Welcome to #RPGaDAY2022! Now in its ninth year, #RPGaDAY was originally created by RPG author and games designer David Chapman (Conspiracy X, Doctor Who, etc) as a bit of fun and to get people talking about tabletop roleplaying games. August was chosen, I believe, to coincide with tabletop roleplaying’s gaming mecca that is Gen Con – which usually takes place in the States (Inidanapolis these days) every August.
#RPGaDAY is open to everyone so if you want to join in just check out the prompts below to inspire a blog, vlog, or social media post to celebrate everything great about our hobby with the tag #RPGaDAY2022
Day 17 : Past, Present, or Future? When is your favourite game set?
I’m a big fan of gaming in pretty much any era, or genre. I have, at times, played games set a lot more in specific eras – modern horror and urban fantasy games in the near now, Cyberpunk games, Cthulhu By Gaslight, Victoriana and other 19th Century based games, Hard sci-fi, fantasy, various historical, etc. Plus games that have involved a mix of genres and times such as Torg, Amber and Doctor Who.
It’s also hard pinpointing a single ‘favourite’ game, and I’m pretty sure I have given different answers at various points over the years.
A game which has featured a lot in those answers is Call of Cthulhu, the investigative horror RPG based upon the works of H.P. Lovecraft and published by Chaosium.
Whilst I’ve played Call of Cthulhu in various time periods the one I have played the most is the 1920’s. This period is the main setting for most of the RPG products, and also the original novels and short stories. Whilst a number of the games I’ve played have moved into the 1930’s and are slightly more ‘pulpy’ in style, the classic 20’s has often been our go-to for the game.
So in regards to “When is your favourite game set”, I’ll have to say the 1920’s. For now atleast.