Long time lurker, first time poster. Even though it happened a few months ago, I wanted to take a few minutes and tell you about my first experience running BFRPG.
I--along with many others, I'm sure--crossed over from video games to table-top games after listening to the great "Penny Arcade D&D Podcasts." I picked up several D&D 4e products, assembled a group, and--3 years later--we're still gaming.
4e has its issues (to make it work, I now double monster damage and halve monster hit points), but my players love their characters, and we're having fun with the minatures/battlemat concept, which is what 4e does best.
But I'd been longing to try out a different system. I'd heard stories of the "theater of the mind" style play from older RPGs, and that sounded really alien to what we were doing, so I was intrigued by this.
I actually picked up a copy of Chaosium's "Call of Cthulhu" and read it cover-to-cover. But before I could give CoC a shot, Amazon recommended BFRPG to me, and I checked it out. I discovered the site, downloaded some PDFs, read enough to know that I'd enjoy the books, and purchased the books.
This was back in June. I took the BFRPG books to the beach with me (I ordered all 5 available in print). I read though large portions of all the books. My 9-year-old niece wanted to know what I was reading, so I described the game to her. She wanted to play.
BFRPG was so approachable that I agreed, downloaded a dice-rolling app, and started a game that night in the condo. I wound up converting "Dusk" (a tongue-in-cheek adventure by Mike Kraulik at Penny Arcade based on Twilight) into BFRPG on the fly.
Let me re-state those factors back:
- GM's first game in a new system.
- 9-year-old player's first game ever.
- Converting an adventure on the fly.
My wife and sister-in-law were amused to observe my niece get more and more into it. She was so into the game that I converted another adventure for her the following night, and she talked about the adventures for days.
I really enjoyed this experience. I have a daughter that's about to turn 2, and I'd love to be able to encourage her creativity by running narrative-focused adventures in a rules-light system. And I know that, in a few years--when she's ready--BFRPG will be that system.
Thanks for that experience, and keep up the good work. I don't know that I'll ever contribute, but I'll certainly consume.