I'm somewhat unsatisfied from a gaming standpoint. I have a lot of unmet gaming needs (I know, this is much more important than world hunger). Basically, the games I really want to play in I can't find anyone to run. And the games I want to run are generally not the favorite of my players.
First, here is a quick rundown of our gaming setup:
- We game every Tuesday night for 3 hours.
- We've deliberately kept the group small; there are only 3 of us in total (me, Adam, Jim); we had a 4th player but he got booted over a year ago because he didn't play well with others.
- We are all fans of old school D&D (primarily AD&D and B/X).
- Me and Jim rotate DM'ing duties (currently, I'm running an AD&D campaign and Jim is running a B/X campaign).
- We rarely venture into non-D&D games (the only instances being when we played PF for a few months; and we played Jim's self-made RPG for about a month)
However, there is (in my mind) a bit of a tension about what to play - and who should run it. Jim wants to run exclusively AD&D or B/X. And he's a good DM. And I can't force him to run something he doesn't want to run. I firmly believe that you need to let the DM decide what to run since he will be the one expending the creative juices to make it happen. But for me, this means that I can only play in a B/X or AD&D game.
And when I DM, I typically run AD&D - because that's the favorite system of both Jim and Adam. And I like it too. The only exception to this is when I ran Pathfinder for a few months. But even that was a bit of an issue because Adam loves PF, I'm "okay" with it, and Jim doesn't like it very much. So honestly, I don't think we'll run that again.
(Thanks for Your Patience So Far! I'll be coming to an actual point soon.)
So essentially, we are playing AD&D or B/X the vast majority (90%) of the time. And while those are great games, I want to play stuff besides D&D! And I want to run stuff besides D&D! I have a decent-sized laundry list of games I'd like to play in or run. I want to try new systems and experiment with new things! I considered PF an experiment since it wasn't an "old school" game. And I feel more educated for having done so.
There are lots of games on my list. I would like to run a Pendragon campaign. I'd like to try out a COC one-shot. Or some Gamma World (in all fairness, both guys have professed a willingness to play GW). Or maybe a S&W campaign. Or Mutant Future. Or Mutants & Masterminds. Or some OSR stuff like Carcosa, Weird Adventures and Dragons at Dawn. Or Mazes & Minotaurs.
But I'm not sure when I'll get to play or run these games.
By the way, the boys aren't jerks about it. I doubt they would say "No!" if I asked them to play one of these other games. But any time I test the waters with a proposal, they never seem very excited about it. At times, I'll literally bring a hard copy of a new RPG to the gaming table - kind of a "Show and Tell." But even that doesn't generate much interest. So that kind of kills my enthusiasm.
I've thought about trying to supplement my gaming needs by getting into a second group, but my wife simply wouldn't tolerate me being gone two nights a week to game and I can't say that I blame her. And I'm having fun with the guys and consider them friends, so I don't want to just disband the group.
Maybe I just need to be more forceful. I.e., decide what I want to run, learn the rules, put together a good introductory adventure and say "Guys, this is what we're playing. Let's roll up some PC's!"