Why did I ever stop enjoying <Game X> ?
I am, as the blog name implies, not very good at picking a system and sticking to it. My game hobby experience can be broken down into roughly 4 phases. First, there was TSR, meaning in particular D&D, AD&D, Gamma World, and Star Frontiers. Second there was Steve Jackson Games, mostly GURPS of one flavor and another. During this phase, I was into numerous settings, even converting other games to GURPS for ease of getting others into them, which worked mostly but occasionally I would blunder along while my group moved on past me to simplifying and hacking the settings as they saw fit with dizzying speed. Third, the revolt of the group as they got into trading card games and the Vampire larping scene. I followed along, but I did so reluctantly. My Fourth phase, which is my current, can be characterized as going for the obscure; beginning with Savage Worlds when it was gaining its amazing popularity and then losing interest when it was in its prime. I have yet to find the game I will stick to, dabbling in a lot of really nifty games.
Sometimes I moved on from a game because my friends were. More recently I have been greatly influenced by internet propaganda and hype, getting excited, buying in, and then losing interest when it seems that the wave has passed. Sometimes I quit a system because continuing with it was getting too costly. With Savage Worlds, in particular, I saw the required outlay growing from a scene filled with freely shared hacks to one where there was a lot of great stuff around for increasing prices.
How fascination with computer role-playing games sucks up all of my time.
I have a life that revolves around the pain Nexus in the high center of my back. It is not surprising, then, that I am very fond of getting out of my own life and being in the place of some other. In the past my best bet for this was sitting down with a table full of fellow role playing game players, but with the Advent of the wonderful computer game available I find that escape easier and quicker unless complicated. The trouble is I want so badly to be out of my own life and in this other where I have power, glory, and wealth that in anything that even seems to help a little to distract me from my troubles, be it food, videos, or c-rpgs, become obsessions or even addictions.
The first good thing is another update from Eloy Lasanta about his game system book “The Pip System” soon to be on RPGnow.com and soon to be in my hands as a Kickstarter backer.
The next good thing is an update that a new revision of preliminary rules will be out from Green Ronin’s Cortex Prime system book. I backed that one, too so I get to see it Wednesday or soonish after.
And then to cap it all off, I went over to RPG.net and ran across a very funny comic called Fuzzy Thinking and then got my resident 14 year old boy in here to see it and a few pages more back issues of it, and not only did I get to laugh a lot, but it kind of made me feel like I could get out there and game a bit once again. It has been rather a while since I played with friends. Instead I have finished an Associates in the Applied Science of IT Services with honors, and I played a lot of computer games, mostly Subnautica these last few months.
So good things happen when you go looking for them. Has that ever happened to you? Comment below or on your favorite media platform, and tell how something funny has brought back your gamer mojo.
The Secret Reason I am Not Gaming Anymore Won’t Surprise Some.
It is also why I don’t have the stuff to make videos and why I don’t finish my homework or clean up my office, bedroom, or yard. Mine is invisible and insidious, diagnosed as “neuralgia” which means basically “nerve pain we cannot explain or legally verify.”
Disabled, but denied disability, so a burden on my family, church, and friends.
Dependent on my disabled son and overworked underpaid wife.
Mental illness fueled by invisible wings of fire sprouting from between my shoulder blades with roots stabbing into my spine.
Pot holes and big rigs.
I cannot even face my truly officially disabled friends and family.
Nobody says it. Maybe nobody thinks it. But I hear it all the same.
The author has a good experience with the previous versions of the engine.
Will Cortex Prime light our darkest hour?
Yeah, I just backed Cortex Prime: A Multi-Genre Modular Roleplaying Game on @Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/530352392/cortex-prime-a-multi-genre-modular-roleplaying-gam
I have fond memories of the system from the first Serenity book. Not that I actually got to play that either. I believe I will always be a sucker for another universal game system.