I haven’t done much writing, reading, or even thinking about my World War II Apocalyptic game for the past several weeks. I haven’t done much writing, reading, or thinking about gaming at all, to be honest. I’ve just undergone a Significant Life Change ™ — moving the family halfway across the country, buying a new house, and all the accompanying set up. Who knew getting a new dish rack could be so demanding? Thus, I think it’s completely understandable that I haven’t made much progress on the setting in the past few weeks.
This isn’t one of those posts about a lack of posts, I promise. It is, rather, some thoughts about the function of NOT thinking about gaming in the gaming development process.
I understand that breaks are necessary in any endeavor. In exercise, breaks are important for recovery and renewal that lead to bigger improvements over time. In creative pursuits, breaks can lead to a recharging of the mental batteries and taking a fresh perspective on one’s own work. But I have found that, for me, more gaming and gaming related pursuits fuel creative gaming work. Simply put, doing more gaming = making more gaming stuff.
I recognize that somewhere out there is a tipping point, a place where burnout exists and I would need to just step back from gaming related activities altogether and breathe some non-gaming air a bit. I’ve been there before. But that place seems very distant from where I am at now. The ideal space is a creative feedback loop, where playing in good games, reading good gaming material, reading good non-gaming material, and creating good work all play nicely off one another.
I am not in that space now with the World War II game, or anything gaming related, for that matter. And that’s fine. A lot has happened to my family over the past two weeks, even if it weren’t the holidays. But that’s calming down, so it’s time to read some new World War II books (or maybe finish that Rommel biography I started in November), plug back into the Nights Black Agents game I’ve been playing via Google Hangouts, and find a face to face group here in my new city.
Good gaming begats good gaming. Is that true for you?