2014 RPG Challenge: Play Five RPGs You Have Never Played Before (Each At Least Once)
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I was inspired by this Geeklist: 2014 Challenge: Play 10 Games 10 Times Each.

INTRO

So RPGs are just simply a different animal than board games. Fewer people play them and it's more difficult to get a group together. Plus, finding a 3-4 hour block to play a game is difficult, not to mention the significant time investment to learn rules. The 10x10 wouldn't work for RPGs, because I think most people are lucky to get 100 plays total in a given year.

So, what is a challenge for RPG players? Playing a couple games many times is trivial for any RPG player who plays in a campaign or two. But, many RPG players often play one or two games and are satisfied with that. Yes, there are players who flit from game to game, but I think they might be an exception.

So here's the challenge. In 2014, play five RPGs you've never played before each at least once.

GUIDELINES

1) You can join this GeekList any time, but plays only count after you say you are participating in the challenge. If you join in mid-January and want to count a game from a week before, that's no big deal. But I want to avoid the situation of someone joining the list much later in the year and backlogging all their plays since January.

2) A "play" is defined as either playing or GMing or participating in a GMless (or GMfull) game.

3) VoIP games count.

4) PBF games count as long as the game starts AFTER you post on the GeekList. The game must actually get off the ground for it to count (i.e. Not dying after a month.) I will trust your judgment on this one. It does not necessarily have to "complete" in 2014, though.

5) Playtests count.

For other corner cases, use your best judgment. If something is coming up a lot, let me know and I can make a clarification.

PRIZES

What? Prizes? Shouldn't playing all these great new games be prize enough? But prizes are also fun!

1) Anyone who completes the challenge will divide the pot evenly. I will throw in 100 Geekgold and anything tipped to this GeekList will also be part of the pot.

2) BONUS: 50 Geekgold to the person who plays the MOST games that are new to them. If more than one person ties, they split this pot.

I will be participating but am ineligible for all prizes.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Add an item to this list to indicate your intent to participate.

Whenever you play a new game, edit the item and give the name of the game, the date (or dates for a PBF) you played. If you want to talk a little bit about the circumstances and what you thought, great! But it's not necessary.

You DO NOT have you say which five games you intend to play ahead of time. But if you want to indicate a couple games you're hoping to get in, great!
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51. RPG Item: Numenera [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:97]
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This sounds like a lot of fun! I must admit I'm a total RPG-n00b, or at least I was up till the newbie initiative, where I jumped in for 2 games (Numenera and Legend).

So far those are the only two I'm playing, but since we're already talking about starting a PbF in August and maybe a real life one sometime this year (?), I thought to join the challenge. A draw-back might be that I normally hang out at the BGG-side, but we'll see how far I'll get .

So far:
nada, none, zilch...
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52. RPG: Costume Fairy Adventures [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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So I'm a bit of a dumb-dumb head and should have joined when Carrie did, but I honestly didn't think I'd join this many PbFs and didn't remember about this challenge until Carrie posted that she had succeeded. shake

So I've missed out on counting the ones I've join in the last few months, but let's see if I can make it to 5 before the end of the year.

Costume Fairy Adventures: Precious Nonsense just got started this week, July 5th. Here's the OOC Thread and IC Thread.

Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition): Lost Mine of Phandelver started on July 28th. Here's the OOC Thread, IC Thread, and Character Geeklist.

Vampire: The Masquerade: Dust by Dust started Sept 18. Here's the OOC Thread, the IC thread and the Character Geeklist.

The Fate Freeport Companion: Fate Freebooters - Fresh Waters started September 23rd. Here's the OOC Thread, the IC thread and the Character Geeklist.

Tonight we slay a dragon, or die in the attempt: Tonight we Slay a Dread Dragon! started November 21st. Here's the IC Thread.

And I've done it! Yay!

