I put on my wizard's hat and robe August 8, 2013 6:32 AM   Subscribe

I have seen a fair few folks mentioning how much they'd enjoy playing Pen and Paper RPGs alongside their fellow MeFites in various threads over the past few months. If anyone is interested please drop in here and we can try to organise some play.

I'll start off with a few bits and bobs that I think are pertinent - anyone else is welcome to chime in with anything and hopefully once we get a few people interested we can look to set up some sort of register where we can try and find players for IRL or online adventuring.

Cheers all!

A bit about me -

I'm based in the UK (GMT +/-0) and am available most weekdays in the evening from around 6PM through late. Weekends are slightly more awkward - Sunday nights are free from 7PM but I could realistically be available otherwise given sufficient notice.

Interested in playing IRL and online PnP games.

My keywords would be modern, historical, esoteric, investigation, action/thriller, realistic, spy, military, intrigue, political and Lovecraftian/cosmic horror, long-term campaign, one-shots.

I am most familiar with Millennium's End, GURPS and GUMSHOE as Director but would be happy to play in most systems.

I would very much like to run the 2013 Ennie nominated Night's Black Agents as Director.

Anyone interested?
posted by longbaugh to MetaFilter-Related at 6:32 AM (102 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

I am in Central Virginia and no one lives near me so I guess I would be playing online. I'm available Mondays-Thursdays whenever. I like D&D style games but am willing to try new things.
posted by Jacqueline at 6:43 AM on August 8, 2013

I have not role played in a long time, but I'd definitely be interested in doing something online. I would primarily be available in the late evenings during the week (Eastern US time) or the afternoons on weekends. I know MeFi tried a couple of forum-based games of Call of Cthulhu a little while ago, but I think they kind of fell apart pretty quickly, if I'm not mistaken.

I guess my keywords would be modern, historical, futuristic, horror, action, spy, intrigue, lovecraft, humor, in-character, short-term campaign, one-shots.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:47 AM on August 8, 2013

I have never done an online role play (or any significant role play, really) but would be willing to give it a shot.
posted by Think_Long at 6:53 AM on August 8, 2013

Anyone know where I can get a game in NYC? I'd be happy to organize and host.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:18 AM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

Anyone who is interested in a Pathfinder/D&D type of game is welcome to mosey on over to MeFightClub and float an organizational thread for groups. I'm currently running two campaigns right now, and we've also had other run Spirit of the Century and some other games.
posted by absalom at 7:19 AM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

I am totally interested as long as this won't involve me buying more rulebooks.

*opens new browser window to search for Paranoia books on ebay*
posted by dubold at 7:20 AM on August 8, 2013 [8 favorites]

I was actually thinking of getting in touch with MeFightClub about the idea but wasn't sure if we'd be accepted or whether the big kids would mock us for our lack of hats.

[Edit] I think I have Paranoia 3rd Ed around somewhere...
posted by longbaugh at 7:38 AM on August 8, 2013

I have a regular every-other-Tuesday night Google Hangout game. It's pretty great, but I'd consider filling the other every-other-Tuesday night with a Mefite game, if there's interest.

I'd really love to put together an Ars Magica campaign based in Spain or Italy, with lots of heretical problems and some serious looks at the relationship between Southern Europe and Northern Africa, Islam, Jewish Maranos, and heresy if anyone is interested in such a thing. Ars Magica is a "Troupe System" game, which means that players take turns as GM/DM/Storyteller, super-powered characters, and grunts. It basically discourages min-maxing and munchkin-styles of play, focuses on story, hundred-year-long place-based campaigns where characters live out their lives and die, and Mythic Europe.
posted by anotherpanacea at 7:53 AM on August 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

I'm very interested. Can do evenings in mountain standard time. Flexible as to game system; I'm familiar with D&D, the masquerade, and rifts.
posted by craven_morhead at 7:55 AM on August 8, 2013

I'm in London, would be up for this. I'm a total beginner, except for some games of Paranoia as a kid.
posted by bonaldi at 8:01 AM on August 8, 2013

PS- The 4th edition of Ars Magica is available free (and legally) online. Atlas Games released it as a way to pump up demand for the 5th edition and supplements.
posted by anotherpanacea at 8:03 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I can play just as soon as I learn to cast Mordenkainen's Come The Fuck On Adulthood Let Up For Like A Hot Second So I Can RP Regularly Please Come On

Srsly, I'm DMing a game of 3.5 right now and negotiating everyone's schedules (my own being a major hassle) means we play like once a month.
posted by griphus at 8:10 AM on August 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

