I spent the 2014-2015 academic year (roughly, September 2014 to August 2015) on sabbatical in Toronto. Amazingly, I managed to get some research and writing done while at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. More importantly, though, I managed to get some great gaming done!
Here is what I did:
1. I played in roughly 15 (I can’t recall the precise number) sessions of RuneQuest 6 within the Mythic Britain setting (GM: Lawrence Whitaker). This was one of the finest role-playing experiences I’ve had as a player – surpassed only by the Young Kingdoms (MRQII) campaign which I played in during the spring and summer of 2011. (The GM for that earlier campaign also was Lawrence.)
2. I played in 3 sessions of RuneQuest 6 using the Luther Arkwright setting (GM: Lawrence Whitaker). Lawrence ran the sample scenario from the book – which, amusingly, is set in an alternative parallel version of Toronto. Hopefully I will be able to return for the final session of this adventure sometime this autumn or winter.
3. I ran (‘keepered’?) 7 sessions of Call of Cthulhu 7e, covering 3.5 scenarios. (My initial impressions of 7e are noted here.) I hope to return to this campaign, on occasion, in future visits to Toronto. At the very least, I have to finish up the current adventure, set at the famous (and infamous) Miskatonic University. (The classic 1920s New England ‘Lovecraft county’ setting was used.)
4. I ran (‘DM-ed’) 2 sessions of Dungeons and Dragons 5e. (The first two parts of the ‘Mines of Phandelver’ adventure included within the 5th edition ‘Starter Set.’) I would like to continue this campaign in the future, but I’m not sure if that will be possible.
5. I played in a ‘one shot’ session of Trail of Cthulhu (GM: Chris). (This was most definitely a one shot, as all of the PCs turned into giant worms at the end!)
6. I played in 2 sessions of … something. It was a Cthulhu-esque adventure set in the Free Congo State during 1907. I can’t recall the name of the system, unfortunately, but the adventure was quite compelling (very reminiscent of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness). (GM: Chris.)
These were all live tabletop games. (I also ran a few sessions of AD&D 1st edition online.) That’s is pretty good, I think, at this stage in my life and career (viz., a middle-aged professor).
I plan to write up an overview of the Call of Cthulhu campaign at some point, as well as some more of my impressions of D&D 5.
In the meantime, alas, back to teaching…