RPGaDay 2020 Day 11 – “Stack” #RPGADAY2020

Day 11’s prompt is “Stack”

I wasn’t sure what to do with today’s prompt.  Then I looked beside my desk and saw a literal stack of sourcebooks, spanning at least three different systems.  I suppose that’s the double edged sword for how I run my games… I’m a big fan of using the right tool for the right job.  Plus, perhaps, a touch of gaming ADHD.  I’ve been criticized for the sheer number of systems I’ve taken on (I think I’m up to 11, with a 12th system on the horizon), but the truth of the matter is, I’m intrigued by the different mechanics available for various systems and I’m always looking out for the next cool system.

My least favourite system out there is still the D20 system… I may run 11 different systems, but only one of them uses the D20 system.  I enjoy Shadowrun’s dice heavy mechanic, due to a more stable and reliable statistical curve.  I also really enjoy Ten Candles fading dice system… it’s simple and very thematic given the fading hope feel of the game.  I like the card mechanic of Through the Breach… while I don’t run the game, I have played it on a few occasions and it fits with the Old West, gambler feel.

In all cases, I like rolling a mitt-full of dice or a riffling through a deck of cards.  I like having that stack of fate at your disposal and feel the tension rise when that pile grows thin for a difficult test, or as hope begins to fade.  I don’t like putting my faith on a single die… as dice and I have a rocky relationship and if that dice is being a complete asshat today, I’m not risking success or failure on a simple temperamental piece of plastic.  Give me a fistful of dice and I will cast my fate with the best of em.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 11, 2020.

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