Happy Valentines Day Everyone!
I am not a big believer in this particular holiday, but I will never back down from a chance to celebrate love. I love the idea of love, peace, happiness, and togetherness. Whatever else this day stands and whatever else is connected to it, I am personally going to embrace the idea that is stands for love and that's all there is to it.
Monday was my birthday, and in absolutely perfect fashion, I received lots and lots of well wishes but no one made a big deal about it or got overly sentimental. I appreciated that very much. I often get really down on my birthday and it gets worse when people gush. A nice, quiet day, a good dinner, and a beer were more than enough.
The one exception was the preceding Saturday, where the teachers and students at the tutoring center I work at game me a little party. That was super sweet (as was the ice cream cake) and it made me feel pretty good.
So what's on my mind?
I am in a funk still and one of my players is only making it worse. He keeps trying to undo all the stupidity he generated in a previous game by trying to make basically the exact same character again for a new campaign in the same setting.
What makes it really frustrating is that he still doesn't understand how and why he messed up the first time. He has all these ideas that we're in the game. His memory of the details are all wrong. Since I know him pretty well I know he's trying to adjust things to his advantage and get all the good parts of the old character while trying to make the botched events more palatable.
It's really annoying and just so draining. It's the kind of thing I don't want to be a part of what I do in any way when I game. It honestly makes me not want to do it.
In addition, I recently learned some truly double edged news. One of my players and best buds, who's been between jobs, has just recently been picked up for a new stint. He's working again and that's awesome, but there is a dark lining to this silver cloud. His new schedule will prevent him from being in our games for the foreseeable future.
This sucks. No ifs, ands, or buts. True industrial strength suckage folks.
With these two situations weighing heavy on my mind right now, I am feeling a little lost as to what I am going to run next long term.
I am definitely going to be running [my version of ] D&D this weekend, but my enthusiasm for running a long term Traveller game has waned.
I also have other game ideas in my head - ideas that don't fit my current group, especially if one of my key players isn't there.
Is February over yet? No? Oh well.
Let's talk about something else...after all, it's Valentines Day and I have a great girlfriend.
I guess I'm feeling OK after all.