[generic] What are we running and playing?

#21
I’ve ran a lot this year, Tales from the Loop, Tomb of Annihilation and played in Mutant Year Zero and Lost Mines of Phandelver.
At present I’m running OpenQuest on Mondays using Crucible of the Dragon, which has just gone very steampunk thanks to the Artificers Guild and is about to fly off across the world to strange new shores. I used a lot of the information from my Here be Dragon Freeform to power this campaign and now I’m using maps that I developed of the World Beyond Pherae for the next stage of the game.
On Thursdays I am running the latest edition of RuneQuest, set in Furthest and Tarsh. We’re using the maps, gazetteers and cults that I’ve been developing for some time, plus new secret stuff. It’s going well although I’m not 100% sure of using a heavily skill based system with Roll20. We’ve got Bazz from Holland and a girl whose new to RPGs, and they tell me they’re having fun. Not sure about Gloranthan sorcery, not something I’d encourage players to use.
It’s really interesting to compare the gonzo delights of OQ to the rich complexity of RQG.
We’re also playing board games on Tabletop Simulator every other Wednesday Cavernia, Waterdeep and Fury of Dracula this last few sessions.
Add to that our Sunday stitch and bitch where we paint minis and chat, plus our ongoing PC version of our Bloodbowl league and I’ve never done so much gaming.
 

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#23
I’ve ran a lot this year, Tales from the Loop, Tomb of Annihilation and played in Mutant Year Zero and Lost Mines of Phandelver.
At present I’m running OpenQuest on Mondays using Crucible of the Dragon, which has just gone very steampunk thanks to the Artificers Guild and is about to fly off across the world to strange new shores. I used a lot of the information from my Here be Dragon Freeform to power this campaign and now I’m using maps that I developed of the World Beyond Pherae for the next stage of the game.
On Thursdays I am running the latest edition of RuneQuest, set in Furthest and Tarsh. We’re using the maps, gazetteers and cults that I’ve been developing for some time, plus new secret stuff. It’s going well although I’m not 100% sure of using a heavily skill based system with Roll20. We’ve got Bazz from Holland and a girl whose new to RPGs, and they tell me they’re having fun. Not sure about Gloranthan sorcery, not something I’d encourage players to use.
It’s really interesting to compare the gonzo delights of OQ to the rich complexity of RQG.
We’re also playing board games on Tabletop Simulator every other Wednesday Cavernia, Waterdeep and Fury of Dracula this last few sessions.
Add to that our Sunday stitch and bitch where we paint minis and chat, plus our ongoing PC version of our Bloodbowl league and I’ve never done so much gaming.
Good to see you around @Simon Bray, it's been a funny year, crap and yet with an online RPG lining!
 
#25
After playing two of the adventures in the Night's Black Agents: Solo Ops core book (and a one-off flirtation with The Paragon Blade play-test) for my Sunday one-to-one game we've decided to give the single player rules for Swords of the Serpentine a bash. It will be interesting to see how a version of the full-fat Gumshoe engine plays as a one player game.
 
#29
We link in using the video chat; Jenny and I are in the lounge, Lisa is at her house, Ben is in his room upstairs (because of his isolating). It's Numenera, so no need for battlemats or miniatures and I can just get on and describe the Game. Dice rolling is done on trust and Jenny (the least experienced) is with me so I can help if needed. By the end of the last session, she was well into how the Game played.
 
#30
We link in using the video chat; Jenny and I are in the lounge, Lisa is at her house, Ben is in his room upstairs (because of his isolating). It's Numenera, so no need for battlemats or miniatures and I can just get on and describe the Game. Dice rolling is done on trust and Jenny (the least experienced) is with me so I can help if needed. By the end of the last session, she was well into how the Game played.
I actually wasn't aware that Facebook video chat was capable of handling it and that's based on my own personal experience.

It doesn't matter what your playing so long as you're enjoying a game!
 
