Sunday, September 30, 2007

Checking In

Just wanted to let everyone know all is well--been doing the whole dad thing this week and last with daughter #2. But hey, I've got a full reading list, and plan to be sharing the result of that with everyone soon. That, and some thoughts on some other RPG stuff, to boot.

I was thinking about picking up Rolemaster Express this week, but despite the great price sticker, I didn't go for it. First, I'm more of a RMSS/RMFRP guy, and I've found that this document usually does pretty well for my groups. Past that, I've got the books I need, the houserules to streamline, and I'm good to go. I think that 3 years ago, I'd have jumped to buy Express, but these days, with the gaming library I already have, I find myself asking more and more, "Can I already do this with what I have?". More often than not, the answer is yes. I tell you what, though--my purchases have become fewer of late, but there's also been a lot fewer duds.


DNAphil said...

I have found the same thing. As my time for gaming has become more restricted, with work and family, I find that I buy fewer RPG's, but the ones that I buy are much better.

I use to buy any book that required you to roll dice with it, and I would also try to run everything under the sun. But today, with my time more limited, I can really only run one campaign at a time, so I tend not to buy too many other games, since I am not going to have a chance to run them while I have a running game going.

Now I buy systems and supplements that have received solid reviews, and/or have novel rule systems that I think may be enjoyable to read. My latest acquisitions were Burning Empires and The Blossoms are Falling (thanks again for that tip). I am enjoying both books, but it will be a year or more before I can run either game.

Zachary The First said...

Yeah, I've actually started a rotation session because of my need to playtest for the ENnies this week. One week for our regular camapaign, the next week for something new. Gives me a chance to play some games on my backlog and playtest more for the ENnies.

But you're right--when you have the time for one campaign at a time, that queue gets awful long. :)

I DO, however, find myself much more interested in support (especially system-generic) products. Tabletop Adventures, 01Games' maps, and plenty of gaming accessories have had a surge of popularity for me lately. That, and I still try to fill in my Classic Traveller collection as I can, natch.

Steve said...

I'll be picking up Rolemaster Express at some point because I'm building up a collection of demo/intro/lite/quickplay RPG rules sets.

I wonder: is there such a product available for RIFTS?

Zachary The First said...

@ Steve: Not yet...

S. John said...

For the last 10 years or so, I've found great happiness sticking to a simple rule of gaming purchases: if I have immediate or near-future intentions to take an RPG title to the gaming table (either directly or as a mineable resource): yes. Otherwise, no.

The only gray area is my threshold for how "mineable" something has to be to count as a mineable resource, which, in practice, is much grayer than I'd like sometimes. :)

But I literally have about a ton less gaming material than I did a decade ago, in large part because I've had two interstate moves in that time, and chucked several hundred pounds of gaming stuff into a dumpster both times. The rest of the excess I've bled away slowly, through trades and gifts and used-bookshop sales and eBay.

And despite my well-deserved rep as an old-school 80s-gaming fogey, my distilled RPG library is almost a perfectly-even spread across the hobby's history. There's a thin spot in the mid-to-early 90s (the Dark Times), but just as much space devoted to the 2000's as to any comparable number of years from the 70s and 80s.