OOC VI: There and OOC Again.   Posted by GM.Group: 0
GM
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Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 19:19
Re: Not Dead Yet
Things that have been keeping us busy -- kids; having our kitchen ripped out (two weeks in, three to four weeks to go); dog.  Work.

I think it might be time to figure out how to wrap this up.  Back in March, as I was barreling towards trial, I considered posting then that I thought I needed to get the story-lines to an end-game - not necessarily wrapping up all the loose ends, but getting PCs to a point where the players could say they had questions answered, and goals achieved.  But at the time, I recognized that the stress of work, combined with some other things, was likely warping my thinking, and I decided to simply put the game on hiatus until after the trial.

Then after I got back, I had a brief burst of enthusiasm that hasn't held.  I find myself thinking, "I should log on and post."  And then just not doing it.  I can see end-games for a few of the plots are really close; others could go on for quite some time.  But the prospect of keeping them going indefinitely doesn't energize me; instead, it drains me.  It's not because of anything going on here -- you guys really have been, for a very long time, just the most amazing group of players.  I wish you lived within 30 minutes driving distance, so I could have y'all over to sit around the table.  But I can't get myself into the right brain-space to be able to say I'm in this for the long haul.  I would propose continuing the hiatus, but i'm afraid that if I do that, in a couple of months time I'll not be prepared to pick up the reins and run with it.

But I don't want to just walk away from it either and leave things unfinished.  So I guess I'm opening up a discussion about what folks want to do.
Mobley Oribarak
 player, 894 posts
 Go away, I am busy
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 20:18
Re: Not Dead Yet
The below is IMHO

What I am hearing, although I think you are trying to be kind about it, is that you are burned out.  I give you huge kudos for stating that as opposed to just disappearing as many folks do.

Given I think you are looking for an exit strategy, and have been generous enough to offer wrapping things up in various threads, I do not feel that is necessary.  Just end things and be done.  Folks can take their characters and the backgrounds they have developed to other games...they certainly have rich material to work with.

My only other question(s) to you is...
Are you done with GMing?
Are you done with this game, primarily due to the fact that it has become such a massive and complex undertaking, and are interested in doing something on a smaller scale?

If it's the latter then I think I speak for several folks who would enjoy joining.

If it's the former, well it happens to the best of us.  I would say best of luck, enjoy a break until inspiration draws you back.  In which case do not lose my e-mail as I would be happy join any game you are running.

Maybe I am wrong, but as a GM, I have felt the same way at times.
Tara Fabbri
 player, 1385 posts
 Spymaster
 On a Quest for Vengeance
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 21:32
Re: Not Dead Yet
I echo the above sentiments.

If you happen to GM again, I'd be glad to get in on it.

You've been the most engaged GM I've ever learned under.

If you desire me specifically, you may reach me at .

This message was last edited by the player at 13:40, Mon 17 Oct 2016.

Amira
 player, 673 posts
 The Song of the Forest
 Can Be Found in All
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 22:34
Re: Not Dead Yet
Totally fine with hanging out away from this game.

If you're done, that's cool. You never gave up on any of us and we're not going to be upset/give up on you. You enjoy feeling chill :)

If you ever want to keep in contact, I'll hand off my email.
Aeroc de Espadero
 player, 53 posts
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 23:00
Re: Not Dead Yet
I can do naught but echo previous sentiments.  You are definitely counted among the elite 1% of GM's on this site and I have enjoyed gaming in your world immensely. As others have stated, if you ever find your inspiration and begin another undertaking, I would be deeply honored for the opportunity to participate.

Best wishes to you and yours. Go with God's speed.


Until then... "First star on the right, and straight on 'til morning"
Donato de Casa-Branca
 player, 779 posts
 I know where it hurts
Mon 17 Oct 2016
at 11:25
Re: Not Dead Yet
I had been dreading this day... I admire and still don't quite understand how you've managed to keep us engaged and entertained for so long!
Having GM'd a few games myself, I know the feeling you're describing.

I appreciate what my fellow players are saying about accepting to walk away with a maybe some day. By all measures you've earned the right to end this inconvenience on your terms.
This being said and given the opportunity, I would love to exchange a few posts to wrap up ongoing story arcs. That is, if you do have the will and the inspiration for it.

