It is someone fitting that this is my 150th blog post!
This past weekend was supposed to be centered around an epic game of The Strange, where my players would get to explore the world of Dark Sun, AD&D 2ndEd.’s epic sword & sandal campaign setting from the 1990’s. It's been nearly a month since the last session, and my friends were pretty excited to get back into character. With the game being held on Valentine’s Day, I even planned to inject some Thri-Kreen romance into the session. But by last Thursday morning I found myself afflicted with a most terrible malady: GM Burnout.
- Saturday 1pm – 5pm, playing The Strange at Jim’s house
But from my perspective, this was how the weekend was looking:
- Friday 9:30pm – 11pm, finish adventure details for The Strange/Dark Sun recursion
- Saturday 12pm – 1pm, help wife straighten up around the house and prepare snacks while organizing all play materials.
- Saturday 1pm – 5pm, playing The Strange
- Saturday 5pm – 6pm, wrap up adventure notes, clean up
- Sunday 9am – 11am, write adventure summary on blog (yes this can take up to two-hours)
Please do not take this as some kind of “woe is me” sort of comparison. I love gaming, and I love being a game-master. I just want to point out to new gamers looking to take a seat “behind the screen” that running a campaign can be taxing on your time and energy. Unfortunately I don’t get paid (yet) to game-master, so when my real world job became more hectic at the beginning of last week, something had to give.
For any of my players reading this, don’t worry, I’m not throwing in the towel. I ended up spending the entire weekend relaxing and hanging with my family. But this was also a fantastic opportunity to pull in some fresh ideas for future games, and really recharge my batteries. Also, with my portion of Quattro con Carnage coming to its finale last week, it looks like I’ve got a full week off from GM’ing, and I may just take advantage of that time as well.
So how do you all unwind, recuperate, and recharge between your epic RPG sessions? Where do you turn for inspiration?