Next week is Thanksgiving for those of us in the United States. While the holiday is about getting together with family and feasting in celebration of Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together, history kind of makes that a bit messy but I like the idea of the holiday. I like the idea of having a day you dedicate to taking stock of what you have and giving thanks for it.
As of Tomorrow I'll be on the road to Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving with my partner's family. It means I'll have unreliable internet and thus this place will not be getting updated (sorry!)
Because of that, I want to give my thanks today.
I am thankful for all the players in the games I am in. The trust given to me, to let me weave stories, to hold shards of your psyche over the open flame. I appreciate the creativity you bring to the table, the diversity of your characters, and the boldness of your plans - even if sometimes I want to just throttle the lot of you for going so far off the expected path I need to burn my entire stack of notes. You're all amazing players, and I'm lucky to have you in my games.
I am thankful for everyone and anyone willing to sit on the business side of the GM screen, and especially for those running games that I am in. I may not always be the easiest player to have at the table, but I appreciate you giving me the chance to give the demons in my soul a form and a chance to strive towards redemption, or at least exorcism through exploration, challenge, triumph, and defeat.
Finally, but not leastly, I'm thankful to everyone who reads and contributes to this blog. I've been screaming at the sky for seven, going on eight years now, and for whatever reason you've chosen to stick around and give some time to listen. I can only hope that some of my ramblings have helped you in your own games - even if only as a presentation of things you don't want to do.
So thank you, all of you. I hope you have a wonderful week next week, and if you are celebrating Thanksgiving I hope the holiday is kind and refreshing. Either way, stay safe on Black Friday. Shiny toys are not worth going berserk over.