Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Discussion: What Are You Thankful For In Gaming?

As the last Friday before (U.S.) Thanskgiving gets here, I thought it might be a good idea to do a positive sort of Friday Discussion. As we get ready this next week to stuff ourselves with turkey and sleep through football, we're also supposed to be taking time to reflect on what we're grateful for.

That's what our Friday Discussion this week is all about: What are you thankful for in gaming? It can be a person, place, event, thing, game--whatever you're thankful for in this hobby of ours. Let us know in the comments below!

This weekend marks my 9th blissful year with my incredibly attractive, non-gaming, tolerant spouse, so I will see you all Monday!

17 comments:

Jae said...

I'm thankful for my players - they are just the best group any GM could ever hope to have.

Sean said...

I'm grateful for my first GM, Bill McDonald. When I was 17 the local community recreation commision sponsored a class on D&D, and Bill ran it. We played through the dungeon in the back of the Basic D&D rulebook, and I was hooked.

He let me play with his regular group (Who were all in their 30's at the time), and I stuck with Bill through three campaigns, each lasting 3 or 4 years.

Bill was often shaky on the rules, but I never met a GM who had more imagination and creativity. Whenever I GM, I'm trying to GM like Bill would.

Wherever you are Bill, I hope you're still writing.

John Adams said...

I'm thankful for all the new friends the online OSR has opened up to me. They are more precious to me than the games themselves.

Lisandro Gaertner said...

My job and my carreer. If I haven`t discovered RPGs when I was 12, I wouldn`t probably be working with and creating corporate games. Wow, gaming made my life completely different.

Matthew W. Schmeer said...

I'm thankful for discovering the vibrant old school RPG community and all the free/low-cost materials that community has created. After being away from pen-and-paper RPGs for over 20 years, it was extremely easy to get back into things given the generous community of old-schoolers like myself.

rologutwein said...

I am thankful for all the friends I've made—and kept—through this wonderful hobby.

The Recursion King said...

I'm thankful for hitpoints, cos without em, all the heroes would be dead ;-)

DNAphil said...

The list is almost too long. Of course for the players and GM's in the group I play in.

Also thankful for another year of GenCon Indy, and hopefully many more. Thankful for an active blogging community, where I have forged a number of lasting friendships.

But the thing I am most thankful for this year, is that there is always one more campaign. No matter how many games we run, systems we try, campaigns that are started and finished, there is always another campaign to run.

Marcelo Paschoalin said...

I'm thankful for all the people I've met, all the good conversations and all the tales we shared.

Our lives became better when we played together.

Reverend Keith said...

I'm thankful for being married to someone just as fanatical about gaming as I am, and being surrounded by friends who are all members of my gaming group.

I'm also thankful that my young daughters loves playing the old Dungeon! board game. ;)

nextautumn said...

I'm thankful for my friends (my players) and the OSR community. I'm thankful for creativity and imagination and passion and hobbies and games and...all of it. Now I want to roll some dice. Oh yeah, I'm thankful for dice.

JP said...

I'm thankful for a group that allows me to create sessions that involve no combat, and let me truly develop stories.

Quilt City O.G.R.E.s said...

The friends and memories from the table.

JoeGKushner said...

There's a lot to be thankful for. The friends and experiences I've had are what make the game the game, but at the same time, I'm greatful for the great online communities that have formed, the advances in technology like the DDI, the vast changes in miniatures and the materials used to paint them. It's a good time to be a gamer and I'm greateful that it looks like the future is going to be a better time.

Tirpen said...

I'm thankful for:

My GM and fellow players.

Riotminds, Järnringen and all other companies that keep the Swedish RPG scene alive.

My GF for being a huge RPG-geek like me.

John said...

I'm thankful that this wonderfully scruffy, low-tech hobby has allowed me to participate in the creation of characters and narratives so powerful that even years later they can still seem real. That a pastime so quirky and messy and DYI has the power to make us believe so fully in our creations is a miracle and a delight.

Swordgleam said...

I agree with pretty much everything posted above. My players are great, my friends are great, and the guys who first got me into the hobby way back when are great.

This season, I'm thankful that my girlfriend accepted "because we're dating" as a valid reason why she can't join my main campaign. (And so are my players!)