In 2012 Atlas Games came out with a list of 31 RPG related questions that they wanted people to answer. I will tackle them in small bite sized morsels to make them a bit easier to swallow. Here are the next set of questions.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #21: What’s the best bribe you’ve ever given (or received as) a GM? What did you get (give) for it?
My players are pretty darn awesome so I get spoiled all the time. I guess my favorite is when the gang brought me a BBQ food and beer for the last session in a campaign. I was not easy on them afterwards but they still won and had a GREAT time.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #22: Describe the worst game you’ve ever played in. What made it so bad? Did your fellow players help, or make it worse?
I have played in a LOT of pretty terrible games over the years. Some of the con games I have played in went pretty badly. In one game the PC were provided. The GM presented the adventure and one of the PC had something that was almost directly opposed to the story the GM had laid out. The player convinced the PC to aid the opposing side in the conflict. When the PC eventually agreed after some awesome roleplaying the GM retcon’d the entire start of the session and asked the players to follow the plot. We all just looked at the GM with blank stares. Unfortunately I stayed at the game and it continued to go down hill.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #23: Have you ever experienced Total Party Kill (TPK), or been close to it? What effect did that have on you personally? On your group of players? Have you ever used retroactive continuity (retcon) to save yourself? Why or why not?
In one of my Fantasy Hero campaigns the PC went down into a frozen ice crevasse to stop some marauding bugbear type creatures. In the battle in their icy lair the PC had a tough time moving but the bugbears had claws that would dig into the ice. Quickly the big battle pitched towards the enemy. One PC got away with an extremely brilliant move. He then had to climb out alone. I felt really bad as the GM but afterwards the players could not stop talking about that adventure.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #24: Have you ever been to a game convention? What was it like to be surrounded by so many other gamers? If not, would you like to go to one? Why or why not?
I have been going to gaming conventions for many years. I was at DunDraCon IV…this year was DunDraCon XXXVII. Going to conventions is a wonderful experience in so many ways. I’ve always said that it is like hanging out with 2000 of your closest friends. Gaming conventions always recharge my gaming batteries. Now that I have kids gaming conventions are much harder to attend but worst case I try to go up for a single day.
REVERB GAMERS 2012, #25: If you game enough, you’re bound to run into someone being an ass. What’s the most asinine thing someone’s done in a game with you? How did you react? Did that experience change the way you game?
I’ve been lucky to play with really wonderful players in my regular gaming group although everyone has their moments. Probably the biggest issues occurred way back in high school when I used to game. Back in high school I played with a player who took things personally. One time when I was running his character was paralyzed then eaten by a monster. The player got mad and stormed off. About a week later we found garbage all over the front of our house. I don’t know it was from him but I suspect it was. Since that time I follow some advice I once heard on the Fear The Boot podcast. Only game with people you would hang out with if you were NOT gaming.