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Thursday, August 28th, 2008
5:33a - Request for help, advice
Background information: I'm running a PBeM game. The setting/system is Nexus: the Infinite City. I currently have five players, going up to 7/8 very soon. Games are run in an episodic fashion of 3-4 characters each with players occupying themselves otherwise in downtime scenes with each other.

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9:37p - Thoughts about a New Gaming Group
Understand that these are just thoughts and musings, not definitive plans. Thus, they are open for comment, but I'm not committing to anything. (Not yet, anyway ...)

I look at my shelves of gaming material.

Shelves and shelves. And more shelves.

To be honest, rooms of gaming stuff.

Remember that scene in the Matrix where Trinity and Neo call forth the infinite rows and racks of guns?

Yeah. Like that. It's true. Ask my wife.

I look at all that gaming material that I've read and enjoyed, but never had the chance to GM or play, and I think: "Wouldn't it be cool to have a gaming group to try all of this with?"

I'm envisioning a gaming group that meets every other week, regularly, consisting of about 6 players and myself. Why so many players? Well, seeing as adults don't always make it to games due to real-world commitments and responsibilities, I'd really like to have a quorum and play even if half of the group can't make it.

We'd play RPG mini-campaigns of 6 to 8 sessions each. These story arcs, as I call them, will have definitive beginnings, middles and ends. That's right, ends. No years-long campaigns, because the point is to try out a variety of games and see how they play. Basically, think of these as TV mini-series rather than TV seasons. Thus, we'd meet every two weeks to game, have a blast, and every three to four months we'd complete a mini-campaign, then set the game aside at a good stopping point. At the next session, we'd make up new characters and try out another game.

Yes, it's a bit different, but I think it could be a lot of fun with the right mix of gamers who know what's what up front - that this is a bit of an experiment and they're willing to give it a whirl.

Oh, and yes, I'd like the group of players to be at least 1/3 female. Yes, that's right. Why? Because frankly, I find that mixed groups are simply a bit more fun and the game plays better. I don't know why - it's just something I've discovered in 25+ years of gaming. Trust me, I'm experienced.

We could even throw in board and card games occasionally between campaigns. Why not? It's our group.

Hell, with this kind of group, we could even, if everyone was agreeable, have the opportunity to playtest games for publishers that haven't hit the market yet. Free previews!

But the point of it all is, go have a group of gamers who want to have fun.

So ... musing on another gaming group. Because, hey, I'm already GMing two different groups. What's one more?

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