by, 09-05-2010 at 10:38 AM (1251 Views)
When I first joined P&P, I was in the midst of gamer burn out looking for something - anything to reinvigorate my gaming passion. I'm the type of person, that probably over thinks things, and as is typical, have spent a good deal of time over the last year and half, trying to figure out why gaming just wasn't enjoyable for me. Recently, thanks to some insight from my wife - who happens to loathe the fact that I game, but figures if I enjoy it who is she to judge. She made mention that she's picked out some changes with gaming dynamic within the group compared to when she first met the guys. Her observation was that it went from casual fun, with the group sort of collectively taking abreak in the middle of a session to talk about the latest movie or some book or events in real-life; now, when something like that happens, the player who initiates it gets the thrid degree.
Another bit of insight I came to on my own, as she was gifting me with her observations, was that for the last 10 years, we've been playing d20 in some format - either with DnD, Star Wars, our own conversion of FASA Star Trek to a d20 skills only format, and our 'Freedom' system d20. Now, look at the 10 or years prior to that, we would switch between systems - Shadowrun to WEG Star Wars to FASA Star Trek to White Wolf to 2E DnD. Add in the fact that I've been hit with an almost irresistable urge to stop running d20 format games due to some very innovative and imaginative settings with hold of Alpha Omega and Eclipse Phase, and my recently acquired copies of the Dresden Files RPG.
It hit me that my burn out was brought on, not just from the no nonsense, business-like approach the group has to gaming, but also from the gaming staleness of playing the same system in various incarnations for a decade. Since I came to this little bit of insight - I came to the decision that once I'm through with my Star Wars Saga campaign I am stepping away from d20 systems. For me as a player, and a GM, I crave - NEED not just a different setting, I need a different system all together with new mechanics. Variety is the spice of life or at least variety is necessary for this Aquarian gamer.