Ideally a game should have about 10-12 active players who can drop in and out of the scenes as necessary, with some people agreeing to share characters and the DM able to nimbly explain a characters absence or presence. Some kind of frame story (Assassins Creed style) helps. Then you can count on 3-4 to make it every week.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 8:32 AM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

I would totally join up with a Potomac/griphus D&D game in New York City. As long as it's not 4th-ed I think I can manage.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:35 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'd only be interested if y'all have patience for absolute beginners. I don't even own a wizard's hat.
posted by Think_Long at 8:55 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

Beginners are awesome! D&D is at its best when it's an inclusive thing, connecting more and more people through shared silliness. And helping somebody get into D&D for the first time is usually a lot of fun.
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:59 AM on August 8, 2013

The only problem with beginners is not taking it seriously and performing actions that mess up a game rather than furthering the plot. Cracking jokes out of character: great. Cracking jokes in character or taking dumb actions on purpose "I'm going to fart on the dragon lololol" is the worst. Also arguing about the rules cuz they haven't learned yet that the game isn't a competition versus the DM. Newbies who do their best to take it seriously but not so seriously that they start rules grubbing are actually the best players because they get excited by mundane stuff like smacking down a few random encounters.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:02 AM on August 8, 2013

I love ars magica. (I think I even made a post about it once.)

I'll be living in toronto, no idea about my time commitments this year. Am currently planning to teach a 12 year old to play dungeon world to get my tabletop fix, but very open to other options.
posted by kaibutsu at 9:07 AM on August 8, 2013

Think_Long: I don't even own a wizard's hat.

If you rent one, be sure to get someone to cast Bigby's Bedbug Bane on it before you wear it. Magical bedbugs have a ridiculous AC.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:11 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

Heh. I was thinking of posting something to MeFightClub as well.

I'm up for most things that aren't D&D 3.X (0, 5, Pathfinder) or Next.
Pacific time, I'd love to have something physical running in Seattle (Something Shadowrun-esque would be fitting, but by no means necessary), and I could easily do online-based games, being particularly familiar with running games through IRC, though I could do anything from Google Hangouts to RPGTools if people want something with more map-fiddling.

That said, I'd love to play, and I've been tempted to run. If anyone's interested in any Powered by the Apocalypse games (Most notably Apocalypse World, Dungeon World or No Rest for the Wicked, but if anyone has any genre preferences and wants to specifically do *World, there's probably a variant for them), I'd particularly enjoy running that. (I can sort out the passing out of books)

(Summary of *World: Essence of X, but more awesome and without the fiddly bits. So Dungeon World is Essence of old-school D&D. Apoc World is essence of post-apocalypse. No Rest for the Wicked is Borderlands: The RPG. Monsterhearts is essence of paranormal teen angst/romance. etc.)

Here's a Roundup of play examples, since it's not a particularly well-known game. Its G+ community is highly active, and there's lots of community development, so if you want to come to me and say "I like the idea of the Fighter, but I think it's missing something vital: An airship! I'd much rather be an airship pirate", and it fits with what the rest of the story wants to play (Airship captain stuck in an underground civilization might not go so well. Or would it?), I can roll with it.

Other systems, I could definitely go with. Tenra Bansho Zero is absolutely fantastic, as is Legends of the Wulin. Torchbearer looks interesting but I haven't had a chance to try it.

That said, I'm also up for something more classical (World of Darkness has its appeal, I've always wanted to but never been able to play in a Geist or Geist/Promethean crossover game; Vampire 20th anniversary is particularly nice for oWoD, the God Machine Chronicles update looks to make nWoD wonderful and slick).

Oh, and since it should be said: If I am running a game, beginners eagerly welcomed.
posted by CrystalDave at 9:15 AM on August 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

Potomac, Rory, et al--this won't fill your need for a game with mefites, but back when I was plugged into that sort of thing everyone I knew in New York found their game groups on Nerd NYC. If you can gather up a small core group from here but want some additional players, that's where I'd begin. It is refreshingly low on misogyny and "I'm sooo persecuted because of my nerdiness" bullshit.
posted by ActionPopulated at 9:17 AM on August 8, 2013 [4 favorites]

I can furnish the Wand of Orcus.
posted by clavdivs at 9:19 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I would like to make an appearance on a wandering monster table. Roll #1 quidnunc kid!
posted by the quidnunc kid at 9:20 AM on August 8, 2013 [18 favorites]

I'd be up for most games. I tend to lack to lack the focus to run sprawling campaigns, but I do love running one-shots and short campaigns. Always up to play. Og, Mythender, or Paranoia would probably run well online. Open to an IRL group in SoCal too.

