Sunday, January 21, 2018

Your Comments, And Some Housekeeping - Weekly Update, January 21, 2018

Chirine's cast iron cookware, from Blackmoor

I'll be getting back to our potted history of miniatures in our RPGs here shortly, but I noticed the last time I was posting that I seemed to have activated a feature where I had to moderate comments to post that were over 30 days old. I have now deactivated that, and I apologize for missing some questions and comments as a result.

One such comment was about Chirine's cast iron cookware set, and how extravagant it seemed for Tekumel. Yes, it is; the poster (Virchue hi Dune, I think) is quite correct. This set of cookware is an important plot point in our adventures; it's a relic of our time in Dave Arneson's Blackmoor, where I used the huge pile of gold I happened to have aboard his ship to buy up enough of the locally cheap iron and steel to equip four full 8,000 trooper legions for the Imperium. I got a title and a high-ranking position out of the deal, showing once again it's who you know and how much you bribe them with.

In my book, the set is being loaded aboard my cart along with the rest of the baggage, when one of the bearers happens to look inside the wooden chest. He sees the iron cookware, and becomes instantly aware that his new employer is both well-connected and well-heeled; this comes into play a little later on in the adventure, as we march from Meku to Fasiltum to meet my new boss.

A second comment was from Tim Knight, about the push-back I get from a certain genre of RPG gamer about the use of miniatures in RPGs. I agree; I'm baffled by it as well. I think it partially comes from a reaction to D & D 4th edition, where the rules mandated the use of the Official Figures on a grid map, and really didn;t do much for the game as a result. We never played that way; we used the figures that we made to show where we were in a tactical situation, and we very rarely measured distances; all we worried about was being able to show who could see what, and trying to avoid accidentally shooting or stabbing each other in melees and such.

I think that a sort of 'mythology of gaming' has evolved, where things are supposed to have been done A Certain Way, and it's heresy to say that 'No, we didn't do it that way.' All I can do is report what we did, and what I saw and played back then.

Next up: My First Night out at Phil's, playing in his world and the miniatures that resulted...