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Gaming Nerdery

posted Dec 31, 2010, 5:47 PM by Christopher Ellison   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 6:54 PM ]
Geek.  Nerd.  Whatever.  I've always been one, and I've long since come to grips with the fact that I always will be.  Of course, I play pen and paper RPGs - mostly shorthanded as "I play D&D," but there are so many others, too.  Shadowrun (metal elves with guns!).  Rifts (if I want a headache).  Even random, oddball games (like, for instance, FAST).  I love running campaigns; I love playing characters in campaigns. I've played since I was probably 8.
Of course, now that I'm all old with a big, grown-up job, it seems much harder to find the time to still play.  Gaming is also something of a rarefied hobby, and since I've moved halfway across the country (years ago), I've not had time (read: not spent the time) to find new groups to game with.  Harder still was finding the time over the past couple of years - I was working and finishing up grad school, so time was at a premium.  Of course, I've run and played in some Internet-facilitated campaigns over the past few years, but the occasion is rare, and the atmosphere isn't quite the same.  It's fun, but it's just not as easy to get into that odd, 3 A.M. gaming "zone" when you're typing away in an IM box. 
Well, New Year's is the time for resolutions, and here's one of mine:  spend more time having fun.  For me, this partially means getting back into a semi-regular campaign or two.  I've resolved to start up a new, wiki-facilitated Shadowrun campaign with some of my old gaming friends.  I also plan to get some other people involved more locally. . . somehow.  
Anyway, if you've stumbled across this backwater of a page and are particularly bored, feel free to drop in on the wiki and see how the campaign is going.  Also, I hope to spend a little more time organizing some of my old paper notes on house rules, observations, and such.  I'm hoping to try out some of my old ideas and see how they work.  I'll do my best to keep this blog updated as frequently as I can.