Wednesday, November 18, 2009

After The Game

One of my favorite parts after a gaming session is heading home while recapping the night’s events with some of the guys. It’s almost like an NFL post-game show, only without all the laughing about Token Minority Athlete’s wardrobe choices or canned jokes from Washed-Up Old Coach. The decisions of the night, verbal replays of some of the gaffes and successes, and analysis of where the night’s events just seem to help extend out the merriment. We’re tired, it’s late, but we’re still fired up from the game. It’s fun to joke about the kills, the misses, the triumphs and the failures. It’s those times as a GM you see that maybe something you guys created together really brings enjoyment that lasts beyond those 3-4 hours of gaming. In a way, you’re creating legends, even if it’s only for a half-dozen people.

A couple hours after the last session ended, well into the next early morning, I got a text from one of the players, which read:

CAN WE CALL EVERYONE AND GET THEM BACK TOGETHER? WANT TO PLAY AGAIN.

GMs, take a minute and hang out after the game. It can be well worth it.

19 comments:

newbiedm said...

Nothing feels better than your players dying to get back to the table after a night of gaming.

It validates your job as a DM.

Anonymous said...

The only token minorities in the NFL are whites, numbnuts. Lets get a look at your clothes, Versace.

Badelaire said...

Whenever I GM at my place, we do dinner after the game. Sometimes we'll make dinner as a group, and sometimes we'll order in. We might pop in a fun movie or play a card game or some such - anything to give an hour or two of downtime when everyone can, as you say, recap the game and feed off of everyone's vibe regarding the fun they had.

Always a good idea.

Zachary The First said...

I think I offended Anonymous.

Sadly, Anonymous, I could not be Post-Game Show Host, as I have no fuschia suits.

Anonymous said...

You offend a lot of people when you make racist comments, although you seem proud of yourself. When it comes to fucked up wardrobes in the NFL, Bill Belichick and Al Davis have the "token minorities" beat hands down. Anything else about those wacky "token minorities" that amuses you? Those crazy negroes who affirmative-actioned themselves into the NFL and their fuschia suits!

Zachary The First said...

Anonymous: I’m sorry you took it that way. I meant that the minority athlete seemed to be a token addition to the cast. As a Colts fan, I’ve got nothing but love for African-Americans in the NFL. But I have to think they could find more articulate, intelligent black men rather than the clowning role they’ve seemed to cast analysts like Sanders or Irvin in. I’d like to see more in the vein like Tony Dungy, and less pot-smoking reprobates like Irvin.

You have a lot of anger, and I’m sorry this provoked you. But you’re ascribing a lot of motives that just aren’t there. Either move on, come back with one more brave “Anonymous” post verily dripping with the combustible rage of the Internet Crusader, wait to punch me in the face next Gen Con, or you can hire someone to hack the snot out of my site.

For the record, yes, Al Davis’ satin jogging suits easily rival any of the eye-burning colors Irvin has worn over the years.

Schuyler said...

Wow... while I know this is extremly off topic When you watch post game shows there are always three or four white guys and the one black ex-player talking about the game. I think that is what Zach is mentioning. It isn't racist so much as a statement of fact.

And back to topic. Zach like I told you last session I spend my weeks leading up to games wishing it was game time already. I was wanting to go back and play the Saturday immediatly following last game... and cannot wait for the fourth.

Zachary The First said...

@Schuyler: Yep. I’m sort of bummed we have the extra week in between—but I think we play as frequently as we can, given all our schedules. It’s better to leave people wanting more than going until they’ve had too much. Consider the Rolling Stones.

Tyson J. hayes said...

I would say it is definitely the most gratifying experience. It's been a while since I've heard it from my players though so I think I need to step up my game.

As for the anonymous comments just ignore them, sounds like trolling to me.

Zachary The First said...

@Tyson: Well, I think it also depends on your group demographic. Some groups have a great time, but aren’t emotive of the fact.

1d30 said...

Gotta love Anonymous. Switching opinions every moment and confusing flop-sweat rants for relevant discourse since 1991.

For a long time I would ride home with one of my fellow players after the game. Tossing ideas around and talking about the game was really cool.

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Barking Alien said...

We always follow up our game with a post-game review and essentially always have going back some thirty odd years. Its awesome.

And I apologize for being completely oblivious to any and other references to football on tv, at the stadium or any other sport for that matter. I couldn't care less about sports if you paid me to.

AslanC said...

Never underestimate the power of hiding behind the name "Anonymous" for the safety of righteous indignation.

Back on topic;

As we play right up to the hour in our games, we take a brief round table at the end to discuss the session as well as each player voting for the MVP of the night, the winner of the secret ballot receives a +10% bonus to XP.

The vote is done by secret ballot and is to represent the player who most made you enjoy the game that night.

When we do the roundtable after each person says who they voted for and why.

It works really well as sometimes as the Gm I didn't see something another player saw.

Chad said...

I take offense at your mentioning football. And your defamation of pot smokers. And your choice of font. Really, everything.

But likewise I am really looking forward to the 4th, especially since I will shortly level up and be rewarded with that 2nd hit point I've been waiting for!

Zachary The First said...

That's right! Two hitpoints! No longer will the domestic cat sound your death knell!

It's not the pot smoking I mind. It's the infringing on football analysis.

Anonymous said...

I wish we had time for a meal after a game! That would be cool. We are always stuffed for time though.

Can't start till around 8.00pm because of the time people finish work, and then have to finish by 11.00pm because people have to be at work in the morning. *grumbles*

Buccaneers Guild said...

Sorry that wasn't supposed to be Anonymous, potentially confusing given the above football discussion!

Zachary The First said...

We start at 8 (allegedly), and finish around midnight, with one break in the middle. And that's about as much time as we're normally going to get.