Also, I wasn't sure how to approach making a character after such a long break and with a brand new group. I chose the Andrew approach (if you're familiar with the roll20 presents actual plays) and went with someone with believes and motivations quite similar to mine, but with a twist. I mean, you let this gay anarcho-communist to your table so you'll get a trickster god's priest hopefully ruining some noble houses and merchant guilds, while maybe inventing guillotine in the meantime.
As I expected, I've managed to find a GM with a newly formed group sooner than I was able to gather enough motivation to run the game myself. Good old WFRP 2ed it is. And brought my friend who always wanted to try RPGs in case those people turn out to be complete morons so I won't have to face it alone. As for now, the other two players (some young guys, in their early 20s I guess?) were kinda disgusted by our future GM's attempts at edgy humor. Which is good.
In the past years in my country the hobby often attracted various shitheads. Now it's slowly getting better but I still see posts on local groups where someone wants 'no SJW bullshit' in their games. Which you can be sure translates to 'i don't wanna be nice to people who are different than me'. Sure, dude, I can even save up some dirty socks to blend in if you're that flavour of basement dweller but I won't tolerate homophobia, especially in something that's intended as the pleasant experience.
I'd love to go back to playing RPGs regularly but also I'm well aware there's no way I could find enough time to play, let's say, once a week. You know what they say, find a job you enjoy doing and you'll never trully get out of work nor have any private time ever. Plus, I don't really wanna bother with looking for a right group. If I was gonna spend few hours with some people on a regular basis, I'd need to be sure I'll go along with them.
@FASA_Andrew_1879 I'd probably find the answer somewhere on your profile, but will 1879 setting be connected to ED/SR or is it just kind of spiritual successor thing?
I was thinking about Mage: the Ascension today. It's one of my favourite RPGs which is funny because it's also quite horrible as a game, even the shitty WoD mechanics aside. It has a trully beautiful premise dealing with ontology, epistemology, and the social philosophy. It's also utterly unplayable if you want to push those highly abstract concepts to the front and all you'll left with is wacky urban fantasy with cybercommandos shooting unicorns.
Controversy time. Ever since I have no time to actually play RPGs (and my friends also have no time and/or moved far away), I became really interested in their theoretical side, and also experience them vicarously, listening to various actual plays. Now the controversial statement: I cannot stand Critical Role with it's overly dramatical style.
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