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My Inner Voice Says BWA-HA HA!

So I've a had week of dead batteries, crippling flu, and nightmarish whiplash projects at the day job. This makes for a Cranky Monkey King.

Fortunately, this is also the week that my copy of My Life With Master by Paul Czege arrived. I read it in a single sitting, and I'm itchy to play.

It's an indie RPG of the kind that my old buddy Lester Smith once brought into the TSR office on a regular basis. In other words, normally I wouldn't have dug this one up (my FLGS takes few flyers on indie games), but hey, I had been hearing about it for years on the grapevine. Then BoingBoing plugged it, and whaddya know, it's amazing. I'll save the full report for after a game session, but let's just say that it reminds me of The Whispering Vault in the best possible way.

I am halfway to finding my top hat, brass goggles, and frock coat, just so I can run a manical session or three of this game. Why? Well, there's all the edition-zealot noise in D&D-land for the last few months (and the prospect of more to come), and there's my sad ponderings on whether the GSL will be released before GAMA. Combined, they put me in a generally foul mood about traditional heavy-tome, wargaming-derived RPGs. A little character-heavy, scene-chewing hilarity might be just what the doctor ordered to inject some fun into the genre.

And if that works out as planned, I think I may just go pick up Bacchanal next. These indie games are tasty, like thin mints.

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johnaegard
Mar. 22nd, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
Have you heard of Go Play NW?

It's coming up this summer and will be stacked to the rafters with indie-game goodness. Last year's edition was by far the most fun I've ever had at a con.

Most, if not all, of the indies I've played are designed to produce a satisfying experience in just a few hours. In my experience, you gotta play a traditional wargame-derived RPG for a few sessions before you really feel the goodness of it. So indies are totally suited for cons.

(I hope this isn't too hard a sell for you, but I wanted to share. :)
bruceb
Mar. 22nd, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Experimentation with really light play of one sort or another seems the order of the day among a lot of the folks I know in and around the biz. I hope yours is fun!

wanton_heat_jet
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
good game!
I had fun running it. My review is at: http://jonathantweet.com/jotgamesmlwm.html
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