Back to square one
NB: I started this post on Saturday but couldn’t post it until now as my Internet has been down.
Well, it is Saturday, the day after gaming night and I was expecting a jubilant post about how I managed to get the campaign up and running as well as my own nervousness about the approaching big battle.
That’s not going to happen. Not now, and not probably for a while as I am back down to one player.
I had three lined up, and last week I was operating under the assumption…no the confirmed fact, that all of them would be turning up at 5.30pm outside the church library which I had gone to not a small trouble to book for us. One I knew was coming, and if she wasn’t she would tell me. The second I spoke to that morning and he reasured me (first after asking if the date could be changed) that he could come. The third I had not had contact with for a little while for simple reason he did not answer his phone and couldn’t call me back. But he was still coming, right? Right?
Cue the day, and I had to run in and get the keys as well as a few materials for the night. 3pm I got a phone message from guy number 2, saying that he couldn’t come as he was going to the movies with some friends instead. Note to self: never invite him again.
At around 5pm I was trying to call player 3, whom I had tried to contact all week to confirm. He then informed me he was about 50ks away and in no way could get to gaming tonight, and did not sound the least bit concerned that I was very pissed off. You know who you are, and you’re going to have to do more than a little convincing to get back on my good side, if you can ever get there again. The fact that we were within a metre of a church did not stop me from using some very choice words that I wouldn’t normally.
We played for as long as we planned, but I couldn’t help feeling a little down and without the interaction between players at the table, the game isn’t what it usually is. In retrospect, keeping to my campaign was probably a bad idea as I has designed it with the entire group in mind, or at least more than one person. However, I have been working on this campaign for quite a while, had had a hiatus of a month and had also gotten some great tips from the guys at roleplayingtips.com for organising big battles. So I was keen, and it ended up being such a downer.
So here I am, back where I began when I started my journey as the Level 1 GM, with but a single player. I told the aforesaid single player that I could not be sure when we were playing again, I have to get recruiting and it’s a bad time of the year for that sort of thing with all the public holidays bumping into each other.
It would also be a nice idea for a certain DM to get out of his bag of holding.
FTR, the game in the Giant in the Playground forums seems to be a non-event, but I have a contingency plan that deserves a post in it’s own right.