2020 was the year I finally stopped reminiscing about role playing, and got “out there” and did it.
In late 2019 I dropped in on an impromptu session of D&D and that totally restoked the fire, but it also opened something of a Pandora’s box. I hadn’t done any regular role playing since the late 90’s, and even then we (my group) held onto our AD&D 2nd Ed. books—3.5e had long been out by the time we all split for college. My other experiences were even further removed from modern systems: Top Secret/S.I., 1st. Ed. R.I F.T.S., and the original Marvel Superheroes RPG, a little Battletech on the side. I was relatively certain I didn’t want to invest into D&D, but looking into systems in a post-internet era presented… A LOT!
A little good timing meant The Ultraviolet Grasslands caught my attention on Kickstarter, and what started as a bit of an artbook indulgence quickly became a swan dive down the OSR rabbit hole. Suddenly I was looking for the right system with which to run this weird pointcrawl.
Yada yada… (ongoing)
A fun (if ultimately failed) attempt at a PbP escape room using All Outta Bubblegum, and a great session of Container with some of the fine folks right here showed me what PbP could do. It has obvious limitations but some wonderful perks as well, not least of which is the ability to play asynchronously; I had a kid in April, so this is incredibly attractive.
Meanwhile Troika! entered my life last fall and I fell head over heels all over again. I’ve been running a game of Troika! over Discord with a few other dads since December, and while it’s been slow going, it’s also been a ton of fun and I don’t want to stop.
So, we’re finally there: in 2021 we just keep this train rolling. I’m hopeful my group will be keen to keep going once our scenario is through, and I’ve got nothing but enthusiasm to indulge them. If they make it out of the well, we’ll see what awaits…