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Who Will Game With A Gnome?

Posted By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 2:00 am In Crock Pot | 17 Comments

It is time for me to announce the three randomly chosen players for my first “Game with a Gnome” online session. I could just put the names up here, but what fun would that be? Instead imagine you are in a darkened theater and on the screen a large green box with white lettering appears and you read “The following preview has been rated GG for Gnomey Goodness by little men in red felt hats.”

Cue that guy with the perfect film trailer narrator voice…

In a land where the people called a gnome master…

Three souls dared to step forward to sling virtual dice across an online tabletop.

  • Part man, part beast, and all hero he ran as a lone wolf until now – the ferocious Wulfgar!
  • Most play by the rules, but one person refused to go along with the system. Only recursive.faults makes being bad look good, again, and again, and again!
  • It was a threat to the powers that be. It knew too much. It had a confusing username. It is itilaf!

Now they must join forces to discover the secrets behind a world created by a being who wears a pointy hat that is taller than he is. They must “Game with a Gnome!”

The game is on April 9th!

And cut!

You can squelch that film trailer narrator voice playing in your head. He gets annoying after a while anyhow.

Congratulations Wulfgar, recursive.faults, and itilaf!

The players were chosen at random by generating numbers using the web site RANDOM.ORG to correspond with the order in which unique first comments were made in response to the original article. Thank you to all of you who commented with the hope of being a part of the game! I wish I could run a game for every reader who is interested, and I may be doing this again if it goes well this first time.

Wulfgar, recursive.faults, and itilaf can expect to see an email from me soon with all of the details regarding the game. They will share their experiences as players in the game with me, and I will use that to write a follow-up article to share with all of you regarding our experience with using a virtual tabletop to game with. Until then feel free to ask any questions regarding how I plan to run the game by leaving a comment below, or to congratulate the players in the first “Game with a Gnome” event!

About  Patrick Benson

Patrick was born in 1975, and is more or less your typical American male for someone of his age. Except he is a tabletop RPG gamer and a damn fine game master! What else matters?




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17 Comments To "Who Will Game With A Gnome?"

#1 Comment By MaW On March 18, 2011 @ 4:05 am

Well I won’t say I’m not disappointed, but I look forward to hearing how it goes and what tools were used and how well they worked etc., since I’m kind of drifting towards running an online game myself and what technology is appropriate is a very pressing question. Ideally I’d like to use video, but I don’t know if multi-way Skype video chats are very reliable…

I have at least through this little endeavour discovered online map tools which I can use to ensure the players all know what shape the room is! The game will be Paranoia, which doesn’t need a map, but I’m tempted to use one anyway in order to avoid possible confusion, as I’m inclined to believe some of the less explicit communication which goes on face-to-face at the gaming table is unlikely to translate to online.

#2 Comment By Wulfgar On March 18, 2011 @ 6:08 am

Hoody frickin’ hoo!

Thanks Gnomes!

I can’t wait to get started!

#3 Comment By Rafe On March 18, 2011 @ 8:46 am

Congrats! …you jerks. ;)

#4 Comment By recursive.faults On March 18, 2011 @ 9:35 am

I don’t remember the last time I was so excited to game!

#5 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 9:35 am

@MaW – I hope that following this event to host future events using different software platforms, so that I can give people multiple options on how to run an online game. Video chatting is something that I am considering, and I am going to try using in the future for running an online game with.

@Wulfgar – And I am looking forward to getting a chance to play a game with you, sir.

@Rafe – Next time, Rafe. There is always next time. :)

#6 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 9:36 am

@recursive.faults – Well then I hope that I don’t disappoint you!

#7 Comment By hets On March 18, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

Please record at least some audio, I would love to witness this session! (More than reading a Recap/Actual Play)

#8 Comment By itliaf On March 18, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

Thanks, Patrick, I am very pleased to be part of what could be the start of a very cool recurring feature.

p.s. My username is tough to parse no matter how you spell it. ;)

#9 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

@itliaf – My apologies on the spelling. I don’t know if I just read it wrong, or if I hit the wrong button on spellcheck.

#10 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

@itliaf – Recording some audio, and maybe some video, are possibilities but I will not make any promises at this time.

#11 Comment By Patrick Benson On March 18, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

Bah! That last comment was in response to hets comment! Today is not my day. :)

#12 Comment By hets On March 19, 2011 @ 1:27 am

Let’s hope that April 9th IS your day! And thanks for the answer.

I ask because I love Blade Runner, and never played Fudge, so it’d be quite interesting. I also love peeking into other people’s gaming, to see how different GMing/Playing can be. It’s great to read the advice you gnomes give on this site, but to actually see/hear it in action would be even better!

#13 Comment By Svisionguy On March 22, 2011 @ 8:25 am

Looking forward to getting it!

#14 Comment By hets On April 10, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

News on this please. :D

#15 Comment By Patrick Benson On April 11, 2011 @ 10:07 am

@hets – The game took place as planned and I am working on an article to be posted later this month about the experience. You’ll jsut have to wait until then to find out what happened. ;)

#16 Comment By hets On April 11, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the heads up, and I’m totally looking forward to hearing how it went.

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