I feel that I have to comment my absence from blogging here on the D&D/OSR-type of games blog.
The thing is that my interest in Dungeons & Dragons and its derivative OSR/OSR+ games are at an all-time low at the moment.
When it comes to fantasy gaming, games like Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Symbaroum and OpenQuest/RuneQuest has re-stolen my allegiance. And at this point, I really can’t see when I will return to the D&D/OSR fold.
I had a lengthy discussion with my players about this – everyone is happy to play something other than D&D/OSR except one player. The reason? Whichever version of D&D/clone/derivative you choose, the point of the game is to do stuff in order to acquire XP so that you can level up, and the story repeats itself ad nauseam.
I’ve tried to inject intelligent story arcs, interesting NPC’s to interact with and so on, but in the end, most D&D games end up in the same loop. Which is awesome at times, but at this particular time, both I and my players feel that other games have more to offer.
At the moment we play our #1 favorite game, all categories – Call of Cthulhu, and as it is a lengthy campaign it will probably take more than a year to finish it.
Next up on the waiting list is Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (or Zweihänder – haven’t decided yet).
I’m also much into SF gaming at the moment – 2300AD (GDW/Mongoose) and River of Heaven (D101 Games) being my favorites (I re-acquired the urge after having seen The Expanse).
I just have to coax my players into trying that – they’re firmly in the Horror/Fantasy departments, but we used to play 2300AD back in the day, so it shouldn’t be too hard.
On the horror front, I also hope to run the new Delta Green (Arc Dream Publishing), if for no other reason than a change of pace from classic 1920’s Call of Cthulhu. It would also be nice to take the new Call of Cthulhu 7th edition rules for a spin, maybe using Pulp Cthulhu.
So, in conclusion, I’m still very much into RPGs. Just not D&D at the moment.
On the publishing side of things, I have two OSR adventures brewing, but progress is slow. I will, however, try to finish one (short adventure) this summer and the other (long adventure) towards the end of the year.
If you’re interested in games other than D&D/OSR, please feel welcome to check out my other blogs:
Sanity Zer∅ – Call of Cthulhu and other horror RPGs
Grit & Filth – Warhammer, Zweihänder and other RPGs in the dark fantasy department
Delta Quadrant – Science Fiction RPGs (not very active at the moment)
With a fistful of d20’s – Game session recaps for our table group (whatever RPG we’re playing at the moment)
And when the Stars Are Right, we will surely return to the worlds of dungeoneering again 🙂