At the moment, I’m really enjoying the 2 GMs 1 Mic podcast (www.2GMs1Mic.com). The main segments are a bit hit-and-miss, but the regular segment Favourite Game Of The Week is a great way to hear about other role-playing games from some very enthusiastic reviewers. They cover three new games every week; as a result, the list of RPGs that I want to buy, read and play is growing at an impossible rate. The only solution is that I’m going to have to retire now and dedicate my life to gaming. My first task is to find out which game comes in the biggest cardboard box, so I can live in it.
Their Currently Playing segments are also interesting, as they deconstruct their latest play sessions (actual play). Like me, they’re in a couple of different gaming groups and that switch game systems very regularly. Currently Playing is a great chance to get an in-depth look at games that I haven’t played yet, and to get other gamers’ perspectives on games that I have. I’m still trying to understand why they like Dresden Files so much (I’ll gripe about Dresden in another post).
Since my main gaming group is having some extreme problems with scheduling at the moment (there’s real life interfering with gaming again), listening to 2 GMs 1 Mic and Ken And Robin Talk About Stuff comprises just about all my “gaming” right now. *sigh*
Also, I made an interesting connection recently. I was introduced (virtually) to a friend of a friend of a friend, because we’re both big gamer-heads. Sky Roy thinks a lot about what makes games work (or not work), and writes about it on his gamer blog, Bright Cape Gamer. He has also put his learnings into practice and written his own fantasy RPG that fixes some of his biggest peeves about D&D and similar games. The game (in beta), and the reasons for its existence, can be read here: Heroes By Trade. Feedback and AP are welcome. I’m really looking forward to reading the beta (and maybe playing it), but haven’t started yet, because these days my free time seems to come in 10-minute chunks, and trying to grok a game that way is frustrating. I’ll wait til I can dedicate a couple of hours to it. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading his blog, and I think that he’s my kind of gamer.
So in short, while I’m not gaming, I’m consuming blogs and podcasts that make me want to game more than ever. It’s like being lost in the desert and reading foodie magazines. Hope you’re having better luck!