And out for reals for a bit. Sticking around here is getting hard because it's making me want to try to do stuff and I'm not there yet, thus shouldn't. My temper being a giant pile of WTFery of late... well, yeah, kinda proves it. Not asking for sympathy, empathy, or forgiveness, just noting that I realize it's an issue and I'm not keen on inflicting that on y'all further.
No offense is intended to anyone here, but most of the folks I know only through here or the hobby I've had to take off skype and similar as well. Nobody's blocked or anything, but if I'm a mystery ? all of a sudden, that's why. It's not anything you did. It isn't that I dislike you in any way, or think that you've done anything screwy in even the smallest way, or anything like that. Please do not take it personally, it is sincerely not intended that way.
Hobby fu is just really unhealthy for me right now and if that's all we talk about, well, I kinda can't for the time being, no matter how well-meaning folks are. (And I know y'all are, and do appreciate that more than you might imagine.)
There's a couple folks I've known forever as friend-friends for a decade+, or that I mostly talk about knitting or random life philosophy or whatever with that are still around, but, uh, please grok that I'm not looking to talk game-fu at all. I do love you for wanting to invite and welcome, which is sincerely good of you and speaks so well of you and proves unquestionably why I think y'all are the best of the best, but as much as I <3 you for thinking of me and wanting to include me, I'd be a drag to be around and I refuse to shit on y'all's fun, because I do sincerely want y'all to have fun. It is, after all, the real point.
Good luck to y'all starting games or restarting games or just dreaming some day of running a game or creating a world. Good luck to people brave enough to try new ideas; you are needed, your ideas are needed, and they have value. I am sorry I couldn't help more. I wanted to. I realize that counts for less than a handful of magic beans, but I wish I could have finished something more useful to contribute along the way.
No weepy tears or hand-wringing, just be well, y'all. I'mma try to do the same.
@KDraygo Lol, seems we keep frquenting the same games. Lyanna here from Steel and Stone, Deidra (GoK), several chars on EC, Antonia (Hey bro!)/Adrienne on CE, Bryce from Tales of the Round, and now Rochadh/Orlaith/Kaitlyn on Fifth Kingdom.
The problem with the Omnipotent Blue Rock books as a setting is... the omnipotent blue rock and those connected to it.
It's hard to compare to the power that wizards bring to the table. In the Sparhawk series, the knights were a bit more approachable because they weren't out of the reach of other knights really. They were bad ass, to be sure, but in the end all the knights had access to their own stuff and the supporting cast was actually strong in their own ways.
Sure you could boil down the Belgariad etc into a L&L game, but you'd need to keep Riva out of it due to all it's connections to the wizards imho.