Sometimes in life, you need to change gears. Change your job, change your home, change your state … or even change your game. And sometimes, you need to change all the gears at once, as we saw during the pandemic, when many of us saw our real-world games disappear within a manner of days while our communities plunged into lockdown and our jobs went through too many changes to count.
For this month’s RPG Carnival, Lair of Secrets is venturing into its ever-shifting labyrinth to ponder the nature of change. Potential topics include:
- Changing systems
- Changing genres
- Changing roles
- Changing gaming groups
And much more – change is every where, so the possibilities are infinite. As Rush once said, changes aren’t permanent … but change is.
As for us, we’ve got plenty of changes on the horizon as well. After embracing space opera with Scum and Villainy, we’re jumping to the dark future of Cyberpunk Red. After a season of theatre-of-the-mind style play, we’re switching to Roll20 and experimenting with TaleSpire.
So what change do you want to talk about? Share your posts in the comments or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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12 thoughts on “RPG Carnival: Changing Gears”
I’m running an event on the 21st to celebrate Geek Pride, and I’ll be running the Marvel Multiverse RPG. I think it will make a great article to compare with my regular DMing style and campaigns in D&D..
Sounds great – we look forward to reading it!
In retrospective, there’s a lot of things I’d do differently, but I’m glad I tried it and learn some things that will help me with all my games. It’s a playtest, after all 😉
Thanks for this. Jumping off in to the Marvel Multiverse (or any multiverse) is a great way of changing gears. One of these days I’ll make good on my self-promise to run a Claremount Academy, New Mutants-style Savage Worlds Supers game. 🙂
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Thanks for the prompt, I like mixing it up too so I wrote this contribution: https://plasticpolyhedra.blogspot.com/2023/05/on-short-ttrpg-campaigns-3-act-story.html
Thanks for the submission! I agree – short campaigns can be an excellent way of switching things up! That’s been one of the great benefits for me of gaming with the Lair of Secrets crew – we’ve been able to try a bunch of different games over the last three years or so by focusing on shorter-run campaigns. And the best part is, we can always go back to the games we enjoyed the most 🙂
Good idea for the prompt – here is my contribution, on how play evolves over a campaign
Thanks! I loved seeing a blog post that uses data to illustrate the game’s changing nature.
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Nuketown’s contribution to the “Changing Gears” prompt is online:
Battle Maps in Virtual Tabletops – Go Big, or Go Bigger
It looks at our tendency to use smaller maps in online games … and how we might dream bigger by going with larger battle maps.
We added another post for the blog carnival:
Changing Gears: A Foray Into the World of Solo RPGs