Confession About Hangout Gaming

So, I met a lot of folks on Google+ because I followed Tabletop Forge. A lot of folks. I got introduced to a lot of blogs and bloggers as well as a lot of new gamers (and even a few games) because I followed Tabletop Forge on Google+. I added a bunch of folks to my circles and a bunch of folks added me to their circles, all since I started following Tabletop Forge on Google+. I've been invited to join hangout game after hangout game because I hit a little "follow" button on Tabletop Forge's Google+ page and have contemplated running one or two or whatever.

The confession?

I've never actually played any tabletop-style rpg online successfully.

Back in the day, I tried a few PbP games and I ran one PBEM game, but both of those were largely flops. I've wanted to try a hangout game ever since I saw that such a thing was even possible (there are many nights where my wife works super-late and I have tons of free time to screw around in and hangout gaming would be perfect), but, and I'll be completely honest here, I'm terrified to try it out as a GM/DM/Judge/Referee without having played first.* I've been invited to more than a few hangout games now that Google+ events, well, exist, but they're always at inconvenient times for me (during the middle of the day when I'm working or on a night of "wife time"). I look for a new game on ConstantCon about every other week. There are plenty of games that I would love to get in on if I had the chance (Wampus Country, anyone?), but

So, time and tide decide on a regular basis to not wait for me and G+ gaming goes on and on and I get left out. Maybe my schedule is a little strange (it doesn't seem so to me). Maybe I work when most geeks have time off. Maybe my non-wife-time off is when other people work. Who knows.

What I do know is that there's a ton of great players and GMs out there and I'd love to find some that are ready to rock when I am.

*Oh, there's also the fact that I already run two different campaigns and don't think I have it in me to run yet another campaign.


  1. I gotta make a confession, here. I'm getting ready to play my first G+ game tomorrow. It took me a very long time simply to figure it all out. I know it's not that hard to figure out, but it's sort of intimidating. I'm not a wilting flower, obviously, but I really, really, really don't care to be in situations where I just don't know anybody. I'm not panicky about that shit, but if I'm at a party, I'm most likely hugging a wall. Funny thing, that, as I teach for a living, and frequently present outside of the classroom. For me, it's a matter of, "hey, this is something I love. Please don't let me fuck it up in front of other people who also care about it."

    So, we'll see how that goes.

    In the meantime, give me a holler over at revdoctoredj AT GEEE MALE DAWT COM, and tell me about your schedule, and maybe I'll run something for you and some other people. It would be interesting, frankly, to run the same thing for my regular group, as well.

    I'm thinking DCC.

    My prob is that I have no idea how to use the technology involved, at least I don't feel confident in running a game until I do, so... Tabletop Forge, you say? Works okay? Lemme look into it a bit more.

    If the time works, we'll do this.

    1. Freaking awesome! I could not be more down!

      As far as Tabletop Forge goes, I've played with it a little and lots of folks seem to think it works well.

      Personally, I'd love to get a chance to PLAY DCC. There's just something about the game's simplicity mingled with whackoness that is really up my alley.


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