As I mentioned in my 2019 TTRPG Resolutions, I’ve wanted to start streaming one-player ttrpgs on twitch for a while now, and I’ve finally started doing it!
Lately I’ve been playing Quill, a game about writing letters by Scott Malthouse. I’ve been having a really good time playing it with chat, and I love that you have this beautiful letter to remember your game by.
This letter is from the Love Letters Expansion, also by Scott Malthouse. Our Poet, Alma has realized that she is in love with her dear friend Rowan, and must write a letter expressing her feelings.
My Dearest Rowan,
It was so good to see you this past week. It has been too long since we last saw each other. We have always been good friends and one should never go too long without seeing one so dear to them. I confess that being able to see you brought me so much joy that even now the rain clouds outside my window seem friendlier.
In the days since you left, I have been reflecting on our time together and I believe that our bond cannot be described with so pedestrian a word as “friendship.” In fact, the more that I reflect on your smile and your good heart, the more I am convinced that the words used to describe us can be nothing more than Soul Mates. Yes, dear Rowan. I love you.
I think that I have always loved you, from the very moment we met. When I think back to the day our lives collided together (quite literally, as I recall!), am filled with so much light. You have been the greatest influence in my work, and I would not enjoy the fame that I do now, if it were not for your inspiration. Looking back on our friendship, I feel so foolish that I thought my feelings towards you were casual camaraderie when it is so obvious to me now that it is nothing but the most ardent affection.
I know that this must come as a surprise to you. You have never done anything to suggest that you feel this way towards me, and I was ignorant of my own passions; but we fit so well together in both body and spirit that if we were to entwine our hearts together it would create such a powerful inferno that all ills would vanish in the flame of our love.
I do not wish to pressure you to return my feelings. I have no idea if you feel the same way, but I had to let this secret out of my heart. I could not stand the torment. Even the sorrow of rejection would soothe my heart more than the agony of this uncertainty. Even if this endeavor is tragically Ill-fated, I feel better for being honest with my heart. No matter your answer, I will support you and hold you in the highest regard.
I am happy to report, that thanks to some clutch dice rolls, Rowan wrote back to tell Alma that he shared her feelings and they lived happily ever after 🙂
If you ask me, Star Crossed was definitely the best game to come out in 2018. I am hooked on it and everyone I know who’s played is hooked on it too. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do.
The jenga tower mechanic is really amazing, and great for tension, but it makes it hard to play with all of my friends who live everywhere other than where I do. Fortunately the TTRPG community is super amazing and Jenn Martin and Gerrit Reininghaus developed a way to play online, building on Dana Fried’s rules for playing Dread.
Their online play document was a godsend, and my friends and I have used it many a time. But my love for messing with spreadsheets and my love of this game lead to a couple quality of life tweaks and a fresh coat of *Aesthetic*. This is based on the same sheet and uses the same rules developed by Jenn, Gerrit, and Dana- I just made it look pretty.
I was talking to my friends on @littlecuppajo’s discord server about how much we love playing, drawing, and admiring cute girls with swords and other weapons. Thus, the February Battle Girlfriends Challenge was born!
Everyday for the month of February, you can create your very own battle girlfriend, with a different kind of weapon each day! This can be in whatever format you’d like: sketches, character sheets, writing prompts. Be sure to use the tag #FebruaryBattleGF so that we can see! At the end of the month, I’ll share some of my favourites!
It’s a new year and we are all making resolutions. While I have a bunch of personal goals and resolutions, I also have a list of TTRPG Specific resolutions that I’m going to break down here.
Write my series on Romance
I love Love, and including sex and romance in my games. I have quite a bit of experience with it and think that I could share some good stuff about how to do it in a safe and fun way. It was originally gonna be one article, but I have more to say than that, so it watch out for this new series!
Submit to the 200 word RPG challenge
This is one of my smaller, more manageable resolutions. I have a game written and it just needs some editing before the Challenge goes live in the spring.
