How do you play RPGs?

    Online is my only way -- I need to find more nerdy friends.
    27% (21 votes)
    I play at a gaming table, with no miniatures.
    23% (18 votes)
    I play at a gaming table, light use of miniatures.
    33% (26 votes)
    I play at a gaming table, heavy use of miniatures.
    6% (5 votes)
    I don't play anymore... I just keep up with the hobby.
    10% (8 votes)
    Total votes: 78

    CleanCutRogue's picture
    January 10, 2008 - 8:09am
    I play with no minis... but I sometimes find it useful in large battles or tense infiltration situations to draw a map out as the players have their characters explore, to show locations of things and foes.  I know this sounds like I should have voted "light use of miniatures" but since I don't own a single mini, I figured I'd vote "no miniatures".

    I find that when I play with miniatures over other people's homes, I don't feel the same level of suspension of disbelief.  I don't feel like I'm as deeply into the character I'm playing, or the game in general.  It gives the whole experience a slightly-glorified board-game feel to me.

    When I play without miniatures, it is not my five senses which sees the limits of my character's world.  It's my imagination, which is a far more powerful tool for affecting my emotions.  My greatest moments in game-mastering were when I made one player totally freak out in fright and my wife (as my girlfriend at the time) actually cry when an NPC died because of the imagery presented by just storytelling.  You can't get that in a board-game, no matter how many statistics are used to define your playing piece. 

    Okay, my rant is over.  What about all of you? 
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    Shadow Shack
    January 10, 2008 - 4:21pm
    I play with anyone that's interested in SF...

    And as long as you use oil based paints, catsup works well with minis for a visual!
    I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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    Corjay (not verified)
    January 10, 2008 - 6:31pm
    I can only play online at this time.

    As for miniatures, I've never had the chance to roleplay using them, but I think I might be of the same view as Bill.

    Gilbert's picture
    January 10, 2008 - 7:33pm
      I play more board game style with minis. But, have made a turn of mini use to digital-mini. I can make a miniature out of wood, plastic, paper, and/or elmers glue. I have plans of making a mini space station.

      All for the name of SF. It's a "hobby" get over it.

    RichTrickey's picture
    January 27, 2008 - 12:30pm
    I play tabletop, saving the minis for important battles only, usually the fights at the climax of a session. For random encounters or combats with "fodder" enemies, we just wing it to keep things moving at a good pace.

    I generally avoid ship combat, since I've never found a satisfying way to "realistically" represent a 3 dimensional battlefield.
    - Rich

    "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else."
    - Albert Einstein

    Will's picture
    January 28, 2008 - 9:26am
    Shadow Shack wrote:
    I play with anyone that's interested in SF...

    And as long as you use oil based paints, catsup works well with minis for a visual!

    Not exactly an endorsement the Heinz company would want.

    Seriously, I have always preferred more of a narrative style to role-playing, especially space battles(why I seem to do so badly at moving ships on a hex map, I've forgotten most of those rules....)...not as much stuff to keep track of(except maybe paper and colored pencils for the space combat, ala Harpoon w/o the counters)and, as Bill stated, the imagination goes a longer way than counters on a map ever would.

    "You're everything that's base in humanity," Cochrane continued. "Drawing up strict, senseless rules for the sole reason of putting you at the top and excluding anyone you say doesn't belong or fit in, for no other reason than just because you say so."

    —Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stephens, Federation

    Sergeant's picture
    February 22, 2008 - 5:52pm
    I do no tplay anymore and I wished I did!!!!

    Sergeant's picture
    February 22, 2008 - 5:55pm
    Play at the table without mini's--the chits come with game. For everything else use your imagination and have a ball!

    aramis's picture
    March 21, 2008 - 2:21am
    Truth is, my group doesn't play at a table, but lounging around the living room.