Man, 2018 has been a hell of a year. Do you remember there was an Olympics this year? Tide Pods? Yeah, it's been a crazy year. Definitely feels like it's been one of the longest years I've ever seen, even if I know it's just the same 365.25 days every year is.
RPG wise 2018 has been a fun year. Somehow I've gone from being in every type of RPG except for D&D in 2016 to now being in four D&D games...two of which I am running. When I started running 5e I had a couple goals in mind. First, I wanted to get back into the originator of my journey and see if the magic was still there (it is!) Second, I wanted a chance to poke and work some of the GM muscles that I hadn't used in years. And boy has D&D helped with that.
The monster prep alone - just picking monsters to use for things - has been an incredibly interesting situation, and in a lot of ways I feel like I'm only now starting to hit my stride in prepping both games. I think my players have been having fun since the beginning, but I no longer feel like I'm flailing around and just doing things.
What is most interesting is that two years in I feel like I'm finally getting back to a place where I feel I'm able to bring other GM skills (character focus, more nuanced villains, etc) into the game.
In some ways D&D still feels clunky in preparation, and I'm sure I'm doing some things wrong (who isn't) but the game is going smoother and we're having fun so that's all that matters.
How about your 2018? How is it going in regards to your RPGs?