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funontheupfield ([personal profile] funontheupfield) wrote2017-02-14 05:40 pm

Getting my nerd on.

I've gotten back into table-top role playing. Its was something I enjoyed at uni, gave up for most of my 30s and got back into last year.

Once a fortnight on a Wednesday after work I've been visiting A* place to catch up, to binge on greasy take away and tell a story with friends using dice. It's been fun, and we've been trying a bunch of new games that didn't exist back in the day.

The table top role playing games I played in the 80s and 90swere epic, complicated and took up many hours a week, every week for months at a time. (Does anyone remember Rolemaster?) I fell out of the hobby when I got busy and meeting every Saturday for a regular campaign felt like a big commitment.

Of the newer games FATE and Fiasco are my current favourites. They have simple rules that are quick to learn, quick to get started and help tell great stories. Both allow for short format (one - three sessions) storytelling) and look like great fun. I've played FATE (in an adventure were we played magic using cats), and I've read the rules to Fiasco and am inspired to give it a go.

Fiasco is a game inspired by Cohen Brothers movies and improvisational theatre. Each gaming session tells a complete story and can be thought of as a two act movie with a closing credits montage. It looks like a lot of fun.

The Fiasco Companion also has tips to running a game via video conferencing. I'm keen to try it out. I'll keep you posted with the results.

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