Gaming in 2020, A Retrospective

Well boy this has been quite a year. And it’s put a little bit of a dent in our gaming, but luckily, not too much. We’ve had a couple folks get laid off, and one who got COVID but recovered. But we’re all here and still gaming.

We finished out a 20-session campaign of Blades in the Dark, where our mercenary company the Gamblers’ Orphans end up in Duskvol, become a criminal gang, run an orphanage, and stop a crazy guy from destroying the city, by hook and by crook. We transitioned this one to Roll20 in March and didn’t miss much time during the pandemic. All the session summaries for this will publish by the end of this year!

We’re into the tenth year of my long-running Pathfinder 1e pirate campaign, Reavers on the Seas of Fate. One of our members doesn’t have solid Internet access so come March we had a bit of a hiatus, during which we played one or at least few-shots of games like Troika! (surreal science fantasy) and Heart: The City Beneath (a spinoff of Spire) and the Sentinel Comics RPG (based on the Sentinels of the Multiverse coop card game we’ve played many times). We also did a good bit of online board gaming using Tabletop Simulator. But Reavers marches on, we meet in person with open windows, social distancing, and masks. I’m even catching up in posting session summaries. We are well into Razor Coast and are in the endgame of the campaign (that endgame may well take a year, fair warning).

After the Blades campaign, we started a D&D 5e campaign but using the Pathfinder 1e Iron Gods adventure path, enhanced by the Numenera-for-5e Arcana of the Ancients rules, all on Roll20. We are keeping session summaries for this but I haven’t started editing and posting them yet, but I surely will.

There weren’t a lot of super interesting new releases we were waiting on. Group members did some Kickstarter backing and/or receiving of things they’d Kickstarted, from Reichbusters to Fading Suns (3e?) to Mork Borg Cult: Feretory to Empire of the East. I backed SLA Industries 2e which is shipping now, Eclipse Phase 2e, Nahual: A Tabletop RPG Of Mexican Urban Fantasy, Carbon 2185: A Cyberpunk RPG, and Arcana of the Ancients, a 5e science-fantasy sourcebook. Things like Freeway Warrior and Demon City keep creeping along and may or may not finish sometime.

Looks like Pathfinder 2e and D&D 5e are publishing away but we’re not into those too much. The new Aliens game looks interesting, and for my next game after Reavers I’m thinking something cyberpunky either using Cyberpunk: RED or Carbon: 2185.

Gaming’s important to all of us, and having a regular hobby and social outlet has always been a stress reliever in even normal times, and has kept us doing OK during pandemic times. I hope you’ve all been able to keep some gaming up too, and here’s to a better 2021!

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