Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Discussion: Are You Better Off Now?

Today, we’re bringing back Friday Discussion. The blogosphere pretty much shuts down on Fridays, which is why back in the day I started doing Friday Discussions on this site—nothing too serious, nothing too deep, just gamers chatting about gaming.

Today’s question is possibly a little more introspective than some of the questions I’ve posed here:

Is your gaming better today than it was 10 years ago? 5 years ago?

I’m not just talking about time to game, I’m talking about happiness with your gaming options, your current game selection, discussion of the hobby, etc. Are things better or worse, and why?

I’m really looking forward to your responses on this, and I hope we can revisit and discuss this next week after we hear from the readers. Have a great weekend!


DRANCE said...

I would say that for the most part yes, my gaming is better now. Why? Because I am more mature and seasoned, having honed my skills and then set them aside for a time to let them (and myself) mellow. Now that I have returned after a long hiatus from gaming, I find that I am much better prepared to run and play in games in a much fuller and richer fashion. I've aged like fine wine! Time has also allowed me to break away from my fear of gaming with strangers. I only gamed with friends before now. I was also sort of forced to game with strangers because my old friends are now unable to game as often as I am.

The one downside of my current life with regard to gaming is time. That's the one element I had copious amounts of when I was younger. I often find myself saying "If I had my current gaming maturity back when I had tons of free time, I'd be a force to be reckoned with!"

Gleichman said...

I would say yes.

Just off a very successful campaign. Well along in my effort to get a bound copy of 30 year old house rules.

Things are swimming.

Rob Lang said...

I have no idea. The person I am now is different to the person I was then. In every campaign there are ups and downs, every group has its strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed gaming then and I enjoy it now. I'm doing about as much now as I did then.

So, I've no idea!

Hungry said...

I find that my gaming was not so good in my elementary, early teen and late teen years. I just was there to roll some dice and kill some weird creatures. I always tracked my max damage done in a single round over the course of a session, adventure and campaign. That's how into the numbers I was.

Things changed around the time I turned 19 or 20 and my gaming vastly improved into ROLE playing instead of ROLL playing. Between the ages of 20 and 30, I played in so many different systems and used so many different gaming styles that I would consider that my peak in gaming.

Since then (I'm 38 now), I've found that I still love the game, but the amount of time that I have to dedicate to gaming has declined severely. Since I don't get to game as often as I like (about once every two weeks) I pack as much enjoyment into those few hours as I can.

Kaiju said...

I would say that it's different, an evolution. I'm lucky that, mostly, my gaming experiences have always been good ones.

If anything, I'd echo those thoughts already expressed about time. Those eight-hour marathon games of ye olden days are very few and far between. But I think our groups pack that much fun into our usual 4 hour sessions.

kensan-oni said...

I'm not as happy as I was, say, 10 years ago. Games are not nearly as prolific and cover as many topics as they had right before the D20 push, and it's hard to find games that don't either cover "Generic Fantasy", or any remote interest of mine. The last two games that sparked self interest was Houses of the Blooded and Cthulutech, although the last just simply was a fun mind trip into a world. The system was so-so.

While I still love small press and independent stuff, it's getting harder to find them carried in book stores and game shops, for good painful reasons from the past. There are still shelves devoted to d20 glut that came out during the last decade, and while I still love D&D (In it's many forms), that glut makes it harder for people to want to take risks on books rather than miniature product.

OlmanFeelyus said...

My gaming is going great. Whereas it used to be an epic struggle to play anything other than 3.5, now I am almost submerged in interesting and diverse games and settings to play in. My only issue is time.

Marshall Smith said...

I think I have to go with better. 10 years ago I was in a Rifts game in which there were some severe intra-party conflicts (between players, not between characters). I loved the campaign, but the whole experience was not very pleasant.

5 years ago I was in a 3.5 campaign. It had been going well, but had started to sour, for a number of reasons.

Today, I'm still stuck in a 3.5 campaign with that same group. But, I also ran an awesome session of 7th Sea last Sunday. There is also so much more awesome stuff going on in the community. My own involvement in the community has also increased. My actual at-the-table experience may not be so much better, but my enthusiasm for and appreciation of the hobby is much, much higher.

(As a note, if you'd asked 15 years ago, the answer would have been dicier. That was the best campaign I've ever been in, but I was terribly frustrated with the rules, which were 2e. Also, between 5 and 10 had some great times, as that was when I was playtesting Spycraft.)

clash bowley said...

Much, much better! in every way better. And 10 years ago was way way better than 20 years ago or 30 years ago.