We’re at the beginning of the annual RPGaDay event, and I’m wondering whether I want to take on another commitment. This is where creative people set themselves up to fail. They see an idea that looks interesting, a project they want to tackle, and dive right in. Little thought is given to the logistics, either in terms of day-to-day time management or the long-term effects. Even a small thing like writing an extra update every day has a ripple effect on other things.
I’m not being negative here. This happens all the time to good people with positive intentions. Aspiring game designers who never complete their game because they didn’t allocate time for it. Campaigns begun and abandoned, because no one thought about potential conflicts with family, school, or work. We enter into things on a whim, then get frustrated when the stars don’t align to support our pursuits.
Fortunately, I have planned for this. As I’ve been rebuilding the Dancing Lights Press site, I’ve set aside time each day to tweak and adjust things. The long-term plan has always been to do some sort of brief daily update. RPGaDay provides some impetus to do this. It also gives me some prompts to work with, so I’m not brainstorming entirely from scratch.
So yes, I’m committing to RPGaDay this year. Wish me luck.
#RPGaDay2020 – Beginning
RPGaDay is an annual event held each August. It asks tabletop gamers to use provided daily prompts to express something fun, interesting, and positive about the hobby. David F. Chapman (Autocratik), the award-winning game designer, created it.
About Dancing Lights Press
Dancing Lights Press is a lo-fi publisher of tabletop roleplaying systems and system-agnostic creative aids, including the best selling Building series, the DoubleZero action thriller system, and Hippogryph, a fantasy story game system with traditional roots. Our products embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation because roleplaying is an activity, not a collection of expensive rulebooks.