When were you introduced to RPGs?RPGaDay prompt #3, from https://www.autocratik.com/2022/
Funnily enough, I actually answered this question back for RPGaDay 2022 #1 and touched back on that in a post from last year advocating for useless characters. Having told that story twice already, I don’t really think I can add anything to those posts beyond the comment that it was the original Baldur’s Gate from 1998 that got me interested in playing TTRPGs. it went from playing BG on the PC to buying some 3rd edition D&D books and playing campaigns with friends at the time, and ever since then TTRPGs have been in my life in some way or another.
I do miss those good old days of playing a roleplaying game around a table with friends, though.
What is a great introductory RPG?RPGaDay prompt #2, from https://www.autocratik.com/2022/
I think there’s no real answer to this question, to be honest. A good introduction heavily depends on what an individual person would like to get out of playing. It’d have to be something that gives a decent overview of what to expect but that also heavily depends on what you’d end up running. So, overall, I think a varied experience would present the best introduction: something gripping and drama-like, something with some heavy roleplay as well as some crunchy combat, but also moments of rules-light experiences. How else could somebody new to RPGs really form an opinion of what RPGs are?
So, really, I think the best introduction is playing many different one-shots and thinking about what you’ve played afterwards.
I didn’t remember that it was already August 3rd, and of course RPGaDay would have already started! Time to do some catch-up, then. This year, the prompts are different from last year’s: before, they were one-word prompts to encourage a lot of variation in results but this year they are explicit questions.
The question for August 1st is:
Who would you like to introduce to RPGs?RPGaDay prompt #1, from https://www.autocratik.com/2022/
I don’t have anybody specific in mind, really, as a person who I’d suspect would be in to playing TTRPGs. It would actually be cool to have a couple of colleagues who would be interested, as it’d be nice to get more in touch with them aside from work. However, to date I’ve not found anybody that seems interested or engaged with that kind of thing. Let’s hope that is a statement that deserves a “yet” at the end, though.