Would be into 13th Age, Dungeon World, or something like that too. Mutants and Masterminds, Capes, or another superhero rpg. Open to most things really.
posted by Garm at 9:22 AM on August 8, 2013

It is refreshingly low on misogyny and "I'm sooo persecuted because of my nerdiness" bullshit.

That's my primary reason for wanting to draw from MF rather than other public spaces really. I'll check that site out if we can't get a NYC game going from here!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:28 AM on August 8, 2013

Count me in as someone who would be interested in joining as a player in an online game, I'm available at various non-work times in CST time zone. I don't really have a preference on a particular game or game type, although I'm pretty burned out on D&D, especially low-level D&D campaigns that only last a few sessions and then fizzle out.

Also based on previous threads like this: if someone is actually going to run a game, they need to officially commit to do it right away and post the details here for people to sign up. In a day or two this thread is going to drop off of everyone's radar so there is a limited time where you're actually going to have a critical mass of interested players willing to sign up. And expect some of the players to flake out and not actually play, or only show up for the first session and then quit, so accept more players than you normally would for a given game.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:11 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I am open to games Powered by the Apocalypse. (Monsterhearts or Monster of the Week, especially)

I would also play Shadowrun or Burning Empires.
posted by anotherpanacea at 10:21 AM on August 8, 2013

I'd definitely be up for a drop-in/drop-out game of 3, 3.5, Pathfinder or Cyberpunk 2020.
posted by griphus at 10:22 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

NYC-based, have time evenings or weekends but have RPed online as well. Bad on rules but have played AD&D, pretty decent on rules and gaming for oWoD and all things White Wolf. Game for anything.
posted by corb at 10:27 AM on August 8, 2013

I'd love to join in if there's an online version. I'm a noob, but promise to crack no jokes and fart on zero dragons.
posted by DingoMutt at 10:51 AM on August 8, 2013

I'm a noob, but promise to crack no jokes and fart on zero dragons.

Watch out for Dread Gazebos.
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:00 AM on August 8, 2013 [7 favorites]

I live in RI, and don't particularly want to drop a lot of money on rulebooks I don't own, but I do own a bunch of books already (D&D 3, 3.5, 4, some at this point ancient edition of GURPS, some Deadlands, a bit of Shadowrun, various others) and have played a few online bulletin-board/forum-based D&D campaigns before. I'd be tempted to offer to DM (I've had some ideas for a "Freelance Murder Hobos" campaign kicking around in the back of my head for a while now) but that's really a lot of time which I can't/shouldn't commit to. I'd definitely be interested in being an occasional drop-in PC for something though, or even some kind of DM-switching-off arrangement.
posted by mstokes650 at 11:27 AM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

Chat has been buzzing about this too! Count me in, I'm in Vancouver and my hours can be weird, but we'll make this work? Note that I am a total noob at this sort of stuff though.
posted by Conspire at 11:28 AM on August 8, 2013

I'd be interested in an online game. I'm free pretty much any day until Labor Day, then I'm busy Wednesday nights (EST) but free for the rest.
posted by MaritaCov at 12:16 PM on August 8, 2013

I would like to do another Call of Cthulhu adventure, but am focused on other things at the moment, not the least of which is that computer game I should be working on. You know, that. Shame.
posted by JHarris at 12:23 PM on August 8, 2013

If four to five dudes (or ladies) in the Los Angeles area want to get together and play, I would run either Pathfinder, Rogue Trader or The Dresden Files (in descending order of preference).
posted by Parasite Unseen at 12:39 PM on August 8, 2013

Potentially would be interested in an Austin group, though I am more of an indie type than a D&Der. (My husband may also be interested depending on his grad school schedule.)
posted by immlass at 1:00 PM on August 8, 2013

I'll have to get on this bandwagon too, as a previous GM for CoC who was terrible and feels bad about it, but is open to seriously anything that isn't in space. If we're arranging this via FightClub that's cool too.
Eastern Time, uh, any time.
posted by cobaltnine at 1:06 PM on August 8, 2013

Potomac Avenue: "Anyone know where I can get a game in NYC? I'd be happy to organize and host."

I think there's a community board at the Compleat Strategist.
posted by Karmakaze at 2:03 PM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm not up for playing, but I can advise that Mongoose Traveller is an excellent gritty sci-fi game and you can run it out of a single rulebook. Or you can use the free SRD.

