RPG-a-Day 2018 Day 19: What music enhances your game?
If I’m running a game, I don’t really use music or background effects to create atmosphere or up the tension. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it, and I’m sure it does add to the experience, but for me it’s more of a distraction, something else to think about while running the game. I would likely forget about it and the battle music would keep running through the rest of the session including the funeral for the murdered villagers…
That isn’t to say that music doesn’t inspire me creatively when coming up with ideas for a game, or getting myself into the right mindset to play or run a game. There are a number of songs that I relate to certain characters I’ve played where if I’m heading to a game I’d listen to ahead of time, “Ugly Heart” by G.R.L. is an example of a song I link to my rogue Bex since part of her background relates to having realised she was in a toxic relationship and moved on. When I was running my WoW RPG game, there was a point when I had Iron Forge fall to an army of warforged that had been reverse engineered by Goblins and Dark Iron Dwarves, I listened to “Indestructible” by Disturbed a lot because it just gave me the mental image of these humanoid magical constructs marching forward relentlessly.
We move into the nitty gritty of game mechanics this week as day 20 asks which game mechanic inspires my game play the most.
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