Real Life Gets in the Way: a reason to travel to the West Marches

I have been trying since October to get my old gang together over Google Meet to play a simple game of D&D. The easiest version the rally old gamers around is B/X, so I went with the best version of B/X, OSE. not knowing if my high school chums still had anygaming supplies, I sent them table copies while keeping my hardbacks..

Most of the guys had moved away in the great post college diaspora, and in the ensuing decades, engaged with that thing that dooms most regular playgroups: Real Life.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with jobs, relationships. or families, those things are kind of the point of what being an adult is about. Gaming is supposed to be what is between these things.

I have made three attempts since our last game in November to play, but one or more of the okd group were unable to make it. My oldest friend in the group, a man I have known for nearly forty years, (he was my first DM in my high school gaming club) has always made the time.He and I agreed to a few things going forward: weneed a larger pool of players, preferably other people who were part of our old groups, and secondly to play with whoever shows up.

the best example of that kind of revolving troupe play is called West Marches style after this famous campaign. The primary conceit is that no session ends in the dungeon, and that incoming characters who “know” members of the group can acquire a copy of the campaign or dungeon map and pick up where the others left off.

Peter Dell’Orto runs his DF game this way, as seen on his website

I have triedto model my play by post campaign this way as well, by his example.

Going forward, however I will recruit players, their characters will start in the Brass Bell, a tavern in the war ravaged city of Dunmoore, and make their way out into the empty lands, depopulated by plague and the incursions of the necromancer. Whoever can show will forma group and head forth to adventure, and be back in town before we end for the night.

Maybe I can get a game going this month!

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