My 5 year old son, Sam, has his very first T-ball practice this week. He’s very excited about it. We were at Wal-Mart, buying baseball gloves, when I realized I was actually far more anxious than happy about this. Sports and I have not had a particularly good relationship over the years. I was very […]
Last week, I talked about falling flat while ending a character. I also managed to start a few off on a sour note.
In which Chatty shares the recording of his discussion with Ryan Macklin about dealing with anxiety, depression, pain and suicidal thoughts. It’s intense, honest and open. We aren’t alone, and neither are you.
In which Chatty shares the latest details on his Google+ Hangout with Ryan Macklin
In which Chatty announces a Google+ Hangout with Ryan Macklin to discuss how they both dealt with some darker experiences in their lives and the ways they found to better deal with their respective inner demons.
Game night for our group has always been the day out of the week we can let off some steam. When it’s board game night, there’s usually time to let our luxurious social hair and talk about stuff, including whatever’s bothering us. D&D nights tend to be more escapist, and we’re on-task right after everybody gets done eating. Up until now, this has worked pretty well. When I first started DMing, it was really stressful. It still is, but there’s a certain euphoria that comes with getting a session to take flight (or at least not to crash and burn), and it always feels good when it’s all over.
Except when it doesn’t.
I’m not sure how long it’s been since my group played D&D. I think it’s going on two months now. That’s not a good thing. I know my players have been missing it, mostly because they say things like “MATT. WHEN ARE WE PLAYING D&D.”, using periods instead of question marks so that I know they are serious?. I have a variety of reasons we haven’t played. We’ve had work conflicts, Gen Con, my family being sick, and this past week, I just couldn’t get it together. All those reasons were true, but that’s not why I didn’t run a game that night.
Fear effects have always been tricky to roleplay, especially with players who maintain that their PC is not afraid of anything. Read on to find out how I’ve tricked my own issues with anxiety into teaching me about how to roleplay when my character is scared out of his mind.