John Kahane (jkahane) wrote,
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RPG Thoughts for 2012

As most folks who read this journal know, one of my prime hobbies is roleplaying games. So I thought I'd devote an entry to my personal thoughts on the roleplaying that I want to do in 2012.

First off, I need to say that in many ways I accomplished some of what I set out to do roleplaying wise in 2011. It wasn't a perfect year, and the fact of the matter is that my health (re: the back problems) only curtailed my gaming somewhat, but certainly prevented me from doing certain things and the like.

That said, one of the first things I plan to do for 2012 when it comes to roleplaying is run a minimal number of different game systems. Part of this stems from my age and memory issues and not being able to remember as many rulesets and the like as I've gotten older, but the primary reason is that I want to run some games that lend themselves to campaign and having player characters actually develop and long-term game plots unfold. I would like to run no more than two games if I can in 2012, but that doesn't seem viable with the attention span of some of my gamers. I'll definitely be running the All For One: Régime Diabolique and Primeval RPGs this year, though I want to also run Desolation again at some point, but that may not happen until close to the end of the year. I would like to run some science fiction, as I haven't run any true science fiction rpgs in a while, and my choice for that would be Blue Planet, but sticking with AFO and Primeval seems a better option, while throwing in a light system such as Hellcats and Hockeysticks or maybe some Mutant City Blues goodness at some point sounds good too. Maybe I can even get some of the other gamers I play with to run stuff. (Well, I know that Nick will run something for my birthday, but perhaps I can get spross to commit to running something that the Sunday gaming group would play.)

On the Play By e-Mail (PBeM) game front, the Airship Pirates game has died due to the departure of a couple of players and my feeling (that is shared by the other remaining players) that the game works far better with more than three players. On the other hand, I have the Primeval: Tales of the Anomalies PBeM game on the go, and I plan to stick with that PBeM game and keep it going strong. While there are six players currently, I am looking for a few more to get involved with the game - character generation is getting started in earnest - and hope that the release of the actual Primeval RPG actually gets a few more players for the game, and gets people invigorated for the rpg itself and stuff related to it.

On the gaming convention side of things, I won't be going to either Origins or GenCon this year. I'll be attending CanGames here in Ottawa the long Victoria Day weekend, and I may try to get to a couple of other local gaming conventions in nearby cities (anyone with recommendations that I have in this regard are welcome in the Comments!). Other than that, I'll run a demo or ten this year at some local Ottawa stores and comic book shoppes, but other than that, conventions for this year don't seem to be high on the agenda due to finances and some health issues (notably my back).

With luck, I'll also be doing some writing and editing for several roleplaying game companies this year, and already have a couple of projects in the works, but nothing else is firm yet.

How this all works out is anybody's guess. You can always ask me in about a year, of course. :)
Tags: all for one rpg, desolation, hellcats and hockeysticks, mutant city blues, new year, pbp, personal, primeval rpg, rpg, rpg hut
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