Plus the fantastic free campaign The Pirates of Drinax lets you be space pirates working for Brian Blessed as King Vultan from Flash Gordon.

posted by Sebmojo at 2:08 PM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

I've never done CoC but I'm a big fan and would possibly be able to squeeze in a session now and again in or near Philly. Making up adventures for my kids and their friends is all the D&D I can handle at the moment (super fun though!).
posted by Mister_A at 2:18 PM on August 8, 2013

Clarification: I am a big fan of the non-racist elements of Lovecraft and Lovecraftiana.
posted by Mister_A at 2:19 PM on August 8, 2013

Hey guys, it's ok to fart on green, white and black dragons. I wouldn't do it to red or blue dragons because fire and electricity may ignite the gas cloud. And if you fart on a metallic dragon, look out! You might get a stern lecture on the impropriety of farting on dragons!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 2:22 PM on August 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

But seriously, I haven't gamed in years and years and would love to get into something.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 2:24 PM on August 8, 2013

Sebmojo: Plus the fantastic free campaign The Pirates of Drinax lets you be space pirates working for Brian Blessed as King Vultan from Flash Gordon.

I mean, I prefer my role playing to be a little more escapist, a little less realistic, but if you want a kind of mundane, slice-of-life experience, I guess this could be OK.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:26 PM on August 8, 2013 [3 favorites]

I'm in the Providence, RI area, and I would love to get some gaming in. I do mostly occult investigation things (Trail of Cthulhu, Unknown Armies, etc), but I'd be open to other options.
posted by GenjiandProust at 2:35 PM on August 8, 2013 [2 favorites]

I'm more of a play-by-email or play-by-forum person, although I'm open to something more realtime. Please God not IRC though.

Like any erstwhile RPG nerd I've read more systems/settings than I've played. I tend to like systems which make fewer distinctions between PCs and NPCs. Something freely available would be cool, so that everyone's got a good grip on the rules and setting which ideally should be short and comprehensible. I do kind of love those One Page RPGs that were "a thing" a while back, even if I've not played any.

If anyone thinks they can run a decent Drunken Bear Fighter game online, has a daft Big Idea like running Chabon's Gentlemen Of The Road using modifed WFRP rules, needs someone to playtest their new Giraffe-Riding Musketeens or by some miracle can do something (anything!) with The Galactos Barrier then I'm interested, time and the gods permitting.

Keywords: fun, rules-light, non-live, high-concept, high-five, one-off, invisigoth, grimdark, whimsy, grhimsy, zenobi, ifonly
posted by comealongpole at 2:47 PM on August 8, 2013

Also if anyone wants to do something text based like a MUSH together, I have been wizzen for such things.
posted by corb at 2:53 PM on August 8, 2013

I've recently got back into STALKER big-time so if anybody happens to have a copy of the RPG and is willing to run it online, well, I can give a very loud and tentative "PERHAPS!"
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:09 PM on August 8, 2013

Metafilter: OK to fart on the Green Dragon, but not the Blue One. (This thread is awesome-- I will be joining or making one of these games. Thanks for reminding me that I love this stuff.)
posted by seasparrow at 3:19 PM on August 8, 2013

I'm up for a PBP or PBEM game. Big fan of World of Darkness and Call of Cthulhu, love the worlds of Shadowrun and Cyberpunk so long as I don't have to grapple with the systems. 7th Sea is one of my favorite settings but I think only 5 people have ever heard of that.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 3:35 PM on August 8, 2013

I won't have time to participate, but I would like to say that I am very happy such a thing is going on.

Also, I just want to tell you all, good luck. We're all counting on you.

/Leslie Nielsen
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:51 PM on August 8, 2013

Man, MeFightClub is seriously the most welcoming place on earth so everyone needs to stop being so afraid of going in and floating threads about gaming stuff. It's crazy how much of the prickliness and snarkiness and kind of low grade dismissive meanness that sometimes characterizes the blue evaporates when all you're doing is playing games together and not preening for favorites or debating your deepest held convictions. My participation there has improved my life immeasurably, and I know basically everyone else feels the same way. (ROTATO IS NOT A CULT OR A RELIGION)

It's like the internet version of a your grandmother's house. (For values of grandmother's house that are cookies-n-hugs grandma and not crazy boozer granny) It's funny, just yesterday I think someone popped into one of the threads interested in joining one of the existing games, and people pop up every now and then. I think there is a lot more interest in VTT gaming than people realize. I know I went a big stretch of years RPG gaming a lot to a long stretch of years of not because of Real Life. The internet finally caught up with my scattered friends and we reconstituted a game back in 2007 and it's been a super positive experience since. I hope a lot of these games get started up and actually have some robustness. I know my Content meter has really gotten a boost by the readdition of tabletop gaming to my life.

