The Return of Charming and Open – Sign Up for a Mini Collab with Adventure Rules!

One of the best parts of the game blogging community of which I am a part is the way that writers come together to work on gargantuan projects requiring truly inspiring ambition. Here on Adventure Rules I’ve been hosting a yearly large-scale collaborative effort called the Blogger Blitz, where other game bloggers serve as competitors and judges in a friendly tournament to see which video game characters are the very best. Folks like NekoJonez and the Well-Red Mage have organized retrospectives on specific series like The Legend of Zelda or Final Fantasy (respectively). And who can forget The Games That Define Us over at Normal Happenings, where gamers from all walks of life shared stories about the video games that played a key role in their life?

These massive undertakings are truly impressive and participating in them is a blast, but it can also be stressful and time-consuming. I know when Blogger Blitz ended I felt like I didn’t want to do another writing project ever again. But of course that’s not the case at all – I love working with the other writers in the blogging community to come up with cool stuff together. However, sometimes it’s nice when these collaborations can be smaller in scale, a little more chill and casual. It’d be cool if there was an event where folks could just sign up for something short and sweet rather than committing to writing and editing a super serious article or participating in an event that’d be ongoing for months or a year. And then it hit me: I have an event like that!

Charming and Open
Talk about convenient – I even had a logo and everything!

Charming and Open is the first successful community event to ever be held on Adventure Rules. The concept comes from one of my favorite tabletop roleplaying games, Dungeon World. Charming and Open is one of the special abilities of the bard class, and it allows the bard to gain access to information simply by being a talented conversationalist. The bard can ask their target a question which must be answered honestly, but to gain access to vulnerable information the bard must be vulnerable themselves – the target can ask a question of the bard on the same terms. This mutual exchange inspired me to create an event which is essentially an AMA that works both ways.

Here’s how it works. You post a comment in the comment section of this very blog post that contains a question you’d like me to answer. That question can be about video games, tabletop roleplaying games, or even about the hobby of blogging. As long as I’m able to answer your question then I will write a blog post with my honest answer. In return, I’ll ask a question of you which you can use to inspire a blog post on your own site! I promote on Adventure Rules any posts written as part of the Charming and Open event, so that generally involves reblogging here on WordPress as well as sharing on my social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. But more importantly, this is essentially an opportunity for you to get a free blog post idea – it’s a tough offer to turn down!

Dungeon World Bard
Bard character art from Dungeon World, the inspiration for Charming and Open

You may be wondering the sorts of questions that are appropriate for Charming and Open. Well this is perhaps obvious but the most important thing is that the question is open-ended. I’m not publishing a one-word blog post that says “yes” or “no. Although a yes-or-no question is fine if you emphasize that you want to know why I’m saying yes or no. The question also needs to be on a topic I cover here on Adventure Rules such as video games or tabletop roleplaying games, but it can also focus on blogging. If I’ve answered the question pretty recently in the form of a blog post, I’ll probably link you the post so you can read it and then allow you to ask another question instead. Questions which seem to me to be mean-spirited or intended to stir trouble will be rejected on the spot. Ultimately, I reserve the right to say no to any question I don’t want to answer, but I’ve never had an issue with the folks in the game blogging community. I expect lots of fun and engaging questions that help us all to share our love of video games and RPGs with our readers!

If you still need some help coming up with a question to ask, perhaps these previous Charming and Open topics will help to inspire you!

  • What game mechanic do you think has never been done quite right?
  • Who was your favorite character to play in a tabletop game?
  • If you were an NPC in a video game, what would you be?
  • Which ability or power from a video game would you most like to have in real life?
  • What would be your ideal tabletop RPG?
  • What three video games would you take with you to a deserted island?

If you’re a blogger looking for a post idea or looking to participate in a quick collaboration, my hope is that you’ll ask a question in the comments below and take part in the Charming and Open event! Generally my goal with Charming and Open is to get all of the questions answered within a month, but we’ll see how realistic that is based on the number of questions I receive. If you have a question about the event itself before you decide to participate, be sure to post those in the comments too. Otherwise, all you have to do to participate is post the question you want me to answer. I look forward to collaborating with you!

30 thoughts on “The Return of Charming and Open – Sign Up for a Mini Collab with Adventure Rules!

