Spent some time over the weekend pondering what to run for Chicago Gameday 46. It’s not until May 20th, but I need that kind of lead time these days.
tl;dr — This time around I maybe need to to ask “What would Mark do?” and then do the opposite.
My first instinct was to give Tales from the Loop a try. Having run Genlab Alpha, I’m generally familiar with Fira Ligan’s “house engine”, so figure that’ll make things easier.
But then I thought about how, the last few Gamedays, the work:play ratio has felt unfavorable to me, i.e., lots of prep that results in kind of a meh experience. Granted, I’m the kind of person who labors over customized character sheets, so I’ve probably no one to blame but myself.
So… now I’m considering Ben Robbins’ Follow. It’s usually the sort of zero-prep, GM-less game I save for Forge Midwest, but I had so much success with his Kingdom RPG at FMW that it seems like a no-brainer.
(Once again, I’m looking at the games only shelf and realizing that that vast majority of them are simply not easy to cram into a one-shot.)
I’ve also been eyeing my shiny new copy of the Dresden Files card game and thinking that, should we need to fill tables, maybe I can just facilitate that for a second slot. I’ve never brought a card or board game to Gameday, so why not?