It's a simple truth--yet one that seems to get lost in the mix of our collective blah, blah, blah--but actually playing a game beats the pants off talking about one nine times out of ten.
I have been throwing up a lot of blah, blah, blah in the last week about Barker's Tékumel collection, so I felt like I should direct readers' attention to two attempts to help kick-off play in that weird and wonderful world.
Over on the OD&D boards, Victor Raymond is laying out an excellent multi-post thread of guidelines and resources for starting an old school Empire of the Petal Throne game "straight out of the box" and with a minimum of canon. Check it out here for inspiration.
Jeff Berry also has a good list of free online resources for starting up a game here on his blog.
On my own end, I am planning on getting some game on in two areas in the next month:
- Running an EPT underworld game session at the South Texas Mini-Con August 20. I will be using Amanda Talzheimer's excellent, free paper minis for the session, maybe mixed with some painted lead if I can properly motivate.
- Trying to help kickstart an effort to get a video-conferenced online game (hopefully one that we can press gang a more knowledgeable person into GMing, ahem) on Google Plus. If interested look me up there, I am hiding in plain sight under my real name.