of resistance to the idea of playing "teenagers", so how would they react to playing younger kids?

And deviating back to Kickstarters for a mo, I reckon I've got more chance of convincing the Tuesday Knights to play youngsters than I have of getting them to invest in a long-term western campaign... so there's no way I can justify investing in Aces & Eights (as much as I want to!)

I also know it's incredibly naïve on my behalf but I still dream of running an open-ended "forever campaign" - in the style of Aaron Allston's famous Strike Force and similar 'old school' heroes of mine - and Loop certainly doesn't appear to lend itself to this.

As I have pointed out many times, The Tuesday Knights only meet once a month, for two-and-a-half/three hours of gaming, so if I'm looking for possible 'forever campaigns' to launch after Pete's current Top Secret campaign, I've got to (a) pick a game that I'm confident with (and won't fold after a couple of sessions) and (b) has the facility, and legs, like a good comic book or TV soap opera, to run and run.

Another important point is the fact that these games aren't cheap. You are paying for quality (which I don't object to, of course), but if you're paying top dollar you really need to also be getting some use out of it... beyond it looking cool on your bookshelf.

3 comments:

  1. I hear ya! The trouble is I get all excited about a game and about how wonderful it would be to play it. Buying the game keeps that daydream alive.

    I did manage to 'sort of' wean myself off RPGs and even sold off a good chunk of my collection (which was actually quite liberating)...of course, that was only by replacing the RPG addiction with a Wargames one.

    I do still pick up the odd game...FFGs Star Wars stuff, Chaosium's CoC stuff, C7s DW stuff, Lone Wolf and AiME stuff (hang on a minute...! Did I say I'd weaned myself off?)...and I did back Tales from the Loop as I got caught up in the whole retro Stranger Things vibe. I had, though, actually decided to bung it straight on eBay as, like you, I realised I'd probably never get to play it...but then it arrived. It is GORGEOUS! Maybe I can try it with the kids after I finish up the Lone Wolf game we're playing and the Tails from Equestria game I've promised to run for my daughter....

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    1. "The trouble is I get all excited about a game and about how wonderful it would be to play it. Buying the game keeps that daydream alive. "

      Never have truer words been spoken!

      You're also lucky to have a willing next gen of gamers to play RPGs and wargames with (also a built-in excuse to KEEP buying games!)

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    2. I really don't need much of an excuse....

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