August means the #RPGaDay program is live. The RPG-a-day project is hosted again at Brigade Con blog, were you can find the full list of questions.
What was your most impactful RPG session?
The trite answer would be my first, which began my love of this great hobby. However, this was long ago, and I cannot recall very much about the session. There was a pit trap, and a spider hiding behind a curtain. My character survived, and we were playing Basic D&D, probably the blue box version.
The modern answer highlights the final session of our Eastern Isles campaign. This cycle of tales ended in a slanging match between Players and shattered the friendships within the group. The campaign was abandoned, and I was the closest I have come to stopping as a GM.
Yes, the Players were in a difficult position. Their ship had been captured, and the officers faced sustained hostility from the ruler of the island. There were probably underlying personal issues too, maybe about relationships within the group. I noted different attitudes to narrative gaming among the Players, but I thought we were moving forward together.
Even now, many years later, the surviving Players still refer back to the tempestuous session in the throne room. I even wrote a blog post about the implosion in my campaign. I am much happier with the current group, but sad that our game broke friendships.
- Read about the Betrayal in the Throne Room here
- See RPG-a-Day 2016, Day 7, here
- See RPG-a-Day 2017, Day 6, here
- See RPG-a-Day 2017, Day 8, here