A Gaming Year in Review – and Looking Ahead to 2015!

Untitled design (3)Around this time last year, in one of our occasional attempts to get organized, we sat down and made a giant list of all the games we wanted to play in 2014. It was a massive list of 25 games – basically enough to have every weekend in 2014 planned before we rolled a single die, considering we like to spend at least two weeks in a row per game.

 

 

Behold, the grand 2014 master plan!

Fandible 2014 Master Plan

Fandible 2014 Master Plan (Click to enlarge)

 

All things considered…we’re pretty proud of how we stuck to the plan, considering this notebook got lost amidst Angela’s other notebooks for a good six months. Some things we were obviously going to return to and were simply included for completion’s sake, like Unhallowed Metropolis (Christmas episode in two weeks!), Hollow Earth (abbreviated to HEX here), and Shadowrun. We had no idea what Billy-verse stories Billy had in him, but we are always eager to return. And way back in 2013 we still hadn’t wrapped up our initial run of the new God Machine rules, but plans were already under way to pick up Demon. It took us forever to find a superhero game we liked, but after reading dozens of systems (and even attempting character creation on some before aborting halfway through before dishes started being thrown) we now have not only a regular game of Rotted Capes but we’ve also played Aberrant.

Much of what got dropped was a matter of time and energy, things that were pipe dreams anyway. Billy has been playing around with vague plans for a space colony game that just hasn’t materialized yet. Out of the Box is the game I play tested at Metatopia last November, but just doesn’t quite mesh with Fandible’s aesthetic. We still want to play Don’t Rest Your Head, but eventually something had to give. Maybe next year?

What didn’t we plan on? Atomic Robo released this year and we were quick to return to the Action Scientists we enjoyed play testing. Vampire: the Masquerade was a late-addition to the schedule as a birthday present to Billy. And Jesus, David, and Daniel have all been enjoying their shenanigans in The Strange.

Speaking of next year, it’s time for us to make a similar list for 2015! What do you want to hear on Fandible in 2015? Whether it’s an ongoing game you never want to see go away, a one shot you think we should expand on, or a new-to-us game we need to see in the new year. Tell us in the comments what we should make sure ends up on the next list.

 


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A city girl with midwestern roots, Angela has been on the internet for far too long. A geek of many stripes, when Angela isn't pretending to be a different person every weekend she can be found reading, writing (that novel will come out some day!), or preparing for her eventual life as a crazy cat woman. Angela also blogs about gaming at the blog Gaming as Women http:///www.gamingaswomen.com

19 comments on “A Gaming Year in Review – and Looking Ahead to 2015!

  1. Pencil-Monkey says:

    HEX and Shadowrun are top banana, very much hoping to hear more adventures with nails and (David’s epic) fails in ’em.

    It could be interesting to hear Fandible play Everyone is John, perhaps as a one-shot pick-up game on some weekend where a few of the players couldn’t make it and the group is forced to come up with a different game on short notice. Considering the level of shenanigans the FandiForce Five get up to in a regular session, having them playing the role of separate voices inside the head of a deranged man can’t possibly go wrong.

    Very much hoping that Billy goes through with his plans of running a Hufflepuff-flavored Fiasco game.

  2. AKBearmace says:

    I’m aware that I’m somewhat one-note in my responses to these questions, but I will always request a Changeling short chronicle, or even just a one-shot, until my last breath, because so few people do the setting justice. Of course, more horrific billyverse. And as a whole maybe a few more standalone episodes? I love most of the continuing games, but some I’m not caught up on; or I catch up a few months down the line so I can listen to the new episodes, and its harder to set aside that much time always. One-shots are like early Supernatural seasons versus later seasons: both good, but one I can pick up at random and not have to worry about continuity.

    I would just die of happiness for another Laundry game as well. The supernatural games are also a huge highlight for me, as well.

    I’ve realized I could go on for pages with requests, so I should just stop now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. AKBearmace says:

    I actually just looked at the list closer…..and is that a cut-off “Changeling” I see?!?!?! How could you tempt me so, Fandicrew?!

