Sunday, September 4, 2011

A REVELATION

Well, not really, but it solidifies something I had previously waffled on recently: football or gaming? I suppose all of us have multiple hobbies, and some of them get more face time than others. The interest level in my primary hobbies comes in waves, and right now playing rpgs is seriously waning, almost to the point of apathy about the whole thing. I've been trying to get a new game started and made some progress, but to be perfectly honest, I don't think I actually like playing as much as I thought. I do enjoy collecting rpg books and paraphernalia, coming up with campaign ideas, typing up character generation guidelines and figuring out alternative rules. But the playing part...it certainly can't compete with college football. Not in the least. I attended the inaugural game of the new UTSA football program at the Alamodome yesterday mostly because it was cheap and because it was college football. I'm not in any mood to make the drive up to College Station, fight hordes of people and endless traffic to see the Aggies beat the hell outta SMU today; perhaps I might go to the Texas game on Thanksgiving (possibly the last one..?) but none of the other games are compelling. Idaho? KU? No thank you, I'll watch them on television. This isn't to say I don't enjoy the event as a whole. When I lived on campus, or only a few blocks away, game day was special, and it consumed my weekends. I reveled in the build up, the game, the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band kicking ass at halftime, the post-game beatdowns of the Yell Leaders and copious adult beverages on Northgate later in the night. Still, there's something to be said for being in the air conditioning, endless alcohol within reach and the utter lack of self-censorship when it comes to profanity laden tirades regarding an idiotic play or sub-par effort. Watching football is tiring and it is work, at least if you do it properly. And it looks like rpgs will just have to take a backseat this season. I really don't want to invest countless hours playing a game that most likely won't provide me with 1/10th the enjoyment I'll get out of watching 6 or 7 games every Saturday. I suppose I could just play on Sundays, but the NFL looks compelling this year. I wonder if there's a football rpg...

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