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08 Aug 2015

#RPGaDay2015 - Day 8 and 9

Day 8: Favorite appearance of RPGs in the media

I pass. I know in some of my TV shows they played RPGs but I can’t remember which. I thought it was nice, though.

Day 9: Favorite media you wish was an RPG

Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series. Sanderson is a superb storyteller. He is one of the few writers who can create a compelling setting with unique rules (i.e. the unique magic rules in Mistborn), compelling characters and is still able to surprise me with his plot twists. Because, let’s be honest, if you’re an avid reader, you almost always know the “big revelation”. But Mistborn was one of the few series in the last years who had a surprising climax. The Reckoners is a setting with apocalyptic supervillains. So far there are two main books (Steelheart and Firefight), a novella (Mitosis) and the third book in writing (Calamity). The Calamity has granted some people superpowers but they all went baaad. So the heroes in this story are the “normal” humans who only have a slim chance of squaring off against the supervillains. They have to gather intel and trick the bad guys because everyone of them has a weakness - you just need to find out what it is. I’d totally love to see that as an RPG. It should feature a collaborative city building with creating the supervillain, please. Characters shouldn’t be too heroic (so I guess Fate Core and FAE are out of question) and supervillains chould be modeled as hazards (not characters).

Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners