I discovered yesterday evening that the next D&D game night (Session 5, this coming Sunday) has to be cancelled. There was an unfortunate issue (outside of the game) between two members of the group. I’m not sure if things will be resolved any time soon based on what I have learned. That means I’m not sure if/when there will be another D&D game night for our Gods Save the King campaign.
The reason for putting the campaign on hold is that there were only 4 of us – me as the DM and the other 3 as players. I have built the next couple of adventures in the campaign around the 3 players, so lacking one on any game night creates a significant hole in things for both the story and the needs of the game (a lack of “firepower” if you will).
If there are 4 players, the occasional miss by one player can usually be dealt with. But losing one of three is far more noticeable. Besides, I don’t want any of my players to miss out on any of the story they appear to be enjoying. I’m guessing the gamers out there reading this get it. I can only hope I’ve explained it enough for the non-gamers. If not, let me know.
So, what’s next then?
I don’t know exactly. I can honestly say that I am kind of down and out about this situation. I was way happier than I realized about ‘returning to the table”. And now, all of a sudden, the future of the game is uncertain at best. It sucks. Tabletop RPGaming is something I really love to do and the game I managed to cobble together with my gamer friends is on hold at best, or over at worst.
Part of me wants to get angry over the situation these two created, but it’s not an issue involving me… it’s between them. I respect that. I just don’t like it.
Part of me wants to channel that anger, say, “fuck it,” and go form a local group. Maybe I should find local people that want to try something like D&D. I enjoy teaching people about tabletop RPGs. I could also just do it online using Fantasy Grounds. Since I am paying for an “ultimate” version, anybody that plays with me can use the software for free.
But I want to game with my friends. I mean I might make some new friends by searching for new players, but that’s not exactly what I want. I wanted to share this fun with my long-time friends. I’m just not sure how this is going to work out.
I think I will continue to work on the campaign world. I have a ton of details and depth I can add to the existing world. With that new mapping software I have, I can create all the maps I want and help bring my world to “life”.
I will continue to build the campaign arc, too, I suppose. The story arc, though, is difficult to create sometimes without regular game sessions since the players help create some of the story as we play. But I will try.
I suppose I will give this issue a couple of weeks to let things cool off and/or settle, but not much more than that. I want to run a game 🙂
I know this sounds kind of selfish. I don’t mean it to sound completely that way. These two are friends, and I don’t want the falling out to be a permanent thing for them. But all I can do is operate from my point of view and do what I need to do to move along. It could be difficult to maintain a friendship with both of them, too, if things don’t get resolved. Another reason I’m stressing… my concern over where this is headed for our little group.
Any thoughts or advice out there? I would appreciate some insight from others.
Thanks for “listening”