A couple of weeks ago I attended the Spring Gaming Hoopla in Janesville, WI. It’s a fun little con, and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, so it’s worth attending these Hooplas when the chance arises. This time, unlike last fall, I decided to pay admission when I arrived and play it all by ear, instead of signing up for everything ahead of time.
That is how I came to sign up for James M. Ward’s “Tower of the Scarlet Wizard” adventure. I have never played in a game that required so much creative thinking to get through the challenges, and I loved it. I signed up for the Squirrel Tower the next day, and while we didn’t even make it inside the tower, I had a great time yet again. I can’t wait until my next chance to play in one of his games. His company’s website is www.eldritchent.com. There’s some great stuff there that’s suddenly on my wish list. All four of the company owners have interesting blogs and they’re all involved in the creative process. James Ward updates every Monday.
If you have the chance to play in a game with James Ward, I highly recommend that you sign up.
Today I started rereading The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. I have lost track of how many times I’ve read this book, but I’m pretty sure it’s in the double digits. I’ve loved this book since I was eleven years old, people, and it never gets old. I’m reading it now mainly because I want to run The One Ring for my Thursday night gaming group, and I feel like revisiting the world through the books would be a good move.
Now it’s time to finish preparing for the game tonight. If my guess is right, we’ll finish the first book of Legacy of Fire for Pathfinder. Then next week we’ll more on to less mainstream things. I have ideas for a one shot adventure of The One Ring, suitable for a con, if I can work out the details. I think my inexperience as a GM is working against me, but I also think this is a good group to help me hone my skills – I have at least one player that isn’t afraid to give good feedback.