And yes, I play Rifts! Have had a continuous campaign running for 15 years...which may just be a record - who knows? Haha!
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29) Favorite Website - www.themook.net
The Mook ( ) has so many good custom-made resources available on his site for learning GURPS. It's such a fantastic way to learn what is admittedly a horrendously intimidating game system. Mook shows you it's really not that bad, and his current "New to GURPS" series on his blog is a fantastic example of this.
1) Forthcoming game you're most looking forward to - Infected by Immersion Studios. The only one I know is in development, which I backed on Kickstarter. (see https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1196986656/infected-zombie-rpg-by-oliver-r-shead)
2) Kickstarted game most pleased you backed - Haven't backed any except for above. Really glad I never backed Far West by Gareth Michael Skarka, though. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Adamant/far-west-western-wuxia-mashup-adventure-game)
3) Favorite New Game of the last 12 Months - I try to stay on top of things, but I don't know about new games. I think Fate Core is the newest game I have in my arsenal. I'm going to say Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, too, even though I've not read it yet.
4) Most Surprising Game - Traveller. I didn't think I would enjoy a sci-fi RPG at all, but it's pretty fun.
5) Most Recent RPG Purchase - Dogs in the Vineyard. seems like a great guy and I can't wait to get my book in the mail.
6) Most Recent RPG played. - Pretty sure it was 's D&D game. If not, then it was 's HeroQuest game.
7) Favorite Free RPG - Either Fate (although it is pay what you want rather than free) or probably a free module, such as Legacy of Disaster for Legend of the Five Rings. (http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/85888/Legacy-of-Disaster)
8) Favorite appearance of RPGs in the Media - When FoxTrot ran a week of comic strips wherein Jason was trying to get Paige introduced to AD&D. It introduced me to D&D and thus RPGs as a whole.
9) Favorite media you wish was an RPG - Dune (the original book by Frank Herbert). There was a Dune RPG printed in 2000, but I never heard anything great about it. It is most notably just a $200ish collector's item. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune:_Chronicles_of_the_Imperium) Oh, also, someone should do a Mad Max: Fury Road game.
10) Favorite RPG Publisher - The most books I have are for GURPS 4th Edition, so I guess Steve Jackson Games is my answer, but I am mad because so many are out of print. In terms of books I just love, anything published for Legend of the Five Rings by Alderac Entertainment Group is amazing.
11) Favorite RPG Writer - From what I've seen so far, either D. Vincent Baker (See #5) or Greg Stolze.
12) Favorite RPG Illustration - The artwork in the AD&D 2nd Edition books (the re-release with the black borders) captivated me as a kid.
13) Favorite RPG Podcast - Happy Jacks. No explanation needed. (http://www.happyjacks.org/)
14) Favorite RPG accessory - Dice! The more, the better. Also, my Dice chest from Dogmight Games.(http://www.dogmight.com/dicechest)
15) Longest campaign played - Actually, in terms of session count, probably my GURPS Steampunk Carnival game, which was the first campaign I ever ran myself. Fun times.
16) Longest game session played - I'm going to guess either on of our Pathfinder sessions, or the one-shot Savage Worlds pulp adventure I devised to introduce people to non-D&D-or-Pathfinder RPGs.
17) Favorite Fantasy RPG - Who am I kidding, Dungeons and Dragons. I do have high hopes for Swords and Wizardry, but I have not had a chance to play it yet.
18) Favorite SF RPG - Traveller. Even though we just did character creation and one campaign session so far, it's a great game.
19) Favorite Supers RPG - Wild Talents. Supers is probably my least favorite genre, but I did pick up the book because I wanted to learn the One Roll Engine.
20) Favorite Horror RPG - I think I would probably like Call of Cthulhu. Also Monster of the Week, an Apocalypse-engine game, seems pretty awesome. So far, the only horror I've played has been in GURPS.
21) Favorite RPG Setting - Rokugan. (Legend of the Five Rings) They've admittedly had a long time to develop it, but there's just so much rich detail in this world. Also helps that I'm a sucker for anything Japan-related.
22) Perfect gaming environment - A kitchen table. Sodas and/or alcohol well-stocked.
23) Perfect game for you - GURPS. Often, my ideas for a setting or scenario don't fit in well with other predefined games or settings. Although I would prefer a version with cooler dice mechanics than a simple 3d6 for everything. See Answer #25 for more.
24) Favorite house rule - Players narrate their own critical failures.
25) Favorite revolutionary game mechanic - The use of dice pools as opposed to single die rolls.I also enjoy variations on this, such as the Roll and Keep mechanic of L5R or the raise-and-see mechanics of Dogs in the Vineyard. Hence I'm most looking forward to Legend of the Five Rings, Dogs in the Vineyard, One-Roll Engine games, and maybe even a bit of Vampire: The Masquerade.
Second place is the concept of 'exploding' dice.
26) Favorite inspiration for your game - asking my wife what she thinks should happen next in that game I'm running.
27) Favorite idea for merging two games into one - Dogs in the Vineyard + Legend of the Five Rings. Very similar and probably not that hard to do.
28-31: coming soon, now that I'm caught up.
30) Favorite RPG-Playing Celebrity
I was thinking of putting Stephen Colbert, Patton Oswalt, or maybe Chris Hardwick, but for a step above, George R. R. Martin plays some GURPS, goddamn it.
28) Favorite Game I No Longer Play - Probably Savage Worlds. I mean, I'm still up for playing it, just like I am all RPGs that I know of. But in terms of getting really psyched for different systems, I think Savage Worlds has lost its appeal to me.
In short, the system is very game-heavy. There tends to be a lot of dice rolling, and players always get the Wild Die. The game incorporates playing cards and bennies. So much of Savage Worlds is mechanics-centric that I think it tends to distract from the role-playing. It is also geared for a very specific flavor of game, so I find myself turning to it less and less.
"Zak Smith ... lives and works in Los Angeles, where he runs a Dungeons & Dragons campaign for a group of friends consisting mostly of porn actresses and strippers. ..."
It was the only set of video actual plays I could find back when I was trying to find out how the whole TTRPG worked.
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