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Do you play ttrpgs? Share your XP, er, I mean your experiences

When did you start playing ttrpgs and how was your first experience?
I started playing when I was like 14 years old more or less, my first game was Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, we played at a 'hobby store', but it was more like a bar of ill repute in disguise . The experience was awful, the Dungeon Master was either drunk or high... or both, he had no clue on how to properly play the game. He used a Tecate beer can to represent a dragon, a beer can! Oh, and plastic Thundercat minis that came inside potato chip bags. The camplaign never really took off. But that experience helped me become a decent Game Master and Player, as I just have to do the opposite of what I saw that faithful day

Do you play more as a DM/GM or as a player (character)?
Usually as Game Master, I've had some cool moments as a player character, but I found out that I really enjoy playing as different NPCs and setting everything up for people to have a great time together. I'm pretty old school in my games, so a total party kill is not uncommon during battle and exploration.

If you play as a player character, what type of character do you usually play as?
Usually a protector or tank type character, depending on the game, either a paladin, or some sort of huge mutant with many arms, perhaps a high evasion martial artist or even a dual wielding ranger (some protection buffs on if possible).

What's your favorite game and/or genre (subgenre) of ttrpgs?
Well, I just love too many rpgs for me consider a single one as my favorite, I'm currently hooked on 'Hackmaster' which is a medium to high complexity fantasy simulator , 'Epoch' which is a card driven cinematographic horror experience and 'Scarlet Heroes' a cooperative or solitaire game of old school high fantasy. My favorite genres are fantasy, science fantasy, science fiction, horror and anime-type games.

What do you think is the best thing about ttrpgs?
Probably the fact that you meet all kinds of people, and how even though you don't meet eye-to-eye when it comes to some other things, you are all buddies when it comes to gaming. So I think it's the social aspect.

What do you think is the worst thing about ttrpgs?
Finding people to play with in your area, or more specifically, people who like the same games that you do; it's become a lot easier thanks to the internet, but it's still somewhat hard in countries where rpgs aren't a popular form of entertainment. My regular group sessions are not really active because of work and other responsabilities, so it's always nice to have other people to game with. Thankfully, playing by forum is also a cool option in times of need, specially when schedules collide.

I'm looking forward to your answers and be sure to check out my rpg reviews channel on youtube if you have the time: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuZaFiDPmVdHjadWDLAbXzg/videos
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I'm more into tabletop wargaming than rpgs, mostly due to the fact that its hard to get people to come back for a second time (like you said, life and stuff gets in the way).
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CKD-Anime wrote:

I'm more into tabletop wargaming than rpgs, mostly due to the fact that its hard to get people to come back for a second time (like you said, life and stuff gets in the way).


Tabletop wargaming is awesome as well! I'm a casual Warmahordes and Battletech player, I've also played the rpg versions of those games. I hope you get a chance to further explore more of the rpg side of things, but yeah, sometimes it's quite impossible to get a game going.

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1. When I was 10. Started with D&D Basic. Also played TMNT, Star Wars, Warhammer, Twilight 2000, some HP Lovecraft RPG, AD&D, Star Frontiers and a few others I can't think of.

2. Player, I'd make a lousy DM

3. Fighter, Thief of Cleric. In non-D&D games I usually played a speedy, stealth character such as a scout.

4. I liked all pen and paper RPGs I played. However I never really got into card RPGs

5. Its fun you get together with a bunch of people and have a good time. If you can find the rare good-great DM its better than any computer RPG or game you've ever played.

6. Games often last more than one session, finding people to play, finding people that can return for the next gaming session. Plus people who take it way too seriously are annoying.
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About point 6, so true, those 'too seriously' people can ruin the entire game, kinda like what happened to Spoony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2zTrMf4eH4 ; thankfully, I've ran into very few of those
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When did you start playing ttrpgs and how was your first experience?
I was in grade 8..or 7?... forget, anyways, D&D 3.5 had just come out, and after reading TSR fantasy books for so many years, I wanted to play. So I got the core rule books, as did a friend, and he also got a pre-written campaign, and off we went. For maybe three sessions... None of us really knew what we were doing, so there was a lot of checking the books as we went, but none of us took it too seriously (or were too stupid), so short as it was, it was still fun.

Do you play more as a DM/GM or as a player (character)?
I tend to be the player, as theres usually someone with more experience who DMs and does a good job of it.

If you play as a player character, what type of character do you usually play as?
I don't know if I have a single type... Tend not to play the big, brawny, fighters, but anything outside of that. Also haven't played many lawful characters alignment wise... next time.

What's your favorite game and/or genre (subgenre) of ttrpgs?
I've only played two genres so far... since I've only played D&D 3.5, 4th once... Pathfinder, and Shadowrun 5th ed. Really enjoyed Shadowrun, but the group didn't stick together. There was a short lived Call of Cthulhu game a friend of mine ran, but my schedule kept preventing me from being able to go.

What do you think is the best thing about ttrpgs?
They're fun. Me and most of my friends also LARP, so we get into the rp side of things when we play, which really adds to it. Since you're not limited by having to physically represent your characters and their surroundings (like you are with live action games), you really can do anything. So its great to see what people come up with and where the story goes.

What do you think is the worst thing about ttrpgs?
The special snowflakes. The person who's character had their parents killed when demons attacked, but then the demons found them as a baby and instead of eating them thought, wow this thing is a special snowflake. Lets raise it. So their character is a half-elf who knows demon magic, and has a half sister who ran away during the attack, and who knows that their little brother is alive because they have a magical connection. And is coming back to kill them because now they're all evil and demon-y. And no matter what alignment they claim to be, they always play like they're CN. Or the ones who make a "my character is basically -blank- from -whatever tv show- except -trivial difference that doesn't really change anything-", and then don't really shape the character and sorta stumble through rp.

And the usual schedule thing. And the too serious thing... And the opposite, the gets bored so turns into a shit disturber type. Or, when other players are having a rp moment, starts prattling on about something unrelated. At least let them finish...
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Ack, the special snowflake thing really sounds like a handful. And when it comes to the people who get bored, I once played with a doctor who had to move the minis around when it wasn't her turn, I'm serious, she would just pick up all the minis and start placing them all over the map in nonsensical places, like in the middle of a wall, lava, etc. It was pretty hard to have tactical minis combat like that because of the constant disruption of the minis position. After I repeteadly told her not to do that and she wouldn't listen, I found out that the only solution was to beat her at her own game, by moving the minis immediately back into position as soon as she moved them, that eventually got her to stop; it was pretty weird.
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Posted 11/26/15 , edited 11/26/15
As I see, based on our answers, that schedules are still an obstacle to surpass in order to enjoy some fine rpgs, I just wanted to let you guys know I uploaded a video that gives some tips about playing games by forum. They are basically just a few pointers, but they could be of some use if someone has never tried this style of gaming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSLRBvyRfCY
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