RPG Campaigns and How They Come to an End

Sorry guys, Alex has been without internet for a fair few days so we have been a bit all over the place. That means you just have me again. Well, in any case, this post is partially inspired by the fact that, due to circumstances, I’ve had to start wrapping up my current RPG campaigns. Sadly, as you all may know because of experience or the memes that circulate the internet, there is nothing worse for a game group than adult life and timetables…it is just a nightmare. And it seems that it has come to that annoying point once again where enough of my players weren’t able to make the sessions, so I had a few options: reset, recycle, or stop. I was simply unwilling to go through with the latter: I like RPGs. I’ve been playing since I have memory. This is how I hang out with my friends, it’s a key element of my social life…I ain’t letting go that easy. I didn’t want to recycle the stories because we were simply too far into them, and I am not fond of reset button-nothingeverhappened/thosepeoplewerentthere/letsgo. So I decided to condense plot and wrap up. In this way the characters that were already out could get proper closure, and if we could keep on playing even with reduced numbers, the story-arch would be somewhat resolved and in a situation to carry through on different terms.

The only issue with this is that – sadly for my players – I had to be brutal. There was enough material for both campaigns to take easily another month or two of consistent game play. And they are not the sanest of people so they had created enough mud around them that this was never gonna be easy…So far in our game of Mythic Iceland there are only two player-characters that are not dead and could happily continue other plots. The rest…well, let’s see:

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4 Minijuegos de Rol Desternillantes – Estilo “One Shot”

Hoy os traigo una traducción de una entrada que escribió Alex hace un tiempo y que ha resultado muy popular. Se trata de un post sobre juegos de rol del tipo “one shot”: aquellos que se utilizan para solo una partida, y que suelen ser de carácter absurdo y humorístico. Y por supuesto, ya se ha encargado el de escoger 4 ejemplos que son, la verdad, ¡bastante estrambóticos!  Así que, aquí os dejo con ellos.

Alex nos empieza contando que lo mejor de estos juegos es que no se tarda lo mas mínimo en hacer personajes, y apenas tienen reglas, por tanto, se propician para partidas rápidas y de impromptu. Al ser tan compactos y fáciles de manejar, se hacen bastante llevaderos y su carácter super informal y descarado suele atraer a jugadores novatos: en vez de dar la impresión de que los juegos de rol con sistemas complicados que requieren matemáticas, matar cosas y subir de nivel. Simplemente nos presentan este pasatiempo de forma amena, teniendo muy en cuenta puntos clave de los juegos de rol como el trabajo en equipo, la resolución de problemas de forma innovativa, y por supuesto el pasárselo bien con tus colegas. Y ahora que ya tenéis claro de que va el tema, aquí os dejamos la selección de Alex:

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My Thoughts on the Stand Alone Naomi Novik Novels – Uprooted & Spinning Silver

Alright people, I had been on holiday most of September, so apologies for the lack of posts from me since, but I am back. And whilst away I have been doing a lot of reading which is what I am sharing with you today. So, fantasy novels lovers, today is your day, because here I bring you my 2p on two novels from Naomi Novik: Uprooted and Spinning Silver. Most of you, I suspect, would know this author for the series Temeraire, so let me tell you this: my first experience of reading anything from Novik was Uprooted, therefore I didn’t come to it with any baggage or expectations. In fact, I had never heard of her series and work before. It was only that because of secret Santa at work, one of my colleagues gifted me the book and I decided to give it a shot. So if you are expecting me to do comparisons between the 9 volume series and these two…Well, not gonna happen. Sorry. In fact, I can tell you already, that, as much as I am a historian and a fantasy nerd, and by proxy Temeraire should totally be my thing; I am not interested. The Napoleonic Wars have never appealed all that much to me…and I am not sure if I am willing to invest into 9 books of this stuff to figure out what is going on. 

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