I’ve recently discovered the wide world of gaming podcasts, and have found that my ears have become somewhat sore from the constant presence of iPod earbuds. I’ve added some links to the list if you are perhaps interested in checking some of these out. I’m up to date with the The Bear’s Grove and am currently listening through The Round Table, with others on the sidelines, including Does My Geek Look Big in This and Dragon’s Landing.
What all this listening really makes me yearn for is some sort of situation where I can game all the time, and then talk about gaming. I’m sure I’d come up for air now and then, but I definitely have an unhealthy desire for gaming.
I’m still kicking around ideas in my head for a cooperative game-world creation with my gaming group which would serve as a game in itself. In general, I tend to run games where the players have a huge amount of freedom (and they sometimes complain at the lack of overt plot/direction from me) but I also like the idea of the players taking an active part in the creation of the story – I love to see players driving the plot along themselves through their characters’ actions and decisions. That’s when I really get excited about a game, when I feel like I’m doing my job as a GM/Storyteller/whatever. I love a game where it feels like an emergent thing, like more than the sum of its parts. I mean, if I wanted to just tell a story that I had in my head, I’d write it down. For me, the joy of running a game is the fact that characters will surprise and challenge you – at least good ones will.