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Gaming: You Can Still Get Your Geek On With Pen and Paper RPG

By Edited Apr 30, 2015 0 0
The Necessary Dice
Credit: Jorge Leal of Zanatox (cc)

I was a biddy thing when the D&D phenomenon struck my summer camp with a troll or half-elf's arrow, but it was love. It had me at concept. The idea of a world opening before my eyes typed in a lovely vintage typewriter font in dream-space black ink set the ajna (sanskrit for third eye) gears off in my head. I didn't get to play a good deal of it, though. It's fuzzy why that was the case, though I do remember the accusations that it, like Bon Jovi and/or the other glam male rockers of the time, was somehow of “the devil”. I later made up for lost D&D time by creating a few of my own platforms to play and share.

A twinge of joy still strikes me seeing new pen and paper roleplaying games released for public consumption, and if the forces be with me, I'll eventually set one loose on the world in proper swanky, indie-licious packaging. I do hope the gorgeous geeks among you enjoy at least a few of the following resources our nerd leaders have erected for us.

The Pen & Paper news site is well-executed happy-time, and if you're an old school RPG gamer or even someone who had a fondness for the occasional game of D&D, you'll find a new favorite stop for your digital travels. Pen & Paper divides the focus of their roleplay haven between RPG and comic news, keeping tabs on new rulebook releases and comics alike. They do a thorough job of letting readers know what's out there, which industry movers and shakers are plowing forward or closing shop, and which games are cause to grab a tissue. Stop in at least a few times a month. RPG is not dead. It's alive and indie.

Homebrew's fort keeper, Chris, has taken up the task of compiling a compendium of
pen and paper games for over a decade. If you've got a few you're thinking of unleashing upon the minds of the 3rd dimension collecting dust or coffee spills on a desk somewhere, send them in. Typically, he only lists games but the archive-keeper does consider hosting content for those that don't maintain a place to keep their games on the web. File your games with the My Free Copyright site, and direct them his way, and, of course, enjoy the extensive list of flavorful rpgs available to you courtesy of Sir Chris' supreme cataloging skills.

1km1kt is  “the” treasure-trove of online pen and paper roleplaying games, and they host a challenging contest that gives you the opportunity to post a pen and paper adventure if you can create it in 24 hours. The 24 hour RPG is legend and not for the faint of heart – I live to tell it – that will pull some latent gems out of you if you're the type to follow through on commitments. The site also has a forum, chat, and all that jazz if their catalogue of indie awesomeness isn't enough to satiate you.  Love them as I do. Pay them a visit.

City of If ruins the .net roll the previous sites had going, but that's fitting in its own way as City of If isn't about traditional role playing games. Its focus is “story gaming”. Story gaming is more of a non-combat approach to the story arcs in campaigns. It was likely born from a wild night of Choose Your Own Adventures and D&D campaigning. In storygaming, you don't need points or anything resembling awards and consequences. You follow the storygame leader's tale and offer your suggestions toward which way the story goes at certain junctures. It's a softer way to “get your nerd on” tailor-made to your mom and her bookclub, perhaps, but don't knock it 'til you've tried it. You might like.

Every year, something magikal takes place in the digital nerd realms: a rite of passage that bestows boons upon the heads of those brave campaign and core rulebook creators who've spun fantastic worlds of epic indie fantasy within their geekful webs. The Indie RPG award ceremony is moving enough to render your box of kleenex a few sheets lighter than it was before you read this paragraph. That's why I share it. Splendor in its bounty.



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