Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Autumn Gaming

With the main of convention season over, things are shifting down a bit in the RPG blogosphere. The big summer releases have largely passed, and PAX, Origins, and Gen Con are in the books. The official start of fall is right around the corner, and I couldn't be happier.

In a lot of ways, this is a good time of year if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten path. Gaming groups that took the summer off are reforming, and in areas where there are colleges and universities, the gamer demographic is solidly back in town. In the next couple of months, the weather will turn cooler, and some folks will turn back towards the great indoors. People have had time to read those Gen Con purchases, and might be ready to run a game of something new they picked up.

Make no mistake about it, fall is a great time for gaming. If your game world is coming up to autumn, it can be time for various harvest festivals, or time to let conscript soldiers return home in time to help with that harvest?  Want to mess with an enemy land?  Snatch those crops, just as they're being harvested, or hit the enemy when they're weakened by furlough.  Mind your own forces, though: they need to eat, too, and their homeland has fields as well.

Higher up, in the mountains, winter and freezing weather will settle in early.  If you've got a far distance to go, I hope your party already started out.

8 comments:

Aaron said...

So I'm in a local gaming store that also sells used games and they had a truckload of them - literally stacks on the tables. I asked if they'd raided all the garage sales in the area and was told that this happens every year - people shed gaming material before heading off/back to school for the fall.

They had some pretty choice stuff - even a pretty clean copy of the Copyright Infringement edition of Deities and Demigods.

So the fall might also be a good time to pick something that you always wanted to try, or could never quite justify shelling out full price for...

Dr Rotwang! said...

Gaming for you maybe.

Brunomac said...

I don't really have a gaming season, although things for me in general start getting busier for me about now and all the way into the holidays.

Aaron: that's a great tip, I gotta check out the local shops. You didn't go to one in So Cal, did you?

Eric Wilde said...

We touch on Autumn every game session, with each session taking up a full year of in-game time. Still, this coming session is the climax and following dramatic denouement to the (13 session) campaign so far. The king dies after a glorious battle and the kingdom falls into anarchy. The following sessions will be filled with darkness and despair.

So your encouragement to use the season for in-story descriptions is well timed. I'll use it. Thanks!

Aaron said...

Sorry Brunomac... I live near Seattle.

halfling said...

Great hint on using the fall weather and changing of the season. Living in the city it can be easy to forget that this is harvest time, which if you are running a fantasy, medieval campaign would have a real effect on the activities of the NPC's and in turn on the PC's in your game.

Also Aaron, thanks for the tip. We have a true gamer shop (at least in my mind) down the street. I will have to see if they have any new gems for me. Personally I love to collect the one-book-wonder games and have a small but growing shelf of them.

PatrickWR said...

I agree 100%. Autumn IRL always fires my imagination to play my fantasy campaign. Maybe I'll dust it off and see if the players want to give it a go. We've not played in about a year...

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