I Believe…

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I believe gaming is awesome.

 

I believe gaming has made my life better. I believe without it, I wouldn’t have as many friends. I believe without it I wouldn’t have as great a home life. I believe without it, I wouldn’t have a career and job I love.

I believe you don’t need shitloads of new, shiny mechanics and options to have fun. I believe player skill is not defined by rules knowledge.

I believe the GM’s job should be easy, fun and rewarding. I believe the GM should sometimes say no.

I believe compelling stories and richly described locales are more important than an enemy’s abilities or spells.

I believe low-level play is much more fun than high-level play.

I believe you don’t need to rush through the lower levels to have fun. I believe resource management, encumbrance and exploration are essential parts of the game. I believe “it’s cinematic” is never a good enough justification on its own.

I believe the harder something is to achieve the greater the satisfaction when it is achieved.

I believe the PCs should sometimes come up against things they can’t kill. I believe they should have easy encounters they can romp through. I believe running away is a skill well learnt. I believe a player’s greatest asset is imagination.

You might not have got this far. That’s cool. You almost certainly don’t agree with everything I believe. That’s also cool. Play the games you want to play. And that’s the point of this post. I exhort you to think about what you believe to be true about gaming. Seek out games you want to play; games that excite you; games that are so much more than “okay”.

What Do You Believe?

What do you believe about gaming? Let me know, in the comments below.

Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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