One of the things I’ve got used to while running our Roll20 game is the ability to run and play the sessions from anywhere that has an internet connection. This means that even with people on holiday we’ve been able to play more or less without interruptions – at least when we’re all more or less in neighbouring time zones.
We don’t have that luxury with the tabletop group, so as Real Life has the habit of dropping bombs in our laps, we’ve got to give this week’s session a miss. The plan is to regroup next week with the full roster of players and start the main adventure. These disruptions are part and parcel of tabletop groups, and on a certain level I’ve kind of missed them as part of the experience.
What I’ve also missed, on a more positive side of things, is the creative artifacts that tabletop gaming tends to promote. Way back when, I used to draw character and group portraits, other players painted figurines, wrote journals and celebrated their love of the game in as many ways as possible. In this new group, one of my players has the same creative streak, which I hope will inspire the others.
He has already created hymns and texts for his dwarven cleric, and now he’s asked me to design and draw a front page for the journal that he intends to document his character’s life and journey. My efforts as a work in progress can be seen in the picture accompanying this blog. I’m rather pleased at how it’s turning out.