In One Week | Countdown

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?

  • When it come to listening to D&D personalities, I am always keen on hearing an interview with the “giants” of the business. On the last episode of Talking TableTop, Jim interviewed Rob Schwalb. I have previously mentioned that I believe Jim McClure is one of the most interesting interviewers I have heard and he can really bring out the heart of a person. Well, I found myself disliking Rob. Some might say that it is not fair I dismiss a person having never met them–or is Jim so good an interviewer that I never need to meet this person in order to decide my opinion on them? It was very difficult to continue listening to the interview…
  • Talking Games had a very interesting topic this week: rules. Senda and Phil spoke very well about their points of view and it made a lot of sense. I believe that most people would see it the same way. Personally, I think that getting the rules correct is very important because it is a baseline for play–it is how the game was designed and the expected way to play. Especially for a new player, they need to have a good experience playing the game as written, not just playing the it the way someone else plays it.
  • I played a “board game” instead of real D&D. Read about that in my Tyranny of Dragons campaign breakdown later this week…
  • I did mention last week that Misdirected Mark is tackling difficult topics. This week was no different. Comfort levels were tested as they brought a problem to light and shone their analytical selves at it. I want to say VERY clearly, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke. Listen to the episode. If you are one of those people, pray to whatever god you believe in you never meet me.
  • She’s a Super Geek… I have no words. Only laughter. The haunting, neverending laughter of Senda as she giggles her way through the entire episode. I do not know how much editing was done… but I bet the original recording was 4 hours of non-stop giggling and about an hour of awkward, but amusing, silences. I am so sad that I could not listen to the entire game at once, but I think drivers around me were beginning to wonder why I was laughing so loud in the car.
  • Gaming and BS put aside their regular banter and got down to the same serious topic that has permeated the roleplaying game community–same as Misdirected Mark above. I do not know how Brett and Sean managed to stay so calm yet be so animated during this topic. I found myself white knuckled, fists clenched until my hands shook while reading the articles this week. I commend them for their composure.
  • I find myself both agreeing and counterpointing Down with D&D in my car whenever I listen. D&D is the most important roleplaying game in my gaming thoughts, it is where most of my gaming energy is expended. I do not always agree with Chris and Shawn, but they never lack for insights. If you are not listening to them by now, you really should! I have read and listened to a lot of other people’s opinions about D&D–painful–and none of them come close to Chris and Shawn’s ability to be analytical and opinionated… and be right.
  • I was further behind in Critical Role than I thought I was. I finished episode 44 and started episode 45 this week. Great entertainment as always! I have heard of some of the things coming up on episode 50, I am looking forward to it. Critical Role is also really great because of what it has done for our gaming group. Everyone watches the show in some way or form and it really challenges them to create a great table and challenge them with their roleplaying and narrative abilities. That deserves props.
  • I caught up with a couple more episodes of TTT as well this week, John Wick and Monte Cook. I maintain that Jim can help people get to know the co-host as well as meeting them in person. My previous observations stand. Also pretty funny how much Jim hassled John Wick about DMing… @GMJimMcClure.

What happened to me in gaming this week? 

  • I got a lot of practice markdown using The Homebrewery this week. I do not often spend much time putting stats to my non-player characters, but it was part of the “board game”. This week, I picked a few nice images and tried out a few random builds. I have so many nice images with no opportunity to use them…
  • Our joint Cornerstone TableTop/Heroes World D&D Adventurers League program started on Sunday with seven players for Suits of the Mists. I am so please to see such a strong start–also grateful that we had a DM to cover for me as I had a family event which would have cut into time.

Where did my money go this week?

  • I am Patreonizing! I love that word. She’s A Super Geek and Talking TableTop get money because they are putting out great content and I have gotten to know these people through the #Chatroom4Life. You can look at my mini-reviews from previous weeks or just listen to an episode or two. Hurry up Misdirected Mark! TAKE MY MONEY!
  • I bought a second Player’s Handbook. Why? Because I do not want to bring my first one anywhere. I got it before anyone else publicly and I hold it in particular reverence. Also, I am DMing a lot of new gamers and teens, I am less paranoid with a new copy than my original.

What did I miss this week?

  • This is bad when I cannot remember what I missed but wanted to mention… I miss having a better memory…?

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

What was your gaming week like? 

But… what do I know…?

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