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Some interesting thoughts on the mainstreaming of geek culture, and whether it can last, with reference to a variety of other analyses. Certainly thought-provoking.
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Time to wrap up #RPGaDAY2015 !

August 30th: Favorite RPG playing celebrity
Probably Wil Wheaton, since he's not only a true gamer himself, but he's also using his influence to show the rest of the world why tabletop gaming is cool.

Runner-up is Vin Diesel, not only for being the ultimate counter-example of the nerdy gamer stereotype, but also for how unabashedly enthusiastic he is about his D&D.

August 31: Favorite non-RPG thing to come out of RPGing
Planescape: Torment, probably.
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This is rather more well-done than you'd expect...
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I agree, I was surprised by the quality and cinematic feel of it.
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August 27th: Favorite idea for merging two games into one
I've toyed with having an actual edition war at one point, i.e. porting Pathfinder characters into a D&D 5E campaign. Then, allowing each group to operate under their own respective rulesets, and seeing what happens...

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That's a very clever idea. I'd be interested to know how it turns out
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August 23rd: Perfect game for you
The closest would be Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition, I suppose. It could produce pretty much any character I wanted for any setting, and it was a nicely rules-medium system. Though nowadays I'd want to do an overhaul, integrate some ideas from more recent games (mainly more narrative games).

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+Jared Rascher Those two books are my two favorite sourcebooks for the system, actually. (Next to Ultimate Power, that is.) Both highly recommended.
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August 21st: Favorite RPG Setting
Ack. No way I can pick just one answer. So here are my four answers:

1. Rifts Earth. The greatest genre-mega-mashup setting ever. It's what you get when you take everything in geek fiction through 1990, put it into a blender, and then spread it across the face of a post-apocalyptic Earth. Sure, the rules haven't kept up, but that setting is still amazing.

2. Ravenloft. Gothic horror meets D&D. A wonderfully claustrophobic world with some of RPGdom's most interesting villains, and filled with pretty much any sort of fantasy horror locale you can think of. And best of all, an emphasis on horror without resorting to shock and gore.

3. Planescape. Take the bizarro cosmology of D&D, and totally embrace that weirdness with a sense of humor, and you get the most imaginative of D&D's official settings. What other campaign setting can take you from the City of Brass to the Seven Heavens and have you back in Sigil in time for tea? Plus, it produced one of the best computer RPGs ever: Planescape: Torment.

4. Delta Green. What happens when you take the Cthulhu Mythos and fuse it with 1990s-style paranormal fiction and conspiracy paranoia? One of the most interesting twists on the Mythos yet. (The best part is, they actually got it started before X-Files hit it big. Ahead of the curve.)

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Haha that's important trivia! Jeez I have to check it out!
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August 20th: Favorite Horror RPG
I've never actually gotten to play in a horror RPG, unless a friend's one-shot attempt at a Ravenloft game counts. Closest I have to a winner in this category is Call of Cthulhu, however, simply because it's the horror RPG I'd most like to play and most enjoy reading. Maybe some day.

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This month: Pathfinder: Inner Sea Gods and a few other smaller items.
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August 28th: Favorite game you no longer play
Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition. Though I might fix that one day.

August 29th: Favorite RPG website/blog
Well, ENWorld is my go-to for D&D news. But rpg.net can have some interesting general discussions on occasion. I also feel like tribality.com doesn't get enough love, as either a source of D&D news or a source of actual 5E fan content...

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I joined Goodreads this week, and my natural urge to catalog has been distracting me. But for now, let's catch up on #RPGaDAY2015 !

August 24th: Favorite house rule
If a game doesn't already have such a thing, I now add some form of Fate's aspects and some form of Fate Points. I've been spoiled.

August 25th: Favorite revolutionary game mechanic
Fate's aspects, as I just mentioned. A system that both encourages you to think about your character traits right out the gate, and motivates players (and GMs) to act on those traits. (Though technically, my first encounter with such a concept was Hero Points, from Mutants & Masterminds.)

Runner-up is D&D 5E's advantage/disadvantage mechanic, just for being so simple and elegant a way to streamline such situations.

August 26th: Favorite inspiration for your game
I'm not sure I have one go-to inspiration source - I'm pretty omnivorous, taking hints from all the other entertainment I consume, all the game material I read, songs I listen to, and even real-life history and news.
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August 22nd: Perfect gaming environment
At home, in a dedicated space, with ready access to all the dice, books, minis,  and other accessories you may need for a game. Oh, and with a PC or laptop at hand, just in case. Whiteboard, projector, and a nice sound system optional.

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This is a very useful idea.
 
Dagnabbit.

Gail Simone has just set me unto thinking how to do this in RPG chargen.  Phased based has some of this, as does PBTA, but I cannot think of a game that truly has its hands around this idea.  So I am thinking.
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