Tell us about your favorite RPG
character that you've ever played. I will go with Gusar,
my insane Paladin of Larani. We played in Harnworld
and used 2nd Ed. AD&D while I was in
college. I played him once a week for four years straight, maybe
missing a couple of sessions the whole time. So there a lots of good
stories. . .so hard to pick which ones. . .
Gusar was convinced he
couldn't be killed, that his Goddess would not allow it, so he was
frighteningly overconfident in any combat situation.
One time, the characters
were given the task of ridding a castle of a horde of viking invaders
that had moved in. Our plan was to dress up like gods and scare them
off. So all made up to look frightening, Gusar strides through the
gates to meet the Viking warlord in battle. Yelling things about the
futility of facing gods while the clerics dowsed the castle with
lightning, Gusar pulls out his sword and immeditally fumbles, throwing
it away. No problem for Gusar, he pulls out his bastard sword. And
fumbles it away too. But that's okay – because he also carries a
dwarven battle-axe with all these runes on it. But it doesn't last
either, a third fumble sends it bouncing away into the courtyard. So,
still facing the warlord, he makes an impassioned speech about “not
needing such tools to deal with the likes of you” and proceeds to beat
the snot out of the Viking with his bare hands. I think that was better
then the plan.
One more story –
Eventually Gusar figured out that even though he was immortal, his
companions weren't. So, upon a dangerous quest to infiltrate an entire
fighting order of evil female paladins, Gusar slips out of camp early
at dawn to deal with them himself, because it is too dangerous to bring
the rest of the party along. So he walks up to the gate and starts
yelling at them about being cowards and vermin. They see this lone
Knight and get an idea. They open the gates, tell Gusar that they will
set up a challenge match with their greatest warrior. Gusar accepts,
they set him up in the dungeon (not taking his weapons mind you,
because he promised not to start any fights) and prepare a ritual
killing masquerading as a duel. Meanwhile, the rest of the party
figures out what Gusar did, sneaks into the castle during the
preparations for the battle, getting ready for what is to come. Now
Gusar, sitting in the dungeons, knows that his quest is actually to
convert this evil champion to his Goddess, a task he has no real
experience at accomplishing, but he read a few books on this courtly
love thing, so he comes up with a plan. They put him in the arena with
the champion, and he promptly kneels down in front of her and proposes
marriage. At the same time, the party manages to kill the high cleric
and Grandmistress in one round. With chaos erupting all around, the
confused Champion agrees, and Gusar and her run off. Of course, Gusar
has to actually marry her, but that's another tale.
your favorite RPGs? Rolemaster is
my bread and butter game, and game of choice. But I really do go out of
my way to play other things. I am very fond of Over The Edge
and Harnmaster. I consider my copy of Primal
Order as the most important RPG in my collection. I also
have to give nods to 7th Sea and Legend
of the Five Rings (at least for setting purposes.) I own
every Birthright source book ever produced, have
an extensive collection of MERP modules and enjoy
the times I get to play Tales from the Floating Vagabond.
your first RPG session like? What game did you play, and
where did you play it? There was this red box. We made some characters.
We all got killed by the carrion crawler under the broken gate. We made
some more characters. They also got killed by the carrion crawler under
the gate. We made another set, we added my friend’s brother, so we
would have a chance against the carrion crawler. It killed us anyways.
We decided I had better play a cleric. This time we made it.
your WORST RPG session like? Oh gosh, the selection, the
selection. Was it my encounter with Timmy the power gamer? Or the time
I stopped GMing and just duct taped my arm, ripped it off and did it
again? Or one of my RPGA sessions gone bad? Or the time the player
decided NOT to open the secret door and save the rest of the group but
to run away and let them all die? Or the session where we spent three
and a half hours of combat with only one character conscious? I think
I've said enough.
your all-time favorite person to game with? I'll vote
for my friend Eric Kolman, who I grew up role-playing with and pretty
much always plays the same character. It is a very fun character! But I
will say that I have gamed with a very large number of excellent
role-players and feel very fortunate every time a meet another one.
have anything gaming-related to plug? Come visit my
brand new website – www.blackshieldgaming.com
– which is mainly a gaming blog and place for Montana gamers to
organize events. But I have at least one of my gaming resources ready
(The character creation worksheet) and will be adding others throughout