You Will Miss That Really Cool Game
Go Play NW is coming up. If you’re going, here’s a shocking statistic: you will miss 95% of the games.
It’s basic math. A hundred people, with an average of five people per game (or less) means twenty games per slot, and because of those pesky laws of time and space, you’ll only be in one of them. One out of twenty. Five percent.
Feel that twinge? That dread that you’ll miss the good games? Yes, all those other games people are playing may be awesome–or they may be terrible. But either way, it doesn’t matter: in every time slot, your game will be the very best game you play, because it’s the only game you’ll be in.
It’s easy to get sucked into the “ah man, somebody else is playing the cool game” mentality. I’ve been there myself. You can focus so much on the imagined glory of the games you’re not in that you don’t give your best to the game in front of you. Lame!
Games are not predestined to be good or bad. What you do at the table decides. You can make any game great, right then and there.
Operative word: you. Don’t show up at a game waiting to be entertained. Show up ready to make it fun. This is not passive media, it’s a team sport.
Decades of traditional games have taught us bad lessons: we show up to the GM’s game, and we see what the GM has prepared for us, and if it sucks we sit back and say “that guy’s game sucked!” Because clearly it’s not our fault. But just as we all have an interest in the game succeeding–who the hell wants to waste their time with a bad game?–we all have the power to make a difference. Fun is a democracy, and every vote counts. We just forget sometimes.