So there’s another set of daily questions for March. I sort of missed the bandwagon, but it’s still March, so here’s some answers. The questions? Here they are. I think it shouldn’t take an entire post for each question; I’ll do a few at a time.
1 What was the first roleplaying game other than D&D you played? Was it before or after you had played D&D?
Boot Hill, after D&D.
2 In what system was the first character you played in an RPG other than D&D? How was playing it different from playing a D&D character?
Did I stutter? Boot Hill. It was very different, as we assumed there was a lawman to keep on the good side of (until you could out-draw him!) and while we did consider the town map to be a sort of “dungeon” to conquer, we figured you were supposed to go after some bounties on outlaws, then build up the resources to plan and pull off your own bank robberies and shootouts in town. We ended up taking over half the buildings and running the place.
3 Which game had the least or most enjoyable character generation?
Least enjoyable for me was Champions. The points just killed the joy after a while, too much min-maxing and exploiting loopholes. The most enjoyable for me was probably Gamma World, just because it was so random and you got so many hit points!
4 What other roleplaying author besides Gygax impressed you with their writing?
Steve Jackson and the stable of GURPS writers kicked ass in the GURPS sourcebooks of the 1990s onward. They could actually explain things in clear English, even if some of their “facts” were a little questionable.
5 What other old school game should have become as big as D&D but didn’t? Why do you think so?
The Fantasy Trip. I never met anyone who played it back in the day, and by the time I discovered it, it was dead and supplanted by GURPS. But as a simpler cousin of GURPS, I think it had a lot of potential.
6 What non-D&D monster do you think is as iconic as D&D ones like hook horrors or flumphs, and why do you think so?
Chaos beastmen and Chaos warriors from Warhammer. Why? John Fucking Blanche.