8 – Meet and play with some new gamers: Don’t get me wrong. I love my regular gaming group, but it seems that in this day and age of social networking, it can’t be too hard to meet some new hobbyists and have an opportunity to see how some other folks roll. The challenge is of course to find people who you can at least tolerate spending a long gaming session with. All too often we get comfortable with the familiar and we forget that our regular gaming buddies were all strangers once. Even if the game turns out to be a complete crapfest, at least you made the effort to meet other folks with an interest in the hobby. You might learn just something new out of the experience as well. Even if it’s just a sit-in session at the FLGS or at a con, I’m going to make an effort to play with some unfamiliar faces this year.
7 – Attend a local game convention: This is something that I haven’t done in a few years, stemming from my exodus from the hobby combined with the rising cost of attendance at the convention that occurs closest to me each year. For the past several years, the events and panels at that con haven’t been worth the price I’d have to pay to attend the convention, and since I was out of the hobby, those events and panels would be the sole reason for me to go. Now that I’m back in the game and looking to meet some new players, it’s time for me to return and see what’s happening on the gaming floor. A con would be the perfect opportunity to sit in on an old-school game or try some system that I’ve never had a chance to play before. The gaming schedule for that con should be coming out in the next few months. Hopefully, there will be something going on there to pique my interest.
6 – Get three things published or otherwise distributed: The past year has shown that there exists a viable market for people like you and I to get our gaming articles published. With the continued success of Fight On! and the high hopes that I have for Knockspell, 2009 proves to be the year to present some of my own material to a larger audience than that which this blog reaches. Even if those markets don’t work out, I can always take the road the Kellri has and make some of my own efforts available as free downloads. I got into this blog thing to help give back to the hobby that has brought me so much joy in the past. Being published outside of this blog is just another way to continue in that vein.
5 – Run a classic D&D short dungeon adventure: Despite my high hopes for Ol’ Nameless, there is still part of me that want to run a simple game of D&D. While AD&D is always going to be my game of choice, there’s a lot to be said for something in the LBB, Holmes, Moldvay or even Labyrinth Lord style. The nostalgia for 15 minute character generation and elves as a class is sometimes too powerful to deny. I fully intent to indulge in this guilty pleasure before the end of the coming year.
These have been a lot of fun to read. Best of luck with them all!
I absolutely recommend playing with new faces. I've started doing that in 2008 and now I'm playing more, have a bigger pool of players to recruit from, saw new GM styles in action, and introduced some of my established players to new ways of playing, too.
I would like to try a new style of game, perhaps something "Brisco County Junior" about it.
Thanks, Zachary. Hopefully I'll get around to all of them before this time next year. A somewhat belated Happy Holidays to you as well.
That's my goal as well, Alex. My current group that I play in was forged mostly from ads that the DM placed on one of the social networking sites for organizations and individuals with shared interests. The guys who ended up joining make the demographic of the group very interesting. There's not a lot of "just hanging around" outside of game night, but I do enjoy playing with them.
I'll see your Brisco County Jr. RPG and raise you a GURPS Bunnies & Burrows/The Prisoner mash-up.
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