Monday, November 14, 2022

Coming Out of My Cave and I've Been Doing Just Fine (Sort of)

Using a Killers reference for a blog post title is certainly a new personal low. Now all I need to do is start one with that Smash Mouth song and my apotheosis will be complete. 

Yeah so in August I got up the gumption that I was finna rustle up some D&D players and play D&D at a table in my basement they way God intended*. 

It...didn't work out. We didn't even get to the table. Given my cranky-middle-ageness and general anti-social tendencies, I tried to vet the players and meet with them before giving them an invite. Some of the lowlights include: 

-Getting told that D&D is racist because black dragons are inherently evil. (So are white dragons. So are blue dragons. Also alignment is stupid. Also dragons aren't fucking real. Also if you wanted to do the D&D is Racist discussion there are so many better arguments than the colors of dragons.) 

-Getting told that D&D has become "woke garbage" because...I don't know honestly I stopped listening and just kept saying mhm and yeah over the rim of my coffee mug. I think he was mad because like, the gays or something. Weirdly enough, dude loooooooooved Dragon Age. I never finished DA1 and never got around to playing 2 or 3, but I'm pretty sure queer relationships are possible in those games. 

-Being begged to let a player play some insane custom furry race they made up, and being told that I should include mechanics for sex and romance. 

-Having someone bring a copy of Wanderhome and try to convince me that I should run that instead because dungeon crawling just isn't very interesting. Yes, I explicitly stated before the meeting I was looking for players specifically for Dungeons & Dragons. 

This is not some commentary on the state of D&D discourse. It is as if my Twitter feed somehow manifested into a series of physical bodies. 

Anyway, the good point about all this is that I'm opening up more to my college friends' continued attempts to get me to game online, because now I don't want to let tabletop gamers into my house. I'm not quite there yet, though. 

I think the last gaming book I bought was the new Robotech/Macross book from Strange Machine. I had zero illusions about ever running it, I'm just an absolute nostalgia whore. I am a recovering collector. I'm even considering a drastic reduction in my collection, but I need to find the easiest way to get rid of them for the most cash. I have precious little energy these days, and most of the methods of selling off the excess books all seem like pains in the ass. 

Anyway. Where do the gaming nerds hang out online these days? There is where I'm starting to feel my oldness creep in. I've tried Discord servers, but the signal to noise ratio on most of them is more than I can filter. MeWe...I literally just remembered that existed. I don't remember my username or login or anything besides the groups in my state being just a bunch of anti-vaxxers. The whole of Twitter is starting to look like the last twenty minutes of the End of Evangelion. There's something called Mastodon. Who names this shit? I deleted Facebook in 2009 and have no intention of going back. Dice Camp? Or is it I don't know. Can I get my Geocities page back? 

Blogger is starting to feel like MySpace circa 2011. 

Hope your games are going well, nerds. 

*Dude, I don't believe in God.


  1. Ha! So awesome to hear you're doing better. A few comments on your post:

    - You are totally showing your age/generation with the Killers comment. You're right: that IS a low point (my wife, a year younger than me, would beg to differ). Smashmouth, though? Oh, boy. That's right down there with the GooGoo Dolls.

    - Your "lowlights" are soooo bad, they put a Big Damn Grin on my face. Apologies for smiling at your pain, but it shows just how bad the state of prole gaming has fallen. Ha! it's tough being an elitist! Look at me: I have to cultivate new gamers from children in the 9-11 year old demographic to keep them from being lost forever! Jesus H!
    ; )

    - THAT being said, if you *are* on Discord (and are willing to do the on-line thing) you should check the "Grogtalk" discord. It's got a ton of networking for individuals running/looking for old school (mostly 1E) games. The Grogtalk boys have a good (and amusing podcast) the last three or so years and have organized a LOT of old timey D&D gaming (GrogCon is theirs, in Florida, and they have connections with DaveCon in Minnesota). Very solid, non-crazy D&D play. I'd strongly recommend digging into it.

    - Was MySpace still going in 2011? The state of blogging IS pretty sad these days. You might check out the ageofdusk blog: the self-styled "Prince of Nothing" is a Dutch D&D freak who is pretty down-to-Earth (at least with regard to D&D). Also...pretty funny. If you like erudite snark and irreverance (and solid, old school D&D action), he's not a bad read.

    - RE Collections: my understanding is that eBay is still the place to unload shit. Although I have a garage full of my brother's crap that I have yet to put up for bid (was supposed to be a summer project know...distractions). I don't fault a person for enjoying a collection...stamp collecting is still a thing, right? And coins? Baseball cards? Why not RPG product?

    [that's how I justify my own hoard]

    Anyway...good to hear you're ready for gaming again. I know I'M ready...I'm just a little preoccupied at the moment. However, hoping for a few sessions (with the kiddies) in the Very Near Future. November holidays always put me in that state of mind.
    : )

    1. While I enjoy your novel approach of using procreation to get new gamers, I can't have children physically, and my 2nd wife doesn't want them. Also I have to wait like 10 years for them to be able to play

    2. The waiting is probably the hardest part. Fortunately, I started planting this garden about a dozen years ago and...lo and behold!...they have friends!

      Though, I'm sure there are random, spare kids running around who are in need of adult supervision and coaching...
      ; )

    3. My coaching and club sponsoring days are over, my man.

    4. I'm so sorry.

      If I ever do start an online game for adults, please know I will extend you an invite.

    5. Oh no, no need to be sorry bro. I willingly retired from coaching and club sponsorship to focus on my health and sanity. I do not miss either of them. Leaving work at 3:30 pm is

  2. Also glad to see you're doing better these days. And like JB, I had to smile at your troubles.
    For gaming online, my city has a FB group for expats who play RPGs, but it's kinda dead now. There are still lots of games going on, they're just not advertising on FB. The board game group too. Not sure if they all moved to Discord or what?

    I tried getting into a Discord group by an old school YouTuber called Bandit's Keep, but like you I couldn't keep up with any conversations because everything was just a big jumble. I never stuck around on MeWe after G+ died for the same reason.

    These days I just read blogs and watch a few YouTubers, and don't have much discussion about games.

    1. To be clear, I am too old and crusty to actually follow Discord conversations. But the Grogtalk discord *does* advertise open seats (and butts wanting to fill seats)...I'd just suggest using it for contact info.
      ; )

    2. Yes gents, I also find large servers to just be an unmanageable mess, even if they advertise games. I have participated in smaller servers, usually just run by friends or acquaintances.

  3. I can empathize with the "recovering collector" thing, having gone through it myself about fifteen years ago. Would advise against taking my approach to breaking teh habit though. I lost half my gaming collection and almost all my books to a flood, and after moving and getting set up again promptly had a ruinous fire that destroyed almost everything else. Such fun.

    But as said in other comments, try ebay for flogging your excess. It's not as strong as it was even ten years ago, but stuff will sell eventually, especially if you can find a suitable online community to do some casual advertising on. Sadly that probably still means Facebook.

    1. Yes, I think "having my collection destroyed by nature" is not of the methods I'm considering.

      I might list some of the stuff I think has more value on Ebay, and the rest I'll card down to Half Price Books to be fleeced, but fleeced *conveniently.*