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Thinking back to 2016, it's actually been a really rough year for everyone. Between two elections (the Philippines and the US), European and Asian issues that came up, massive work changes, miscellaneous drama, the death of my grandmother, and a breakup of a seven-year relationship, I think it's been a slew of one exhausting month after another.

But, on the other hand, it's also been a really fruitful year for tabletop gaming for me and my circle of friends. I learned something like fourteen to sixteen new roleplaying games/systems this year alone, not to mention the number of characters I made and played.

Here's a rundown, with *s marking new systems learned in 2016.

O N G O I N G

Campaign System Character GM
Fate Online
Fate Core
Alberic Sixwright
Erich
Accounts of Strange Incidents
Fate Accelerated *
Akari
Adrian
Songs of the Underdark
Dungeons and Dragons 5E
Mikel
Erich
Legend of the Five Rings
Legend of the Five Rings 4th Ed *
Shosuro Kyouya ♀
Mahar
Northern Nights
Vampire the Masquerade *
Malcolm Summer
Erich
No Rain but Thunder, and the Sound of Giants
Dungeons and Dragons 5E
Silas Tealeaf
Raymz
The Titanfall Initiative
Scion 1E *
Aibhlinn O'Brien (Ava) ♀
Dave
Keltia
Keltia *
Dylan Maridudd ♂
Mahar


O N • H I A T U S / B R E A K

Campaign System Character GM
Tales of the Yellow City - Westside
OSR *
Dian
BJ
Bad Solars
Exalted 3rd Ed *
Elise
Jay A.
Precint 8
Shadowrun 5e *
Perfekto Madrigal (Pekto)
Raymz
Fallen Boughs of Cormanthor
Dungeons and Dragons 5E
Noase
Mahar
Eberron
Dungeons and Dragons 5E
Chalcedony ♂
BJ


O N E - S H O T S / C O M P L E T E D

Campaign System Character GM
Shadows Over Esteren
Shadows Over Esteren
Iv ♀
Mahar
Sails Full of Stars
Fate Core
Giles ♂
Adrian
Aswang Fate
Fate Core
Jaime Ramirez ♂
BJ
Through the Breach
Malifaux *
Nina ♀
Raymz
Misc Adventurer's League Modules
Dungeons and Dragons 5E
Wilem Tealeaf ♂
Various AL DMs
OVAWatch
OVA *
Lina Klose (Babylon) ♀
Jay
Zweihander
Zweihander *
Wilhermina Hermann Wolff ♀
Raymz
Edge of the Empire
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire *
Sin ♀
Matthew
AD&D
Dungeons and Dragons 2E *
Daekas ♂
Mahar
7th Sea
7th Sea*
Rainard♂
Flip


D I S C O N T I N U E D / I N D E F I N I T E • H I A T U S

Campaign System Character GM
Warden
DC Heroes
Tara White (Trace) ♀
Tobie
Angel's Song
Fate Core
Kuma Himuro ♀
Marc
Great Shadows Over Manila
Fate Core
Cecilia Velez ♀
Marc
Numenera
Numenera
Ghost ♂
Jay
Abyssum of Warden
Dungeon World
Flik-Elz
Mahar
Waterdeep by Moonlight
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Ed *
Silas Tealeaf
Marc


O T H E R • R P G S

System Role
Fall of Magic *
Apothecarist
The Quiet Year *
N/A
Watch the Skies! *
Alien
Watch the Skies!
UK Prime Minister
Urban Nightmare! *
Police and Cartel Control


I'm sort of impressed with myself, truth be told. I was under the impression that I hadn't been very productive this year outside of the committee, but in fact I've actually been doing a lot of things! Clearly, though, one of the things I need to do is learn how to code tables properly, because this is super wonky.

What I am terribly pleased by is that taking into account all my characters, the divide between male and female have been largely even, and the variety of personality in all of them are pretty decent. You have the broody, somewhat violent Dian and the hyper and friendly Mikel. There's the manic Lina, the purehearted and earnest Elise, the ruthless but awkward Akari, the stingy but soft-hearted Silas, the optimistic but savage Ava, and the manipulative and ambitious Kyouya. Malcolm is endlessly put upon, Chalcedony is naive but goal-oriented, while Dylan is cheerful and just wants to be a hero.

Playing in the Scion game has also been getting my writing game active again. After the long fanfiction I wrote earlier in April this year, I haven't actually sat down to write much of anything outside of session notes, so it's been pleasant to RP in text form. Hopefully the others have been enjoying it as much as I have.

So, on 2016 -- yes, I've enjoyed it a whole lot. But it's also been really exhausting to play this many games and still juggle all the other things -- family, friends, anime, video games, household chores, work -- so I foresee being a bit more moderate next year. Now that my time of experimenting with a frenzy is more or less done, anyway -- or is it?

Mahar brought up if I should include Pandemic Legacy and Seafall into this list, but I put them firmly in my boardgame bucketlist (which has also been excessively long this year). In Seafall in particular, I've been doing a lot of Exploration and have reused Seran Thorne, an old adventuress character, in figuring out decisions on what to do in the game. It's a most adorable boardgame with ships and island discovery, so I suppose in a way it counts as an RPG?