Some unsolicited advice on the "robustness" part. Scheduling is going to be incredibly tricky, especially for anything resembling a long term campaign. If you want whatever your game is to thrive, be ready for that. It's not impossible by any stretch, but it's a flower that requires attention in that regard. I've managed to string together a campaign of internet people I'd never met before (Although I since have in many cases) since 2009 and our next game is this Sunday (probably). In the last 52 months we've had 39 sessions, which sounds like about once every month or two, in general, but it was a lot more feast and famine than that. It could have died out many times if players had not been willing to keep the schedule torch burning through some long periods of darkness. It's a pretty similar story across my Old Friends game and the more recent internet people I haven't met (yet) game. This applies only to games that require everyone to be together at the same time, naturally.

On the technical side, we use a wiki to manage information, and for play we use a combination of Mumble for Vox and Fantasy Grounds II - recommended to me from an AskMe no less - which has grown up into a pretty ballin' platform. It's not cheap... well, I think the server price is fair, but I think the client is a bit steep. In fact, I felt so strongly that the client price was too high that I bought an ultimate license when it became available so new players wouldn't have to commit to that. We only play D&D and Pathfinder on it - which is what you're buying with the core license - but it turns out they also sell modules for:

Arcana Evolved
Basic Roleplaying (BRP)
Call of Cthulhu
Castles & Crusades
D20/OGL Products
Rolemaster Classic
Savage Worlds

There are a lot of other VTTs out there. They're not technically necessary, and they require some UI learning curve, but the amount they've streamlined the experience has blown my mind. My friend uses d20Pro.

A lot of other people have used Google Hangouts to pretty amazing effect, and i don't know much about it, but Roll20.net appears to be an In-Browser VTT (WOT??).

Anyway, good hunting, everyone, and game on!
posted by absalom at 4:57 PM on August 8, 2013 [6 favorites]

Anybody interested in a Chula game? We can start on shap one, I'm not gonna be a jerk about newbies.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:06 PM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I've had a couple of hits on memail too so feel free to reach out to me direct about a potential game in Queens starting in September.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:26 PM on August 8, 2013

No idea what system, I'm open to anything except Runequest. Fck that shit.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:29 PM on August 8, 2013

What's wrong with Runequest? It's the basic system at the core of Call of Cthulhu, and it's always served us well.
posted by JHarris at 5:32 PM on August 8, 2013

JHarris and I ran some online Call of Cthulhu a year or two back- I'd love to do something like that again.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:58 PM on August 8, 2013

We use Roll20 and there's a wee bit of a learning curve (and once you start fucking about with a bunch of layers like my fancy!GM it can make my netbook slow to a crawl) but it's been great for us. We don't use the native video/audio, just Skype audio alongside. So far we've run a HARP/Rolemaster bastard homebrew, FATE, Cyberpunk2020, Exalted and last night's Iron Kingdoms, all to decent effect. It's certain been our cyberRP platform of choice. Which is about 80% of our RPing because of adulthood/living in different cities/weird shifts.

Iron Kingdoms is alright for drop in/out play since you can run it based on adventuring party guild things - I'm a pirate privateer captain! So I'm playing with mates and they're swapping between playing and GMing. The rest of the crew is NPCs or their dormant PCs. That's an easy enough system to port over though.
posted by geek anachronism at 7:09 PM on August 8, 2013

JHarris and I ran some online Call of Cthulhu a year or two back- I'd love to do something like that again.

Do it! I'm totally in.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:29 PM on August 8, 2013

This is going to sound ridiculous, but there is a metric ton of D&D happening on Google+.

posted by chunking express at 8:59 PM on August 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

(whimper) But I have to work on my gaaa-aame....
posted by JHarris at 9:50 PM on August 8, 2013

In London, very keen on Cthulhu, extra super keen on Night's Black Agents (I've been reading he rulebook), happy to play anything else. Online or IRL is good.
posted by inire at 11:37 PM on August 8, 2013

What's wrong with Runequest?

posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:39 PM on August 8, 2013

Let me think about it for a few days- I might could be persuaded to run some Shadowrun. Shadowrun Returns has me in the mood again.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:38 AM on August 9, 2013

I'd love to play D&D, though I haven't played since 1985.