#31
Running:
Shadow of the Demon Lord, the Queen of Gold campaign (pirates and eelwives and fish-cults - with quite a bit of session-by-session tweaking) run as Schwalb intended, one level per session. They are 3rd level now, so there's 7 more sessions until the end of the campaign. The grimdark horror of the setting is rendered a bit more gonzo by the party of 2 orcs, a goblin, and a (token) human.
Agon, just starting out and getting the start of the system clicking for everyone. Two daughters of Ares, a daughter of Hermes, and a bronze-chested son of Aphrodite are a long way from returning home from the wars at the moment. Really interesting to run islands/sessions that I've already played through!
Legend of the Five Rings has the season finale next week, where they'll defend Mishimo province from a Shadowlands army. I'm still (after 5 sessions) undecided if the 5th edition dice fiddly-ness is worth it compared to 3rd/4th, but we'll see, maybe the mass combat rules will persuade me.
D&D5e in Eberron, working through the Oracle of War AL campaign alternately with more character-driven sessions. This is for a fairly inexperienced group of players and they are well into it - it's a lot of fun and I would recommend not writing off Adventurer's League stuff.
Various one-shots, as you'd expect

Playing:
Unknown Armies 3rd ed, which is great occult weirdness, and I am really enjoying playing the foil to everyone else's magical grimdark characters with my Lebowski-inspired shipyard owner, an Avatar of the Fool.
About to start Pendragon (after L5R) and have got my knight all shiny and ready for play - looking forward to a game I've always wanted to grok but never had the chance to.

In the works:
Got a group set up finding dates to run Conan 2d20 for them - I like the game and think 2d20 will be a bit of a project to run at cons next year, so hoping to get some one-shots playtested and then maybe stick em on the blog.
In the earlier stage of working out some Star Trek Adventures - as above, want to try an ongoing series of this.
Hoping to run/play some miscellaneous one-shots over Christmas seen as we'll all be bumming around our houses

Current tally for 2020 is 145 sessions - it's been a good year for gaming so far!
 
#32
2020 has been a year of variety for me, and getting games on my shelf to the virtual table. 34 different games; I wonder if I can reach 40 by the end of the year.

13th Age Glorantha (once GMed)
After the Final War (GMed several playtest sessions)
Age of Wonder (Homebrew Glorantha game) (GMed, campaign stalled)
Ashen Stars (end of campaign played)
Barbarians of Lemuria (one shot GMed)
Blue Rose (with Vortex rules) (one shot played)
Bubblegumshoe (one shot played)
Coriolis (several campaign sessions)
Dark Streets (one shot played)
Dark Trails (one shot played)
Delta Green (one shot and 4 session campaign played, another to come)
D&D 5e Curse of Strahd (campaign being played)
Exalted (campaign being played)
Fate Accelerated (one shot played)
Fate Wolf's Head (one shot run)
Godlike (two one shots GMed)
Liminal (campaign and several one shots GMed, due to play)
Mythras: Mythic Babylon (one shot GMed)
Night’s Black Agents (one to one game currently being GMed)
The One Ring (one shot played, due to GM one shot)
Paleomythic (two one shots GMed)
The Queen’s Men (one shot played)
Romance of the Perilous Land (one shot GMed)
Runequest: Adventures in Glorantha (two short series played)
The Revolution Machine (Gumshoe) (playtest one shot GMed)
Spire (one shot played)
Tachyon Squadron (Fate) (one shot played)
Tales from the Loop (one shot played)
TimeWatch (short campaign GMed)
Trail of Cthulhu (one shot, and Cthulhu Apocalypse) (one shot GMed, campaign of latter GMed)
Traveller 2300AD (one shot played)
Vaesen (short campaign GMed currently in progress)
WFRP 4e (campaign played)
Yellow King RPG (one shot played)
 
#36
I ran a session of Urban Shadows 2e using the quick start rules; we had a Vamp, Wizard and Fae dealing with the day to day politics of the boardwalk in a coastal tourist destination. I began with a bang, by blowing up a drug dealer's car just after they had given the Vamp a cut of the takings for being allowed to deal in their nightclub, which then just kept escalating! The Wizard and Fae poked around to see what they could uncover, while the Vamp got caught between her contacts in the police and the gang as things got ugly around the crime scene; we just about had enough time to close the scene after spending much of the session with the finer points of character & setting creation.

As the Vamp and Fae both attempted to get some juice on the gang leader, and both failed miserably, the standoff was broken by the sound of a single shot being fired... and we'll find out at the start of the next session just who pulled the trigger and who their target was!
 
#37
Today saw a milestone for me - session 100 this year, certainly the most gaming I've done since I was at university. I reckon there may be another 10-15 sessions left before New Year, so that will set an interesting target for 2021.

So far I have played/GMed 25 different systems, including 3 in playtest and 3 rule sets "adapted" to different games. It feels like a pretty extraordinary year.

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