Seeing that it’s Christmas time, it seems like a good time to talk about the RPG-related highlights of the last year and look at last year’s New Year’s resolutions.
Generally speaking, it was a sparse year for gaming. Apart from a struggling on-line GURPS game, a few sessions of L5R and some con-related playtests and con games, there wasn’t a dearth of gaming.
Many things got in the way, and one of the biggest, ironically, was the the podcast..
But there was some gaming. As I think I’ve mentioned before, we are fortunate enough to have three game conventions a year in the Los Angeles area. With a couple games per convention, and the prep involved, there were plenty of game-related activities, if not a lot of actual gaming.
I also hosted a mini game convention on my birthday weekend, which (it turns out) was a grand idea. We ran three simultaneous tables of role-playing goodness. Definitely something I’ll consider doing again.
As for my track record with last year’s resolutions, it was a mixed bag.
- Acquire and Play Shadowrun (MIXED) Acquired Shadowrun, but have not as yet played it. It’s still on my list of games to play.
- Game Every Week (FAILED) Gaming frequency actually went DOWN this year, though I did make recent strides to fix that.
- Run an Online Game for Listeners (MIXED) The Good News: I did start an online GURPS game with four listeners. The Bad News: I only ran one session. I do have a second session scheduled for this weekend, though.
- Play in a Call of Cthulhu Game With a Really Good Keeper (FAILED) I ran a CoC one-shot (which was a playtest for a convention game, and the convention game was run in GURPS instead, but was still a cosmic-horror/Lovecraftian adventure. But I have not played in a CoC game with a good keeper. Maybe there might be an on-line game out there.
- Figure Out a Way to Record Games (SUCCEEDED!) The trick was to play IN my studio’s recording booth. It’s a small room, but it will hold a tiny table and can accommodate three players and a GM. I wouldn’t try running a game with six players, but a small group works nicely, and I get a reasonably good sound quality.
- Run Another Savage Worlds Mini Campaign (FAILED) Nope, not even close. though that might be my next recorded game.
- Finish My Book on Gamemastering (FAILED) Nope, didn’t happen. In fact, I didn’t even work on it in 2012. I still have it, but it will have to go through a major revision, as the way I think about and approach GMing has changed, even in the last year or two.
- Release the Opening Songs (SUCCEEDED!) In fact, you can purchase the first collection of opening show songs at CDBaby.com. I even shot a goofy music video for one of the songs (THAT was a lot more work than I thought it would be). I’m currently working on a second series to release, but it probably won’t be out until Summer 2013.
As for 2013, here’s my list of RPG-related resolutions
- Game Every Week - again, I’m aiming high, but with the ubiquity of on line games, it should be possible, right? The other thing I need to keep in mind is that I don’t have to RUN a game — I can play instead.
- Try FATE – I’ve read a couple FATE-titles now. I mostly understand the concept, but still haven’t sat around a table and played the game. I want to see how the game translates at the table, since it has such an out-of-the-box concepts compared to most other RPGs. Maybe I can get in an on-line one-shot.
- Release Second Collection of Songs - My wife and I have several songs to record, plus a couple of new show intro songs.
- Play in an Organized Play Game - Just so I can say that I did it. Maybe an RPGA game or a Pathfinder Society game.