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  1. If you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring one game… nah! I’m kidding 🙂 Um… tired brain… thinking… oh! No… wait… Got it!
    Ahem: Which incarnation of Link from the Legend of Zelda series is the your favourite, and why? (Doesn’t necessarily mean your favourite Zelda game, either)
    Let me know if you need a better question and I’ll try again. Also, I promise to actually participate in this event… unlike a certain other event you ran… 😅

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    1. Ooh, this is a great question! Very on-brand, haha. I am certainly looking forward to your participation as I’m excited to see your answer to this really awesome question……..that I’ve totally already come up with and am not stalling in any way…….

      Okay, here’s an idea. If you could pick a game/series to be the soundtrack for your life, which game would you choose, and why? (if you’ve done something like that on your blog before just let me know and I’ll think of another one)

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  2. Interesting premise 🤔 I like how it’s tied back to the D&D roots 👍🏻

    Ok so my broad question:

    Should real world societal divisions, and how they are portrayed in gaming, either digital or board, be tackled directly (ie racism in Mafia 3) or abstractly (Ie non binary genders in Star Trek) and which is your preferred method?

    Not to limit to those specific themes, but more how different media tackle division through abstraction and metaphor and others tackle the issue directly.

    Happy blogging 🙂

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    1. This is a really compelling question, I’ll have to put some serious thought into it, which is exciting!

      I’ll try to keep my question for you in a similar vein – have you ever played a game that changed your thinking on a subject? If so, what game was it, and if not, why do you think that is?

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  3. Count me in! Now to think of a good question… 🤔

    Seeing as you’ve already had a couple of gaming ones, I’ll ask a blogging one to mix things up a bit. You mention a number of community collaborations above; how do you think collaborations will evolve and what would you like to see from them in 2020?

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    1. Ooh, that’s an interesting one! I’m definitely thinking there’s a shift happening so it’ll be interesting to try and put that into words. As for my question for you: has blogging about games for a few years now changed how you play games or how you think about them, and if so, how?

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      1. Nicely done, sir! I’ll have a think about this and get something written up. I’m out on training for a few weeks so it might not be published until December, but you’ll have your post. 😀

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  4. WOW! Now, this is a cool idea to blend an AMA and community collaboration togther. I take my hat off to you sir, now to think of a question…
    okay, a slightly more industry-focused query: What are your thoughts on more and more games having post-launch content these days. Whether it is traditional DLC and season passes or maybe free additional content but with microtransactions and loot boxes to bring in the cash? One final side note, do you think its a shame that the days of simply buying a video game without having to fork out extra money afterward are gone? Interested to hear your ideas on this.
    Have fun blogging mate!

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    1. I’m glad you like the idea and I appreciate the engaging question! This is a popular topic but one I haven’t touched on so far so it’ll be nice to get my two cents out there. As for my question for you, I’ll try to keep things focused on the industry as well: as we move into the next console generation holiday 2020, which of the big three do you think is in the toughest position, and what do you think could turn things around for them?

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  5. Aw I really like this idea! Okay, I’m going to hit you with a Pokemon question!

    What are your thoughts on the overall ideas and designs behind each generation of Pokemon? Feel free to include what we know of Sword/Shield Pokemon so far. (And I’m referring to the actual Pokemon themselves, not the games, the mechanics or the story)

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    1. Always happy to discuss Pokemon here on the blog, and I haven’t gone in detail on the designs before so that should be a fun one to write! I’ll keep yours Pokemon-related as well: if you were a gym leader in the Pokemon world, what would your gym be like? I’d be curious to know whether or not you’d have a theme around typing, where you’d want the gym to be, and what kind of puzzles you would want to challenge the trainers there.

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    1. Loved your response to my question! I’m going to be posting my responses on Fridays in the order that I received the questions, so it’s looking like December 12th will be when my reply to your question goes up.

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  6. Awesome to see Charming and Open back, I would love to take part again if it’s ok (I hope I haven’t taken too long to think of a question!).

    My question is: Thinking about characters that you grow to like whilst playing a game, can you overlook certain actions or personality traits that you would not tolerate irl, and has a character you liked ever done something you couldn’t forgive?

    If you’ve answered one like this previously let me know and I’ll come up with a different one 🙂

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    1. This is a really interesting question, I’ll have to take some time and really give it some thought! That also makes it a challenging proposition to ask a question in the same vein, but here we go!

      Many of us have a “type” of character that we are drawn to when we play games, an archetype or trope that tell us right when we first meet a character that we’re probably going to like them. What’s your character type, and do you have any examples of a game where that initial positive impression turned sour later on?

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      1. Fab! That is an excellent question which ties in to something else that I’m working on so that’s even better! I may aim for Dec 19th also because I like the idea of releasing them on the same day.

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