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D&D General What are your 2021 gaming goals?

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
I know I’m about a week late for New Years resolutions, but I imagine some of you made them. Even if you didn’t, maybe this thread will inspire you to. I want to know what your gaming-related goals are for this year. 2020 was a strange year for gaming, especially for those of us who strongly prefer gaming in person. So in the interest of making 2021 a better one, I thought it would be good to share our gaming goals for this year.

Here are mine:

Start a regular game up by March. Even if that has to mean running it online to start with. I haven’t run a proper game since last March, and a year is a long enough break. I need to get back into it by then. Which brings me to my next goal...

Be ready for game by game night. I’ve had way too many times where game night comes around and I just have to wing it because I have next to nothing prepared, and I want to break myself out of that pattern. Now, part of this will be getting more comfortable running with less prep than would be ideal. But part of it will be committing to doing prep every week, especially because of my next goal...

Run games weekly. In 2019 I ran games twice monthly. In theory the off-week was supposed to give me time to prep for the on-week, but in practice that just didn’t really happen. With two weeks between sessions, it took forever to get anything done, especially since a lot of time in each session would have to be dedicated to everyone getting their bearings again. And if a session had to be cancelled, forget about it. This year, I’m committing to one session a week, as well as...

Get more done each session. I know this one isn’t entirely within my control. The players of course have a lot of influence over the pace of the session, as well they should, but there’s a lot more I could be doing to help keep up the flow. This year, I plan to set clearer expectations around cross-talk, rules discussions, and distractions, and I want to go into each session with a clearer idea of what the plan is so I don’t have to waste time stalling while I figure it out on the fly.

What about you? What goals do you have for yourself, either as a DM or as a player?
 

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Start a West Marches style game - kinda cheating here as I had been planning this with another DM through the fall and we recruited our initial player pool in December. First session was last night (with me as DM) and second session will be tomorrow (with the other DM and I get to play - yay!). I think we'll enjoy the flexibility of this style in that the player pool should provide 3-6 PCs for any given day/time that either DM can run. And players won't feel pressure to make every session. This is going to hinge on active player involvement in the between-session communication on Discord. We're encouraging the posting of player session recaps with the promise of minor in-game rewards - we'll see how that goes. I guess at some point it would be nice to get a third DM to step up from the player pool to run a session now and then, too.

Streamline VTT prep - VTTs can really become a time-suck in terms of setting up the perfect scenes, especially now that I've been introduced to Dynamic Lighting in Roll20. The perfect is definitely the enemy of the good here and I want to be able to set up maps and enemies more quickly. I probably need to change my mindset to harken back to the days when we played in person: simple dry erase grid tiles, chess pieces for enemy tokens, and sometimes just theatre of the mind. Simplify...

Streamline overall game prep - I want to delve more into the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master to help with this. Hmm... that sounds like an oxymoron, but I feel the more I can absorb more of the lessons from the book now, the more efficient I'll be prepping over the coming months.

Publish a few adventures on the DMs' Guild - I wanted to do this last year but put it off and now here I am putting it on my 2021 list.

Continue to learn DM tips and tricks from the good folks here on ENWorld - there really are some great nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned in different threads here - even if it is sometimes just re-examining and/or re-affirming how we currently play at our tables. Glad to be part of it. Thanks for starting this thread @Charlaquin!
 

Esbee

Dungeon Master at large.
First and foremost resume my regular 1st ed campaign... which has been on hiatus since March due to the pandemic. That's a twice monthly (on average) game.

Make a point of writing up some stuff for publication.

Maybe start a podcast/webseries talking old school... been meaning to do this for a while now, but keep putting it off.

Check back with me in 2022 and we'll see how diligent I've been! :p
 

GnomeWorks

Adventurer
I'd like to have all my homebrew classes in at least a usable state by April or so.

I'd like to get the setting guide I'm working on also in a usable state, since my wiki got nuked and my current group is new and isn't familiar with my world.
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
Start a West Marches style game - kinda cheating here as I had been planning this with another DM through the fall and we recruited our initial player pool in December. First session was last night (with me as DM) and second session will be tomorrow (with the other DM and I get to play - yay!). I think we'll enjoy the flexibility of this style in that the player pool should provide 3-6 PCs for any given day/time that either DM can run. And players won't feel pressure to make every session. This is going to hinge on active player involvement in the between-session communication on Discord. We're encouraging the posting of player session recaps with the promise of minor in-game rewards - we'll see how that goes. I guess at some point it would be nice to get a third DM to step up from the player pool to run a session now and then, too.
I’ve wanted to run a West Marches game ever since I first heard about them, but I just don’t have the players for something like that, and I feel like coordinating with multiple DMs would be hard for me. But, the campaign I’m working on for March is inspired by some of the parts of West Marches that excite me the most. I’m planning to set the game in a city based around Waterdeep (utilizing Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage), with Undermountain filling in the role filled by The West in West Marches. Sort of a “Down Marches” I guess. I have five players, but I’m planning to encourage them to make multiple characters, that they can switch between from adventure to adventure.
Thanks for starting this thread @Charlaquin!
No problem! I thought it would be a good conversation starter and could potentially lead to some useful ideas being shared.
 



Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
My answer:
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
My answer:
Whoops! If I’d known this thread already existed I would have just posted in it instead of starting a new one. My bad! 😅

EDIT: Oh, I see, it’s in gaming general instead of D&D. That makes sense. In that case, I think it makes sense for both threads to coexist. This one for D&D-specific goals and the other for general gaming goals.
 

Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
Whoops! If I’d known this thread already existed I would have just posted in it instead of starting a new one. My bad! 😅

EDIT: Oh, I see, it’s in gaming general instead of D&D. That makes sense. In that case, I think it makes sense for both threads to coexist. This one for D&D-specific goals and the other for general gaming goals.

No resolution for D&D in 2021.

My 5e campaign is on hold until we can get face to face. We love using miniatures and terrain for that one. Tried playing it on VTT but it is just not the same kind of fun.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
I'd like to end the current campaign to end soonish. I've been running Lost Mine of Phandelver/Dragon of Icespire Peak. I've never cared for running published adventures, and I think that if I were to do so that I should have stuck to one or the other. LMoP is a good adventure, but DoIP is kind of mediocre and the party is outpacing both. I might take a stab at running Rime of the Frostmaiden, but that may be next year.

Help my friend take his first step as a GM (after decades of playing) with running a Star Wars RPG (D6) game.

Run a Cyberpunk RED game at some point in the year (after someone else takes the GM's reins for a while).

Get more game books (because, apparently, I don't have enough after decades of collecting).

Acquaint myself with a VTT other than Tabletop Simulator (because my internet is laggy and it affect the performance of the platform when I GM—as a player I don't have the same issue for reasons).

Paint some of my miniatures.
 

To play.

this COVID stuff has been a real pain. Thanking God my pals and I are OK and that is more important than our games...but I miss the games.

my pal just bought the full package of fantasy grounds. We are making characters!

there is even talk of playing this weekend! But it would be only the 3rd time in like 8 months.

we played in an open garage wearing masks twice and socially distanced but it’s winter now. I hope fantasy grounds is good. Excited to play Avernus which I have not read (intentionally) so the wait paid off...

In short the goal is TO PLAY.
 


pming

Hero
Hiya!

Easy. To get the gang back to the physical table for a weekly (or even bi-weekly) game! I haven't had a face to face game in over a year...seems like forever though! :(

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

For starters:
-Play more DND this year and hopefully my group starts back up soon. It should be starting back up soon the DM tells me.

-Pay and get the four DND 5E related Kickstarters that I've backed last year. Been excited for them and the fact that four of the ones I'm getting are coming with their own exclusive dice. Which leads to the next one.............

-Start to buy the various Damage Dice sets from Gylded.com. Since I've been getting into 5E and buying various setting books, third party supplements, and Inspiration tokens from Etsy, my dice collection has been growing ever bigger and I'm starting to get the same sensation my one bro gets when he adds another dice set to his ever growing dice collection. I'll probably get a few more exclusives ones followed by some cheaper loaner sets that I offer during sessions to players who don't have dice. But once I reach that point: I'll probably be officially done with collecting dice unless I see something else that would be interesting for my collection.

-Teach my bro and my other good bro how to play DND 5E and start having our own sessions. Been wanting to play some DND with them and is also one of the main reasons why I want to get a lot more DM experience.

-Rebuy a copy of Tyranny of Dragons 2019 and get Tasha's Cauldron of Everything: I have Tyranny of Dragons 2019 already, but my original copy has gotten bent due to not realizing how a much of stuff was leaning on it in my room and I had no idea. I've given up on trying to get the Tasha's Cauldron of Everything alternate cover after the copy, that I pre-ordered from the brick and moater, got stolen by somebody in the apartment complex on the day it was delivered. And everybody and their mother apparently thinks that the actual price of it is $100+ and not 39/49 bucks+tax whenever I look online to buy the alternate cover again. Stupid scalpers

And now for the wait what really why(?) category for the year:
-Get For Gold and Glory or Myths and Magic to play 2E and apply a number of 5E themed House Rules to it.

-Play DND 3E/3.5, but use the Pathfinder 1st Edition rules for a number of things to fix 3E/3.5(aka why don't you just play Pathfinder 1st Edition instead? Nope: 3E/3.5 using some of the Pathfinder class fixes and skill system for 3E/3.5 and the monsters of 3E/3.5 instead of Pathfinders 1st Edition. Also we are gonna add the Gonzo 1 and Gonzo 2 classes in there too.) And to top it all off, apply a number of 5E themed House Rules to it


But with those 5E themed house rules, why don't you just play 5-Look 5E doesn't have the option of allowing me to play as an Azur Lane style Poetica Assault Witch that can go Full Metal Jacket on a swarm of Eldritch monstrosities nor do I have any experience of creating homebrew 5E content aside from basic refluffing, winging Damage Die types for weapons like a Gnome Hook Hammer, or what the Damage Scaling/Mechanics for a type of Bayonetta style Wicked Weave attack, aside from making it a bonus action type attack that does the Cleric Potent Cantrip damage upgrade of 2D8.

Wait: Poetica? Assault Witch? In 3E/3.5/Pathfinder? Aren't those from Otherverse/Black Tok-End Transmission.
 
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Get back to running some Meetup games online and eventually in person hopefully.

Looking at an Old School Essentials Hex Crawl game.

Also get my Stars Without Number game running as well.
 

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