New Year for the Heavy Metal GM

Now, before you get all bent out of shape and roll your eyes in the back of your head, this isn’t some overly optimistic and typical New Year’s Resolutions type thing.

Except, well, it kind of is, but that’s besides the point!

As role players, and more so as GM’s, we should always be reaching for something in our little sphere of imagination. Whether it be breaking into the industry for the first time for the more creative people, or making a person experience a very real emotion at the table, there’s always a goal. This new year, I wanted to share with you some of my personal goals, both as a gamer and as a content creator. Hopefully it will help inspire some to be productive in their own way!

First and foremost, I find that my Saturday group doesn’t get together as often as I’d like. Definitely something that can be fixed. I’m not sure if it’s because my campaign has run stale or what, but it certainly needs to happen. Going hand in hand with that concept, I want to try a lot of RPG’s this year. I’ve had the book for The One Ring forever now and have only played online at Gamersplane (sorry guys, I totally dropped out from that one too). With that I still have yet to run Night’s Black Agents, I’ve only ever played. Timewatch is in the lineup as well, but I have a couple of other non-Pelgrane games that have peaked my interest. Having something new every once in a while at the Saturday game could help me keep things fresh, have new stuff to write about and further broaden my horizons as a player and game master. All of these, very good things.

More specifically, I hope to create a much more involved and emotional experience at my table. Nothing makes me happier than having insanely invested players. I have a small idea as to how that could come about (i.e remembering to use awesome things like Syrinscape) but execution is infinitely more important than an idea. I’m also hoping to wrap up that Saturday 13th Age campaign before 2018 rolls around. This seems rather trivial, to anyone on the outside, but this game has already been running 3 years with the same people and story. It’d be a triumph to wrap it up with a neat little bow. Don’t get me wrong, I love that story with my entire being, but I already have an idea as to how it’s going to end and it’s exciting thinking about my players experiencing the final confrontation and epilogue. It’s been a bit of a slog for a while and I think my players would get a feeling of satisfaction by reaching the conclusion.

As for professionally, I’m already making moves on how I want to really break into the industry as a content creator and writer. If you haven’t read my review on Gods and Icons by Dread Unicorn Games, you should check that out here. Now, there’s a very specific reason I’m saying this. If you also play 5e and like that supplement, they’re working on the twin sister of this book for that rules system. It’s currently being Kickstarted right now and I’ll be working on one of the stretch goals! In essence, with your help, we can get a great supplement for 5e and get my foot in the door as an actually published writer! Even if we don’t reach my specific stretch goal (which I can’t tell you exactly what that number is), it’d be great to see this piece get published. Back the Kickstarter here! Aside from that, however, I am going to make a push this year to do more freelance work on products that I would buy for myself. Hell, who knows, maybe I’ll even take a dive into self-publishing some stuff that’s 13th Age compatible. I’d like to, for sure, but finding the time/inspiration is the true struggle.

I don’t really have a lot of New Year Resolutions, but the ones that I do hold are very important to me. Following through with these is probably one of the best things I could do for myself, and in some ways for you, in 2017.

Thank you guys so much for the amazing support and interaction throughout 2016. I’ve spoken with some really great people both online and at Gen Con in August. For a guy who’s wrapping up his first full calendar year of running a website, I feel like I’m doing pretty stellar. I owe you all the world, and I’m doing my best to deliver.

Happy New year and Stay Metal \m/

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