On 2005-11-22, Judd wrote:
Judd seems to have done an extraordinary job moving resistance (or at least general disinterest) to a particular kind of gaming to endearment of a particular kind of gaming.
Do you mean RPG.net or at my personal table?
I’m lucky at home. I’m not saying I don’t have a hand in creating said luck but jeeze, Ithaca’s a gaming fantasy-land for me. I got a PM from a guy on RPG.net, go game with him and lo and behold he’s great and his gamers are great. We are all friends now. What are the odds of that?
It has helped that when I have GMed in the past, people have had fun and when I have played, I contributed heavily to the table’s fun. This leads to people trusting me more often than not when I bring some games to the table.
And now my standards are heinously high. I’m a little worried about when I move from this town there might be a long dry spell as I get my feet under me and gather a group that I think is worth my time.
But I’m veering off of the topic, I think.
When I’m thinking about starting a new game, I send my group a few blurbs, a menu, I call it and I ask them what they are excited about. Generally, one or two players get rip-roaring excited about one and post character concepts to the rest of the group and we’re off to the races.
My buddies in Jersey will play a one-shot of the games I bring when I visit. They call the Forge games I dig, Hippy Games. No shit. And they’re happy to play them but I wonder how different it’d be if I was asking them to play Sorcerer, Dogs or Burning Wheel for a regular weekly session. I dunno.