The GROGNARD Files

Table-top RPGs from back in the day and today.

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In this episode we review our year in gaming and dish out our GROGGIE awards.

It also features WFRP actual play, hosted by The Smart Party.

Subscribe to their feed to catch the rest of it, when it is released.

Podcast recommendations: How we Roll, The Chimpions, Vintage RPG podcast, and Appendix N.

5 thoughts on “Episode 25 – Review of 2018 (Featuring WFRP actual play)

  1. engleback says:

    A nice end of year round up, the banter is as good as ever, forward to 2019, and more AP, perhaps even a separate podcast?

  2. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this while preparing Xmas lunch. I really recognised JB’s issue with am-dram roleplaying. Perhaps I am biased because I have never played with groups where you were in-character for anything other than ‘the moment’. But it seems to me it’s a bit rude to play like that when no-one knows each other – for me, gaming is social and ‘acting’ means you aren’t taking the trouble to be with your fellow players. I had two examples at UK Games Expo. The first was in a Cthulhu Masters game where it wasn’t deadly – the guy was engaged (I voted him best player) but went ‘in character’ towards the end in a way where it wasn’t clear if he was playing angry or really was. It was a bit disconcerting. The second example was on the Saturday night and blew the game up before it had started, the player deciding that playing a hugely annoying character would go down well with a group of strangers, particularly when it involved picking on the youngest player. It was an extreme example may be but I think there is something inherently selfish about ‘acting’ without taking into account other players.

    1. Blythy says:

      Your experiences sound very much like mine. One person did decide to play a loud and annoying character “in character” throughout (and was therefore just loud and annoying). I think you’re spot on about it being inappropriate with strangers. In can border on being rather bullying. Thankfully it seems rare!

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