Ok, friends, I need a safe place to shout into the maelstrom and I know that here, I can do that. This is part ramble, part wonder, part insanity, part WWXD (what would X do, where X is YOU)…
So, here’s my situation: I have been playing RPGs for over 35 years, 99.9% of the time as the GM. I’ve collected games for over 35 years. I’ve bought, sold, traded, bought, sold, bought so many freaking times that I feel sometimes like I have single-handedly saved the RPG market from collapse in the darker ages of the early/mid 2000s. I know that many of you reading this were probably right there with me, lol. Last summer we had a house fire and lost pretty much everything. Since then, I’ve slowly built my collection back up thanks to some friendly folk (thanks @Alex ) and EBay and Kickstarter and local stores…but here’s my dilemma: I’m an addict. I LOVE reading new games, new systems, visiting with them and pulling them off my shelf. But so many of them might never be played! Or played once or twice. My gaming time is limited right now due to work and book deadlines and life and I get a session in every two weeks (but I’m working on changing that - hoping to get a more consistent game in)…but right now it’s one ongoing campaign (a D&D 5e/ICRPG hybrid) with five of our kids (all teens)…it’s great, don’t get me wrong, and they love it, but I want more…and then, do I do constant one-shots? Change the game and system every time we play? And on top of that, I have this compulsive desire to make EVERYTHING ICRPG because…well…because it FREAKING ROCKS! It’s the most amazing, creative, intuitive system. Yet I have all of these games and I keep saying, “This would be fun” and “this is cool”…BUT I have this desire to streamline…to draw down to a smaller footprint. To have less “stuff” (although the extent of my “stuff” is one of three things: RPGs, board games, or books). I’m 46…I’ll game until I’m 106…but how much gaming will I get in? How many games do I keep? Am I spreading myself too thin? Should I concentrate on ICRPG and keep maybe a handful of others and just build the hell out of them? I’m like Gollum right now, clinging to my precious, and Aragorn, wanting to live a simpler lifestyle.
Thoughts? Besides the fact that I am insane?
Asking for a friend.