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Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto

Nob Akimoto is a policy analyst and part-time dungeon master. When not talking endlessly about matters of public policy, he is a dungeon master on the NWN World of Avlis

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19 Responses

  1. Avatar Alan Scott says:

    1) Lots, broadly.
    Though it’s been some time since I’ve played 3e D&D regularly

    2) Roleplaying 3
    Storytelling 3
    Action! 1
    Player to Player Interaction 3

    3) All of those Genres sound equally fun.
    The only thing I don’t want to play is the sort of “Your all in this cave killing Kobolds because you want their gold” games that I played in Highschool.

    4)Professor Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter)
    or Wallace Wells (Scott Pilgrim)
    or Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)

    5) Probably Rogue or Wizard, but I’m okay with anything depending on what the group needs

    6) My favorite GMing Moment: The players (paranormal investigators) hand found the hidden masters of Shambalha, and were allowed to ask the masters one question each, but in turn had to answer one. So they asked perfectly normal questions like “what are the Knights of Malta up to?” and “Is our boss really a hundred year old Alien posing as his own grandson?”.

    In turn I asked things like “Will you still have regard for lesser beings once you’ve cast off your mortal form and become a god?” and “Will you feel remorse after you’ve destroyed existence?”

    After that, they kinda wished they’d gotten to ask their questions second.

    7) The answers were, in order: “Stopping the Freemasons”, “Yes”, “I’m not sure I will” and “Well, I’m sure I’ll have a good reason, so no.”

    8) Second week, Saturday 19:00-Sunday 08:00 UTC
    any week, Tuesday 02:00-08:00 UTC
    any week, Friday 01:00-08:00 UTCReport

  2. Avatar Patrick says:

    1. I played AD&D for about 13 years (first edition), GURPS/Champions for another 10, Palladium RPG for 3, and assorted other RPGs (Top Secret, Villans & Vigilantes, Gamma World, Paranoia, etc.) for a bunch. I haven’t played AD&D 2nd, 3rd, or 4th edition. My natural proclivity is for fairly broad skill-based systems over fairly restrictive class-based systems (although I liked Palladium a whole bunch, as a hybrid, and so far that seems fairly close to Pathfinder, philosophically).

    2. Roleplaying – 3
    Storytelling – 3
    Action – 2
    Player-to-Player 2

    3. Urban Fantasy – 8
    Gritty/Realistic – 8
    Gothic Horror – 6
    High Fantasy – 7
    Steam Punk/Hybrid – 6
    Magic/Mage-Focused – 7
    High Seas – 4
    Religious Conflict – 4

    4. Master Oakhollow, The Deed of Paksenarrion
    John Aversin, Dragonsbane
    Ajax the Greater, the Iliad

    5. I’m really okay with anything needed to fill out the party.

    6. I’ll have to write a whole blog post about that one. In short, working together with the GM, I built a character that was intended to be a “I can take on bunches of minions” guy in a Mutants and Masterminds campaign, but it wound up that the GM had inadvertantly left the entire cadre of big bad guys vulnerable to my weakness-causing attack, and to prevent the adventure from going totally off the rails, he threw a Sinestro at me. So I spent the rest of the campaign, pretty much, relying on my detective skills and a pair of .45s. And beating up street thugs for clues.

    7. I’m always a game master, so just getting a chance to focus on being a player is going to be a relatively new experience.

    8. Saturday nights, Tuesday nights, Sunday nights, PST (so 3am to 6am, UTC).Report

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    I have never, not once, played a D&D style role playing game. Does this make me a bad person?Report

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto in reply to Chris says:

      Yes.

      I’ll also be doing one locally here in Austin. If you have the slightest interest, let me know.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Nob Akimoto says:

        I might, but I’d probably be absolutely no good at it.

        My son is more into this sort of thing than I am. We live near Dragon’s Lair, and he likes to walk over there and hang out sometimes. I saw a Pathfinder box on one of the shelves when I was there last weekend, and I actually thought to myself, “Didn’t I read someone mention Pathfinder recently?”Report

        • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto in reply to Chris says:

          Hah. You live very close to a good friend of mine (not a grad student), and near the Mediterranean Chef! (And also the only real Japanese food market in Austin, Asahi)

          …either way, would certainly like to have some reason to actually interact in person.Report

          • Avatar Chris in reply to Nob Akimoto says:

            Dragon’s Lair moved up to West Anderson just off Burnet, over by the Alamo Village. Actually right behind Hopdoddy, if you know where that is (you can spot it from the long line of desperately hip people waiting to be seen eating a just OK burger).

