If the RPG hobby is good for one thing, it’s that there is no shortage of options. Over the decades since its birth, the hobby has really expanded quite considerably. Once I made the decision to pick the hobby back up, I couldn’t believe the diversity and quality that had arisen while I was away. There is simply an extraordinary amount of content available.
At the moment, I make use of a play-by-post (PbP) site for my RPG needs. Since I have a really busy schedule its hard to have a static group to play games with. PbP suits my needs very well, but it affords me an unexpected boon. I get to play lots of new games. There always seems to be someone curious about this or that system, and I’m happy to be able to join in these games. I’ve probably learned more about gaming this way than I had in the years previously. Sadly though, I don’t ever get a chance to go really in-depth with my games. Such is life.
For example, I am at the moment finally getting to learn how to run Savage Worlds. I’m psyched. I’ve been curious about this game for a long time, and now I’m finally going to learn it. Also, it’s a chance to get experience with a generic RPG system which is something I don’t have much knowledge of.
While its true that this stuff is a committment, at the same time, it’s a committment I’m willing to make. I like learning new games. Like most gamers I feel like I’m always on the search for that “perfect” game. There’s just so much possibility for innovation though it seems like there’s no end to what can be done. It’s a great time to be a gamer.