I'm in LA and am available on weekends.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 1:58 AM on August 9, 2013

Some weekdays would work, too.
posted by professor plum with a rope at 1:59 AM on August 9, 2013

I'm interested in trying the Hangout method. Previous text-based approaches were nice, but there was just something missing. I'm in the greater Boston area. My most recent gaming experience was D&D Next at Comic Con, so more fantasy is fine by me. 13th Age is out in the wild now as well.

But really, I'm not hugely picky - my roots are D&D, oWoD, and CoC. The main thing in the way of me playing is my 3 year old and my 7am-3pm work schedule. I admit I'm pretty desperate to play, so much so that my wife has sought to hire a DM to run a game on my birthday. I think she was successful, so I'm pretty psyched.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:50 AM on August 9, 2013 [4 favorites]

I might could be persuaded to run some Shadowrun.

Even better! I hereby persuade you!
posted by Rock Steady at 4:55 AM on August 9, 2013

I'm in London.

I currently DM a DnD 4e game that meets very irregularly, though I'm trying to get back to once a month. (One of the characters often disappears for months at a time to the antarctic).

I would certainly be very keen on an IRL thing. Possibly online also, depending on how it works. I'm a little dubious.
I'm not so keen on running another game though. It's a lot of work.
I suppose I could run another game in the same world as my first, that would be an interesting twist.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:49 AM on August 9, 2013

I've started a thread on MeFightClub for anyone interested in making their way over. I agree that if this is to happen it needs to stay in the forefront of our minds - I've lost track of how many opportunities pass me by because I don't take the time to get it organised. I hope you'll see me over there and we can get something off the ground. Adulthood shouldn't mean the end of our hobby :)

If you find the time to do so, join up and list your availability and physical location and we can try and bash out some IRL groups or otherwise see if there's any chance of getting some sort of hands across the oceans deal going. I will try and summarise the info in this thread in the main post on MeFightClub so if you want anything amended or your name added/removed please MeMail me and I'll edit the thread accordingly.

We look to have a few folks interested at least which is a great start. If you see anyone mention PnP RPGs on MeFi on your travels maybe MeMail them the link to this thread or the one on MeFightClub too?
posted by longbaugh at 6:27 AM on August 9, 2013 [2 favorites]

Most keen to play: Shadowrun, Exalted, Chuubo, Night's Black Agents, and/or Eclipse Phase
posted by Strass at 7:07 AM on August 9, 2013

Besides Call of Cthulu and Night's Black Agents, I'm also keen on any of the Fantasy Flight 40k stuff (Rogue Trader, Dark Heresy, etc), Shadowrun, Eclipse Phase, D&D (3rd or 4th) or anything else.
posted by inire at 7:14 AM on August 9, 2013

Wow, I wish I had seen this thread earlier because it fits right into something I have the works.

I will be GMing a "one-shot" online Pathfinder module using the roll20.net virtual tabletop and google hangouts.

"We Be Goblins!" is a quirky, 1st level adventure where players take on the role of a band of young goblins undergoing a rite of passage style quest at the direction of their village chieftain. The player characters are pregenerated, so you will not be required to create your own character sheet. All materials provided to you a week prior to game time. Pathfinder rules can be found using the totally free system reference document located here.

It will be held on either the weekend of August 24th /25th or August 31st/September 1st. Game time will start at either noon or 1 p.m. CDT. The rest of the scheduling details will depend upon player availability. The game should last no longer than 4 hours and there will be no commitment beyond the one session.

Here's the hitch: This will be my very first time as a game master. I decided to take a crack at running this game because it is very difficult to find GMs for online play. I have some experience as a player both in face to face games and virtually, but it is tough to find regular, quality groups. I'm getting sick of just reading through rulebooks and message boards and decided to take the plunge. This session will be my trial run.

My style of gaming prefers role playing and fun character concepts over min/maxing and collecting loot. I envision this session as a way for me to dip my toes into being a GM and to provide a chance for players with little experience, or totally new players to experience the game system in a friendly, welcoming and no-strings attached atmosphere.

Interested goblins should contact me at greasyskillet@gmail.com. I will take the first 4 or 5 to reply on a first come, first serve basis.
posted by greasy_skillet at 7:22 AM on August 9, 2013

"We Be Goblins!" is a quirky, 1st level adventure where players take on the role of a band of young goblins undergoing a rite of passage style quest at the direction of their village chieftain.

