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Reply the Second (Change In Circumstances)

Again and still, many thanks to all for thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes. They are not only appreciated, they are extremely heartening for myself and my uncle in this time.

As noted above, I have assumed the duty of helping to "administer his estate", as it were. With a full-time job, a part-tine job and the overseeing of the renovations to his home to sell it, and the storage or sale of some possessions, not much time has bee left to me. What is available is relegated to quality time with my wife, so I had resolved to be absent from the Inn for a time.

But the part-time job is no more. I was informed Thursday nite that I need not come into work, since they were laying me off. This will crimp the cash flow situation a bit, but will give me a few extra hours of breathing room (fee time).

My wife, bless her heart, is not a big fan of RPGaming but understands and even encourages my participation in the forum because I enjoy it so much. She says that she trusts me to limit my spending on the books, and it keeps me from straying. (?) As if I would dareto anger her. She's a 3rd-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Anyway, to the point: as I was perusing Uncle Wyrm's computer, gathering data to archive, I described the games he had started at the Inn. To make a long story short, she suggested that I attempt to assume them and finish them. To honor him, after a fashion and in a way I think he would appreciate.

See why I love her?

I think the idea has merit, but I don't know if I am up to that task (yet). I need to read his backstories, Q&As, and PMs for his games. I'll also need to review his notes and info. Then I'll need to contact the players involved to let them know of the possibility and see if they would be likewise interested in a new DM taking over the game(s).

Uhfortunately, if -- IF -- I do this it will preclude my continuing in the games I was in (but I have been gone too long anyway). I will have to focus on the unfamiliar task of DMing in a new venue. So I apologize profusely in advence to the DMs of those games.

Any thoughts from Innmates on this idea?

Posted on 2009-04-17 at 16:41:16.

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this is my personal opinion.

I think you should let his games be his creation, and his alone. Continuing them would certainly give him the honour he deserved, but it would no longer be his game.

Knowing that he was a great man, a wonderful player and a bright DM is enough, I think. The honour lies in appreciating the opportunity to have met him, and remembering the good times and posts that he gave us.

I do think the gesture is a great one though.

Posted on 2009-04-17 at 17:23:24.

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hmmm ...

I hadn['t thought it quite like that, but I can appreciate, understand, concur, and agree with your reasoning, finding no fault in it. And it seems to be the the sentiment of the overwhelming majority of resoponses I am getting by PM also.

I will still welcome other comments on the idea, but I can imagine that your reasoning will continue to be that of the mojority. As well it should be.

haveing a small amount of free time available, and having set my mind to DM, I will look into setting up a recruit thread for a game of my own, then.

Posted on 2009-04-17 at 22:07:58.
Edited on 2009-04-17 at 22:32:49 by Kilmorrigan

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My 2 cents

Run a game because you want to run a game. Don't do it for Wyrmy. If your doing it out of a sense of duty or honor well then if things get busy and you have to drop the game or slow the update, or a player has to quit than it will be rough. It would be horrible to have to let a memorandum game fizzle out due to inactivity. And the harsh truth is that most games on the Inn fizzle out due to inactivity of either players or DM.

He has made his mark on the Inn and it's one that doesn't require a lot of extra stuff. He was a great guy and one of the few Innmates that won't be forgotten.

So, DM a game if you want, and don't if you don't. It sounds to me like running a game online should be about the last thing on your mind right now. Give it a month or so, then decide if you really want to take on starting a forum game (a big step for a first time online DM) or if you were just feeling a bit down and lost because of Wyrmy.

Inheritance was a good game, but I would suggest either share the notes he had written to let his players know what was in store - or simply lock them away and leave the cliffhanger as an eternal cliffhanger.

Posted on 2009-04-18 at 09:51:49.

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Well put and point taken

Thank you, Almerin, for the suggestion. I also hadn't thought about using Uncle Wyrm's notes to provide an epilogue of sorts for the players in the "Inheritance" game. It'ts a wonderful idea. Since the "Start at the End" game never really got off the ground, I won't need to do the same for that one, I don't think.

I have sent PMs to the players that have created characcters for his (Wyrms's) games to let them know my intended plan(s), which is to start a new game. Possibly in a month of so.

My own period of grief has been relatively short, but nonetheless caring for it's brevity. It is my way, and my family understands me. What I had suggested was not out of the aforementioned sense of duty so much as out of a desire to remember him in a fashion that I believe he himself would have appreciated.

But I can do that by running a game using the knowledge and skills in gaming that I learned from him.

Posted on 2009-04-19 at 16:27:11.

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My condolences!

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Wyrm... I never played with him but I have enjoyed reading his posts... I know many will miss him here at RDI and elsewhere.


Posted on 2009-04-20 at 11:14:42.

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