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I've lost my mojo...

DavetheLost

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My interest in RPGs and gaming in general has pretty much taken a noes dive off a cliff recently.

I'm not quite sure why, but have pretty much no interest in painting miniatures, rolling dice, reading rulebooks, making characters, writing adventures, etc. All the stuff about this hobby that kept me going through a lot of dark times. Actually playing was always a secondary part of the hobby for me as finding good groups was hit or miss. But there was plenty in the hobby outside of that.

I am wondering if it is due to my primary gaming outlet for the last several years being the after school weekly gaming group I have been running at out local public library. Let's just say that it has been 'Bad Gaming" in almost every conceivable form. Nearly every gaming sin that has been raised on the forums has happened at the table.

It has just sucked the fun out of the hobby for me. I just don't want to game any more. Has this happened to anyone else?
 

Arethusa

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It has at times. Maybe you need to take a step back, recharge your batteries, get a little perspective and find (or re-find) what brings you joy.
 

Strange Visitor

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I've certainly had periods when I needed to step back for a bit, and a long string of bad gaming experiences has often been a contributor to that. Its hard to say what usually got me up and rolling again when it did, though.
 

Terhali

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Burnout can happen with any hobby. A series of bad experiences will definitely shorten the time to burnout, but it's not a necessary condition for one to just lose interest for a while. Stress and/or depression can also leave one uninterested in hobbies. The best remedy for both conditions involves stepping back for a while. Put away the gaming supplies, giving yourself permission to not be using them. If you're feeling similarly burnt out in other areas of your life, it may be wise to dig a little deeper into causes; otherwise, try to enjoy the time off. You'll know when and if it's time to take up the dice again.
 

baakyocalder

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When I'm playing with people that aren't fun to play with, the other game-related activities are also less fun.

Take a break and do something else you enjoy. If you can get back into the hobby with different people, you can pick up the paint and books and make characters again.
 

Octiron

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I've had a spate of bad gaming recently too and feel like it is the times, everything is wrong and everyone is on edge.
 

John Marron

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I’ll join the chorus advising you to take a break from RPGs, and try out other hobbies for a while. If your excitement about gaming comes back, you can always return. I was recently in a RPG funk. I went back to an old hobby (miniature wargaming), which has more solo fun. I also started up a new RPG group with folks from work, and I have to say, playing with newbies and relative newbies has done a lot to bring back my excitement about RPGs!

John
 

xrayzed

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Yeah, I've been there as well, due to a mix of burn-out, not having a handy group, and competing interests. I was completely out of the hobby for about 10 years, dabbled a bit for the next five, and re-entered the hobby in earnest about 10 years ago.

If it's not fun, have a break. And you're still welcome here, even if you're not running or playing games.
 

DwarfRage

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Yup. I had to leave a group that of the 7 (6 + GM) of us, I loved gaming with 5 of the other player.

But the 6th? I love him as a friend, but as a gamer he made two-three campaigns so little fun, I finally left. I went and did other things, and after a while, started running my own game again.
 

Faethor

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Absolutely, with me it was a real gm / player disconnect. I wanted to run the kind of stuff I like while they wanted to play the kind of stuff they like but they were not prepared (at the time) to invest the time in to run themselves.

The more I adjusted settings, themes and playstyles to suit them the more it sucked the joy out of things for me. Once the enthusiasm ebbs the drive to run enjoyable games and do the considerable bookkeeping between session falters.

It eventually came to a conversation where I said I was more then happy to play in ANY setting a GM had invested their time and effort in, just don't ask me to run just any setting or system. I also made them aware disjointed gameplay had also robbed me of my enthusiasm, so not to ask me to run anything at the moment - as I was burnt out.

With all that pressure off, I could just turn up and enjoy the game and the socialising as best I could until I wanted to run things again.
 
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