Sunday, September 24, 2017

Deep down gaming blues... Steppin Back PII

In the LAST depressing post about gaming life was not too good. I went through a creative phase with a rules light variant to everything called DUNGEONPUNK RPG but that excitement has waned as well. It's just a hard concept to write down it seems...I did get a surprising response but some nameless person one starred me. At least say why you think it sucks that bad... BUT anyway...

I get back into a creative mode for Back to the Dungeon RPG and start having ideas flow. Things keep coming to me. Then when I go to get my BttDRPG folder, it was simply gone. Not just kinda I set it somewhere there it is! NO! I mean it's now to the level of a paranormal event gone. I mean WTF where the hell is it gone! 

I have looked every possible logical place I could have put it. I have looked into every possible illogical place I could have put it. I have looked for an entire month.

With the lack of response from my players and the entire universe making sure I can't game, no one would have or could have stolen it. I have much of it electronic but there are papers that cannot be redone from their moment of inspiration that are now lost.

None of that matters anyway as my attempts to create an ongoing campaign that actually allows characters to grow instead of game jumping and much to long sessions of making new characters for the next cool game continues it's onslaught.

The new group of players I pulled together for BttDRPG have slowly started the "hey I got this game we can try!" while the universe from the other direction foils any and all plans of gaming.

One of the chosen people that I chose for his game mastering skill surprisingly didn't even want to join my campaign vision YET he complains of game switching.  

None of these people actually have more than five sessions of any one game. I have heard that three games is the average fro this little group. Piles of characters siting around. Now it is a part of my group. Meh! 

There are groups out there actually developing their characters and actually having campaigns. I can't really try and rudely barge in with my vision.

SO if you are actually having life workout where you can actually get gaming to happen AND you actually have a campaign going, savor it. Some of us are watching life go by and can't do anything about it.     


  1. I play in a gaming group that also likes to jump from game to game. What we do now is DMs choice - so whoever has something prepped and ready to run gets to choose the game. Right now I'm running a sandbox campaign and will keep it up as long as I can (the last one I ran went almost 30 sessions and the PCs were 4-5th level when I lost my own creative mojo and took a break). I do prefer the long-running campaign. But we also do a lot of one-shots (or 2-3 shots) where someone is just trying out the latest game. That's OK. I've learned to embrace that and just have fun with it in the moment, since I'm gaming to have fun and to create a momentary diversion from real life. If you seem stuck in the game-switching rut you can always try something different than the usual 1st-level monster fodder. Start the PCs at high level and commit to running through a classic module that will give you more than a few sessions. Play monsters instead of PCs. Suggest if you're playing a new game that players create PCs offline, and come ready to play, rather than wasting time at the start of each session, or if it's someone else's new game, suggest they create pregens for everyone. But have fun with it above all.

  2. Ah cool! Thanks for the response. I read your most excellent blog all the time. IF my job ever stops having the "World of Suckass Olympics" of people wanting to work every weekend, I might be able to get my dream campaign going. After reading my post there is much of it that I could do different. Gary and Dave in the old days hustled their campaigns to everyone that would play. But what am I even saying I even wrote newsletters about the campaign and there was very little response. I don't know if I can just find my folder...