We started getting a large group of our friends together to play board games somewhat regularly and so in my head it immediately needed to be turned into a club and have a t-shirt (and a coffee mug). I liked the idea of having the sinister feel of a secret order like the Illuminati but instead of taking over the world they are just getting together in secret and playing games amongst themselves (which may include games where they take over the world). I like the small bits of comedy in that and small bits of comedy are some of the best bits of comedy. I also thought that I really wanted everybody to wear a fez and wanted to make something that looked good on a fez (we don’t have fez’s yet, sadly).
Fezzes or no Fezzes, The Secret Order of the Rolling Duck was created and the initiates were put through a gauntlet of trials that included chucking dice, managing hands of cards, flipping tiles, building decks and choosing feats, among other daunting tasks. Over a year in and the Order has moved on to daring adventures like traversing wastelands, speeding through galaxies and delving dungeons. The more committed members have even devoted time each month to talk in depth about the inner workings of the organization and what it is it spends all its time doing.
“But why the Rolling Duck?” you ask.
That’s a pretty good question. But that’s also the secret part. It’s not a great secret and I would pick something else if I were starting over but we have already got t-shirts, drink coasters, tote bags, RPG character books, dice trays, coffee mugs, some prototype games, and one game table sporting the club emblem.