In One Week | Rifts, Really?

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 are you playing In One Week?

Please note there may be disruptions in the weekly schedules for In One Week and Cutting Words as I become a first-time parent. Thank you for your patience and understanding–and send all your comments to Alex!

What happened in gaming this week?

Where did my money go this week?

What are my gaming highlights this week?

  • In preparation for the baby, my wife was off work this week. That really threw off my own schedule as well, as I work from home half the time. Also, I had a medical day on Tuesday, so adjustments and tests and procedures and very uncomfortable sleep.
  • Great podcasts this week. I have been waiting to hear from Mark Diaz Truman, and Jim McClure really delivered a great in-depth look at the man behind so many games and the business mind behind the success of 7th Sea. The man has some really great insights. Emily and Senda played a very interesting game this week. I am actually not sure what the objective of the game is–except to make Senda giggle. For amusement factor, they should have selected spam emails for each other to use. I am also really impressed with the quality of Dragon Talk the past few episodes. The content is great, the special “lore” segment is really interesting, and hearing from the President of Wizards of the Coast had a real impact.
  • Want to know something impressive about Gaming and BS? For the past two episodes, Sean and Brett have dispensed really great, entertaining, and amusing advice about subjects gleaned from Dungeon World–and I do not think either of them has played or run the game! That is the quality of this podcast–and the entire network of brother and sister podcasts we find ourselves a part of. Bravo gentlemen!
  • Really proud of G for running his first game as a Dungeon Master. While our Tyranny of Dragons campaign is on July hiatus, he picked up the reigns and ran a fun D&D Adventurers League one-shot. I also played at Heroes World on Sunday, it was nice to play and <redacted>. I have spent most of season 4 running or organizing games, not much opportunity to play.
  • Misdirected Mark is nominated for an ENnie! Visionary is supporting our brother site and podcast network, so please remember that voting is open NOW. I could not be more excited and happy for them! As always, I won’t go into Misdirected Mark here, but please tune in Tuesday for a Cutting Words review and the #Chatroom4Life at 8:45 PM!

What excited me the most in gaming this week?

  • Wow! I spent an inordinate amount of time preparing and reading Savage Rifts this week. The Savage Rifts Game Master’s Guide was released to Kickstarter backers, just in time for a one-shot I am running for my Monday group. I threw myself back into the 50-something Rifts books by Palladium Books, immersing myself back into that world. I believe that in order for me to run a good game, I need both setting and system mastery. I have never run or even played Savage Worlds before–and let’s not get into playing Rifts–so the game on Monday will stretch my abilities. But it is Rifts. I am breaking a 26 year Rifts gaming drought. I am breaking the sigma and joke of owning a game that is unplayable. I am breaking open the books and actually using the material. I am breaking the curse. Wish me luck…!

What was your gaming week like? 

But… what do I know…?

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