International Tabletop Gaming Day!

 In honor of International Tabletop Gaming Day, we here at Multiverse decided to discuss our favorite games and memories in the hopes that our readership may glean something of value from our veritable EONS of tabletop gaming experience.

Favorite Tabletop Game:
First edition AD&D. My journey with this particular edition of the hobby began on Long Island in 1978, and it would affect my life in wonderful ways that I never thought possible. I still enjoy (and still explore) this edition of the hobby today. There is so much of it to enjoy too, whether it’s the painting of minifigs, the creative cartography, the reading of adventure modules, my own writings for the sandbox in which our sessions happen, my creative collaborations with co-creators of our sandbox, and the actual game sessions themselves. As far as warm-and-fuzzy feelings go, the one that I get from honoring EGG‘s vision for the hobby really means the world to me.
Best Tabletop Memory:
I once saw Dan Higgins deal 237 HP damage (in one shot) to a dracolich beneath the glacial rift of the frost giant jarl. That’s a record which might never be broken here. How did he do it, you ask? Well, he nailed a BOOMdice roll. He’s still our only player ever to do so. The chances of it happening are so small. In our 1e AD&D sessions, BOOMdice is a homebrewed game mechanic of ours, which you might also enjoy adding to your own sessions too. It goes like this. A roll “to hit” of a natural 20 is double damage. Player gets to roll 1d20 again. If a 2nd natural 20 is rolled, it becomes triple damage. Player gets to roll 1d20 again. If a 3rd natural 20 is rolled, the player then gets to roll ALL of his dice for damage. This only applies to ALL of the dice which he or she brought with them to the session that day. Good news for the protagonists! Bad news for the antagonists!

Favorite Tabletop Game:
Best Tabletop Memory:
My favorite memory is the time my brother got me back for out of character outbursts.
Whenever my brother would get ready to tell us what was in a room, cave, etc. I would say, “The Rancor!” and make my imitation of the Rancor. I did this far too much.We hadn’t played in the campaign regularly and finally managed to get everyone together for a big adventure.As if on queue, when I said, ‘The Rancor!’ and did my imitation, my brother reached under the table and pulled out a Star Wars Rancor that was over a foot tall. I was laughing, as was everyone else. Then he says, “Roll for initiative.” We lost, it rolled a hit on my character and swallowed me whole. He picked up my miniature and stuffed it in the thing’s mouth. The party killed it before my character suffocated. That is something we still laugh about today.

Favorite Tabletop Game:
We play G-Core a lot here. But that’s because I wrote it. Taking that element out, I’d have to go with R. Talsorian’s Bubblegum Crisis. When I was in college I ran it a lot. Other than that it would be Marvel Superheroes (FASERIP) and Heroes Unlimited by Palladium.
Best Tabletop Memory:
When I had cancer I ran several Star Wars (West End Games) sessions. One night my buddies Mike and Trevor and my business partner Jason Amerkanian were all hanging out playing Star Wars. I was running the game and the characters had escaped an Imperial entanglement. The Drunk Jedi took out a squad of Stormtroopers using the “I’m drunk, I have a lightsaber, my head is spinning, oh look so am I, and my lightsaber just happens to be on” attack. The kid (Trevor) spent almost 20 minutes trying to shoot a Scout Trooper, while the Scout Trooper tried to shoot him. That ended with the Scout Trooper dropping a thermal detonator because he was done with that situation. And Jason got his freighter impaled on a tree. After all that, Mike (the drunk Jedi) then decided against killing the Imperial officer who was after them and chose to just break the guy’s nose instead. Somehow the characters got wind of a plot to kill Princess Leia using a protocol droid and a thermal detonator at some Senatorial conference. So after getting patched up, the guys head to save the Princess. Of course they get there and need clearance. Mike in all his brilliance tells the Imperial traffic controller that they represent the Ewok Nation and then actually makes a successful roll to fake out the controller. So they get inside and as they are about to save the Princess, Mike drunkenly walks his Jedi right into….the Imperial officer with the broken nose. It went to hell after that.
The only game that comes close to that fun was a Bubblegum Crisis game where Mike said out loud, as a police officer was entering my house, “I’ll kill the cop and take his badge”….in game.

