In One Week | Mark the Industry

A lot can happen In One Weeka weekly article focusing on what gaming things interested or caught my attention in the past week. I will report on what happened in my world of gaming and give you a snapshot of what excited me in the gaming realm at large. How many games can you play In One Week?

What did I play this week?

  • No more getting slaughtered on the surface, we are getting back to the Underdark in Out of the Abyss on Mondays nights! More about that below…
  • All work no play makes a dull dozer–yes, I know that is not the original quote. I did a lot of work on gaming and gaming related stuff this week, but not a lot of actual gaming.

What happened to me in gaming this week? Wow, this section is getting long… awesome.

  • Monday night D&D did not go as I expected, unless the player characters doing something unexpected is an expectation. The party interrupted a duel and got gith stomped, but it did lead to Inspiration–I am impressive with how people play their character flaws. I am skipping ahead on the chapters in Out of the Abyss as well–because it does not make sense that Bruenor Battlehammer would allow a drow and duergar into Gauntlgrym.
  • Down with D&D actually talked about the Gauntlgrym chapter on the previous episode I listened to. However, last episode I was waiting to hear about Winter Fantasy and the D&D Epic–see below. I disagreed a bit with Chris and Shawn’s review of the new mystic, but agree that stuff is much better and still needs work and playtesting. However, I am looking forward to trying it and giving feedback. I find that Chris and Shawn are spot-on with their assessments in general and I would like to hear more MMP-style analysis in the podcast. As always, I am a bit behind in listening, but I am excited to hear from Randy Farmer, his works is very cool.
  • Speaking of MMP–I mistakenly thought this week was next week, so my evening appointment calendar was very empty. Luckily, that meant spending time once again in the Misdirected Mark chatroom. This time we actually, sort of, kind of, somewhat listened to the podcast as we chatted away. I have to go back and listen to the episode again though. What I did hear was pretty spot on and–as always–well-defined. Video and tabletop roleplaying games are different experiences and they scratch different gaming itches.
  • Gaming and BS had a great episode about GUMSHOE this week. They really sold it to me–in their usual Brett and Sean way–and it makes me really curious to play it. I admit, I am a more crunchy rules player, but the way Brett talks about intrigue and mystery and investigation in GUMSHOE is very appealing. Always about the clues…! Also, I got to hear Kevin Kulp‘s name on the show, always good to have publicity go the way of one of my favorite DMs.
  • I specifically set aside time to listen to She’s a Super Geek Bonus: New Level 1 episode. It is the first time I have heard Emily and Senda speak, though I have spoken to them in chat. While they are well known for their actual play podcast–congrats on the Patreon campaign–but I am more interested in hearing about the people behind the podcast. Their gamer war stories were very interesting. She’s a Super Geek is now in my podcast roll, but I need to find time to play through it.
  • A graphic designer did a pass on our graphics assets for Cornerstone TableTop. I am very happy about the new logo and flyer. I started spreading the logo and icon around this week after I received the high res image–now to order the flyers and start distribution. Also, we are going to have the D&D Epic for Cornerstone TableTop Day! I am vibrating with excitement and I am speaking to the Regional Coordinator for more details.

Where did my money go this week?

  • I Patreonized–wait–Gaming and BS. Is that what we are calling it now? Heh.
  • I saw a Kickstarter for a local gaming company, Thrive Games. Their game, Dragon of Legends looks really cute and I always loved those 2D action roleplaying games. I threw in for a Steam copy of the game, but what I really want is a tablet or mobile version.
  • We are looking for artists to work on @Visionary projects. One for graphics and design, one for characters and background art, and one for layout. I am calculatoring–another not-an-actual-word–costs, but commission prices vary wildly.

What did I miss this week?

  • I am trying to catch up on Critical Role–I just watched the most emotionally powerful episode yet. There is a moment of intense emotion and pain in the vidcast where everyone has hands on head. Love it.
  • I spent a lot of time researching and working, so I miss actual play. I have not sat down face-to-face as a player for a while. Also, I had to push back the launch of two articles because a lack of writing time to complete them.

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • On Talking TableTop–which is getting the “TTT” acronym now–Jim asked Rich Baker a really interesting question,”What is the one thing you’ve done [that says] this is my mark on the industry?” I realize now that question works better when Jim says it and I am not transcribing it. That question really made me think and pushed me forward this week. I do not have an answer for myself, but perhaps that is why I am working so hard now to find it–or create it.

What was your gaming week like?  I hope no one is sick of me talking about the same things over and over… heh.

But… what do I know…?

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