RPGaDAY #4: What RPG have you Played the Most Since August 2016

Welcome back, Gamers! Returning to¬†RPGBrigade’s RPG-a-Day August challenge to answer another question on their list — which RPG have I played the most since August 2016? The answer, unquestionably, is Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars Roleplaying Game. This one’s going to come up a lot as I blog RPG-a-Day. It is without a doubt one of my favorite RPGs ever written, set in my favorite fictional universe. I like it so much I’m actually juggling THREE loose campaigns for it (the game sessions¬†are 4-6 weeks apart, at least), and I’m usually angling to cram in additional one-shots the moment someone expresses even the vaguest interest in Star Wars and / or RPGs. ūüėõ The FFGSWRPG (whew, that acronym) is a narrative dice system. You construct a dice pool consisting of “positive” and “negative” dice and interpret the symbols. Sometimes you succeed at a task, sometimes you fail, but additional effects like … Continue reading

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#RPGADAY 1: What Published RPG do you wish you were playing RIGHT NOW?

Greetings, Gamers!

I haven’t posted on the ole blog in awhile, but I was inspired by Jeremy Tolbert’s post, and realized that I, too, rarely talk¬†about gaming here. It’s such a huge part of my life, that seems like an oversight I should correct!

So #RPGaDay 1 asks “What published RPG do you wish you were playing right now?” That’s a big question, because there are so many great¬†choices. I’m fortunate right now to be juggling a few different campaigns (slow burns, long breaks between sessions) in some systems I really love. More on those games soon.

Right now, I’d love to be playing Night Witches, by Jason Morningstar and published by¬†Bully Pulpit Games. In Night Witches, the players take on the roles of the women and girls¬†of the Soviet Red Army Air Force during WWII who flew outdated biplanes against the Nazis. (It’s the Germans who actually coined the term “Night Witches,” so feared were they in the air.)

These women were serious bad-asses, but as you can imagine, there was a lot of drama on the ground for these groundbreaking feminists. Why there isn’t a killer Netflix or HBO series about them (yet), I don’t know, but there is this awesome game. Based on the narrative-focused¬†Apocalypse World rules set, Night Witches not only lets you recreate the combat sorties against the Nazis through the course of the war, but also to create intriguing stories about life on base — the romances, the sexist politics, the grind of the war, the sinister investigations of the Soviet secret police and Nazi spies…

Romance! Sacrifice! Heroism!

What’s not to love?

Since the days of the Robotech¬†RPG (one of my childhood faves), I’ve always been intrigued by campaigns focused on fighter squadrons, and Night Witches has a ton of potential in this regard. I backed the Kickstarter a few years ago, but so far I haven’t quite found the time or the group to play it with. It’s a hyper-focused game and you really need full buy-in on the setting.

With a title¬†like Night Witches, though, it’s not hard to imagine taking the idea literally — with badass Soviet fliers¬†throwing down against Nazi dragons with¬†actual spells and enchanted (if still outdated)¬†biplanes.

But even as written, Night Witches takes a little-known historical group and turns it into a fascinating setting for a RPG. Definitely give it a look! Anyone game?

So What’s New With You, Andy?

It’s been awhile since I updated this here blog. So much has happened since! I’m trying to make blogging a part of my weekly habit again in 2016, but first, I need to do a big catch up post… I spent the bulk of 2015 working on a couple of animated¬†films — Hotel Transylvania 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3. I think both films turned out great, and I’m proud of the work our teams did on both. It was awesome to work with so many talented folks. I’m especially thrilled¬†that the Character Effects (CFX) team was nominated for an Annie award for our work on HT2. CFX doesn’t get recognized that way very often, and we worked our butts off on that show. Well-deserved. Go team! Writing-wise, it was a slow year for me, a side-effect of all that hard work I was doing on HT2 & KFP3. Still, … Continue reading

Things I Love This Week

There are a lot of things I’m excited about this week, my friends, and I feel like sharing. Admittedly, there’s a little horn tootin’ here, but not too much, I promise. Big Hero 6 — First off, today is the official release day of Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, and the reason I was pretty quiet over the summer. Whew! In all my years in animation and vfx, I think this is¬†the hardest I’ve ever worked.¬†I’m biased, of course, but I think it turned out pretty darn well. If you like animated films, Disney, or¬†superheroes, then I bet you’ll love¬†this one! Look for me in the “Technical Animation” credits. (That’s cloth, hair, and character cleanup, plus other squishy things like Baymax’s skin.) Congrats to all my fellow¬†(very talented) artists and filmmakers on the film! … Continue reading

Five Movies on an Airplane!

The great thing about international travel is getting to see places way outside your everyday experience, expand your horizons, and gain new perspectives. The great thing about being stuck on an airplane for 13+ hours each way is catching up on some of the movies you missed whlle you were busy working over the summer. (Well, maybe not ALL of the movies were so great…) Minor spoilers ahead, and caveat: I¬†watched them on a seat-back screen at standard def in the twilight zone of airplane brain…   The Amazing Spider Man 2 – Andrew Garfield continues to fill the moodier shoes of our favorite webhead, this time with more of Spidey’s trademark humor, too. The chemistry is better with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy, but the cracks are beginning to show in their relationship, and if you’re any kind of Spider-Man fan, you can see what’s coming. The VFX are top … Continue reading