Had the crud last week. What started as a head cold devolved into a persistent headache and achy joints. My brain is finally starting to work again.
But Vanguard, bless his heart, picked up a 3-day pass to PAX East for me. Gamer geek cred cashes in come March 2011. I'm stoked beyond reason. There's excited, and then there's complete fanboy-needs-clean-shorts stokedness. Can you guess which one I am?
I'm officially a founding member of Gameful - Also psyched about that. Can't wait for this Sunday when the back door opens for those of us who kicked in an extra few bucks. I have no idea what it's going to be, but I can't wait to get involved.
And maybe my ideas constrict play a little too much. In thinking about this Playful talk from Russel Davies, we need to create frameworks for people to bend or change rules, not just present a finite world for people to explore and work within. Eventually everything in the world will be explored, and there's only so much one GM can do to keep ahead of the inquisitive player mob.
What's left? Make them GMs too. Let them change the story. Let them introduce elements that you never thought of. Let them rewrite the rules. It's an act of faith and a deep sense of trust between everyone involved in the game to let this happen.
But how else are we really going to reach each other and make the world a better place?
EDIT: Added link to Russel Davies' talk. Oops.