  4. Thelastarchitect says:

    In regards what games I’d love to see the Fandible Crew play I’d have to stick to my old guns; Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Ed., Mage: The Awakening (2nd. Ed. with the God Machine update to the rules is coming out soon), and that Harrypotter Fiasco playlist that got mentioned.

    HEX and Shadowrun though have been awesome of late, Atomic Robo too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Chuck says:

    I once again plead for more of The Strange / Numenera. The whole team in The Strange, any genre you like. Billy-verse game via this system maybe?

  6. Pencil-Monkey says:

    Apparently, the Reddit crowd agrees with Thelastarchitect on the desirability of a Mage: The Awakening AP podcast:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/WhiteWolfRPG/comments/2ov0e2/fandible_nwod_actual_play_podcast/

    (Although they seem rather luke-warm about the concept of having Mages that fuel their spellcasting with Super Weed Powers, so Daniel’s roadie character might not be received quite as warmly as he has been by the FandiFans.)

  7. Angela says:

    AKBearmace – Sharp eyes! There’s been talk FOR AGES about some kind of Changeling game. Maybe 2015 is the year! Sounds like there’s a lot of love for World of Darkness in general. Hm….

    Pencil Monkey – I’m not giving up HEX any time soon. At least not before I get my rassa-frassin’ Revelations of Mars book.

    Chuck – There’s been A LOT of love for The Strange within Fandible, so it’s much more likely to make a return in 2015. Whether the whole group will ever join in remains to be seen.

    Keep the suggestions coming, everyone! Thanks!

  8. Nathaniel says:

    Robo. More Robo. Also, more GUMSHOE.

  9. Syren says:

    I will always put in the request for Don’t Rest Your Head if asked. I also can never say no to more Billyverse, its just so good. Tempting fate to seeing if the small mentions you’ve made of any fueled by the Apocalypse games, considering how hard of a shift there was in me between when you guys played Monsterhearts(one of the best plays I’ve listened to) and Dungeon World(which is a wound still festering to this day).

    Finally as I brought up during the December suggestibonanza I’d dig to see you guys pull out the Jenga tower again and play some Dread. Otherwise I always look forward to seeing updates to the ongoing games, and wouldn’t mind seeing if you can find a hero game you like other than Rotted Capes. Just to see a less desperate atmosphere.

  10. Spencinator says:

    @Syren More Billyverse games are always good; nothing like a nice existential nightmare to make my week feel complete. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jake says:

    An April Fool’s game where you play Fiasco as one of your characters from your various systems?

    Other than your recurring games the one I most want to hear would be Paranoia, because I love hearing Paranoia actual plays. Failing that one of the Savage Worlds Deadlands systems would probably be a lot of fun. Maybe Deadlands Noir?

  12. Duthuras says:

    More Demon!

    I’d also be interested in see what you guys can do with a high concept story based game like Polaris. My group loves TRYING to run Polaris ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Mik says:

    Never enough shadowrun.

  14. crawlkill says:

    IS THAT A TECHNOCRACY GAME I HEAR? THE ONLY ACTUAL GOOD GUYS IN THE ENTIRE WOD?

    giiive

    I think M20 is gonna throw out all the amazing shit they did in the finally-released conventionbooks, which is a goddamn shame. the revised conbooks that never were really establish once and for all that the Traditions are mostly evil terrorists and the Technocrats are largely populists who think magic should be abolished -by giving it to everyone.-

  15. Ken Doyle (@neville659) says:

    What are your thoughts on trying a little Inspectres next year?

  16. Erik says:

    Changeling and Mummy! A little Requiem for Rome would be cool, or just regular Vampire the Requiem even.

  17. Ken Doyle (@neville659) says:

    Oh, and Paranoia! I think you’d have fun with that one.

  18. Amanda Rรƒยถnne Idรƒยคnge says:

    Dresden files: The Paranet papers! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Robert says:

    The Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor? The game where You are the creepy child from the horror film?

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