Content of the article: "I don’t know how to enjoy dnd again"
I’ve been a fan of the game for five years, playing for almost four, so I’m really one of the “newbie” fans still who got into it when it got popular with podcasts and shows. But it was like finding something that met a need I didn’t know I had. When I was a teen I used to make up role-playing games on message boards where we would all make characters with weapons and narrate what we attacked, we just didn’t have any rules or a DM — so dnd has been such an incredible outlet for me. It’s genuinely been one of the best things in my life.
I joined an online game and made a really close friend. We played a 1:1 campaign together, mostly text-based, in our spare time between the other game. Eventually things moved on and he started DMing his own game and I joined it. Up until then, every other game I had played in was with strangers (who became friends over time). Now I was playing with someone who was already a close friend from the onset.
Well, he unexpectedly decided to cut me out of his life (for non dnd related reasons, his wife didn’t like me so he decided not to talk to me anymore at all; but as a side effect he was kicking me out of the group). I’m really fortunate that my group (that he was DMing for) decided they didn’t want me to get kicked out entirely and we kind of formed our own new group. Plus I’ve played in a couple of one-shots with other friends. But the truth is I just haven’t had any fun with it in four months, since he dropped me out of his life. I don’t know if I’m just grieving or what. I still show up to dnd with my remaining friends every week, but I’m doing it for them, not for me.
I realized when we had what was objectively a hilarious and great session this week and I was just sitting there listening to my friends laugh and feeling happy they were happy but wishing the game would just be over. I don’t know what to do. I talked to the new DM about it and he is willing to do anything that feels like it would help and is very supportive. By all accounts I have wonderful friends and I want to have fun with them. But I just feel like my ex-friend “dumping” me (I don’t have a better word for it) has sucked all my joy out of it and…I don’t know. I don’t know what to do with that.
Thanks for listening/reading. I guess I just wanted to get that off my chest. I miss enjoying this game I adore.
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- I’m an experienced-ish DM who doesn’t like DMing for my completely new players/friends, should I quit or push through?
- Morally ambiguous decision to make. HELP!
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