A lot can happen In One Week—a 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?
- In lieu of board games, I ran D&D Adventurers League during Friday Night Games as a lead up to Cornerstone TableTop Day.
- I am living my gaming vicariously through podcasts.
What happened to me in gaming this week?
- I am continuing my back episodes of She’s a Super Geek. On my long drive home on Monday, I listened to Heroine, with guests Chris and Phil. I think Senda stole the show with her scared and crying character, Sara Lee, but Phil did an amazing job throughout–I really felt the enthusiastic albino snow goblin in everything he said, very impressive. In terms of learning the rules, I think the mechanics are too heavily structured on a single point of success or failure per chapter–which could have left a pretty anti-climatic ending. I would be really interested in hearing Senda and Emily play a rules crunchy game and show how they would transform that into a more narratively focus game.
- Also on my drive home, I listened to a Lounge episode that popped up on my feed. However, there was a major snag–I did not know what Delta Green was and I could not look it up while driving. Without any introduction, I was distracted and lost much of the interview. Of course, no Tuesday night is complete without live chat with Misdirected Mark. I was a bit lost with the subject of Clocks and Fronts–I believe from Dungeon World–but I soon got swept up… in the chat. We were listening this week and we even asked questions! I have to admit, I am itching to play some Dungeon World ever since MMP talked about it.
- Gaming and BS—so much better this week! I do not think I have heard Sean talk so much ever. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but the Wisconsin boys really hit it home this week in their random fashion. This was especially surprising to me because I thought this was a limited topic. Very insightful, very helpful, almost organized. What Brett said about “negating” what the player character do with an opposed die roll was really interesting and not something I have considered before. Two games that have this mechanic–beyond what they mentioned–are all Palladium Books games and Shadowrun. Great show guys!
- I recently found out that Friday Night Games might be on hiatus until April 15th when the all the spring activities start up again–and I start running a D&D program for teens. *Shudder*. However, that did not stop me from running No Foolish Matter for a few people on Friday. This is one of my favorite D&D Adventurers League modules. It is quirky, it is as long or short as you want, it has a fun use of Lair Actions, and it gives the DM a chance to act and do voices.
- This video still makes me feel really happy.
Where did my money go this week?
- Technically, the DMs Guild did NOT take my money this week. I expected to purchase Suits of the Mists but the launch date got pushed back two weeks.
- Dice, lots of dice. You can never have enough dice! I bought these as a spare bag for public play and my D&D sessions later this year.
What did I miss this week?
- We skipped my Out of the Abyss campaign on Monday because of end of month work and responsibilities. I am looking forward to ghosts and foreshadowing in Gravenhollow next week.
- I am so far behind in Critical Role. I do not watch it live, but several episodes are queued up on YouTube. I only get through a bit at a time while doing chores around the house. Speaking of YouTube, I have at least 20 hours of videos in my “Watch Later” list that needs attending to. Busy February…
- I have several podcasts queued up, but spent most of my driving time on the phone rather than listening. Need to catch up next week. Always catching up…
What excited me the most in gaming this week?
- I gave my 16 month-old niece a handful of d20s over the weekend. She had a huge look of joy and amazement when I brought them out and held them for her. I am sure she has no idea what they are, but that look was priceless–also when she tried to grab all of them in her tiny hands all at once. She knew they were for her from her uncle. I am also glad she did not try to eat any of them, she does have a voracious appetite. (Image taken from Etsy.)
What was your gaming week like?
But… what do I know…?