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The resolution machine gun: the only non-RPG, non-D&D article that will help you run better D&D games in 2010

Written by Expy - Published on January 1, 2010

I would like to take a moment to wish you happiness, prosperity, and serenity in 2010. I would also like to offer some thoughts and advice.

Note: this is a completely non-RPG post. However I believe it could make your gaming better.

The new year’s resolution machine gun

I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. I believe in resolutions, period. I also believe that we’re all human and we can’t be expected to quit all our bad habits cold turkey even when we are determined to do so. Shouldn’t we always work on being a better person and living a better life (which includes better gaming)? I believe we should. But since it’s superhuman to arbitrarily choose resolutions on January 1st and keep all of them, I would like to challenge you to choose just one, gaming-related or not. Your resolution should feature an achievable goal. For example, don’t set out to “stop eating fast food” or “stop smoking”, set out to “not eat fast food for 2 weeks” or “take 3 days off smoking”.  A concrete,  achievable goal is the first key to successful resolutions.

The second key is to choose only one resolution at a time. However, as soon as you reach your resolution goal, or as soon as you fail, you must choose a new resolution. That’s what I call the resolution machine gun. Don’t have a resolution queue with a list of things you want to accomplish. Choose the new resolution on the day you complete the previous one. You can have guidelines, but no set list of goals. (For example, my guidelines are “Be healthy. Be serene. Make a difference.”)

[edit: added Jan. 1] How can this help your gaming? Well, if you tackle resolutions often and quickly, you can squeeze a few gaming-related goals in there. Take an improv class, read about Greek mythology, spend 1 hour working on your campaign for 7 days straight, etc.

Are you going to have the best year you’ve ever had?

Armed with a resolution machine gun, nothing can stop you from feeling good about who you are and what you’ve accomplished in 12 months. Have a great 2010. I hope you’ll roll a record number of natural 20s.

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6 Responses to “The resolution machine gun: the only non-RPG, non-D&D article that will help you run better D&D games in 2010”
  1. person says:

    This is a nice article but i don’t see how it helps with a game.
    Would you please explain?

  2. Yax says:

    How can this help your gaming? Well, if you tackle resolutions often and quickly, you can squeeze a few gaming-related goals in there. Take an improv class, read about Greek mythology, spend 1 hour working on your campaign for 7 days straight, etc.

  3. Rev. Lazaro says:

    Also doesn’t hurt to read the part of the title that says “Non-RPG, Non-D&D”

    On a constructive note, I want to thank Yax for this advice because it kinda clicked a lightbulb in my head. I want so bad to make some positive changes in my life, including goals related both in real life, at the game table, and in my own writing projects….the practice of the “Resolution Machine-Gun” is probably the most realistic way for me to achieve that.

  4. Yax says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I hope it works out for you and good luck in 2010

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