So, my buddy, Matt, has been working up a Shadowrun (A video commercial) campaign that he wants to run online. He bought a piece of software called Fantasy Grounds. With that and some other readily available pieces of video/chat software, a group of us can run a tabletop, “IN PERSON” game. I’ve been invited as one of his starter players. I am very excited. I haven’t gamed – tabletop RPGs, that is – in quite a long time, and I sorely miss it.
We’ve discussed his plans on how and when it will run. It sounds very promising. Between our two twisted brains, we will likely be able to pull it off quite well. We’ve also discussed the possibility of streaming it live, though we’re not sure how that will work just yet. Either way, I can’t wait to try it out 🙂
The last time I gamed regularly with my best friend was back in the early ’90s. I’ve had the opportunity to get in on a couple of game nights with his regular group when I’m in town now and then, but that is a rare (but very fun) thing. Here is a little insight what tabletop RPG gaming has meant to me.
Why don’t I get a group of my own where I live? Oh, I have had a few groups, including a group where I taught my daughter and some of her friends to game. I had great fun with these groups. A couple of them lasted a couple of years or more. But they also disbanded, in time, for various reasons. And the truth for me is that it is difficult to find the RIGHT people for a good gaming group.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve quite likely gotten more picky about the people I like to game with. That is on me for sure. I have also discovered it takes the right chemistry with the folks in a gaming group to make it really enjoyable. I have probably become too picky, to be honest, but the time I have now for such an endeavor is more limited for many reasons. Thus, that time is more valuable, and I don’t want to waist it gaming with folks that don’t give me the experience I want. Again, that is on me, but I am very hesitant to compromise like I used to do now and then.
Nonetheless, it looks like I have an opportunity to get into tabletop RPG gaming with my best friend again. This is thanks to technology that now allows nearly real time face-to-face communication along with some software that aids in running the game mechanics. I am truly looking forward to trying this. If it works, the time needed will be well within the limits I have, and the folks my buddy has chosen to kick this off are good folks to game with (I already know this from gaming with them when I’m at Home to visit).
Wish us luck…