#RPGaDay2020 2: Change

RPG-a-Day 2020

My tastes in RPGs sure have changed since those Baldur’s Gate days. I remember that in university, I met a new tabletop group in Groningen. They were people quite different from those I had met before, and as an insecure twenty-something person, I wanted them to like me. The game of choice was D&D (3.5ed by this time), and we were playing in a Forgotten Realms setting. The DM was creative and invested, and combined his interests in history and geography with some storytelling, and that resulted in quite some interesting stories.

Sadly, looking back on those days, there was also a lot of sexism and racism involved. It was that 20-something ironic “joking around with the guys, not hurting anybody” kind of nonsense. We made light of things that in reality not a single one of us had real experience with nor suffered from it. They were jokes that seemed to fit the group culture, but looking back at it they were harmful behaviors. I carry them with me as a reminder of how easily and how quickly we can all fall into harmful behaviors that we, with age, experience, and wisdom can recognize as problematic. I don’t blame them or myself but I do regret having done that.

As time went on, I learned and grew, and also met a new set of people in uni that I admire much to this day. They are open and kind people, who are critical and fairminded. With the first group, I started DMing, but it was with this group that I really learned to enjoy DMing my own material. We explored new types of RPGs, and sometimes we played to squabble amongst ourselves, sometimes we just did fun crazy stuff, and sometimes we explored difficult subjects together. Roleplaying can be a really healthy thing to do with a group, and I’m happy I got to explore that with them.

Now, as we’re all older, we’ve hung out less and less. One in our group moved to the middle of the country, and I mostly had contact with her through the others. The other two live in the city Tracy and I just left, so it’s trickier to meet up with them quickly. However, a little while back we did start up a new Burning Wheel game (my favorite RPG) with the two latter people. It’s a great way to hang out with people, and sometimes it’s easier to just invite people to a game than to say “Hey, I miss hanging out all the time with you all.”

#RPGaDay2020 1: Beginning

Reading the Fublog, I got introduced to the RPG-a-Day writing prompts. It sounded like a really cool idea, so I’ll give it a try! Each day in August 2020, there’s a word prompt to encourage us to create something cool, positive, and awesome about RPGs. As my best creative tool is words, I’ll choose to write some things.

I love that the actual roadmap for this is a hex-grid map. For RPGs with mini-based combat, I do enjoy these.

My first real introduction to RPGs was as a kid with the PC-game Baldur’s Gate. I’d read about it in a magazine, and it seemed amazing! At that time, my father made frequent business trips to America, and he’d always bring each of us kids back a present. So, that time, I asked for a cool RPG. My father went to an American store, and asked what the new cool thing was. Baldur’s Gate had just been released, so naturally the salesman convinced him to get that. When he got back to the Netherlands, I was extatic. Ever since then, I’d been hooked on RPGs in some form or another. I’ve also replayed Baldur’s Gate frequently.

Soon after, D&D 3rd edition became the next big thing in the Netherlands. Fortunately, I had some friends at high school who enjoyed all the nerdy things I did as well, and we invested in a set of D&D 3rd edition books. We played together for years, and had so many wonderful adventures. It wasn’t until we lost touch when we all went to our respective universities that I had a gap in roleplaying.

In one way or another since that first Baldur’s Gate experience, though, I’ve always been finding something to scratch that RPG itch.

Torchbearer, 2nd Ed Kickstarter

I’ve been a fan of tabletop roleplaying games for ages. Starting out (like most) with Dungeons & Dragons, through podcasts I discovered quite a few others. Among my all-time favorites are Burning Wheel and Torchbearer. Torchbearer is having a kickstarter for the second edition right now! If you’re interested in tabletop RPG gaming, I recommend you go have a look. You won’t regret it.