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Today we talk to Jim Has Fun! You can find Jim on Bluesky: @jimhasfun.wnyrpg.com on TikTok: @jimhasfunonline
What do you do, Jim?
I run a couple of Savage Worlds campaigns, one Savage Rifts and the other Deadlands Noir. I work in a higher education department as a general sort of staff person. I’m interested in fitness and nutrition as well.
Do you prefer playing TTRPGs online or in person, and why?
I like either for different reasons. Online games have the advantage of playing with a farther-flung group, and when the session is done I just shut down the computer and that’s it. In-person games, of course, have that crucial vibe of a group being together in a space, sharing food and drink, that sort of thing.
What is your favorite type of music, or favorite group/artist?
What I listen to most is known as Epicore, groups like Gothic Storm, Ninja Tracks, Q-Factory, 8Dawn, Epic Score, Future World Music, Antti Martikainen, Damned Anthem, and so on.
If you created a TTRPG about anything, what would it be like?
My TTRPG would be one where each character would start with a baseline zero in each “Mark,” which would mean a complete lack of ability to do what the Mark represents, making the character be just a formless notion of an individual. One of the main Marks would be the degree to which the character actually exists in the world of the game, so a character without that Mark would be a fictional character there capable only of inspiring those characters who do exist in the reality of the game. Since it would be a point-buy system, everyone could opt to be a zero-reality character and spend those points on super-powers and extraordinary abilities and therefore exist only in the imagination of others as superheroes, having their own adventures and feeling real to themselves and each other. My TTRPG would likely be a bit too weird to be played.
What is your favorite game time snack?
Pistachio nuts, hands down. The spicy ones, especially.
What do you think is absolutely essential in creating a safe space for all in a TTRPG game?
Obviously consent forms with regular revisiting and updates and check-ins for starters. Keeping up with people’s preferred pronouns (put them in your Discord handle, please) and making sure everyone’s comfort and fun comes first.