Freewrite: Things I Learned This Weekend

It’s been an educational last four days, let’s put it that way.

Some people really are that oblivious. This is one of those “I have this DM, see…” things; I’d thought I was being clear that the fun was not being had, apparently the “this isn’t fun anymore” went straight over the GM’s head, misunderstandings were had by all. (Either that, or it needed to be one of the guys who explained it. This happens sometimes.) It doesn’t matter if I feel like I’m not going to be taken seriously; if I can articulate a problem, I need to do so with as much precision as I ghostwrite work orders for computer malfunctions with. Which would also help with the being taken seriously.

Even if it’s three pages of braindump in character voice, my GM really, really likes my writing.

I don’t like D&D combat. I really like a board game that is practically nothing but D&D combat. Somehow this is not a contradiction in terms; I’m pretty sure it’s not just the effects of one particular GM, either. There’s probably a post in this—there have certainly been a lot of conversations gotten out of this—I just have to write it.

Sometimes you really, really need to know when to quit, not every situation is winnable, and the best time to remember this is when it’s half past nine, you’re in the middle of the above board game, people are dying faster than you’re inflicting damage, half of you have work tomorrow, home is twenty minutes’ drive away and you don’t have a blog topic yet. Even if there is a nice reward and the scenario hook is one that in a standard RPG you’d be trying to rewrite the laws of physics to complete. There’s probably a post in this, too.

When releasing product, test thoroughly with people who will question every rule. This way, you don’t have to put out reams of errata riddled with enough errors to spawn almost as much errata and a similar amount of debate.

My group is capable of being distracted by a half-grown sparrow on the other side of a sliding door; it isn’t just me. (Baby sparrows have amazingly large beaks for their body size.)

It’s amazing how many non-geeks, upon hearing that I have taken up miniature painting, still want to see the result. I never doubted that art is art even when it does involve carefully tracing gold streaks onto a flaming mantis-thing with a toothpick, but every now and then it surprises me how interested people who otherwise tease me about my hobbies can be when they can see the generalized applications.

If I have Monday off and we’re gaming in the evening, I really, REALLY need to get the blog post done before I head off to game. If I’m working Monday and we’re gaming in the evening, I need a first draft done on the trolley or during lunch break. (See also the third point above.)

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