2019 was the third year in a row of my intensive development in the field of role-playing games. Slightly smaller number of sessions than in 2018 was more than compensated for by their (usually) very high quality.
I also took part in RPG contests for the first time. “The Awakening of Malta” did not win the hearts of the Jury of the Quentin contest for best RPG scenario. “Rotunda of Seasonus”, which I created together with Tomasz Misterka, was more lucky and won the third award in the contest for best RPG dungeon. I plan to translate both works into English and publish them here.
In 2019, I came across many new, interesting systems – some of which I planned to play for some time, while others I can summarize with Palpatine’s quote:
My personal Game of the Year 2019 turned out to be one of those pleasant surprises, namely The Sword, The Crown and The Unspeakable Power, in short SCUP. To say briefly: if you like role-playing games and books by George R.R. Martin or Joe Abercrombie, you must try this game! I do not know any other system more suitable for intrigues within court coteries, guilds and gangs, adorned with dark and dangerous magic. And don’t let the rulebook’s graphic style deter you – in my opinion it is terribly ugly, which, however, does not discourage me from repeatedly flipping through it. Interestingly, a significant part of the materials needed for the game, including descriptions of all character classes, is available for free on the authors’ website.
RPGs I played in 2019 (35 sessions in total):
- SCUP (The Sword, the Crown the Unspeakable Power) – 4 sessions (report from the first of them)
- FU – 3 sessions in various themes: James Bond style, pirates of the Caribbean and classic fantasy
- Apocalypse World – 3 sessions
- Warhammer Fantasy 4 ed. – 3 sessions
- Fate Core – 3 sessions set in Fallout universe
- D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) 5 ed. – 2 sessions
- Dogs in the Vineyard – 2 sessions
- 13th Century (non-published system about the knights in the 13th-century France, heavily inspired by PbtA, with an emphasis on issues related to honor) – 1 session
- City of Mist – 1 session
- Conan 2d20 – 1 session
- Coriolis: The Third Horizon – 1 session
- Cosmic Dust – 1 session
- Dzikie Pola (Wild Fields) – 1 session
- Fiasco – 1 session
- Kids on Bikes – 1 session
- Love in the time of Seið – 1 session
- Magister Lor – 1 session (I played „Lady Blackbird”, another game set in the same universe in 2017)
- The Clay That Woke – 1 session
- The Witcher – 1 session
- Urban Shadows – 1 session
- Warhammer Fantasy 2 ed. – 1 session
- Würm — Roleplaying in the Ice Age – 1 session
RPGs I run in 2019 (8 sessions in total):
- Freeform Universal RPG (FU) – 6 sessions: “The Awakening of Malta” which I run twice, two adventures in Fallout and Witcher settings, “A quest for the statue of Poseidon” and “Return to the sphinx’s lair”
- Ironsworn – 1 session in co-op mode
- Dogs in the Vineyard – 1 session
As for plans for the future, I plan to read the beta version of the second edition of FU, available on the official Facebook group of the game.
I also want to read “Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master“, a book designed to help fantasy roleplaying Gamemasters get more out of their games by preparing less.
What I would like to run (I will definitely not be able to run all this in 2020):
- The Awakening of Malta – at least once more before I publish it
- Rotunda of Seasonus
- The Shadows of Braavos – an adventure in the “Game of Thrones” universe, using SCUP. The ideas for Player Characters are: priest (or priestess) of R’hllor, Faceless Man, maegi (such as Mirri Maz Duur, who turned khal Drogo into vegetable) and Water Dancer (like Syrio Forel, who trained Arya)
- A long campaign of SCUP
- Bronze and Iron, more adventures similar to the “Quest for the statue of Poseidon”
- Another FU adventure set in Fallout universe
- Würm – Roleplaying in the Ice Age
- Adventures in Middle Earth: Eaves of Mirkwood
- Something else, but I will be able to write more about it only after the announcement of the results of Quentin 2020 🙂
RPGs I already know and would like to play in future:
- 7th Sea 2 ed.
- Apocalypse World
- Blades in the Dark
- City of Mist
- Cosmic Dust
- Cthulhu Invictus
- DnD 3 ed.
- DnD 5 ed.
- Dogs in the Vineyard
- FU and its hacks and the upcoming second edition
- Kids on Bikes
- Lady Blackbird
- Love in the time of Seið (and similar games)
- Star Wars d6
- The Last of Us
- Urban Shadows
- Warhammer Fantasy 2 ed.
- Warhammer Fantasy 4 ed.
- Würm — Roleplaying in the Ice Age
RPGs I haven’t played yet but would like to:
- A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (any system)
- Band of Blades
- Bluebeard’s Bride
- Burning Wheel
- Cthulhu Dark Ages
- Cypher System
- Deadlands (I loved Puffin Forest’s video about this game)
- Earthdawn: The Age of Legend
- Lasers and Feelings
- Lord Scurlock, yet another game set in Lady Blackbird universe
- Mazes and Minotaurs (or its spin-off, Vikings and Valkyries)
- No Country For Old Kobolds
- Sagas of the Icelanders
- Star Wars FFG
- Sun World
- The One Ring
- The Quiet Year
- And many others which I forgot 🙂
And how was your 2019, fellow gamers?