Hello one and all, it’s been awhile! 2017 has gone and 2018 has come, and I am sure you’ll have been as busy as I’ve been. To get back up to speed, here is both a retrospective of 2017 and an update for what is happening in my little slice of tabletop RPG heaven.
2017 and the Year That Was
Both personally, professionally, and otherwise, 2017 was a hell of a busy, long, strange, and wonderful year. It was a year that saw me move house, start a new job, and have my first child all in the same month. It was a year with health challenges in the family, and juggling (though not literally) a new born baby. It was a year where I quit that new job to become a stay-at-home dad.
All-in-all, it was a wild ride, but worth it: my son is perfect, and my wife and I couldn’t be happier or more blessed.
That said, all of this wasn’t without impact. I ran and played in less games, of course, petering out entirely towards the end of 2017. I stopped making videos for Youtube entirely, and I haven’t written a post here in ages. However, with the holidays behind us, that is now changing for the better.
But, let me not get ahead of myself and give 2017 its do. Here are my tabletop RPG highlights for the year that was!
The Release of Dresden Files Accelerated and Blue Rose
These were my two most anticipated releases of 2017, and they did not disappoint.
Dresden Files Accelerated refreshed (no Fate puns intended) my love of the system, showing me new ways that Fate could be approached (okay, seriously no pun intended) while tightening up my Dresden Files experience. Though my interest in the setting has currently waned (the lack of a novel release in the last couple of years will do that), I am still very interested in using this title to run me some urban fantasy action.
Blue Rose, using Fantasy AGE, was also an amazing release. Beautifully detailed with exquisite art and style, it elevated what I felt was a lesser piece of content (base Fantasy AGE) to new heights. Mechanically, I was particularly enamored of its magic and social systems. Blue Rose also holds the honor of being my biggest tabletop gaming regret of 2017, as I was unable to garner enough interest to run a game of it. I’ll keep trying though!
Rebels of Eridraan
After being a long time fan Runeslinger and Casting Shadows, I finally had the pleasure of running a few sessions of Fantasy Flight Games Star War Roleplaying Game. Though it was only three sessions, they were exciting and allowed me to experienced FFG’s phenomenal dice system for myself.
Check out the recap of the first session I wrote to read a little bit more.
Simply Accelerated Mass Effect
2017 saw the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the sequel to one of my all-time favorite video franchises. While I enjoyed the game, despite its flaws, its poor reception and presumably lackluster corresponding sales may have been the death knell for the video game franchise. But this is a tabletop roleplaying blog, so the fun doesn’t have to stop there!
While there are a few fan treatments of the game, I found them all a bit too crunchy for my taste. So I created a little write-up of my own based on It’s Not My Fault!. It played very well, which I talk about in a recap here. I may even be revisiting it this year, but more on that later.
I Got to Play Dresden Files!?
In a rare treat for me, I was able to actually play a live session. Ran by John over at Red Dice Diaries, this session was for Dresden Files Accelerated. It was like Christmas come early.
In the game, I played a rookie Warden named Rick Drake, who was a bit of a hot-head with a thing for killing vampires. Turned out I should have been more concerned with the strange smiling faerie lord and the monstrous uber-ghoul that nearly took Rick out at the end of the session! I had a blast with this, and it only reinforced how much I dig what Evil Hat has given us in Dresden Files Accelerated.
Death of Roll for Your Fate on YouTube?
Perhaps it was prophetically getting out of Dodge, given all the nonsense going on with YouTube, but I am not making videos for that space at this time. I found my OCD tendencies mixed with a shrinking amount of free time meant I had to make some hard choices again. I’ve been here before, as some of you may remember, but like some others I am going to find other ways to use video to accentuate my time with the hobby.
Whatever may come, it’ll pop up here. So keep your eyes open!
What 2018 Will Bring
2017 was a mixed bag for me, and so it was for my gaming. It was definitely an ebb in activity since I re-entered the space back in 2014. But, that just means 2018 will have to be bigger and better, right?
Here are some of my plots and plans for 2018:
- Blog-aholic. Since I’m cutting videos out (or down to a few), I want to make this space my go-to platform as an outlet for discussing the hobby. I want to write at least weekly, in the form of a round-up or recap of what I’m doing gaming-wise and what’s going on in the TTRPG sphere that catches my eye. I also want to read and review more RPG products. Finally, I’ll continue to pepper the blog with samples of my homebrew efforts and other articles expressing my thoughts on any topics that suit my fancy.
- GM More Games. Fate, and it’s various incarnations, are still my favorite system. That said, life is short, and Fate and I aren’t exclusive or anything. That is why I want to make a concerted effort to GM other systems. Currently, I am running Dungeons & Dragons, 5th Edition and Urban Shadows (application-phase at time of writing), and I want to expand that. For Fate, I want to run Dresden Files Accelerated, On the Wall, Uranium Chef, and War of Ashes: Fate of Agaptus.
- Play More Games. Currently, I am playing as Cherlia Brightbringer (a gnome cleric of Garl Glittergold) in Lost Mines of Phandelver and as Miradithas in the Planescape-esque adventures of a group of dimensional-pirates in search of emotions to sell. Both of these are by play-by-post. I wouldn’t mind getting into some Fate games too.
- Back to Live Games. My son allowing, I would love to get back on the camera with some folks and roll some dice. We’ll see how feasible that is as the year goes on and he gets EVEN BIGGER.
Those are my thoughts on there year that’s past and the year that’s unfolding in front of us. I hope you all reaching your own milestones and having the best 2018 you can!