Today was our first RPG Night at Tapiolan Pelikauppa, the game store I manage. Jim Raggi showed up to run Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Weird Fantasy Role-Playing. Here’s how it went down.
The posters had been up for about a month’s time, and a lot of effort had been put into promoting the event to regulars, and anyone else showing up at the store and showing an interest in role-playing games. I got a lot of “Hm, I’ll think about it.” and “I’ll put it down in my calender.”, but no definite “Hell, yeah, I’m coming!” type replies. The hour was drawing near, and I started to get worried that no one would show… Eventually we had two store regulars showing up and wanting to play. The rest of the seats were filled by store personnel (myself and a co-worker), so we did manage to get a game going after all.
The game session itself was set in a very Raggiesque village (that is, an utterly and completely mundane-seeming backwater village full of crackpots, blow-hards, and wise-cracking, superstitious, bigots). In other words, pure gold. Nothing out of the ordinary, except the weird intruding on the lives of these fine folks’ (yeah, right… bastards), this time in the form of a werewolf. Great fun was had by all, the werewolf was eventually found out and burned to death, and everything was back to normal. Well, except for the church and the inn having been burned to the ground. And over a dozen villagers having been killed by the werewolf.
From what I gathered, both of the players were pretty new to role-playing. One of them had played LotFP once before, at Ropecon I think. The game was well received by both, and left them wanting more. I think we’ll see both of these guys at the table again.
All in all a good start to our bi-weekly RPG thing. A bit less of a turn-up than anticipated, but I think things will pick up once we get the ball rolling, word of mouth starts doing it’s thing, and we get the logistical side of things (dates, times, gaming area, etc.) in order. Jim has already agreed to come back in two weeks time (That’s the 13th of September, so mark it down in your calendars, folks!), and he has promised to bring his work-in-progress mega-dungeon!