Discussion: Do you ever buy RPGs you won’t get to play?
I have been guilty, on occasion, of buying games – almost always roleplaying games – that I know I will have a hard time getting to the table. These days, I don’t get to game nearly as often as I would like, having moved to a much larger city some 9 years ago (Important note: In larger cities it is much easier to find people that share your interests, but much harder to actually plan anything when people have to drive 30 minutes to an hour instead of 10 to 15 minutes). So, I wanted to post to all of you this question: Do you buy RPGs strictly to play, or have you – in the past – bought RPGs knowing that you will probably just read it and, very likely, never get it to the table. It’s worth noting that I don’t even think it is a waste to buy an RPG just for reading purposes. I love rule systems and a good portion (admittedly less, but good) of my joy from RPGs comes from seeing how I designer is able to take a rule set and do something with it that I hadn’t ever considered doing before. Games like Spirit of the Century, Dogs in the Vineyard, Hollowpoint, and Fiasco have all challenged the way that I – at that time – thought that a roleplaying game was supposed to work. It’s an endless process of discovery. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would much rather be playing the games, but if I get an interesting rule set and several nights entertainment out of the book, it’s hard for me to call it a loss.
So, how about you? Do you ever buy an RPG book with the knowledge that it likely will never get to the table? What games have you picked up, loved, and never gotten to play? I’d love to talk about it down in the comments! Done here? Check out the related links below or go to a random page on Futile Position!