Here's the geeklist I have to track all the PbFs I'm participating in: My Play By Forum (PbF) RPGs
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53. RPG Item: The One Ring: Adventures over the Edge of the Wild [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:65]
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1. The One Ring (Last played two days ago)

2. Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) (Last played, actually, I'm about to play in about 2 hours )

3. Dragon AGE (Last played last week)

4. Swords & Wizardry (Last played two weeks ago, but, it was an 8 hour crawl through Stonehell dungeon so I think that counts for at least 3 sessions)

5. Fiasco ( Last played about a month ago)

What a year! As well as finding my new favorite RPG (TOR), that perfectly captures my love or Arda and all things Tolkein, I've also started trying AD&D and various clones. S&W is my favorite so far (although that may be because it is the only one I've played multiple sessions with) and have found 'old school megadungeon' gaming to be... interesting. I like it, but TOR adventures to some degree feel like much more exploration to me than just going deeper and deeper and killing more and more goblins. I like how in TOR the enemies are dangerous, all of them, and you have to approach with caution and use a lot of strategy. They are also markedly rarer and that makes fights more special. I like both! But for regular play, it goes to games like TOR all the time.
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I don't expect to complete this (hence choosing an item with a mushroom cloud picture for the list), but it'll be interesting to track. So, I'm in.

Edit: At the risk of tempting fate, I expect to complete this, due to Virtuacon.

Edit 2: Complete due to Virtuacon. Dear Virutacon, Thanks for being awesome. Sincerely, Michael.

1. Labyrinth Lord pbf (9/2/2014-???)
[OOC thread] [IC thread] [characters]

2. Trail of Cthulhu pbf (9/22/2014-???)
[OOC Thread] [IC Thread] [characters]

3. Restless Ambition in the Ruins of the Future: A Ceremony of Dread pbf (9/30/2014-11/15/2014)
[Game thread]

4. Lady Blackbird pbv at Virtuacon '14 (10/10/2014)
[session report]

5. Mouse Guard pbv at Virtuacon '14 (10/11/2014)
[session report]

6. Call of Cthulhu (6th Edition) pbv at Virtuacon '14 (10/12/2014)
[session report]

7. A Penny for My Thoughts pbf (10/14/2014-???)
[OOC Thread] [IC Thread]

8. A Doomed Pilgrim in the Ruins of the Future pbf (first game 10/23/2014-10/26/2014, second game 10/26-2014-11/1/2014, third game 11/1/2014-11/7/2014)
[Jungle of Bones] [Desert of Spires] [Gray Hills]

9. Kingdom pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (10/26/2014)
[session report]

10. The Sprawl pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (11/8/2014)
[session report]

11. All Flesh Must Be Eaten pbv (11/9/2014)
[session report]

12. Dragon AGE pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (11/14/2014)
[session report]

13. InSpectres pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (11/16/2014)
[session report]

14. Our Last Best Hope pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (11/22/2014)
[session discussion]

15. tremulus pbv at Reluctant PandaCon '14 (11/30/2014)

16. What You Wish For pbv at Reluctant PandaCon'14 (12/13/2014)
[session discussion]

Well, I think What You Wish For is going to be my last session of 2014. 16 new games in 15 weeks. That was awesome. My thanks to everyone that I got a chance to play with and especially to those who were facilitating/GM'ing games. It was great to meet you all, and I'm looking forward to lots more new (and old) games in 2015.
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55. RPG Item: Fiasco [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:6]
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1) 9/17 : Fiasco with a bunch of friends. We used the Heroes of Pinnacle City playset. Great game. I loved my first experience and will try to play this one as often as I can. I am already trying to schedule a session with my other game group

2) 9/28 : Apocalypse World This was my first opportunity to participate in Indie+ event and Apocalypse World. Played with a group of 4 people with Brent Newhall at the helm. I was the Chopper in the group. Things quickly went from mediocre to insane quickly. Great one-shot that may turn into more

3) 10/4 : Mouse Guard I got to help out a GM test run a game for VirtuaCon. I have owned this game for years and have never been able to play it until today.

4) 10/10 : Dinky Dungeons Played this during VirtuaCon 2014. Great little game. Simple but fast. I was Zap the Elf Wizard. Great game Dave.

5) 10/10 : Venture City Stories Also part of VirtuaCon 2014. I have never been able to play this setting / alternate ruleset for Fate Core. It was a blast with the high action crime stoppers. Lowell F ran a great supers game. I loved that this one had a abstract big scope type of feel and we didnt get buried in the details. I have played Fate before so the different setting doesnt count.

5) 10/11 : Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game Keith ran us through a great funnel adventure. I got this book a few years ago from Free RPG day but have never been able to play it. It was a doomed from the start, a few did survive though. Honestly my squire thought they were offering beer.

6) 10/11 : Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Had another first game of a game I own but have been unable to get to the table. Matthew ran this game in a non-Marvel setting. It was great to see how the game mechanics worked out in practice instead of theory.

