So yesterday we had an Indie game day at one of the local game stores. There were enough folks to play two games so I offered to run Citadel of Time. I had three players with a nice range of role playing experience. This came into play in the post-game when one of the players mentioned that the game must be good since players of different experience and expectations both had a great time. That made me feel pretty good.
I learned a few lessons or re-learned them. The experience was good and all the players like the game. It felt pretty good. No, it felt great. I know, I know. It is just the first playtest but it was one part fun and one part working out the kinks. Okay the basic stuff I learned.
Greg Stafford passed away yesterday. Well, I suppose it is two days ago now, since it is after midnight where I am. I would likely be working anyway, but it did not feel appropriate to waste another minute. I did not know Greg (can I call him Greg? I guess) nor was I a friend or colleague. I do not mourn the passing of friends as much as I used to or used to pretend to. It is hard to feel sad when I know, regardless of the facts, they are in a better place. But thousands, maybe tens of thousands are mourning today, yesterday. I suppose many are feeling blue and I get that.
But I am feeling inspired. I have not met or talked to many famous people. Or even many near famous or famous adjacent. Certainly none have ever been a colleague or friend. Recently thanks to writing for EN World that has changed, but over all I continue in near obscurity. What the fuck am I doing? I do not seek fame or fortunes, but I have been designing games since I was 10 years old. I need to take this more seriously. I want to do this and so, I will do it. No more time to waste.
Thank you Mr. Stafford for sharing what have you shared. But I have to take that and make something of it, else I feel the gift was wasted.
Sean AKA The Dragon has been gaming or thinking about gaming for over thirty years. Game design is one of his greatest passions. He has ideas and is not afraid to talk about them.