My Shifting Gaming Preferences

Posted: October 25, 2011 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Roleplaying Games

I was speaking with Tarathiel23, one of the people from my gaming group earlier today, and he noted that I seemed to be a great deal more motivated in running games than playing them, and inquired to why that was the case.  After a moment of reflection, I told him that it was probably because I’d somehow grown more critical about the games that I’d like to play as of late.

This isn’t to say that the other GMs I know suck, but more of an issue of taste and my own inability to enjoy certain types of play.  Each and every one of the GMs in my group are good at their own thing, but so far, I’m really not quite feeling up to playing in any of the campaigns they’ve pitched.  I’m trying to go over the reasons as to why so that I can probably come to terms on why I don’t seem to be quite so motivated anymore.

  1. Freewheeling anime-inspired hijinks are no longer appealing to me – Ranma 1/2 was fun to watch, and still gets a few chuckles out of me to this day, but seeing it in the context of an RPG wherein my character has to deal with or endure silliness is very difficult for me to get into nowadays.  Perhaps I’ve grown jaded, but that sort of thing is an almost guaranteed pass from me.
  2. I’m playing more for catharsis now than ever before – Age and responsibilities tend to color my preferences, so playing in a game where my character is able to actually enact lasting and significant changes that matter to him at a personal level is something that I greatly enjoy more now.  I’m done with my doom-and-gloom fix, and would probably not enjoy a game where survival is the greatest reward in a session.
  3. I no longer have the time for severely complicated systems, or systems with multiple rules exceptions – As was noted in an earlier post of mine, I’m not exactly the rules-happy guy I used to be a decade ago.  HERO still has a special place in my heart, but I doubt that I’ll be able to get a game up and running with the same kind of prep work I had before.  I can’t even look at the default rules for Exalted without feeling queasy.
  4. I’m tired of the same old game offerings – This might be more than a little hypocritical, but I’m starting to get tired of the Exalted and L5R treadmill that our group tends to go with.  I love both settings, but at this point unless the campaign approaches either of these settings with a fresh take that explores new avenues?  I’ll probably pass.

Again this isn’t a criticism of any of the GMs in my group, but more of me trying to explore what it is that demotivates me when it comes to going for a particular campaign pitch as a player.  These days I see GMing as the only way to break out of the rut and hopefully get to try out new and less complicated approaches to get the same kind of fun out of the hobby as I used to.

  1. We’re growing old, dear. ( ´,_ゝ`)

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  3. Hikkikomori says:

    It’s not about a Shift, but rather, it’s just about Preference.

    There are systems and games that cater to more juvenile fantasies. While others attempt to submerge you in a reality not so far away.

    It’s all about what type of gratification you want to achieve – whether it be instant or long-lasting, compounding gain.

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