This sounds like fun. You should seek out the role-playing game Ork!, which is probably the best, and certainly the funniest, RPG about being an orc that has and will ever be made.
posted by JHarris at 8:01 AM on August 9, 2013

(The description of Ork! the game itself gives is, it's not about humanizing the monsters, it's about monsterizing the humans, and doing dumb and stupid things because you don't know any better, and because if you don't act in a sufficently orky manner your god will turn you into a pinecone in the afterlife.)
posted by JHarris at 8:03 AM on August 9, 2013

My keywords would be modern, historical, esoteric, investigation, action/thriller, realistic, spy, military, intrigue, political and Lovecraftian/cosmic horror, long-term campaign, one-shots.

Throw in conspiracy and those are my keywords, too!

But I'm Pacific time, which is pretty impossible to make work with GMT on work days. And my weekends are busy enough that I'd be loath to try to commit to more.

I'm also working on a Day After Ragnarok: Tehran -- Nest of Spies campaign using Fate Core that'll be starting probably next month, meeting 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings in Berkeley. Bay Area gamers can memail me... Fate Core, by the way, was recently released in final form; it and the simpler Fate Accelerated Edition are available in PDF, epub, and mobi for free or pay-what-you-want.
posted by Zed at 9:33 AM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Will it be okay for me to add you to the MeFightClub list Zed? Even if your availability doesn't tally with mine there are plenty of other people looking to play judging by the positive reaction seen here.
posted by longbaugh at 10:09 AM on August 9, 2013

Zed, you just said everything I ever wanted to hear. I love DAR, and I love FATE-- two great tastes that must taste great together. Nest of Spies is my least favorite area, but you can't have everything. And for once Ken Hite missed a historical detail-- the Persian Corridor, and the thousands of US and British troops that kept the logistics pipeline to Russia open. Sometimes I dream about a Railroad (locomotive, not plot) campaign based in a post Serpentfall Iran. How awesome would that be? Anyway, I really hope that you run this game, and I will move mountains to try and fit into it.
posted by seasparrow at 10:19 AM on August 9, 2013

My FPP about how to find an RPG might come in handy for some of y'all.

chunking express: "This is going to sound ridiculous, but there is a metric ton of D&D happening on Google+."

It does seem that G+ is the state of the art in virtual tabletop/computer moderated RPGs. I wish that Google's "real names" policy weren't so awful, though.
posted by jiawen at 12:04 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Hi guys! I run weekly games but I live in Springfield, Missouri, so I would be surprised if any of you live near there. You can actually listen to the games I run, since I podcast them. Many of my listeners are active online players, so if any of you need players, try the RPPR Facebook group or the RPPR message board. Not looking for any online games because I'm already in 2 meatspace campaigns.

Are any of you going to Gencon?
posted by clockworkjoe at 12:29 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

You can actually listen to the games I run, since I podcast them.

Oh, holy shit, I sincerely love and look forward to your podcasts!
posted by griphus at 12:54 PM on August 9, 2013

Are any of you going to Gencon?

Nope, but I am going to the Bay Area Labor Day con Celesticon, where I'll be running Monster of the Week.

Oh, holy shit, I sincerely love and look forward to your podcasts!

Mefi's own magstheaxe is another RPG podcaster of note.
posted by Zed at 1:07 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh sweet. Anyone else have any good RPG podcasts? I'm more interested in RPGs and how they are played than reviews of new systems or whatever.
posted by griphus at 1:13 PM on August 9, 2013

yog-sothoth.com has podcast compilations of them playing several notable and legendary Call of Cthulhu campaigns. (Forgive me for not linking, running out the door.)
posted by JHarris at 1:22 PM on August 9, 2013

I'm actually looking for a group of adventurers who can help the village of Dulwich by stopping Orc-raiders from kidnapping the village children and sacrificing them to the Toad-Demon.

It's not an RPG though - we actually do have a Toad-Demon problem here in Dulwich. We could just move I guess, but council tax is low and they have good restaurants, so we thought, "fuck it, we'll just get some adventurers in".

