If you’ve been reading Karavansara before, you know that among my (too many) interests both old time radio and roleplaying games can be found.
One is strictly an hobby, the other is also a sometimes paying job.
And we’ve talked quite often, with my friend Clare, about throwing our fears to the wind and trying to do a radio drama. Because it would be fun.
Then, today, I discovered On the Air.
Described as A storytelling roleplaying game of Old Time Radio exploits, Cynthia Celeste Miller’s On the Air packs an awful lot of fun into a small book.
In 53 pages of PDf file that go for about 5 bucks we get
- An introductionto roleplaying
- An introduction to Old Time Radio
- A gaming system that emulates radio shows
- Everything players need to know
- A good solid chapter for the Director
- Character sheet, reference tables and a detailed index
Add to this the fact that this little book looks like a million, and you can see why I am sold.
The system looks solid, it is freeform but still crunchy enough for old grognards not to feel abandoned to themselves. The premise is great, the documentary material concise and to the point.
And if you are into Old Time Radio, it’s fun seeing the clichés, the tropes and the expectations of the medium so neatly and affectionately described.
The Sponsors table alone is a hoot.
All in all, five bucks well spent, a nice addiction to my collection of RPGs, and a highy suggested, little game.
4 April 2018 at 15:16
I’m buying this.
4 April 2018 at 18:53
It’s a great little game. I can’t wait to try it out on live members of my gaming team.
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4 April 2018 at 22:23
A general comment: I usually have not time to go through all this cataclysmic torrent of disruptive content! (how would this be possible? – I mean from the creator side, not the user)
However, I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER erase (due to respect towards the intellectual? to extrasensory perception? to a third option?) any of dear Davide posts because every time I have time to come back I find something valuable – if not invaluable. I feel the same with Seth Godin, Nashim Taleb and Naomi Klein – but in a higher level like Umberto Eco’s one (what did I dare to utter?)
This is not flattering, it’s an experience second to none
4 April 2018 at 23:45
I AM flattered!
And I am happy you find something useful here on Karavansara.
7 April 2018 at 03:34
Reblogged this on Barry Reese.
7 April 2018 at 13:23
3 August 2018 at 22:19
Thanks for the kind words about On the Air, Davide. I’m glad you enjoy my game. 🙂
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3 August 2018 at 23:38
I do enjoy it a lot, being both a roleplayer and an old radio fan.
Thanks for reading me!