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Gamer Resolutions for 2010

I normally wouldn’t do this, but I was inspired after listening to episode 82 of The Canon Puncture Show to reminisce quickly about 2009 in gaming and make some resolutions for 2010.

2009 Gaming Moments

Strangely enough, in the midst of all the turmoil the year brought, I had some really good gaming moments, and I am very thankful for those because in very real ways they kept me sane when I was dealing with some really heavy stuff.

At the top is the Primetime Adventures Star Wars Sith Triumvirate game I played while in Puerto Rico over the Spring and Summer. Born out of a failed Star Wars d20 session, it took four players who had never done any kind of “indie”/collaborative narration-style gaming and produced a heck of a story that engaged every single one of us and introduced them to a whole new world of roleplaying games. It was a pleasure to play with old friends with whom I had hack-n-slashed my way across the Basic D&D Known World in high school, as well as with new friends with whom I now have a shared history in a galaxy far, far away.

My other game for the year is the Lady Blackbird game played over Skype with my buddies from the Canon Puncture show. It was hard to keep up at times, especially because for a while I was in Puerto Rico, or had just gotten back after Mom passed away and playing was just not in my headspace, but these guys both fought on to keep the game going and kept reaching out to me when I needed friends to do that. The game has been fantastic, full of rich characters and surprising story, and I count myself fortunate for being a part of it.

2010 Gamer Resolutions

I’ll make only a handful so I have a better chance at accomplishing them.

  • Play D&D 4e – I’ve owned the core books since they came out in 2008 and I’ve yet to play it. It doesn’t have to be a whole campaign; I’d like to play it for a session or two, so I can see how it plays and how the moving parts fit. A game at a con would be just right.
  • Play any of the following games: Burning Wheel, Dogs in the Vineyard, Don’t Rest Your Head, Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies, Colonial Gothic, Ribbon Drive, Savage Worlds – Ideally, play all of them, but I’m being realistic. I’ve owned them all for a while and it’s time to take them out for a spin.
  • Run a game for my wife – I’m a bad gamer husband. Except for the Vampire and Changeling games we played in the late 90s, I’ve never been able to run a game for my wife, usually because I flake out in one way or another. I’d like to change that, and run for her a short game that’s a complete story.
  • Play with people face-to-face/find a gaming group – I have offers to join gaming groups, but they require me to commute 30-40 minutes into the suburbs on weeknights. As much as I appreciate the offers, I’d like to find/create a group closer to where I live and get back in the groove of face-to-face gaming.
  • Go to Gen Con – I missed it in 09 for monumental reasons. G-d willing, I’ll make it to Indy in 10 and enjoy the best four days in gaming with all my friends.
    • Corollary: Game with my Skype group in person and/or continue playing the Star Wars Primetime Adventures game from 2007-08. Both if possible.
  • Work on Ierne – What is Ierne? Go back and read the short story I wrote called The Warning. There’s more stories to tell from that land, and some of them may even be yours.
  • Not feel guilty when I game – So this is my own hang-up: whenever I game, I feel guilty that I didn’t spend that time with my wife. It’s all me; she’s never been draconian about my gaming, but I can’t help it. I’ve cancelled games preempting the guilt! I wanna get rid of that and be able to enjoy my gaming time without self-impossed psychological shackles.

I’ll go with seven for now as it is a manageable number. Should I get through these, I will then choose some others and update the list, though.

Here’s to a gaming-filled 2010!

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  1. JJ
    January 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Nice resolutions. I’m down with gaming with you at GenCon if you’re interested. Hopefully this training in Florida will finally materialize and I can game with you on your home turf.

  2. January 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    @JJ
    Gaming at Gen Con – awesome.
    You coming down to FL – you let me know and we’ll do our best to get together.

  3. January 8, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    You know you are welcome at my place to check out a 4e game… just let me know.
    .-= newbiedm´s last blog… Alingment as more than just flavor for the PC’s =-.

  4. January 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    @Newbiedm
    Thanks, man, and I really appreciate it. It’s the commute that’s killer. We’ll have to do like a 1-day mini-con or something.

    Hmmm…

  5. Wifey
    January 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Yes!! Please, I’d like to play, but I’m tired of creating characters and then shelving them. 😦 Character creation is like giving birth for me. So many babies abandoned to wither on the bookshelf. *sniffle*
    AND… thank you for saying I’m not draconian about your gaming. I’ll let you know if you’ve crossed the line. So long as you generally spend more time with me than gaming, it’s all good. 🙂 Though I rather go to bed so Skype gaming should be relegated to the living room, please? 😉

  6. January 8, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    @Wifey
    I know about the PCs, which is why I made it a resolution, so we don’t get another false start.

    As for the gaming time, it’s me, I know this. It’s something I need to get over, the idea that I don’t deserve the time to game. It’s something I need to think about more and unpack.

    And yes, any future Skype gaming will be in the living room. And I may get you some noise-cancelling earphones for when I get too much into character. 😉

  7. January 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    The gauntlet one seems to need to run to find a gaming group these days is something I can fully appreciate.

  8. January 9, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Daniel, I love the resolutions! I’m so happy Lady blackbird made your Top Two and that the SW game was the other one… how neat!!!

    I will run you a one shot of DRYH over Skype, solo or otherwise. Let’s set up a time!!!
    .-= Rich Rogers´s last blog… [Savage Worlds Shaintar] Death in Shale =-.

  9. January 10, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    @Rich Rogers
    To be fair, those two were my only gaming for the year, but that doesn’t detract from their amazing power.

    I think I will take you up on that DRYH Skype game. We’ll talk it out when a time is more doable.

  10. January 10, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    @Zzarchov
    It’s interesting, in a masochistic kind of way, because it’s been literally more than a decade since I had to go through the process of finding a group!

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