If you can do the garden too we'd probably sweeten the deal - I hate weeding.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 1:23 PM on August 9, 2013 [3 favorites]

*fetches Lawn Trimmer of Ork Slaying +5*
posted by longbaugh at 1:26 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

God bless you sir for making this post. I have submitted my application for adventure in the MeFightClub thread.
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:32 PM on August 9, 2013

Also if anyone wants to do something text based like a MUSH together, I have been wizzen for such things.

o man i lost years of my life and the chance to kiss many girls to Dark Metal, a WoD-meets-Cyberpunk MUSH.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 2:12 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Ha ha I spent like... half of high school on a WoD MUD.
posted by griphus at 2:18 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

I sometimes think about getting back into MUDding (especially since my old favorite is back online), but it's a bit too much of a rabbit hole for me to justify now that I have a Real Job where people expect me to Do Things. Reading the MeFight thread and this one has me really tempted to try to adapt Welcome to Night Vale to a WoD low-key humor-inflected campaign (maybe where the PCs would be the group of scientists and investigators sent in by a shady organization? Or maybe WTNV station interns? Although Paranoia might be a better system for the latter--right down to everyone secretly being a spy for [the City Council | the Hooded Figures | the Underground City | Station Management | Desert Bluffs]) but I really can't right now. Stupid thesis proposal. Maybe in a few months.
posted by kagredon at 11:08 PM on August 9, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh man I'd fucking love to play a Welcome to Night Vale game. The guy who does it lives in new york maybe he'd be willing to run it?

Why did I just feel a great chill come over me and what is that rattling noise?

posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:51 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

Chiming in to say I'm for most any game/system and am in Oceanside and LA depending on the day. I'm also familiar with/comfortable with VTT and play by post methods. I'll post more deets to the mefightclub thread when I get time, but wanted to leave something here as well.
posted by Feantari at 10:47 AM on August 10, 2013

We currently have fifty-one names listed in MeFightClub - please take the opportunity to speak to other MeFites who have expressed interest in playing RPGs where you can do. It would be great to see something solid come from this.

I will be posting a Night's Black Agent campaign plan and stuff shortly - anyone interested please join in the existing thread and register your interest either there or via MeMail.

Cheers everyone!
posted by longbaugh at 12:58 PM on August 10, 2013

In San Francisco here and would love to play, especially if it was face to face and one of the more all player driven story type games (you know, as opposed to classic one player holds the story in their head, everyone else just sort of plays in that story). Though warning, every few years I think "I should get back into role playing! It was fun when I did it as a teenager *mumble* years ago" and then I maybe convince people to play a session or two but it peters out. Love that not to be the case.

As for games, I'm pretty open, but I have this soft spot in my heart for classic 70s scifi Traveler like settings or high weirdness, and I'm not so interested in high fantasy Tolkien pastiches.
posted by aspo at 1:09 PM on August 10, 2013

I'm interested, especially in face-to-face games.

I'm currently in the process of moving from Heidelberg to Edinburgh, so probably wouldn't be available for such a thing for another month or two ...

I've mostly been playing Pathfinder for the last few years. Nobilis and Over the Edge rank among my favorite games, but I've played just about everything at one time or another. Lately I've had somewhat of a longing for a superhero-esque game of one stripe or another.
posted by kyrademon at 5:26 PM on August 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

In London and I'm definitely interested, mainly in things of the indie bent. Also I would prefer face to face.

I keep telling myself I'm going to organise a Dungeon World campaign, maybe this will be the incentive to actually do that.
posted by Erberus at 5:43 PM on August 11, 2013

Aw, I just saw this. That said I have already landed my first D&D game in a long while thanks to MeFi, but if there are any tabletop gamers I don't know in the Tokyo area please pipe up.
posted by 23 at 11:19 PM on August 12, 2013

I really, really miss playing forum-style RPs. You know... LiveJournal style. The kind with a handful of admins or mods or whatever that can set major plots in place and then lots of threads with people having their own adventures or just mulling around or whatever. I've never done anything with, you know, actual dice on a forum, though I'm open to the idea. It eliminates the necessity for regular timed meetings.
posted by NoraReed at 2:39 AM on August 14, 2013 [1 favorite]

Polling for interest in a persistent world style run of one of the following games: Pendragon, Legend of the Five Rings and Shadowrun.


Feel free to let me know via memail or over at mefightclub if you are interested.
posted by Feantari at 7:16 PM on August 14, 2013

Liverpool, UK here, jonesing to hear the tumble of polyhedrons, but open also to some online play too.

I've been out of the hobby so long my gaming virginity has pretty much grown back, so consider me a noob at this point. I've never stopped reading settings in the genres that interest me, and the GM'ing bug has kept me atop a pile of half-baked campaign ideas that I hope I could bring to fruition one day, if the incentive of a group were there to spur me on.

My favourite settings would be modern or Lovecraftian horror, military/espionage, western (esp. Aces & Eights) or sci-fi (esp. Eclipse Phase).
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 9:42 AM on August 17, 2013

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