I know I said I was going to keep this up to date, but just like my plan to start working out again, I have failed.
However, I have been busy with playing, which as Hamlet says, is the thing.
First, my weekly game of Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game with Teaman as the DM has been a roaring success. The games are fun, and Teaman uses Roll20 in a very interesting way. He uses the “tabletop” not just for maps, but like scenery background…which he usually paints…with real paint. I had never thought of using Roll20 like this, but it adds to the theatre of the mind. Our online fan/curator Ol’ School Chris has been recording our games and posting them on his YouTube channel.
Second, I also uploaded 14 quests for the old Games Workshop/Milton Bradley board game HeroQuest to Roll20. We will be using this game as a replacement if the BFRP game is on hiatus. The first session was okay, but a lot of time was spent making Roll20 more user-friendly. Again, thanks to Ol’ School Chris for his expertise and recording.
Third, I’ve been DMing a group of students at my high school twice a week. We’re using D&D 5th edition and playing Storm King’s Thunder. The group is great and we have about 12 members. We’re trying to decide if we need to split the group. Decisions, decisions.
Finally, I finished reading Shannon Appelcline’s book Designers & Dragons: The 70s. I enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed Jon Peterson’s Playing at the World. It’s not as thick as Peterson’s book, but it really shows the reader what a crazy, wild west world the early days of RPG designing was.
So I’ve certainly got my gaming mojo going. More later.