Recently, there’s been a lot of negative stories about the gamer community. Allegations of sexual misconduct, trolling or even harassment, sexism, theft, counterfeits, whatever. A lot of stuff going on. So, I decided I’d tell a little story of a good guy in our community. Nothing major in the big picture, but the good deeds are rarely as visible or talked about as the bad ones.
Biggest lesson from last few years of gaming to me might have been that I can accept the fact that not all campaigns will work.
At first this seems like no-brainer. But only after some consideration, failures, and successes was I able to embrace this. It is not “letting your players down” nor is it “failing”. Understanding your own resources as GM is a tool.
So in this post I will try to explain this personal notion.
This year was more diverse in terms of gaming than I had grown accustomed to. I got excited about boardgaming after a long hiatus, published the beta version of my AWengine hack Eldritch Sigils, managed to ran a successful rpg campaign and got interested in various Magic the Gathering formats (instead of just playing Commander).
Having played much more in 2017 than in years has had a positive impact on me as a person. I have noticed even though I have struggled with some personal stuff it has not drained me as completely as few previous years. I have made my best effort to surround myself with different playing groups (though all of the players are from our Guild) so that I can have a weekly gaming night even if one group hasn’t been able to get together. Continue reading
TL;DR: I have plenty of stuff, which I’m not willing to get rid off.
So, I just did.
That’s I Don’t Wanna Grow Up by Tom Waits.
As a forty year-old guy, I probably shouldn’t really talk about feminism, but I’m going to.
Also: A warning – I wrote this while on a bus ride from a city to city, which meant I was without access to the Internet for part of the way and I wasn’t able to fact-check while writing, so I might have wild assumptions within the text, which I forgot to check later. Oh well.
What prompted me to do this? First, of course, the Joss Whedon debacle and today I heard there’s going to be a new version of Lord of the Flies with an all female cast.
My earliest memory is of me and my little sister getting into trouble. I was four, she was three. We were playing in the yard of the building our family lived at the time and found a piece of chalk. What does one do with chalk at that age? We drew lines on the walls. My mother still occasionally brings up how quick-witted she was when she outsmarted my three-year-old sister to give up the truth after I had managed to dodge it. Then I remind her of how she felt compelled to go and wash something off the wall rain would have taken care of anyhow.
What is flow? Its basically completely absorping yourself in something in a positive way. Being in the zone.
I’m reading a book called Introvertit – Työpaikan hiljainen vallankumous, or originally Introvert – Den tysta revolutionen by Linus Jonkman. Translated into English, the title would be Introverts – The Silent Revolution, and for som reason the Finnish title also inserted the word ‘workplace’ in there. Its about (surprise, surprise) introversion.