With #chicagogameday41 on the horizon, I’ve shifted into “What am I going to run?” mode — assuming that I will have time to prepare anything at all, given life as it is now.
Right now, I’m reading through Golden Sky Stories. Quinn Murphy’s recent post about “Action, not Violence” has been rattling around my brain, prompting me to think about which games on my shelf don’t focus on combat as a core activity. Then I remember I’d picked up GSS at GenCon last year, so I grabbed it and started reading. It’s charming so far, but I’m only a little ways in.
It could be my age, my health, or my now being a father, but this idea of games about constructive behavior (helping others, discovery, creation) and what I call “small stories” (personal relationships, life lessons, human milestones) has become more and more interesting to me. (It also reminds me of the Burning Wheel meets Gilmore GIrls event I ran at BurningCon years ago. I might need to revisit it at some point.)
Or maybe I’ll just run some D&D!