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Robert Ruthven
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Typer of words, player of games, teller of tales.
Typer of words, player of games, teller of tales.

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I have four sessions of Headspace on the calendar for February. RSVPs will be open to all from December 13th.

Headspace is a Cyberpunk RPG about hyper-competent operatives fighting personal battles against the Corporations controlling the world. These unlikely heroes regret the direct hand they had in making the world the dystopian place it is, so now they're going to try and change the world. Alone, they wouldn't stand a chance. But with Headspace, an advanced technology to share consciousness, together the Operators can make a difference. But will their Headspace be able to manage the Stress of sharing skills, memories, and regrets?

Sessions will be on Wednesdays at 8pm GMT starting from the 7th of February. For more info and to RSVP, please follow the links below:

Session 1 (7th Feb): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-havHW3wtCxH9p26LB
Session 2 (14th Feb): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-hbPh-xy-HP8qzD26j
Session 3 (21st Feb): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-hbftpfDEywD9Lur-u
Session 4 (28th Feb): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-hbvHzLYE0kWH5AJO-
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I have four sessions of Blades in the Dark: Scum and Villainy on the calendar for January. RSVPs will be open to all from 6/12/17.

In Scum and Villainy you play the crew of a spaceship, trying to keep flying and make ends meet while bending the iron fisted rule of the Galactic Hegemony. There are heists, chases, escapes, unwise deals, blaster fights, deceptions, betrayals, victories, and high adventure among the stars.

Sessions will be on Wednesdays at 8pm GMT starting from the 3rd of January. For more info and to RSVP, please follow the links below:

Session 1 (Jan 3rd): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-44cZ1LfP_nLZaD8iy
Session 2 (Jan 10th): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-455d_2fWcK_iqWje9
Session 3 (Jan 17th): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-45Q1zAKSnlRpTL1a_
Session 4 (Jan 25th): https://gauntlet-hangouts.firebaseapp.com/event-detail/-L-45eSHa80R4m31diEb
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#RPGaDay Day 17: Which RPG have you owned the longest but not played?
I think the game that's been in my collection longest but I haven't got around to playing is Cold City. I've heard it played by some of the folks over at RPGMP3.com, but I've never had a chance to play it or run it myself.

Cold City is set in post-war Berlin and the PCs are all members of the Reserve Police Agency, a multi-national force set up to clean up the other-worldly horrors left behind by the experiments of Nazi scientists during the war. However, each of the countries who supply personnel for the RPA have their own agendas, and the PCs all have secret missions or personal goals which are kept to themselves.

The concept sounded interesting, so I picked up the book, but I've never felt confident about running it myself, and I don't know of anyone else who might run it for me. Maybe some day.

Day 18: Which RPG have you played the most in your life?

Given how often I played them over the course of five years, it would have to be either the homebrew card-based Warhammer Fantasy RPG or the also card-based homebrew urban fantasy system that were the most popular games at the Stirling University RPG society while I was a student there (and the year I spent living in the area after graduation).

I don't believe I've played any one game system since then consistently enough to top either of those yet. Of course, I could be wrong about that, since I haven't really been keeping count or anything.

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#RPGaDay Day 14: Which RPG do you prefer for open-ended campaign play?

If I were going for an open-ended campaign, I'd probably run something like Doctor Who or Traveller. There's not really much of an experience system in those, so power creep is less of an issue than in other RPGs. I'd run it episodic style and just keep throwing new problems and strange new worlds at the players until all of us got tired of it.

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#RPGaDay Day 12 - Alternate Question: How far from human do you enjoy getting the chance to be in an RPG?

Well, to be honest, I haven’t actually had a lot of experience of games which offer the opportunity to be something other than a humanoid variant (dwarves, elves, etc) but I have played a couple of sessions of The Warren by Marshall Miller.

The Warren is a game about intelligent rabbits braving the dangers of their environment (inspired by works such as The Animals of Farthing Wood and Watership Down). I was a bit dubious about playing as a rabbit at first, but it was actually a surprisingly fun challenge and I'd love to play it some more. Beyond that, there are a few games in a similar vein I'd love to have a chance to play.

There are a couple of games (Call of Catthulhu and The Secrets of Cats) about playing magically-imbued cats who secretly protect humanity from supernatural danger, which I think sounds like an interesting premise.

Then there’s Threadbare, a game I backed last year, in which you play as jury-rigged toys in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s apparently inspired by the movie ‘9’, which I haven’t actually seen. Anyway, they recently released the PDF to backers, and I'd love to give it a try sometime soon.

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#RPGaDay Day 11: Which 'dead game' would you like to see reborn?

My first ever RPG experience was playing Big Eyes Small Mouth, but the company behind that system went out of business only a few years after I joined the hobby. The 3rd edition was released by a different company, but wasn't given any support in the form of additional supplements, and the game essentially died with that edition.

I know there are other anime RPGs out there (I've yet to look into OVA 3rd Edition), but this was the original for me. If I'm honest, my own taste in terms of system has grown away from what BESM was, but I'd still give a new version a look for old time's sake.

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#RPGaDay Day 10 - Alternate Question: What do you look for in a review of an RPG?

Any RPG review (or any review of anything, really) is almost certainly subject to the reviewer's own tastes. So, when reading an RPG review, I try to identify what that reviewer’s tastes are and whether they share the same likes and dislikes as me in terms of play style and system complexity. If their tastes are similar to my own, chances are their review will be more helpful to me. On the other hand, if they hate the sort of things I enjoy in games and vice versa, chances are their review will be less helpful to me.

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