7) 10/15 : Urban Shadows Andrea ran this for us. We spent the whole time building connections and the city and it was a blast. I look forward to the next session and all the chaos it will be.

8) 10/25 : Carolina Death Crawl Andrea led me and Keith through this fun little game. It is not my typical style of game and it was a stretch for me. Although it had nothing to do with the fabulous players involved. I might be willing to try it again but not sure.

9) 11/2 : Labyrinth Lord Got to play (and die) in my first session of Labyrinth Lord with Dave as the GM. It was a blast and definitely looking forward to more games.

10) 11/4 : The Sprawl I was able to test run this game for some friends in preparation to running it for PandaCon 2014. It introduces some fun mechanics into the system that help focus the mission based actions.

11) 11/16 : InSpectres As part of Pandacon, Jan ran us through this fun narrative driven game. There were pigeon messenger birds that served as our internet "Twitter". Chicken a la Protoplasm was had by some. It seems like I am doing a lot of story-based games and I still dont know if I am good at them.

12) 11/22 : Dragon Age RPG, Set 1 Andrea led a group of us through an adventure in which we tried clean up the mess 2 prior groups caused. It was a very fun session.

13) 11/23 :Invasive Procedures Kai introduced this wonderfully easy-to-learn system. Very creepy setting but great for that horror movie show. It gets bumped up on my buy list.

14) 12/6 : Durance Lowell Lead us through a hack of the Durance system set in a "days of future past"-like setting. It runs with a lot of similarities to Fiasco. It was a co-operative journey to discover what would happen. I like the mechanic of the "Guide" for the round setting a question for the scene. I definitely want more plays of this.
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56. RPG: Owl Hoot Trail [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Alright, I'm joining this rather late, but I hope I'll manage to finish it nonetheless.

If I'm allowed to include new-to-me games that I've played the last week, I'm going to add two games from VirtuaCon.

Monsters and Other Childish Things - Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor - October 11th

Fudge Mouse Guard - October 12th

The Princess Game - November 1st

Society of Dreamers - Orc in the Well - November 1st

Dragon Age RPG - November 15th

The Shotgun Diaries - November 23rd

Numenera - December 13th

Heroine - December 17th
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57. RPG: TimeWatch [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:383]
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Okay, joining this really late, but I think I can get five before the end of the year. In particular, I already have plans to play two new games this week

Played Games
1. TimeWatch (playtest), November 3, 2014
2. Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies, November 5, 2014
e. A Penny for My Thoughts, November 10, 2014*
3. Under my Skin (LARP), December 2, 2014
4. ViewScream, December 13, 2014
5. What You Wish For, December 13, 2014

* This was the first time I'd ever finished a game of Penny: I'd played once before but had to stop partway through. This is notable, but doesn't count as one of my five.

Scheduled

Hopefuls
Ribbon Drive
The Burning Wheel (Revised Edition)
The Legerdemain Betrayers
Dudebros and Douchebags (playtest)
M vs. M (LARP)

For Posterity
New-to-me games I played in 2014 before entering this challenge:
soblue Critical!: Go Westerly
soblue Urban Shadows
soblue Savage Worlds
soblue Apocalypse World
soblue Pathfinder Roleplaying Game (1st Edition)
soblue Psi Run
soblue Marvel Heroic Roleplaying
soblue Torchbearer (2013)
soblue The Tribunal (LARP)
soblue The Hirelings
soblue Geasa
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58. RPG Item: Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:18]
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I'm pretty late to the party this year but let's see if I can get my groups to play some new systems before 2014 comes to a close!

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Unless I can get in 5 new games in the next 2 days... doesn't look like I'll have made any progress by the end of the year. XD
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59. RPG Item: A Lump of Coal [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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I cannot even hope to compete because I am dumb and didn't create my entry at the beginning of the year. But for posterity, here's what I can remember playing:

1 13th age (November)
2 Apocalypse World
3 Black Stars Rise
4 Callisto
5 D&D 5E
6 Dr Who (November)
7 Lady Blackbird
9 Monsters & Other Childish Things
10 Psi*Run
11 The Sundered Land (Doomed Pilgrim)
12 Spin the Beetle (currently running!)
13 Scavengers (currently running!)

Edit: So my total for the sake of the contest is... 2!
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