Favorite Tabletop Game:
Dungeons & Dragons BECMI edition
Best Tabletop Memory
I took my D&D books to school for a “game day” they had. We could choose to participate in sports or bring board games for the room they set aside for the non-athletic. There were several boys who liked that I’d brought the game, but were doubting that I was actually a Dungeon Master and even if I was a DM, I was probably a lame one. They learned to respect a female Dungeon Master that day. I didn’t even kill off their party. To this day, I still use the idea I ran that day as my default go-to adventure if I need to come up with one with no preparation.

Favorite Tabletop Game:
My favorite game is Exalted. You get to play a demigod. It takes place in a high fantasy setting. You perform epic stunts and are rewarded for creativity.
Best Tabletop Memory
A friend was running a homebrew based on the Legend of the Five Rings. I was playing an excitable 14-year-old girl whose catch phrase was “For Great Justice.”
We entered an ancient shrine which was under the influence of a powerful entity. In this place, I decided to pick up a fan and was immediately asked to roll. Turns out I was in a contest of wills because the fan was possessed. The stakes were high.
In this system, any d10 which lands on10 are counted and are re-rolled. The Gm rolled a 52 and I rolled a 55. I got to take the fan without consequence. That night, I had to roll again with a similar outcome and was handed a second character sheet. I now had full control over the entity in the fan.
My friend said, “I wasn’t expecting anyone to roll higher than me.”

Favorite Tabletop Game
I’ve been playing tabletop RPG’s since my high school days, having been introduced to them with the old red boxed Dungeons & Dragons game that my mom picked up from the book store for me. Since then I have played a lot of different games and systems over the years. If I had to pick a favorite though, it would be GURPS by Steve Jackson Games. Discovering GURPS allowed me to build multiple campaigns and worlds based on whatever crazy idea happened to run through my head. My first GURPS campaign was a Victorian Horror campaign that ran more like a pulp adventure with horrible bits. Since then I’ve run other settings including a very long running Supers game (and its Pulp forebear) as well as an epic space campaign that was my version of the Traveller setting.
Best Tabletop Memory
Even though my GURPS fetish has overshadowed a lot of the other systems, my favorite tabletop experience had to have been with my Cyberpunk 2020 group back in the day when six crazy, bizarre characters managed to turn a simple job into an epic fail so great that it made them legendary. This fail spawned so many in jokes and memories among the group that it still remains one of my favorite tabletop experiences to this day. Here’s to the Jamaican Gun Runners League.

Eric Vogel
Favorite Tabletop Game:
My favorite tabletop game is easily Magic The Gathering.  I’ve been playing it on and off for almost twenty years.  It was one of the ways my younger brother and I bonded even though we were over seven years apart growing up.  The varied and constantly changing nature of the game have always kept me interested despite several lulls along the way.  Even though I sold much of my collection recently (retaining a very large cube as a keepsake), I’m still a sucker for a draft and even the odd sealed release event and I imagine I will continue to be for as long as the game continues to put out new and interesting stuff.
Best Tabletop Memory:
Though Magic is my favorite tabletop game, my favorite tabletop memory actually involves another tabletop game that’s definitely Top 5 (which is pretty good considering how many different tabletop games I play).  My very good friend Zafar Tejani (who recently moved to Arizona to work for Broken Egg Games) and I were playing in an “Unlikely Allies” Warmachine tournament at Legendary Realms (conicidentally my FNM destination as well) in Plainview, NY about a year and a half ago.  For the sake of brevity I won’t go into the whole story, but the whole tournament was extremely fun, mostly b/c Z is  a fun guy to play Warmachine with and it all culminated in us winning in the finals when he used one of his Warjacks to pick up his Warcaster and throwing her into the control point without accidentally killing her (which if you know about Warmachine is a pretty hilarious way to win and if you don’t, I’m sorry).
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