90% Wholesome Games
The world is dark and I have bleed problems. I’m tired of dark games where things are hard and I spend week to week stressing out about fictional dread when I have plenty of real life dread. So this year I want almost all of my games to be happy. Bad things will still happen probably, but the aim will be brighter, my characters will do good and we will win.
I say 90% because sometimes it’s fun to explore darker or sadder themes in safe spaces, and my core gaming friends love that #drama. but I did too much of it in 2018 so I’m gonna aim to over-correct for the new year and hopefully balance things out.
No New Longterm Campaigns*
*until one of my current ones finish. This is likely the one I’m going to break first, but I’m currently playing in 6 long term campaigns and I am trying to make space for other things in my life, so I’m going to try not to take on more. (I may have already broken this once but we’ll keep trying!)
Speak Up for Myself and My Needs
I have been having a lot of good conversations around safety in ttrpgs and about setting and respecting boundaries in my life. These are really the same thing and I spent a lot of time in 2018 ignoring my needs for the benefit of others and not setting proper boundaries. I’m going to try to stop that this year. I’m going to express when and why I am uncomfortable in a game, I am not going to let people interrupt me, and- this is going to be the hardest- I am going to make sure that my evening games end on time, because I need to sleep.
Play Alone More
There are a lot of cool solo games out there, and I wanna try them out. I’d like to start streaming solo games some time in the new year, so I can show off some of these experiences.
Play More Games with Ethan (@superrobotbear) Where We are Both Players
my best friend and podcast co-host Ethan met in the end of 2017 playing a game of Mouse Guard. Since then, I can think of exactly 2 other times we’ve both be players. Every other time we have been GMing for each other. I wanna play more characters with him.
Play with New People
I have a lot friends in the Tabletop community now and it’s wonderful, but I play with maybe 10 of them on a regular basis and the rest I’ve never played with. I want to change that this year. I love my core circle of friends, and I will keep playing with them, but I want to have new experiences with more people and play games with people I love talking about games with.
Play Systems I Like With People I Like
It didn’t happen too much last year, but every so often I’d put up with playing a system I didn’t enjoy, or with a player whose style I didn’t mesh with because I wanted to play with my friends. I am lucky enough to have so much opportunity to play games with people that I am going to try my best to only say yes to experiences I am 100% on board with. Both system and players at the table, because my fun is important too.
So that’s it, those are my 2019 TTRPG resolutions! They feel pretty manageable and centered around making sure I have the best possible experience while playing, along with sharing and learning new things. Which I think is all we can really hope for.
Today is my dear friend Bethany’s birthday. Bethany and I met many years ago and although life and distance has us communicating much less often than I’d like, I always appreciate her tweets because they are full of poetry.
I love poetry so much. it is so evocative and wonderful and part of the reason I love singing so much is getting to engage with poetry. Poetry is most often read, but I really like reciting poetry. So what better way to celebrate Bethany’s birthday than start this side project I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve started with a few of my favourites. Let me know what you think!
Between Your Sheets by Lady Mary Wortley Montague
who knows if the Moon’s by e.e. cummings
F277 (Going to Him! Happy Letter!) by Emily Dickinson
I have been spending all my free time playing Dungeons and Dragons lately and I’ve been building a lot of characters based on operas and opera singers. I thought I’d spend the next couple weeks showing you guys some of my character concepts.
For Siegfried, I used the Celestial-Blooded Aasimar race from Volo’s Guide to Monsters and the Barbarian Class from the Player’s Hand Book. He’s strong, charismatic, and dumb as bricks. I gave him the Folk Hero background for obvious reasons, and proficiency in Smith’s Tools because he was the only one strong enough to forge Nothung, the dragon slayer great sword he uses to slay Fafner. He’s Totem of the bear because not only is he super tough, Siegfried’s pet bear is my favourite part of the story!