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Sad and Lonely Gamer – When to Leave a Gaming Group

What is a gamer with no games to play? What is a player with no friends who stay? Tuesday’s are always tough for me. Monday comes and goes and the week’s workload is sinking in, yours and all the people around you too and if you are worth your salt, they are asking you to help them or work with them. Plus I jacked my neck up so I’m dealing with some pain. Probably, from hanging my head over my damn phone all day. So yeah, I’m sad today. I’m watching my poor dog who needs a walk but probably won’t get one today and I’m thinking of how spry a puppy she was. And I’m thinking of my kids who are flying through grade and high school and will be gone someday. Finally my old game group, who were good people, it just wasn’t working for me.

So when to leave a group? I left mine, because I was super busy with my day job. And while we were only meeting twice a month, we started drinking and playing a little later and I was a wreck the next day very often. So yeah if your game becomes more drinking than gaming and you have work to do? Leave.

What is often true is that your group is your long time friends, so leaving is awful and lonely and sucky. But you can still be part of gaming. There are only a million online games. Right? I buy board games and read the rules. Check boardgamegeek or other gaming websites and podcasts. You can stay involved till you find another group. Plus you can hit FNM at one of the comic or boardgame shops to meet people and summer is here. Go to Origins or Gen Con. Go to Comic Con. Your people are out there, just go find them.

Also, a reason I left my group, was because our ‘leader’ was a former boss, and friends at work, well, when the work ends, it’s sometimes tough to make that transition to friendship. Especially because the work situation went sour for you or for your work friend.

There is another thing that happens often in game groups, especially when there are a lot of dudes. A hierarchy just naturally develops and one guy gets the brunt of the joke made in his direction. Sometime it’s fine, but look if you are at the bottom of the social order of your group and you don’t want to be. Leave dummy. It’s not that good for you, go find people more like you or that treat you better.

Here is one great thing I did when I couldn’t find a game. Volunteer at a booth at Gen Con. Or Origins. Or DragonCon. I can’t even tell you how awesome volunteering was, you get to help this people with their dreams and you meet people to game with. It’s amazing.

If I’ve never typed it, thanks for reading. I’m certain most of my web hits are chinese bots. But should a human come across my site. Thanks for checking it out.

J

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Truth Bombs

Played a fun game last night. It was called Dan and Phil’s Truth Bombs.

This is a fun party game. You write down things about the other players like ‘What would their superpower be?” or “How will they die?” Then you guess who said what. It’s very fun in my humble opinion. We did some giggling for sure.

I wonder how re-playable it will be. Seems like all you have to do is change out the people playing for a whole new game. The price over at Amazon is just 20 bucks which I think is a pretty good deal.

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/238329/dan-and-phils-truth-bombs

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Getting Back to Games

So I created a separate site for my personal and rant-y stuff. Stay here for games guys. Games, writing, creative stuff. Just getting focused. If you like rants. They are here for sure, and I will continue to bless you with game, writing and creativity rants. Don’t you worry.

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More On Remakes

I had planned on a week of daily, interesting re-make board game posts. Came up with two posts, which I’m happy with! Because usually, I just think of stuff and never write anything down. I do my day job like a good cube jockey. You probably wanted to see lists or remakes, I was going to do that But BGG does it better here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1237477/what-official-game-remakes-or-re-themes-are-better

I’m in the FFG club, make the game beautiful. Make it functional but high end. I sincerely hope that board games continue to explore new themes though, and not just do remakes.

Speaking of which, I have a game that explores the full human psychological\actual life, from birth to death where you try to ‘fix’ death. I call it Immortality: The Game.

I’m still play testing. but check out the board art (by Jeremy McHugh):

Immortality: The Game Board Art by Jeremy McHugh
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Re-Makes

I’m going to get back to my roots you guys. This blog was a about games, writing and game-writing initially. I guess. And ranting of course. But I guess I went a little off track. So this week I’m going to talk about remakes of games.

Starting with Z-Man’s remake of the card game Arboretum. Now I’m a big outdoors lover, even though I spend most of my time inside. I like knowing the the outdoors is there and I ‘could’ go there. I’ve not played this game so that is now on my to do. New art and some card changes but same rules.

j

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Ranger

So apparently, this Ranger character I built for D&D 5 sucks. I’m building a new one…something bad-ass and fun dammit. I guess the whole idea of this character is kind of broken. I’m a suck role player anyway, so I thought it was just me. Nope. It’s the whole archetype or whatever. Time to make a Wizardy type character.