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Troy’s Crock Pot: A game of Imagine Nation
Posted By Troy E. Taylor On April 23, 2012 @ 1:01 am In GMing Advice | 19 Comments
It’s not my job to keep Martin, our gnome-in-chief, happy. We gnomes be too mischievous for that!
But I seemed to have rekindled his interest in older editions of D&D, and gotten him in touch with the Old School Renaissance gaming community by sharing my gaming adventures using the old Basic game rules with my kids. And for that, I was more than glad to play a role.
That in mind, I thought I’d offer up another experience in that vein — if only to keep Martin reading my posts.
Well the Taylor clan got together for a little D&D Basic session during the Spring Break holiday. Except, it wasn’t around the dining room table. Nope, this session was in the car during our five-hour road trip to Grandma’s house.
Gaming in the car?
“Not possible,” says Eldest Daughter in bewilderment. “You can’t lay tiles out. No minis. How do you roll dice?”
(I confess, before the trip, I was pondering some of these challenges, myself.)
Before I could reply, Youngest Son pipes up. “You don’t need those things. It’s a game of Imagine Nation!”
(Yes, he meant, “imagination.” But it came out as “Imagine Nation!”)
But the enthusiasm! Yes, this was going to work, I told myself.
So, for those of you interested in gaming on road trips, here’s a few things the Taylor crew did to do D&D in the car:
I’d have to call the experiment a success. I ran the game from a standard module, so all the monster stats I needed were at hand in the module text — no need to flip through rulebooks. In fact, every time I needed to make a judgment call as GM, I did so by fiat, rather than look things up.
That was our experience. If any of you have on-the-road rpg experiences, I’d love to have you share them here. And if you have any on-the-road GM organization suggestions, please offer them up.
* Obviously, gamers with toys can use dice-rollers on their phones. But we kept this game as low-tech as possible, for obvious reasons. It’s good to be unplugged, you know.
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