I was over at the Troll Dens blog looking for something interesting to read and I found this post simply saying that simple is the best. It was a short, punchy little post that told of an awesome weekend of gaming that they had just gaming and not being fussed by the rules. They hit a snag, they ruled it on the spot rather than getting bogged down and kept the game going.
I have been having some real trouble doing this in my games of late. I am largely using systems that I have not used in a long while or that have been forced on me by the players. Last night though, after a false start we got a game of Pathfinder up and running and I really felt I took this spirit on board. It was a big battle last night against 13 headless horseman and a goat with a bruised ego and I just wanted it to be fun and not get bogged down.
I had a lot to move through but I think I got it moving at a nice pace. I assisted players with their tokens in the virtual map space and helped them with tactics. I did not force stuff on them, just offered some suggestions. There were a lot of times that I wanted to say no last night but I fought the urge and I said yes instead. I kept the pace of the battle going and the tone of it interesting. Everyone I think had a good return (as we had not played this for about a month, maybe more) and got back into their characters pretty well.
I was hugely tired and depressed because the game was meant to start at 8 and I waited 20 minutes for at least four players (otherwise it would be just too OP to adjust around) and so I called it off, which is what had happened the week before. The moment I called it off though and signed out I saw two of the missing players arrive which would give a party of 5. By my own rules, as I was very depressed that the game was being called off second week in a row, I should have let it go. But I hopped back in and tried to get the other players back.
I got all but one and I said I was not going to game unless Libby returned (it would be a bit rude seeing she had turned up for the game). One of the players suggested ringing her because we could not raise her online. A quick search, an international phone call and a surprised Libby on the end and the game was back on.
I am fairly certain I was in the mood for simple, because of that depression. I just wanted to enjoy the game. And I did. Sort of. It was not a rip snorting enjoyment of some games but I felt in control. I have not played Pathfinder for a while but it is my fantasy system of choice and I felt knowledgeable and in control. That made me go to bed satisfied.
So read the wisdom of the Troll Lord at his blog. It is a pity I do not know his handle on Google+, my preferred social site, or I would send him a message of thanks for that post. It was great. Until next time, keep rolling.