Day of Destiny Game Master Dustin Fletcher has been teasing what to expect from the upcoming game. He also talks about his favorite Ranger elements, and how they are unique in the game.
Power Rangers: Day of Destiny, a weekly real play that will feature Renegade’s new Power Rangers Roleplaying Game, will make its major premiere tonight at Renegade Con. Dustin Fletcher serves as Game Master, and the players include Carlos Luna, Erika Fermina, Katie Wilson, Xander Jeanneret, Ahren Gray, and Malika Lim Eubank of Hyper RPG. Before the big debut, I got the opportunity to speak with Fletcher about Day of Destiny, including what excites him the most about working with the Power Rangers brand, what he wants to avoid during gameplay, and more. But first, we wanted to know whether Fletcher’s GM approach changes based on the franchise or topic he’s working on. On Twitch, you can watch the premiere live right now.
“Not at all. I’d say I adjust the tone of the games depending on the content or genre of the event I’m hosting “Fletcher said. “Regardless of the type of game I tell, my approach and GMing style remain mostly the same. If I leave the table knowing that my players and I have created an incredible narrative together and that my storytelling has completely immersed them as not just their character, but also as a player, then I consider my work as a GM/Storyteller complete.”
Over the years, Fletcher has worked on a number of well-known brands, including Marvel, The Hunger Games, DC, and others. He still has a soft spot in his heart for the Power Rangers.
“Oh, yes, I was and still am a huge Power Rangers fan. Every Saturday morning, I grew up watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and I was honestly roleplaying as Rangers long before I understood what roleplaying games were, as my friends and I raced about the neighborhood fighting Putties and monsters. I also recall seeing the MMPR film in a drive-in theater “Fletcher said. “It was my first drive-in movie experience, and the image of the Rangers uniting on the big screen has stayed with me ever since!”
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Fletcher is excited to delve into the world of Power Rangers in Day of Destiny, but there are two aspects of the series that pique his interest the most. “There is one in particular, but I’m going to give you the dreaded LARP (Live-Action Roleplay) response of FOIP (Find Out In Play), since I don’t want to give anything away about the wonderful tale we’ve told. But, apart from that, I was ecstatic to get to play with the Power Rangers’ famous monsters “Fletcher said. “Creatures make up so much of that universe and the tales recounted through the years, and it was so much pleasure to be able to put those kinds of monsters on paper and pit my players against them!”
While he’s eager to embrace such aspects, there is one aspect of roleplaying games that he constantly tries to avoid.
“I’ll never use the GM vs. Players trope. I think that everyone at the table is there to create a coherent narrative, which is why I nearly always ask my players, “Hey, what are your characters plans for the next session?” after virtually every session. Do they have any objectives they’d want to achieve? Is there anything new since our previous conversation?’ It’s something my D4 Co-DM and I began doing early on in our narrative, and I’ve continued to do it in almost every game I’ve GMed since “Fletcher explained. “It’s a method for me to not only convey the narrative I’m creating, but also to ensure that it’s the story my players want to be a part of. There are so many things that the players developed and contributed to Day of Destiny that make the game and narrative 10 times better.”
Renegade Con Virtual Special Edition, which began today and ends at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th, allows fans to discover more about all of Renegade’s future titles.
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