Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Blah Blah Retrospective

This post will contain no kvetching about 2020's various disasters. 

So early in the year I shelved my Powered By the Apocalypse urban fantasy setting that spanned two different games. I switched to Troika and simultaneously started up a 5e game of Saltmarsh. 

Saltmarsh died pretty quickly, and I think it would've died off regardless of anything that 2020 brought. After spending most of a session watching the party get their asses handed to them by the snakes in the well, spend more time trying to avoid paying full price for a room at the inn than they did on the actual adventure, and then planning an elaborate revenge on the snakes in the well, I kind of just let the thing quietly die. It is more than likely my last attempt at 5e, and certainly my last attempt with that group, for a variety of reasons. 

Troika looked one way in my head (2e Spelljammer) and ended up another entirely. (Papercut Monty Python) I like the system, but at least one player did not. Ultimately I just let it go because I found it too silly to really invest in. 

In the summer, I started up a homebrew setting game of Old School Essentials with a good chunk of my old college group. It's had ups and downs, and the players have had some difficulty adjusting from the playstyle of more recent editions of the game. We continue on with it, especially since I've figured out that the Caves of Chaos are utter rubbish. 

I got a group together and made characters for a Savage Worlds RIFTS game set in the Vampire Kingdoms, but we still haven't started it, and honestly I've kind of lost my enthusiasm for the idea. 

KantCon got cancelled. They had it online, but I was very, very tired of online interaction, so I skipped it. 

I have discovered that I absolutely hate gaming online, and I do it right now only because I have no other choice. 

Gaming adjacent: 
-Briefly flirted with GURPS 3rd edition, but ultimately did not engage 
-Picked up a grip of stuff for Mutant Crawl Classics, and I want to run it 
-Got some bundles for DCC and Modern AGE, haven't looked at them 
-Picked up Cyberpunk RED
-Finally got around to playing the PC game adaptation of Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and I've enjoyed it muchly. 

That's it. That's gaming in 2020. 

Hope you all have a better 2021. 


  1. Wow. That is just...rough.

    Man, I'd send best wishes that your gaming in 2021 gets better but the bar seems to be set so low at the moment. I mean, if it's WORSE, I'd feel really bad...

    BUT I am 100% confident that it will be better, man. I have faith! Really!
    : )

  2. Hey, some ups and downs, but that doesn't sound like an all bad year. Happy New Year, DMWieg!