Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thoughts on Campaign Organization

There seem to be two schools of thought regarding how RPG campaigns are organized.

The first holds that the campaign is an extension of a particular group of friends, who get together to share each others' company and for whom the game is a reason to do so. In this conception, "the group" is a coherent whole and "the game" exists to serve its needs and the needs and/or desires of the members of the group. Thus, scheduling, venue, and the choice of game (and the role of game master) is determined by consensus of the group.

The second holds that the campaign is an end unto itself. The individual players assemble for the purpose of playing the game, and thus the roster of players may change from session to session or more gradually over time. This does not preclude some members forming (close) friendships, but such is secondary to the primary goal of playing the game. Thus, scheduling, venue, and the choice of game is determined by the game master, and those participants who are able and willing to play, do so as they will.

This can be a problem when the participants, or a subset of the participants, thinks they are playing one sort of campaign, and others think they're playing another. The sort of campaign should be clear to all from the outset.

DexCon16 Information Now Up

For those of you in or around the New Jersey area and who love a great gaming convention, the information for this year's DexCon convention is now up. DexCon 16 will be held at the same location as in recent years; the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ, from July 3 through 7. DexCon is a fantastic fan-run convention with all sorts of games, from RPGs to LARPs to miniatures to board games to video games.

Folks who want to run games can submit proposals through the website right now, and reduced room rates for the hotel are also available. One of the highlights (for me, anyway) will be an Ogre Macrotures game on Friday afternoon. What's Ogre Macrotures? Imagine a hotel event room taken over by a game of Ogre, with the Ogre itself two feet long...

Oh, and Steve Jackson himself is going to be there to oversee the festivities!

Gonna be a great convention, as always. I'll be running a bunch of Adventure Dark and Deep games, and you can be sure you'll see me at Ogre as well. See you there!