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2022 RPG Resolutions

Reynard

Legend
What are your RPG gaming Resolutions f[r 2022?

First, I am making this The Year of Savage Worlds for myself. I have run SW off and on for years and even done a bunch of freelance writing for SW material, but it has always kind of played second fiddle to D&D for me. This year I am going to push it to the front, starting with a Savage Pathfinder game this very evening!

Relatedly, I am going to bring gaming back into my life. Last year I went back to school (to get a third bachelor's degree at 46 years old!) and stopped doing everything "frivolous" to concentrate on school. I don't think it was healthy. The 3 or 4 hours a week i "saved" not gaming didn't offset the stress i felt not having an outlet, so I am going to ease back in.

You?
 

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pogre

Legend
My main gaming resolution is to buy a little less and to craft a little more. It is easy to buy a ton of stuff, but I enjoy gaming most when I run mostly homebrewed adventures using terrain I crafted and miniatures I painted (or in some cases even sculpted).

I got a bunch of tools and crafting supplies for Christmas ad I am looking forward to using them.
 

Doc_Klueless

Doors and Corners
What are your RPG gaming Resolutions for 2022?
A couple, so not much, to keep it reasonable:

1) No more physical product. Thinks like books, dice, accessories. Reason: everything physical I buy just tends to sit on my shelves as, whenever I do game now and for the last few years, it's all on line. It just adds cost that isn't giving me a return on that investment. Plus I tend to read just about everything on my Kindle Fire 10 when I have time here and there. Like when I'm taking a breath after hiking for a few miles or pulled to shore when kayaking.

b) Keep my purchases focused on systems that I actually do play. That would be Savage Worlds and it's many flavors for the most part. Followed by Year Zero Engine stuff like Alien and, hopefully, Bladerunner when it comes out. Reason: I literally have not touched anything else in a few months except for things I purchased sorta read/glanced through and then dropped on a shelf to gather dust. In addition, my tastes have been slowly turning from Fantasy to more Sci-Fi, Weird Wars, including the shows I watch and the books I read..

I'm actually thiiiiiis close to not playing RPGs anymore as other hobbies (hiking, kayaking, travelling, photography) are starting to suck up more and more of my time. Which is sad, I suppose, but life goals change. As I get older, the more I think I need to keep active and not sit around so much.
 

innerdude

Legend
Stop spending money on systems I'm never going to play.

I'm realizing more and more that I derive no value from stuff that's never going to hit the table. In the past I've bought stuff thinking, "Oh it'll be nice to have that as a reference for some other thing I'm doing." Or thinking that I'll just read it for pleasure.

But it's a self-delusion. It never happens.

The effort to adapt material across systems is just too great. I barely have time to prep for my Star Wars EotE game, let alone muck around with anything else.

As well, I find more and more that when I commit to system, it's with the intent of playing at least 15 sessions (6 months or more). It's just too much work to learn a new system if there's not a real commitment to use it.

So what ends up happening is I get tightly focused on the same system, buying deep into the product line, because I want to maximize what I get out of it long term.

The only exception to this rule is One Ring 2E, because my love of Tolkien knoweth no bounds. It's unlikely to hit the table for 3+ years with everything the group has lined up, but I simply couldn't live with myself if I didn't get one of the TOR 2E collector's edition rule sets. So I happily backed it last year.

But even stuff I otherwise think is cool---Aliens, Sword of the Serpentine, Dune, Savage Pathfinder, Tales of Xadia---is just going to have to lie fallow, unpurchased.
 

innerdude

Legend
Relatedly, I am going to bring gaming back into my life. Last year I went back to school (to get a third bachelor's degree at 46 years old!) and stopped doing everything "frivolous" to concentrate on school. I don't think it was healthy. The 3 or 4 hours a week i "saved" not gaming didn't offset the stress i felt not having an outlet, so I am going to ease back in.

Definitely agree with this. My stress levels are higher and overall life enjoyment noticeably lower when I go without my RPG group for more than a month (we typically play every two weeks).
 

guachi

Adventurer
Run an in-person game.

That didn't happen in 2021.

I purchased some fun-looking settings in 2021 and maybe I'll get a chance to use them. Ptolus (from Monte Cook Games), Harn (from Columbia Games), and Southlands (part of Midgard from Kobold Press) all look really fun and interesting.

Highly recommend all of them.
 
