I thought the title of that module was Midnight IN Dagger Alley but it’s not. It’s Midnight ON Dagger Alley. Which doesn’t make sense. Or does it?
As you all know, Wednesday is when I post world-building and background stuff for the funkadelic 70’s adventures of Ela 2.0. But I don’t feel like it today so I’m not gonna. In the old days of D&D Ela, I never would have dreamed of not posting EVERY day like I promised the zero people that read it. But these are new times where rules mean nothing. I’ve learned that the less I post, the more people seem to like it. I don’t take it personally.
“Jeremy what are you doing? Don’t you have another blog for random thoughts?” No, that blog is for deep personal reflection and is only for my dear friends and 8 (and counting) Russian bots.
I was playing DND (yay!) on roll20 (boo!) the other day and after the customary 7 to 99 minutes of fucking around, the game began with the DM letting out a huge sigh and saying “okay then”.
I thought in that moment “I think that’s how all my DND games have started”. Which is an exaggeration, it’s probably not even most, but maybe 30% of them have been something like that. It reminded me that as much fun as playing RPGs is, it’s a lot of work.
Sometimes my friends and I sit around and shoot the shit (before covid you know) but more often we’re playing a board game or a RPG. I often wonder how people that don’t game maintain friendships. What do they do? Talk to each other without any agenda? Awful.
It’s kind of a bummer though because it means that someone has a part time job that’s necessary for friendship time. Which I guess is okay because friendship is something that should require some work, but being a DM is kind of a drag. I love running games and obviously am the best at it in the world, but even I sometimes am just like “ugh, I don’t really want to do this tonight” but you sort of have to or you ruin it for everyone.
In the past few years, I’ve seen tons of “gmless” RPGs and “zero-prep” adventures, I hate-follow one blog where the blogman talks at length about how any adventure that requires any prep is utter shit and the person that wrote it should die. Being a judgmental old man, I turn up my nose at these things – damn millennials want to have the fun of DND without the work? In my day there were only two character classes and you had 8 STR and you got killed by a gopher and you LIKED IT DAMN IT!!!
But I get it. If you can have fun playing a game without having to bust your ass, why wouldn’t you?
What I’m saying is that I beat Zelda without the wooden sword when I was a kid and I thought that was great. But then the internet was a thing and I found out that tons of people have done that. So I guess my proudest accomplishment now is that I threw a 20 sided dice and turned off my friend Joel’s Nintendo from a legit 20 feet away when he was being a jerk and playing Dragon Warrior while we were all waiting for him.
That’s a lie, I didn’t do that, one of my friends did. But as I get older, I’ll start to remember that I did it because memory is stupid.
Once in a while other blog people say on their blog that people should read my blog. The people that read their blog never do, but I still appreciate the tiny crumbs of attention thrown my way like young crows like it when you toss them corn.
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