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Happy New Year!

I wish all my friends and followers a happy new year 2015! From a personal standpoint 2014 was a pretty bad year for me. My depressions have been worse than ever. But luckily I am feeling much better now and I am pretty excited for the new year. The new year will undoubtedly bring new chances and new opportunities.

A couple of roleplaying games I supported on Kickstarter should finally be released in 2015 including Gareth Skarka’s Far West. He had a lot of bad luck during the last couple of years and he was very sick and even got hospitalized for a while last year. And if those hardships weren’t enough he also had to fight against constant personal attacks. I really hope he stays strong and Far West will finally be released in 2015. I definitely wish Gareth all the best!

Apropos personal attacks, the roleplaying scene has been in a state of turmoil for quite some time. I’ve already written about my thoughts on #gamergate and similar subjects in the past and I’d really like if things got a bit quieter and more peaceful in 2015. I want to read more about exciting new roleplaying ideas, new games, new adventures and less about hate, misogyny, or racism. Don’t get me wrong, I realize that these are real problems, but at this point I think the discussions in the roleplaying scene have reached a point where all sides are just throwing shit at each other. I’d rather read about how people successfully brought new people into the hobby and how we can make roleplaying games more inclusive.

By the way, you guys might remember that I traditionally run a one-shot horror game each New Year’s Eve. This time I came up with a rather weird story set in a small town in Washington state. People disappeared, satanic rituals suddenly worked, people mysteriously lost their eyes, and it all seemed to be connected to a weird cave in the mountains. Initially I planned to use White Wolf’s World of Darkness rules, but then I decided to give Jonathan Hicks’ SKETCH system a try. That actually turned out to be a great idea. Character creation took 5 minutes at most and the rules never got in the way of the action. We all had a lot of fun and I am pretty sure I’ll use the SKETCH system more often in the future.

I haven’t made any big plans for 2015 yet. But there are a few small things I want to get done this year. Last week I ordered “The God-Machine Chronicle” in print and PDF. The book is a very exciting read and the changes made to the World of Darkness rules system look very good – at least on paper. I hope I can try it out in 2015. I doubt I’ll be able to run a full campaign, but at least a couple adventures would be cool.

And last but not least I decided to give Hero Quest a closer look. It’s a storytelling RPG written by Robin D. Laws which uses some very interesting concepts. For example: difficulties are not tied to the capabilities of the adversaries but the needs of the story. This sounds very weird at first, but the longer I am thinking about it, the more sense it makes. What I like the most about the game is that there are a lot of examples and countless tips on how to run things. But I guess that’s necessary in a game that deviates that much from what we would call traditional gaming.

So what are your thoughts on 2014 and what are your gaming-related plans for 2015? Please share your comments below!

Taking a few days off

I’m currently enjoying a couple of days off work. I’m pretty busy meeting friends, playing games, sleeping till noon, and various other activities, so I decided to take a short break from blogging, too. I am not sure when I’ll be back, but it probably won’t be longer than two weeks. Until then I bid you adieu!

Life and Times of a German Blogger Part 2

Reports of my unfortunate demise are highly exaggerated. Aside from being pretty tired all the time I am actually quite fine. On Monday I returned to the office after being signed off work for about half a year. For the first two weeks I’ll work only 4 hours a day, but it’s still pretty tiring. I am not used to getting up early anymore and even those four hours feel like an eternity. Getting back into work is definitely more taxing than I anticipated. Luckily  my coworkers have and even my superiors are pretty supportive, so hopefully I’ll get back into the routine in no time.

After work I join my mother when she walks her dogs. My physician actually recommended I should start nordic walking or a similar sports, but for the moment going for extended walks is a good start. For a while I was actually thinking about getting a dog for myself, but I guess my cat would not really like the idea. I have to admit that my endurance is pretty bad at the moment, that’s why I feel pretty exhausted and tired in the evenings. This is also the reason why I haven’t been writing much recently. I also noticed that the university I’m working for is offering archery courses for students and employees. If they still offer these next semester, I might actually sign up.

Last weekend I finished running “The Beale of Boregal” for my Numenera group. Alas I hadn’t prepared any further adventures since I didn’t expect the group to finish the adventure that fast. But we used the remaining evening to talk about gaming in general and Numenera in particular. I think I will try to slowly turn the campaign into a sandbox game. I feel that Numenera should support this style pretty well. I am still glad I decided to give this game a try. The setting is just awesome – you can basically do whatever comes to mind – and the rules are extremely easy to learn and use. I even overcame my hesitance to use GM intrusions.

By the way, Verena and I went to the movies recently. We went to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” which a local cinema showed  in its original (non-dubbed) version. I have to admit I haven’t read any Guardians comics before but from the teasers and trailers I was pretty sure we would enjoy the movie. And indeed, we both had a blast. The movie was exciting, funny, and the 3D effects were pretty decent. If you haven’t watched it yet, you definitely should do so.

I think this will be the last update on my personal life for a while. Next time we’ll get back to our regular program. Zwinkerndes Smiley