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MGibster

Legend
Relatedly, I am going to bring gaming back into my life. Last year I went back to school (to get a third bachelor's degree at 46 years old!) and stopped doing everything "frivolous" to concentrate on school. I don't think it was healthy. The 3 or 4 hours a week i "saved" not gaming didn't offset the stress i felt not having an outlet, so I am going to ease back in.
My resolution for 2020 was to get out there and get some more gaming done but the pandemic laughed at those plans. There wasn't a big improvement in 2021 but I did start playing some table top miniatures war games so that was nice. I'm not sure how well 2022 will go but I am hopeful.

I'm realizing more and more that I derive no value from stuff that's never going to hit the table. In the past I've bought stuff thinking, "Oh it'll be nice to have that as a reference for some other thing I'm doing." Or thinking that I'll just read it for pleasure.
I arrived at the same place a few years back but mainly to avoid cluttering up my house. Though starting in 2020, I really amped up my miniature painting to previously unheard of levels. I had to buy a new display case just to help keep everything organized. I have gotten to use a lot of the new miniatures for gaming purposes and I look forward to using those Imperial Knights in 2022. Cthulhu has remained alone and unloved sadly enough with very little prospect of use in the future.

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Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I decided I'm going to run games at a con, and use that as a marketing tool. So far I've put in to run two DCC sessions at Gen Con, playtestng a new module we are working on, and my business partner/old friend is planning to run a 5e version of the same module.

I COULD resolve to actually finish/publish the dozen or so half-done products and half-baked ideas sitting in my hard drive, but let's not get crazy here.
 
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My goal this year is to bring my Spire campaign to a satisfying end. Then I’d like to run a campaign of The Between. When that wraps, my goal is to run a Heart campaign.

As a player, I’m looking forward to wrapping up a Blades in the Dark campaign I’m playing in. Once we finish that, we’re supposed to play a short Dogs in the Vineyard campaign, which is a game I’ve been wanting to play for some time. After that, I think we’re looking to do some Torchbearer 2.

I also play in a 5E campaign where we rotate GMs every few sessions. We’re level 7 now, and I think we have maybe a few more levels of play to go. The rotating GMthing has been awesome in some ways, and not so awesome in others. I think I’d like to maybe give it another try, but with a new setting/situation that’s more suited to the rotating GM thing.
 

thullgrim

Explorer
1) Only support games I will actually run. As a corollary only by books/accessories that will be used at the table.
2) Be realistic about what I have time to prep and run. I currently run a weekly game via Foundry and have been thinking of starting another to play the games my weekly group just isn’t in to. I need to be sure I can support two games before making the call.
3) Try and run a game to its natural conclusion rather than getting bored 12 sessions into it and looking at something new and shiny.
4) Trim my collection of rpgs and mini war games down to projects I will actually run or paint and play. Do I really need 5 unfinished Warhammer 40k armies?
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
First Resolution: Try new systems

I've mentioned quite a few times how during the first year of the pandemic I compensated my inability to play TTRPGs (in person) with buying systems and studying them. I put my purchases on hold for now.

2022 is the year I'll dig through and play these systems. I'm lucky enough to work in an industry (video games) where most of my coworkers are interested in the hobby, so finding player is excessively easy.

This is my list for this year:
  • Forbidden Lands
  • Vampire: the Masquerade 5th edition
  • Symbaroum
  • Vaesen
  • Things from the Flood
  • Lancer
  • Death Space
  • Orbital Blues
  • Zweïhander
  • Pathfinder 2E
If I do half the list, I'll be content with myself.

Second Resolution: Publish something
I've been easing my way into possibly publishing a little something in 2022. It'll probably start with a zine. Already have some ideas brainstormed with a college of mine who's an artist. We'll see what happens with this.

Get into OSR
By the end of the year, I'll like to be gearing towards 2023 being a year of OSR products. I want to do a dive in and experience it. This won't happen in 2022, but I need to isolate which systems I want to try and what I want to get out of it.
 


Mezuka

Explorer
  • Focus my energies on one fantasy and one sci-fi rpg instead of being all over the place.
  • Not buy new rpgs.
  • Paint miniatures.
 

ART!

Legend
This is a very good question.

I'd like to spend more time with the people I game with in person, doing things others than gaming (but in addition to gaming).

Is like to get my GMing mojo back. I have ideas, but little confidence in seeing them through.

Be on my phone less at the gaming table.

This may sound weird, but I want to get rid of gaming PDFs I don't use. There's an awful lot of stuff clogging up my Google Drive and Dropbox.
 

payn

Legend
Time for me to learn Foundry since I purchased it in 2021, haven't really mastered it. Barely got started even. Looking forward to it!

Hit up some local Battletech meetups and get some table time in.
 

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