BTTD #16: Spookiness for Halloween Time

Happy Halloween!

I hope kids come to your door or you have spooky decorations all about. Fall has enveloped the midwest with a rainy morning and a rainy afternoon followed by a rainy evening.

This is when stories start to creep into our nights whether role-playing games or board games. The weather turns. We stay indoors and finally we are still enough to get our gaming going.

The Ponder

I have friends that I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon with years ago. I’ve toured Pixar when I was a camp director and told those tales. I’ve snuck into Comic-con places that my badge did NOT let me get into with buddies (no harm was done!) And when I see pictures of my friends from Afghanistan, a flood of memories pour in.

Needless to say, I’ve had some adventures, these shared experiences where I say, “Remember when we [insert crazy thing] here.”

That’s what I love about role-playing games. Literally anything can happen. You can accidentally slay some orcs by blasting a large cask of whiskey they stole. You can sneak in a prince’s palace by pretending to be the staff. Sometimes your terrible plan works. Sometimes your brilliant plan falls apart. Both are great. We are in the stories that we love to watch.

We are in the stories.

And afterwards, we tell the tales and toast each other.

But what if I don’t get it right?

My friend, my friend, sit here, right here. The fun part about RPGs is that you don’t have to get it “right” and there is no “right”. I mean, sure, you want to know the rules of the game so it’s a fair game and not confusing.

But give it a shot. Tell some stories and roll some dice as winter approaches. I hope they involve zombies. Lots of zombies.

Website that Everyone is Talking About

Shout out to my buddy Mike Vardy for showing me this gem.

One page dungeon.

You can just generate a dungeon by clicking REFRESH. Oh the days of making this by hand. . .

This is peak lovely nerdiness.

Did you mention zombies? Where do I start?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer this little gem of a roleplaying game: Zombie World. It’s a card based simple system to get you into the zombie apocalypse.

Highly, highly recommend.

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