Mistakes – ones you’ve made in the past and how you got past them, one’s you’re making now and don’t know how to solve. That’s the theme for this month’s RPG Blog Carnival.
I remember reading some great advice awhile ago: it’s ok to make a lot of mistakes as long as you don’t make the same one twice. At the game table it’s easy to forget stuff, make a bad judgement call, let emotions override polite behaviour.
One of my biggest mistakes was actually away from the game. For the first few years of Roleplaying Tips I also got a new job that required quite a bit of overtime, I was getting writing contracts, and the ezine was chewing up a lot of hours every week. I decided to stop gaming for awhile. That “while” turned into a five year hiatus. That’s five years of non-gaming I’ll never get back!
Today my schedule is no different. There are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want. However, I made a conscious decision to claw a game night out every two weeks, plus some prep time on weekends. I’m busier than ever before, but the sky has not fallen and giant fires have not flared up because I take this time out for gaming. And I’m actually less stressed because I’m getting my gaming fix in again.
I’ve been keeping this up since 2005 and still going strong. Real life has its pressures, but a bit of planning and protecting my time lets me game without problem. This is healthy for establishing better life-balance, maintaining (and making new) friendships, and keeping my creative juices flowing in all aspects of my life.
Long live RPG!
Remember to check out the previous RPG Blog Carnivals:
August 2008: The Core Mechanic: Death and Undeath
September 2008: The Fine Art of the TPK: Homebrew
October 2008: Musings of the Chatty DM: Superheroes
November 2008: The Dice Bag: Religion
December 2008: Critical Hits: Transitions and Transformations
January 2009: Unclebear: New Years Gaming Goals and Resolutions
February 2009: The Core Mechanic: Monsters and Maps
March 2009: The Book of Rev: War
April 2009: A Butterfly Dreaming: Humor and Gaming
June 2009: Mad Brew Labs: Steampunk & Klokwerks
July 2009: 6d6Fireball.com: Dungeons & Dragons
- Blog Carnival: Game Master Mistakes
- My Biggest Mistakes: A slip of the tongue
- My Biggest Mistakes: Information Overload in the Zenith-3 Campaign
- My Biggest Mistakes: Defying Expectations in the Zenith-3 Campaign
- My Biggest Mistakes: Magneto’s Maze – My B.A. Felton Moment
- My Biggest Mistakes: The Woes Of Piety & Magic