And evidently, I'm on board no question asked with any roleplaying project you want to take on, now or in any future. You have my email address.
Hamble Setzhammer
 player, 94 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 20:19
Re: Not Dead Yet
Likewise echoed, DM.
Running this many threads, in depth, is draining even when life is smooth in the sailing.

Hamble joined as a support PC, like Charan, and I consider this most certainly the most fun I've ever had as being a support character :)
If you do take back the mantle, by all means please drop me an rmail/email.


Take a great bow for your efforts, and we have all the tales of the adventures in reward.  Much appreciation from us.
GM
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Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 22:17
Re: Not Dead Yet
Thanks, all.  I would like to finish up a couple of things, if the players are up for it, and game for figuring out how to do it fairly quickly -- that would mean some fast and loose non-mapped based posting, and me seriously backing off my rules-lawyerliness.

First, Tara and Iminye are in the midst of a scene that could close out the story arc of taking out Isabella -- a key goal for Tara, and one she has been chasing for a while, and something that would set Iminye up for her plan to TAKE OVER THE WORLD. And if they fail, it could be a hell of a cliffhanger.  Second, at the same time, the same scene (though in a different thread) could close out Valan's arc.  If those three players would like to do that, and figure out how to make that happen.

Third, Donato is also at the end of a story arc, in a scene that could wrap something up for him, and answer a few questions for him.

Fourth, Mobley -- this one really would require a willingness to set aside the rules, maps, and the like, and just rolling with it, but I'd like to wrap up the "do we get the bone-staff from the white dragon" if the players would like to do it.

Fifth, and this is probably just one or two posts, Tandro can be shuffled back to Sutton.

There are a couple of storylines that can't be wrapped up quickly -- unfortunately, Amira's is very early, as is Gabhran's and Abby's.  Garflin might be wishing, with 20/20 hindsight, that his father/antagonist hadn't escaped that last big fight.  I might be able to do a quick wrap of the current scene involving Jonathan and Elijah, but not in a way that actually closes a milestone in the story.

It is possible that six months from now, I'll feel like the possibility of reopening things (maybe with a "let's say a year, or 2, or 3 or 5 have passed -- if you want to pick up with your current PCs, what happened to them in the meantime?  If you want a new PC, let's talk."   But I can't guarantee it.
Maren Dahl
 player, 209 posts
Thu 20 Oct 2016
at 22:58
Re: Not Dead Yet
Dragon adventure!
Garflin
 player, 527 posts
 Hp 46/46
 Channel: 4/5
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 00:03
Re: Not Dead Yet
Look lass, I hear ye, it can be tough sometimes. Better to just let this fade and, if possible, pick it up later, for both characters.

Wherever the winds lead ye, be blessed.
Tara Fabbri
 player, 1386 posts
 Spymaster
 On a Quest for Vengeance
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 04:10
Re: Not Dead Yet
It's probably better to let it lay, instead of pushing.
Abby Lightfoot
 player, 151 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 12:54
Re: Not Dead Yet
GM, please let me know if you would like me to take over an abandoned PC or play an NPC.

If not, thank you for some fun gaming for now.  I really do hope to play in your games again.
Mobley Oribarak
 player, 895 posts
 Go away, I am busy
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 19:18
Re: Not Dead Yet
Mobley - I see this encounter as rather massive...which would be fun to go through, but I see no way to make it an 'easy' one to resolve.  Even with setting aside several rules.  However, since there are several players engaged I would defer to the majority.

Jonathan - I see no reason to move on.

Valan - I see no reason to move on.
GM
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Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 19:39
Re: Not Dead Yet
Hamble Setzhammer:
Likewise echoed, DM.


By the way -- how are you doing?
Hamble Setzhammer
 player, 95 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 21:31
Re: Not Dead Yet
Bug dead (apparently has been for some time), hospital visits done, sleep returning.
2/3 chance it will hit me again, so taking preventative meds.
Longterm damage to my leg veins, but chance it could recover in part, so crossing fingers.  Not as common, but my other leg partially recovered from a soccer injury, and my health is and has been super solid, so ... a chance.

Sleep and no IVs make many things much easier to muddle tru.
Donato de Casa-Branca
 player, 780 posts
 I know where it hurts
Mon 31 Oct 2016
at 13:02
Re: Not Dead Yet
In reply to GM (msg # 315):
 That all sounds good!
 I could write up Josep out off Wyndham as well.

