I was composing a lengthy and fairly negative blog post, but I think I got some catharsis from it and I have deleted it. I feel slightly better, but some frustrations remain.
People in my immediate circle don't have time for gaming anymore. They all have jobs and kids and school and other real life things. The thing is... I have real life things, too....I'm married (although we have chosen a childless existence), I own a house, I hit the gym and train a martial art, and my job (teaching) keeps me plenty busy. (I usually have to work a few extra hours most evenings) I haven't started my Master's yet, but when I was going to school for my teaching credentials, I was working full time as well...and I was gaming more back then with even more real life stuff on my plate.
A lot of things are getting in my way, and I have control over none of them. In addition to disparate schedules, my available pool of gamers contains people who won't play with other people due to vast differences in play style, people who will only play a narrow range of games, and people who just can't give me a couple of hours one day a week (or even every other week). They have spouses who overschedule them, they have jobs that will not give them a regular schedule, they have all manner of things.
I have bandied about the idea of playing via G+, but I have experimented with that medium and I just...I don't know, online tabletop gaming just doesn't do it for me. It isn't really anything I can put my finger on, but I just find the experience somehow...lacking.
My only solution is to run solo games for people who actually have free time, or to try and expand my available pool of gamers. (My gamer xenophobia will make that extra fun, now won't it?)
On a lighter note, Jim Raggi has posted a video blog on LotFP. I watched it, and it has totally destroyed the mystique of James Edward Raggi IV. (Whose last name I have been pronouncing wrong for like three and a half years.) I expected Jim to live in a dwelling reminiscent of the temple on the cover of the AD&D 1st edition PHB, complete with demonic idol and burning braziers. I also expected his voice to sound like a death metal lead singer, all growly and stuff.
Instead, I get a pretty average gamer sitting in a tidy apartment(?). There are throw pillows.
I was going to continue working on my RIFTS to AD&D conversion (I have only finished one class since my break started, and I'm having trouble with the next two on the list) but I think I'll just go to bed.