Growing Old With Gaming

By on 1 July 2014

When you haven’t played or ran a game in a long time you start to miss it like one would miss a loved one, but as life gets in the way and your mates shifts are all over the place it’s hard to find time to really hunker down and have a game. This is what has happened to my friends and I. We have been plotting numerous games well in advance only for none of them to come to fruition, bar the cheeky game of Munchkin of course.

Sometimes it’s just nice to spend that spare time building a database of information, characters and assorted maps, ready and primed for that one big game that will rekindle that desire to carve time out of your daily life to play. I was considering running a full pre-generated game, all characters and maps provided by me and have the players assume the rolls of the character they liked the look of, but I also feel I spoiled my players too much by giving them full autonomy on a lot of our past adventures.

Returning to a game after a long hiatus can be a daunting task for any game master too, readjusting to rule sets, hours of skimming over the tiniest of details and all the stuff you used to know so well, can disrupt a game and break the immersion quickly. Prior days spent refreshing your brain on everything can be a useful remedy but after building a resource database and life taking the main stage you forget to do the most obvious things.

There’s no real fix or tips I can give in this article that will give you; the reader, an epiphany to amazingly find time to play, what I can do is reassure you. Because there has been many times in my life so far where I have thought that I’m all gamed out and there’s no inspiration left in me to really push a game forwards.

You never stop loving this genre of gaming, ever. From the first day you felt proud to win against the odds in a campaign, you sparked that desire for adventure. From that first time you ever sat and flicked through a Fighting Fantasy or a Lone Wolf book eager to see the results of your gamble, you fell in love with a genre that will never change. It has stood the test of time for near 50 years; inspiring thousands of writers and game creators, it never leaves you.

And that’s what I remember when I feel I can’t play tabletop games anymore. I don’t think that it’s a chapter of my life that I’ve left behind, I see it as something I have just set aside so I can appreciate it, in its glorious entirety. Because at the minute you’re playing the game of life and there aren’t as many orcs and wizards as you’re usually used to, but it’s a game we all have to win at before moving on to our next grand adventure.

And with that my fellow adventurers, I shall see you all next month. Until then, keep winning!

About James Grimes

James is writer from Derbyshire and when he's not running games he's writing them. He has spent 3 years running games trying to perfect his craft. Like a reluctant hipster he supports indie games and new systems that people haven't probably heard of but that doesn't jade his opinion of the classics and greats.

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