I haven't even tried to write any RPG-related material this year, which is quite an underachievement. It might result in part from me getting more responsibilities at work, but I don't believe that's the reason. I'm even having a hard time coming up with a character for my friend's Wraith: the Oblivion game.
I do hope that this is just a phase and sooner or later I can get cracking on the projects mentioned two posts ago, or something else. One good thing about last year's Project 52 was that it gave me a drive to push things forward.
I finally got to try out the Wings of War: Burning Drachens card game which I have owned for a couple of years. It was as expected: quick to learn and fun to play. I liked the old GDW WWI air combat game Blue Max well enough, but WoW is definitely an improvement on it. Hopefully we get to fly again and add some more players into the mix.
As it is now one hour past midnight and there won't be any gaming today, it is apparent that I missed my goal for 2008 by ten sessions. I think that gaming once a week can only be accomplished if your group consists of people with lots of free evenings or weekends, or if you have at least two ongoing groups that do not overlap much personnel-wise.
I am not embarking on a similar project, or any so-called project, next year. If I get to run some games that have been rolling about in my head and to play in other GMs' entertaining campaigns, that'll be good enough. By that yardstick this year was certainly a success, too, despite the numerical failure.
A wish list of things I'd like to do this coming year, just off the top of my head:
Some more Angel 1957 adventures
A good western
Trying out some of the more interesting indie games, such as A Dirty World, Duty & Honour, The Barbarians of Lemuria or Agon
Getting actual writing and playing done on my blaxploitation Cinematic Unisystem campaign
Maybe, just maybe, trying my hand at RPG system design again... I haven't really done it since 2002
See? That's not a project plan, it's a letter to Santa. Have a great New Year!
The second part of the Angel adventure was played today. We had to reschedule so many times that today we went on despite one player being ill. Everyone survived Shadow Pass (from White Wolf's Midnight Roads) and managed to play a great gig in Hot Springs after the singer-guitarist had recovered from her wounds.
The players who were there expressed an interest in playing a few more times, so we might have a short campaign in our hands instead of a single scenario. I would certainly like that and I do have one or two ideas for the future adventures of Ellen Hart with the Sonic Rockets.
Started the D&D game this week by investigating the ruins of a wizard's keep. Found a single kobold priest surprisingly hard to take down. Did eventually succeed without losses to our group of three heroes and two NPC helpers. Will continue next year.