Sunday, August 22, 2010
Taking the game too seriously...
Eli over on the I See Lead People blog just did a post about, "Figuring it all out", he admits to being in a gaming slump of late. I realize I have been also. Yeah I have also been very busy; work, school, kids...you know real life stuff, but I realized that I haven't done any real gaming in quite awhile. I pondered that for a bit and I realize a big part of the problem is me. In the past I've run some pretty detailed, highly involved games. I put alot of work into them (front loaded things so to speak), to be honest I put too much work into them. Spending hours working on Campaign background, areas, places, NPC's while fun to an extent can also cause that ole Gamer ADD to kick in, after playing only a few real sessions of the actual game, I'd find myself looking to do something else.
In the past I've also let things bother me too much. Disruptive players, goofy players etc. I took things too personally. Situations like, "Oh there goes What's his name doing something completely bonehead AGAIN " that will completely derail the session...AGAIN. I would percieve such instances as Player X doing these things just to get under my skin. Maybe he was, I dunno. Point is it stopped being fun, because I allowed it to stop being fun. Sometimes you get a bad player, sometimes you get a bad DM, sometimes...you are the problem.
I saw recently on a blog where someone talked about folks falling asleep at their game table and how that was funny, even cool with them. I realized in the past I would have been annoyed by such behavior. But why should I get annoyed? It's just a game.
Now where did I leave my dice bag???