your favorite RPGs? My favorite RPG is probably
D&D in the 3.x incarnation. The d20 mechanic is a simple
straightforward resolution system that is easy to teach to new players.
And the character development system, with the supplement books
available, can be as simple or as complex as you desire. Also, with the
DMG and Monster Manual, it is very easy for a new GM to get started
crafting adventures and know what is a reasonable challenge for the
The other general type
of RPG that I love is the superhero genre. I like the battles between
good and evil, or in the case of dark vigilantes, not so evil, and
evil. I have yet to find a system for the superhero genre that I like
as much as D&D, but my favorite is
the Marvel Universe RPG that came out 3 years
your first RPG session like? My first RPG session was
with some friends of mine from Jr. High when we all got together at
Josh’s house and played Shadowrun 2nd edition.
Looking back it was all very stereotypically young power gamers. We
wanted to make these super combat effective characters, but none of our
characters had any kind of social skills. So it all kind of became a
farce of us just blowing up or shooting nearly every obstacle in our
your WORST RPG session like? The worst RPG session I
ever had was one of the first times I was DMing 3.0 D&D.
I had not learned how to deal with players who had different ideas of
how D&D was supposed to work. Two of my
players had grown up playing with people who were very big into
“role”playing, and did not often stick to the rules and mainly focused
on the drama in D&D.
My other two players
mainly enjoyed the tactical nature of combat, and didn’t really focus
on being in character all the time. So often times half the players
would be bored while the other half were super excited. And when I
wouldn’t bend the rules for the “role” playing people, they would often
complain that I was being a rule nazi and whatnot. All in all, not fun
times. After that, when I picked out groups to GM for, I made sure
everyone was on the same page about
how we wanted to play before we even started.
your all-time favorite person to game with? This is
probably my friend Knasty. Though we don’t often get to play together
on the same side of the table, usually he or I are the GM, he is the
best gaming buddy I have. We generally see eye to eye on most gaming
issues, and have similar styles. And he is probably the best sounding
board I know for fleshing out new character ideas both from a mechanics
standpoint as well as a “role” playing standpoint.