 I just discovered my computer at work has a very decent speech synthesiser, I've been listening to the early adventures of Donato et al last week. Very entertaining. A bit annoyingly, I have to listen to the date of posting and characters' bio with every post...
Amira
 player, 674 posts
 The Song of the Forest
 Can Be Found in All
Tue 27 Dec 2016
at 16:41
Re: Not Dead Yet
I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to everyone <3
GM
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Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 00:32
Re: Not Dead Yet
In reply to Amira (msg # 324):

And to you, too.  Hope everyone who observes holidays had happy observations.  We almost didn't get a tree up, but a 75% off LED fake tree from the local drug store filled in at the last minute (Christmas Eve), and the gifts were all wrapped, and the kids seemed pleased.

We had our annual goose dinner; 40 people in all.
Hamble Setzhammer
 player, 96 posts
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 01:12
Re: Not Dead Yet
Very nice!  We joined our quasi-adopted parents and (by extension) our quasi-adopted extended family.  Turkey, stuffing, ham, salad stuff, potatoes, corn and other veggies, perogies, cabbage rolls, tortiere, buns, other salad stuff, fixings, but no goose.

We will tell them that they need to up their game (cuz geese, fly, ysee)! :p


We likewise have the LED tree from the drug store, tho our tree is only about 3' high.  Drives the cats that the star on the tree is reachable, but they are not permitted to go on the counters, or they are attacked by water ninja.
Elijah Bradon Gladestron
 player, 311 posts
 A tough Elf...
 Who inspires others
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 01:50
Re: Not Dead Yet
No no, you misunderstood. It's a dinner where everyone tries to goose everyone else.

Silly dwarf.
Charan LeMarc
 player, 107 posts
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 05:08
Re: Not Dead Yet
Elijah Bradon Gladestron:
No no, you misunderstood. It's a dinner where everyone tries to goose everyone else.

Silly dwarf.
Oooooh.  I thought that was standard at all meals.
Amira
 player, 675 posts
 The Song of the Forest
 Can Be Found in All
Thu 5 Jan 2017
at 19:38
Re: Not Dead Yet
40 people? Goodness! Is that all family?
Donato de Casa-Branca
 player, 781 posts
 I know where it hurts
Fri 6 Jan 2017
at 00:00
Re: Not Dead Yet
Happy New Year everyone !
This year I engaged in the noble art of Poultry Matrioshka, with an Oie Farcie au Poulet Farci aux Boudins Noirs et Châtaignes (goose stuffed with a chicken stuffed with blood sausage and chestnuts) -- and it was great.

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for 2017.
GM
 GM, 9546 posts
 
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Sat 7 Jan 2017
at 22:56
Re: Not Dead Yet
Amira:
40 people? Goodness! Is that all family?


There were a few blood relatives among the 40 (my sister, brother-in-law, and their kids; the spouse's sister and her kids).  But many of them we think of as "family" despite the lack of any familiar relationship by birth or marriage.

Donato:
(goose stuffed with a chicken stuffed with blood sausage and chestnuts)


That sounds like a much more elegant version of a turducken, with one less poultry.  Sounds delicious, too.

Hamble:
no goose.


December 30, 2017.  Put it on your calendar for next year.  it will be the 40th (and the spouse's 51st birthday -- did I mention his birthday coincided with Goose Dinner this year?  Go ahead, tell him he's old.)

As for cats and Christmas trees ...  We're going to be increasing the pet population in our house by one at some point over the next few weeks.  Since the first of November, the Boy has been participating in a weekly "StoryTails" program at the local animal shelter that has him "reading to cats."  The first few sessions at least involved reading to cats (with a couple of sessions of reading to rabbits and guinea pigs), though most of them have been playing with kittens -- to socialize them to people and prepare them for adoption.  Long story short, we're getting a cat, but wanted to wait until after the chaos of the holidays, to put away the tree.

Don't know quite how the dog is going to take it.
Charan LeMarc
 player, 108 posts
Sun 8 Jan 2017
at 04:53
Re: Not Dead Yet
GM:
Don't know quite how the dog is going to take it.
With a little ketchup - it's quite good on toast.