On the one hand, it is great to have resources to run games.

On the other, it is no wonder why more people do not want to run games. "Oh, you want to be a Dungeon Master? Here, read these 20+ supplemental books if you want to 'git gud'."

This is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but...
If a game is really self-contained, you should just need the core book(s) to run it. It is great that we have so many resources now; I wish I had them in the 80s when I first DMed. But now it can be overwhelming to new folks to run a game. #DnD #dnd5e #RPG
Between a glut of supplemental how-to books and scads of streams and podcasts, a person just starting out looks at the list of 'required' reading and RPG streams and thinks: I can never be as good as others without making this a full-time job. It is daunting.
Nevermind the cost and time needed to acquire and use these resources.

I wish there was one "game-masters manual" applicable to all RPGs that was easy to digest and affordable.

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Sep 2, 2021
The stress of the world is really crushing me this week. The lack of compassion in the world, in my hobbies, & in other aspects of my life really drain all my energy. Having a real "if everything has gone to shit, why bother" time.
Really tired of piece-of-shit abusive men in my hobbies. People (that includes women and children) are not objects for your sexual or emotional gratification. Please either be decent, compassionate humans or get into the sea.
Really tired of piece-of-shit abusive men in my world as political leaders. People (that includes women and children) are not objects for your sexual or emotional gratification. Please either be decent, compassionate humans or get into the sea.
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Feb 14, 2021
I don't often promote myself on here, but I should. I have done some things that I am proud of. So here is a thread of episodes from @OurTurnPodcast that I contributed a segment and/or co-hosted. #RPG #podcast
Here is one of my very first contributions, a segment about one of my favorite RPGs of all time: 13th Age. @13thAge I still love it, and I have hacked the system to run other genres (ex. Star Wars: The Old Republic). Give it a try sometime.
ourturnpodcast.com/2017/05/21/epi…
One the one-year anniversary of @OurTurnPodcast, I did a segment about Session Zero for RPGs. I love being a part of Session Zero in any #RPG, both as a GM and player.
ourturnpodcast.com/2017/06/19/epi…
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Oct 4, 2020
Long post ahead. Not sure who will read it.

This weekend made me realize 2 things:

1. I miss hanging out with people in person, to the point that I am becoming envious of those who take risks to do so. I am doing things virtually while friends and family meet up in person.
I am extra careful to isolate for the sake of my family. I don't want anyone getting COVID. Like most Americans, I don't have extraordinary savings to pay for 2 weeks in the hospital, a double lung transplant, or anything overly catastrophic.
Also, my father is dying of cancer. In order to see him on occasion, I have to stay healthy, especially COVID free. Both of my parents are immune compromised. I don't know how much time I have left to spend with them. So I got to remain overly cautious.
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Sep 28, 2020
It seems like every season the @DnD_AdvLeague becomes more limiting with more book-keeping. The desire to keep people "seasoned" for story purposes has overtaken the fun value. You know most MMORPGs don't have story consistency as well, right?
I am scheduled to play D&D AL at @NukeCon this weekend, but now I am not sure if I even want to play. I only play D&D AL a couple times a year. Using the seasoned model, I will never see any story beyond Tier 1 play. All my characters will just collect dust. #DnD #dnd5e
Seeing how D&D AL and Patherfinder Organized Play are the only RPGs regularly offered, convention play has become homogenous and boring. I miss playing sci-fi, modern horror, etc. I miss Traveller, Call of Cthulhu, etc.
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Jul 30, 2020
I appreciate that we have having meaningful discussions on racism and cultural appropriation in gaming. However, as a full-time worker, spouse, parent, and busy adult, I do not have the time to watch/listen to hours and hours of streams/videos/podcasts. (Thread)
I want to learn more. I am regularly researching online for discussions and learning points on racism and cultural appropriation. But most folks have only a limited amount of free time. I don't watch/listen to live plays of RPGs for the same reason. (No offense to those.)
What free time I do have, I want to use to play games and run RPGs. Time is a precious commodity, and we don't get it back. Thus I need to be ruthlessly efficient with my free time.
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Jul 24, 2020
Things I have watched this week that I recommend:
I Am Not Okay With This (Netfilx)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Deon Cole: Cole Hearted (Netflix)
Bumblebee (Hulu)
Bumblebee is the best of the live Transformers movies (IMO). It felt closest to the 80s Transformers with a great modern coating on it. I would watch more movies set in this version with similar direction.
I Am Not Okay With This: My heart belonged to the protagonist all the way. I am okay with the way season one ended.
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