How often do you play? Once a week is the most common answer, with several times a month being a close second. I was surprised to see such a showing for several times a week: to all you multi-game night warriors, I salute you! And one lone person says that he or she plays daily, which I would assume is assisted by the Internet in some fashion, but if you’ve got a face to face game that happens every single day (and aren’t 12), then I bow down before you and your frequent playings.
Speaking of game nights, I’ve gotten into more and more games lately, joining new campaigns and trying to settle back into a grove for old ones. So far, the three games I’m in campaigns of are all 4e. This is great and gives me the chance to DM and then play 2 very different characters. However, I own a fair number of games (over 200 board and card games, and a bookshelf full of RPGs) and so I get cravings for other games. 4th Power is one out-cropping of it, but recently, a few of us have decided to embark on a mission to mix in some other games into our busy schedules, focusing on one-shot adventures and such to experience a wide range of other games.
Our focus for this is going to be those things we call “story games” or “indie RPGs“, a term that I cannot myself fully define, and have a little experience with but not enough to call myself an expert by any means. There’s also a world of politics and such around it that turns me off into getting too much into it, but I continue to pick up the stuff that seems interesting and try to seek out convention games that sound good. All that has meant that I’ve built up a number of games that I have never run or played but have been itching to try, and I’ve found a few others in the same situation, and so we’ve finally decided to do something about it.
Thus, that is my long, rambling way of asking you how experienced you are with these types of games. Again, there’s no hard and fast definition that’s going to work here to define “indie/story games” but a part of my own definition would exclude D&D, World of Darkness, GURPS, and most of the other big games. My definition includes games that I own such as Dread, Dogs in the Vineyard, Mountain Witch, Primetime Adventures, and so on.
Any insight into your experiences (try to keep it friendly) would be appreciated as we dive in.