Doctor StrangeRoll’s Year in Review

I started this year running a D&D 4E Eberron game and ended it running a Pathfinder adventure path (Skull & Shackles) with a tweest, all Goblin player characters. We also had isolated sessions of Paranoia (2nd edition), Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space, and Savage Worlds (Space: 1889 and Realms of Cthulhu). At Gary Con, in addition to Paranoia and Ghostbusters, I also ran Hollow Earth Expedition and played Star Frontiers (Did you know PDF versions of this TSR classic are still legally available online?). Reapermas also happened, and I’ve barely touched that pile of minis with my paints. The end of the year was stupid busy. It interfered with my gaming and game-related pursuits, but I did finish the first draft of my fifth novel, so there’s that (more about that over at vffpublishing.com)

One of my goals for 2013 was to play more different games, include something using Fate. Well, that didn’t happen, but I still managed quite a variety, some of which was even with my home gaming group! I’m going to continue that goal in 2014. I want to try to play or run Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, something with Fate, Numenera, and more Savage Worlds.

When I started this blog, the point was to run classic adventures through all the available systems of D&D. That didn’t work out quite as I envisioned, but since the start, we have managed to play everything except Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. I don’t count D&D Next at this point because the game is not out yet. I’m not interested in running games with play test documents at this time, but I don’t discount a D&D Next game as a possibility in the future, though personally, I feel like I’ve had it with the edition treadmill, plus, the older I get, the less I like rules-heavy (aka crunchy) systems, and D&D hasn’t been rules light since the days of Basic D&D (I would classify AD&D as rules-medium…depending on how you houserule your game).

Most of 2014 will be a continuation of the Goblin Skulls & Shackles game. They’re about 1/3rd of the way through the second part of a six part adventure path. At the conclusion of book 2 or book 3, depending on how long wrapping up book 2 takes, I will probably take a short break from Pathfinder to run 2-3 games of a different system (or play test games I’m running at Gary Con in March). I hope to be able to wrap up Skull & Shackles by the end of 2014. Once that is finished, I will probably run the AD&D phase of Doctor StrangeRoll, most likely using AD&D 2nd Edition.

Where does Doctor StrangeRoll go from there? Probably Savage Worlds (for some reason, running the Reign of Winter AP using Savage Worlds appeals to me more than running it in Pathfinder) or a Star Wars game. That’s looking into 2015, though, and a lot can happen in a year.

To all my readers, I wish you a 2014 filled with good friends, good gaming, and all the joy and good fortune you can stand!

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