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Gaming in 2019 Goals

One of my big gaming problems that I’ve been sorting through the last couple years is paring down the number of gaming systems I have. At my age and station in life I don’t have the time, desire, or ability to maintain collecting and let alone playing so many different systems. Currently, I have a very large Palladium Megaversal System collection that they will have to take away from my cold dead hands so that collection is never going anywhere. Palladium Books is responsible for my love of this hobby between the TMNT, Palladium Fantasy, Rifts, Dead Reign, and Beyond the Supernatural, I’ve had thousands of hours of entertainment.

I have the three core rule books for 5E but I mainly have those to go along with my Adventures in Middle-earth collection. I’m a huge fan of Tolkien and Tolkien gaming going back to MERP and the under appreciated Decipher Lord of the Rings CODA system. My other 5E gaming books are confined to the Original Adventures Reincarnated products from Goodman Games. I really want to play D&D but after 3.x and 4E being games I don’t like and now with the folks behind 5E wanting to gatekeep and limit who is involved in the hobby I don’t really have the stomach to play 5E. D&D makes up greater than 80% of the hobby and it’s hard to be involved with the gaming intelligentsia without being focused on D&D. I actually think staying out of the D&D pool keeps me away from some of the worst parts of the hobby. D&D is home to both extremes in the hobby that I really want nothing to do with. I dont’ want the Seattle Crew and their desire to rewrite the history of the hobby and paint the people that created and carreid these games on their backs as racist, homophobic, backwards, evil people. And D&D is home to the far right that want to just yell and scream at people in order to fight the “culture war”.

The thing about not being a D&D fan for coming on two decades is that I started playing other games. I’m a huge fan of universal rules systems and even though I sold my GURPS collection last year I have kept my Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game box set (actually I have two of them). I will continue to buy and collect products for DFRPG and play it. I am also a big fan of the Basic Roleplaying system from Chaosium. With the release of RuneQuest Glorantha last year I’ve decided to pick up more RuneQuest and continue with Call of Cthulhu. I’m actually running a few games at this years GaryCon using these two settings.

I am going to really focus on doing two blog posts a week this year. I’m going to try to focus on three core areas: Palladium, BRP, and gaming outside of D&D. One of the things that really saddens me about some of the younger folks in the hobby is that they are not branching away from D&D. When I was a kid most of us got started playing D&D but we would pick up other games and I’m not seeing that happen. I want this blog to be a resource for folks that are interested in learning about new games and different ways to play.

This is my first post of the year. I’m going to try to figure out what to do going forward. I know that Tenkar’s Tavern grew by being functionally a news site where Tenkar would post commentary. I don’t really want to do that but I will do some of that. I’ll comment on things I read or see on social media but mostly I want to focus on the games.


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