I had a damn fine night last night.

I tend to stress a lot about things getting done, and this blog post is one of those things that I want to make sure gets done. I was going to do it early on Tuesday and post it Wednesday morning and then I’d have whatever time left over to do my other things (like chipping away at my backlog of anime I’ve built up, or making some progress through Fate/Stay Night), but things changed when I got a call from my friend asking if I wanted to hang out.

I jumped at the chance immediately.

After agreeing to meetup, I suddenly realized that I had things that needed being done (like this blog post). I started getting worried that I messed up. Thankfully, Pedro was able to talk me down from worrying too much, which is awesome, because man, I was almost going to call it off. Had I done so, I probably would have still been stressed, and I wouldn’t have gotten over it in time to get this blog post up.

I met up with my friends Reggie and Aaron at Ihop. Ihop’s like Cheers for Pedro and I: Everyone knows our name there.  I’ve hung out with most of the employees there on more than several occasions, and I even count one of my players among them.  I sat down at the table with Reggie and Aaron and watched their game of Magic the Gathering.  I recounted the Pathfinder game I play on Sundays to Aaron and jokingly defending my actions in the last session (I kinda killed a lot of innocent people in the session…).

The main take-away from Ihop was me getting hit up to run a game again. I’m kind of excited about the idea of running another game, especially when I’ve got someone that’s very enthusiastic about it. I’ll need to make sure I can work it out first (seeing if my schedule can allow a game and if I can get the players for it), but in general I think I’m for it. I’ve been talking about running a game for about a month now, and I think it’s time to finally pick myself up and do it. The trouble comes when I don’t know what system to run.

I have the choice between Pathfinder and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (using the Cortex Plus rules) with the superhero flavor filed off and running it as a fantasy game. While Pathfinder is familiar, I don’t know if it’ll let me run the over-the-top games I’m wanting to run these days, as I’ve been really wanting to run something more akin to Final Fantasy than Skyrim or Dragon Age. On the other hand,  Marvel Heroic Roleplaying is a very flexible game, and it lets you make pretty much anything you want to make, which is pretty exciting for me. The system seems simple enough to learn, and I think I could do a lot with it. I don’t know exactly where I’m at on this yet, but I’ll let you guys know when I reach a decision.

Too much coffee later, Reggie and I break to go to Burger King to hang out (we only got drinks at Ihop). After sitting down with some food, Reggie and I talked a lot about the creative process, and we exchanged ideas back and forth about his stories and writing in general. It was awesome. We covered a lot of ground, like what to when you have many ideas in different places, and writing your characters into a corner to see how they’ll get out. I think we made some good progress, and it definitely got some juices flowing my my end of the table. I carried the charge all the way home and will funnel it into work on my game, which I hope to get some work done on soon.

That’s about all I’ve got for now, folks. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you guys on Friday!

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