What does one do when you bore of a game? If you are like me you express it. People will know that I am bored, damnit! But what if you bore to the point that you no longer want to mess with a game? That is a harder question to answer. I tend to avoid them like a plague. I haven’t played in a game of 3.x in a long time, probably over a year. I am just tired of it. When you start to look for a group and you can’t find anything else, you get bored. I love Dungeons and Dragons (in fact I am excited about the new PHB, which will arrive on Tuesday!), the only problem is that I love it enough to know when I have had too much.
I tend to try to find more esoteric games. Things like Leverage, Iron Kingdoms, Mekton Z or Star Trek. I do this because it decreases the chances that I will get bored of a game. I fell in love with the new Star Wars from Fantasy Flight. One of the best new games I have played in a while. Hope that I don’t reach fatigue with it. One of the coolest games on the market to me is Numenera. One problem, no one runs campaigns of it! Since I wear the GM hat twice a week I would like to find some games to play. So what are some signs that you MAY be becoming bored with a game? Here are three signs that I experience:
1. You start to feel the squeeze. You lose interest at the table and begin to look into new things. The things that attracted you to the game feel dull and boring in themselves.
2. You start to look into running your own games. You spend more hours at the table thinking about a new game you want to run than actually enjoying the one you are in. Sometimes this can be coupled with the GMs itch, so it has to come coupled with other signs.
3. You leave games that you have been in for a while. Even though you may have been in the same group for five years. The same campaign for two. You suddenly, and sometimes without warning, just leave. You don’t break contact, but you just don’t want to play anymore.
So what kind of signs do you experience when you feel fatigued with a game? How do you deal with it?