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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Computer Problems Lead To Tuesday Knight Gaming Revelations...


Those (lucky souls) who follow me on Facebook will know I had "issues" with my new laptop yesterday.

BIG ISSUES!

To cut a long story short, this involved over 90 minutes on the phone to a very patient - and helpful - woman at the John Lewis computer help desk (that being where Rachel had got the laptop from, for my 50th birthday).

Seems my paranoid fear of infection was, in fact, screwing up the operating system of the laptop.

Eventually, after several other diversions led nowhere, we had to reinstall Windows.

I, now, have to be honest and admit that, so far, using Windows' own protection, the laptop is running so much smoother.

But all this gave me time, stuck in front of the computer but unable to trawl the web, to start questioning what I was doing with my life, particularly my hobby priorities.

And the key takeaway from all this navel-gazing, while the laptop rejiggered itself, was a simple question: when was I at my most creative (gaming-wise) in the last decade?

And the simple answer: when I was running - and contemplating - old school Dungeons & Dragons-style adventures (e.g. Crypts & Things, Castles & Crusades, even Heroes & Other Worlds).

Games with simple mechanics that I knew how to hack, and otherwise houserule, to my own tastes, and could easily whip up non-player characters, monsters, spells, magical items etc for.

Now, I love superheroes, and will happily read comics for the rest of my life - when I'm not watching them on TV or at the cinema that is - but that doesn't necessarily mean I should run try and run a superhero game for the Tuesday Knights.

Sometimes it's not a good idea to run something you are so emotionally attached to - especially if your players aren't on exactly the same page (and, trust me, the Tuesday Knights aren't, through no fault of their own - I just have very set ideas of how I'd like my superheroes to behave).

It would be rather self-indulgent to force them into a campaign genre that I was so rooted in, but they weren't. And then I'd get frustrated because they weren't "playing it properly".

The conclusion I'm heading towards, despite having announced I was burned out on fantasy for the moment, is that perhaps I need to start looking at some good old, old school, dungeon crawling again.

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting conclusion...think it'll stick? Supers are a tough drug to quit...!

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    1. Although I've played in some fantastic, memorable, supers games when I was a teen (yaaaaahh, Acrobatic Flea!), I've never run a successful supers campaign.

      I've always found a divergence in styles and tastes, that bothers me more than with, say, a hack'n'slash fantasy game.

      Like I said the other day, I still have ideas for Knight City that I'm batting around in my head. And maybe when I have the V&V3.0 rulebook in my hands I'll change my mind again...

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