Pokemon GO and Pretending as Adults

By: The Angry Nerd


It seems that lately I’ve been either reading about, hearing about on the radio, or seeing on the TV about a game called Pokémon GO, and I must say that most of what I have read has been negative. What I mean is that I’m not hearing very much negative about the game, but about the adults that are playing the game. I have heard about those people who are trespassing on other people’s property, catching them in graveyards, Arlington to be exact, and even one instance where someone’s child had knocked on a stranger’s door to come in and catch a Pokémon that was living in their house. I’ve even heard of people playing while they drive and even read unverified reports of accidents caused by this game. For all of that I say the grownups should know better than to do something like that, and the kids need to be taught better, but that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the negative posts that I see online or hear on the radio about adults (grownups) playing this game. About how someone can’t figure out how a grownup can play a pretend game or that how can you pretend and still be a grownup. This concept just boggles my mind, when does being a grownup stop you from pretending, or even playing a game? Hell if you play a game with your child or grandchild, don’t you pretend then? Does that now make you no longer a grownup? The sports radio station that I listen to was really giving it to the adult Pokémon players, calling them losers and the like. My question to them is what is the difference between someone playing Go and someone “managing” a fantasy football team. Both are pretend, you don’t really own the team or the players, you are just pretending to be the owner. The only difference I really see is that the GO player is actually getting up and getting outside, while the fantasy player is still sitting behind their computer, and on Sundays watching players on their team.
Being a “grownup” doesn’t mean you stop pretending. Hell I bet some of you pretend every day. Some people pretend to be something they’re not at work or at church. Some people pretend to be somebody else in the bedroom, or pretend that their spouse is someone else. I even know of some of you who play a game called Farmville where you pretend to be a farmer, or some other Facebook game where you pretend to be a detective or super hero.

I am an avid table top gamer. Now when I say table top gamer, I am not talking about Monopoly, Life, Chutes and Ladders, or Clue (all of which are great games). I’m talking about role playing games. Games like Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Star Frontiers, and many more. Once every two or three weeks I get to gather with a group of adults and pretend to be a Halfling thief. We get together and go on grand adventures of the mind. The group of people I game with incudes a City Council Member, two engineers, a warehouse worker, a HR supervisor, a DCS case worker, a psychiatrist, a student, and a business owner. Each of us an adult, several with children, all with bills, and real grownup issues. Our pretend time is our break from the real world. Some people read, other play video games, and still others watch TV to escape from reality. Heck, I’m even a member of a Podcast that covers gaming and the games we play. I guess what I’m trying to say here is don’t judge. Just because you don’t like it, or understand it, don’t belittle it. These GO players, as long as they are fallowing the law, are not hurting anything, in fact if this gets them out of the house and exercising, I don’t really see a problem with it.
Now for the GO players. Be respectful, thoughtful, and be smart about this game. Don’t try to play this game and drive, don’t park where you’re not allowed, don’t trespass, and stay the hell out of the graveyards. Now let’s roll some dice.

Fiasco: Dragonslayers Part 2

In this conclusion of our Dragonslayers Fiasco, things really start to go awry. It seems like everyone wants everyone dead and for some pretty strange reasons. Imps, and bunnies and dragons, oh my! What the heck is going on around here?

Who, if anyone, will survive? And on the Dragonslayers episode of The Jerry Springer Show: “My Imp Familiar is My Lover!”

They don’t call this game Fiasco for nothin’.

Fiasco: Dragonslayers Part 2

Top 100 Role Playing Games

By Michael


To prove just how nerdy I am, I decided to compile a list of the top 100 Tabletop RPG’s. (I left D&D, Pathfinder and FIasco off the list).
The list was compiled using the opinions and sales stats of: Learn Tabletop Games, Ranker, Listverse, List Challenges, Best in Tabletop, Drive Thru RPG and RPG.net..

Some of these are systems, some are games, and some are supplements for games or systems.

Here are the results:
And the winner is….
1 Call of Cthulhu
2 Savage Worlds
3 Fate
4 Gurps
5 Mage the Ascension
6 Eclipse Phase
7 The Burning Wheel
8 Microscope
9 Apocalypse World
10 Chaosium Role Playing
11 Shadowrun
12 The One Ring
13 Star Wars
14 Paranoia
15 Legend of the Five Rings
16 Dungeon World
17 Ars Magicia
18 Exalted
19 Dogs of the Vineyard
20 Traveller
21 All Flesh Must Be Eatern
22 13th Age
23 Vampire: The Requiem
24 Aberrant
25 Carnage Among the Stars
26 Doctor Who
27 Shadow of the Demon Lord
28 Warhammer RPG
29 Dungeon Crawl Classics
30 Mekton
31 Battle Tech
32 Dread
33 Underground
34 Atlantis: The Second Age
35 Tunnels & Trolls
36 Godbound
37 Atomic Highway
38 Battlelords
39 Seventh Seas
40 World of Darkness
41 Blue Planet
42 Gamma World
43 Mutants and Masterminds
44 Mutant Chronicle
45 Werewolf
46 Heavy Gear
47 Sprawl
48 Brave New World
49 Gods of the Fall
50 Cyberpunk
51 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
52 Dragon Age
53 Firefly
54 Godlike
55 Numenera
56 Castle Falkenstein
57 Masterbook
58 Champions
59 Pendragon
60 Fantasy Age
61 Chill
62 Dark Heresy
63 Ehdrigohr
64 Rifts
65 Hero System
66 Invisible Overlord
67 Conan
68 Cepheus Engine
69 D20 Modern
70 Flat Pack
71 Middle Earth Role Playing
72 Gangbusters
73 Lady Blackbird
74 Dark Conspiracy
75 Chronicles of Darkness
76 Hero Kids
77 Hillfolk
78 Icons
79 Legendary Adventures
80 Interface Zero
81 Dresden Files
82 Everway
83 Iron Kingdoms
84 Fading Suns
85 Feng Shui
86 Michtim Fluffy Adventures
87 Mindjammer
88 Mini Six
89 Hackmaster
90 Misspentyouth
91 Champions
92 Fudge
93 Monster of the Week
94 Mutant Year Zero
95 Changeling: The Dreaming
96 Diaspora
97 Marvel Superheros
98 Night Witches
99 Ghostbusters
100 Night’s Black Agents

To see more about any of these or to order one go to RPGNow.com

Fiasco: Dragon Slayers Part 1

We had a great time (again) playing the group storytelling game Fiasco. Our session is from the viewpoint of regular folks and gamers playing the game Fiasco. In Dragon Slayers the nerds are a group of adventurers who have just rescued the village from the great dragon. The adventurers are still in the village accepting the accolades of the villagers and apparently plotting how to destroy each other at the same time.

There are several podcasts out there which feature professional actors, writers and improvisers playing Fiasco. One of my favorites is called The Tilt. Look for it in itunes or stitcher. They have not published a new episode in a couple of months, but they do have several episodes available now.

Fiasco: Dragon Slayers Part 1