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Thursday, 20 November 2008
Fond Memories of Torture & Amputation
Topic: RPGs
I've been running role playing games through email, or play-by-e-mail (pbem), for almost twenty years. I started back in the days before the interwebs. We played on FidoNet back ithen, a network of bulletin board systems tossing mail via packets across the world at a blinding 9600 bps.

Those FidoNet days were a long time ago, but I've been gaming with three of those players ever since and LOTS of others...

There's a lot of PBEM on the web. Our group manages things a little different than the other stuff I've seen. A lot of PBEM is really just free-form writing. Each participant writes an open-ended segment to the story and then the next participant picks up where the other guy left off.

Our PBEM runs very much like a traditional table-top role playing session where each player is responsible for their own character's actions, but the game master runs the NPCs and determines action outcomes. We're all kind of purists (read: snobs) in that regard.

My current PBEM has been running for eight years and has seen some of the best character gaming by players I have ever been part of. When my players are rocking, they rock it hard.

Deb, one of my players, blogged about one particular scene the other day. It was a rather intense, brutal bit of story telling that worked largely due to how invested Deb was (is) in her character. When I set the scene up, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. That's how I usually prep most of my scenarios.

I make sure there's at least one way out for the player to discover and then let them bang at the problem. Sometimes they make it...

Other times, not so much.

Always gotta' have danger for the players.

Check out Deb's blog on the subject. It's got a nice flavor for what we do in the game.

I'm looking for a player or two. Let me know if you're interested.

Aron Head
www.EvilBastard.net
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Posted by Aron Head at 6:23 AM CST
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Thursday, 20 November 2008 - 7:56 AM CST

Name: "Debora Silkotch"
Home Page: http://dsilkotch.wordpress.com/

That was the hardest scene I've ever co-written in any game, and the one I look back on with the most fondness.  

 

Being scared out of your wits on behalf of a fictional character?  Priceless. 

 

 

Thursday, 20 November 2008 - 10:41 AM CST

Name: "Chad Crayton"

I was in one of your PBEM games way back in the day for a short while. The good ship Woden, how I miss it. 

I really wished I could've kept my inet connection up and continued in that game for longer than I managed. I still speak of it to my friends to this day.

Good times. Cheers!

Chad Crayton

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