            You probably have my email from the back channel. Feel free to shoot me a note.Report

  4. Also, keep the responses coming, guys.

    It’s giving me a good sense of what sort of extra supplements to properly write up for reading by real people, and what I might do in terms of “prologue” sessions with the each of you.Report

  5. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Nob, I’m giving my response to this careful consideration and shall send you an e-mail either later tonight or by mid-morning tomorrow.Report

  6. Avatar Shazbot4 says:

    I was answering all the questions, but have to think about my availability first.Report

    • Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto in reply to Shazbot4 says:

      For whatever it’s worth, I’d still be interested in reading your responses.

      I’m in the process of drafting up…an ambitious writing project, and I’m curious what League readers like.Report

      • Avatar Shazbot5 in reply to Nob Akimoto says:

        1. Self-identified Level of Pen and Paper Experience.

        5 years playing Ad&D 2nd Ed.
        3 years playing Champions
        3 years playing Battletech

        All long ago.

        2. Weigh the following to a total of 10 points:
        Roleplaying -1
        Storytelling -1
        Action! -7
        Player to Player Interaction -1
        Other (Specify) –

        Rolling the dice is fun. Also, as much puzzle solving, strategy as you can add is awesome.

        3. Weigh the following to a total of 50 points:
        High Fantasy (ala Tolkien, Forgotten Realms, Malazan Book of the Fallen) -50
        Magic/Mage Focused (Raistlin’s plotline from Dragonlance) – 0
        Gritty/Realistic Fantasy (Game of Thrones, Prince of Nothing) – 0
        Steam Punk/Hybrid Fantasy (Powder Mage series, Arcanum) – 0
        High Seas Adventure (Hornblower, Temeraire, Aubrey-Maturin series) – 0
        Gothic Horror Inspired (Ravenloft) – 0
        Religious Conflict (Crusades or Schism Inspired) – 0
        Urban Fantasy (Taaltos series) – 0

        I’m a purist.

        4. Movie or Novel Character You’d Most Like to Play!

        Captain Ahab.
        If you mean from fantasy novel, maybe Cyric the thief in “Waterdeep.”

        5. Brief description of a character type you’d be interested to start with.
        Something simple. “Rogue.” maybe. Am willing to be the healer-type.

        6. Your favorite pen and paper, boardgame or roleplaying/storywriting anecdote. (Be as specific as possible)

        Not sure.

        7. Anything else you think a potential Gamemaster ought to know.

        No

        8. Top 3 Available Times per month. (Please use Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT) for time of day).

        Really not sure. May have to bow out now because of flakiness. Will keep you updated.Report

        • Avatar Alan Scott in reply to Shazbot5 says:

          4. Movie or Novel Character You’d Most Like to Play!

          Captain Ahab.
          If you mean from fantasy novel, maybe Cyric the thief in “Waterdeep.”

          And you’re going to be in my adventuring party? Uh Oh.Report

  7. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    Though I am interested, as I look at my schedule, I do not feel like I can add in another monthly commitment.Report

  8. Avatar Murali says:

    Self identified level of PnP Xp: minimal. Was part of a small weekly game during my army days. The game got nowhere: I barely survived one encounter.

    2.
    Roleplaying – 2
    Storytelling – 3
    Action! – 3
    Player to Player Interaction – 2
    Other (Specify) –

    3. Weigh the following to a total of 50 points:
    High Fantasy (ala Tolkien, Forgotten Realms, Malazan Book of the Fallen) – 8
    Magic/Mage Focused (Raistlin’s plotline from Dragonlance) – 6
    Gritty/Realistic Fantasy (Game of Thrones, Prince of Nothing) – 8
    Steam Punk/Hybrid Fantasy (Powder Mage series, Arcanum) – 8
    High Seas Adventure (Hornblower, Temeraire, Aubrey-Maturin series) – 1
    Gothic Horror Inspired (Ravenloft) – 8
    Religious Conflict (Crusades or Schism Inspired) – 3
    Urban Fantasy (Taaltos series) – 8Report

  9. Avatar Murali says:

    4. Movie or Novel Character You’d Most Like to Play!

    5. Brief description of a character type you’d be interested to start with.

    Assuming starting with lvl 5:

    LG lvl 3 paladin lvl 2 fighter. If available aasimar race, else standard human. Weapons Bastard sword + shield.

    6. Your favorite pen and paper, boardgame or roleplaying/storywriting anecdote. (Be as specific as possible)

    My only experience with pen and paper roleplaying is that short one I did in the army. I did come out of an encounter with a bunch of bandits in more or less one piece. Though I had a lucky role where I escaped death by my Deity once.

    7. Anything else you think a potential Gamemaster ought to know.
    Whichever world you are using, I would like to have a look at available deities in that world. The game guide I found doesn’t say. And I would like to know what the limits of a Paladin code are that you will find acceptable. e.g. ambushes, retreating etc.

    8. Top 3 Available Times per month. (Please use Greenwich Mean Time (UTC/GMT) for time of day).

    1. Monday 0200 GMT
    2. Friday 0200 GMT
    2. Saturday 0200 GMTReport

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