Okay… so, nearly 1 year later, I’m ready to get this going again.
So, a lot of things happened. Our last Curse of Strahd session turned out to be the last one that two of our players (a real-life couple) would be playing in-person. They were accepting new jobs out of state, and were moving very shortly.
We tried to get things worked out so they could still play remotely, but some of the tech aspects were proving difficult. That’s all smoothed out now, and we’re ready to play again, this weekend in fact.
But, still, the impact of that news – along with the trappings of life (my wife and I have 2 little ones now), as well as a not-so-thrilling D&D session I put together and threw left me with a sudden feeling of D&D burnout.
Yeah, it finally happened.
I was running Curse of Strahd, and the Star Wars D&D game, I was planning on running Storm King’s Thunder, I was playing in a 4e game, and then I also ran that one-off session that I was hoping would be the start of a new campaign FINALLY SET in my homebrew world of Muluth.
But with my friends moving away, and with that homebrew session turning out to be severely disappointing (90% my own fault), I suddenly didn’t want to run any more games.
Just thinking about playing D&D made me feel really bummed out and depressed. And that’s not what this game is supposed to do. So I stepped away from it for a while.
I’ve even had a hard time watching Critical Role, for some reason. I can’t totally explain it, but I haven’t been feeling as invested in campaign 2.
It’s been a year now. Friends that were supposed to be in that SKT and the homebrew campaign have now all had their own kids, so I don’t want to continue those at this time. I’d rather let them focus on their families.
The 4e game took a break, too, because myself, the DM, and the DM’s wife all worked together to put on a theater show locally, so there was no time to game (plus the two of them got married and had a honeymoon, and it was crazy, scheduling-wise).
So I’ve been mostly a year without D&D. It’s a weird feeling, but I’m suddenly feeling more energized. I’m getting back into the swing of things.
Curse of Strahd continues this weekend, which I am very excited for. I’m even more excited that my players are still ready to go.
And I purchased “Ghosts of Saltmarsh,” and am heavy into the planning stages for running THAT campaign. I even have 5 players for that game lined up to go. So once Curse of Strahd finishes, I’ll be ready to start Saltmarsh.
I’m shelving all my other games right now. I do intend to continue with the Star Wars campaign, because that one was very fun and I really like what we were doing, but I need a little more time to recenter my thoughts and plans for it.
And the 4e game won’t continue for some few months still. Our DM is involved in another stage show this fall, and I don’t want to take his attention away from that.
So yeah, that’s where I’m at right now. I feel good about D&D again, I’m excited to get back into the games, and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.
MORE CURSE OF STRAHD, including it’s epic conclusion!
MORE STAR WARS 5E, and the development of that early story!
And GHOSTS OF SALTMARSH, an epic, seafaring campaign of political intrigue and death!
Until next time — Well Met!