Monthly Archives: October 2015

Gaming Failure

For the briefest of moments, I thought I would be a game master, a newbie game master, but a game master none the less.  Sadly, I realize that this really was not to be.

For those who do not know, a game master (GM) is the person who runs a role playing game (RPG).  Most people are probably more familiar with it being called dungeon master.  But, given the nature of the RPGs that I was looking to run (READ: no dungeons), game master felt more appropriate than dungeon master.

Now, the RPG I was looking to run was Fantasy Flight’s End of the World RPG.  The series has the players assume roles as themselves facing apocalyptic situations.  I participated in one as a player at Connecticon (mentioned in a previous post), and looked to try my hand at running my own game.  In a short time, I managed to write not one, but four different scenarios (two suggested by the first book of the End of the World series, the third from the second book, and the last one using the rules).

I managed to run one of these adventures.  I had posted it on the Meetup group that I belonged to and had gotten four people to sign up to participate.  That seems great until I got to game day and only two of the four people showed up.  I ran the scenario with just the two people.

Undeterred, I planned on another gaming session, this time planning on using the Fiasco system, which is more open ended and does not require a GM.  Unfortunately, I ended up having to cancel this meetup due to low interest.

On the day I was to run that game, I posted another event, this time scheduled to be run two weeks later.  That would have been this upcoming Sunday.  Once more, I had to cancel this event, again due to low interest.  The one person who did sign up was reluctant to participate due to the low turn out.

Looking over this track record, I wonder if I am really made out to be a GM.  At least, I wonder if I’m really made out to promote events, especially ones that I set up.  The two people who signed up for that first game seemed to enjoy themselves.  At least, they said they did.  But they could just be saying that to be nice.  I really don’t know.

Regardless, I feel like running a game might not be something I am capable of.

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