The Together Retro Game Club has passed the four month mark and the growing community has already had some great times enjoying some games many of us just never made the time for previously. However, two of the major challenges with a game club are the different amounts of free time and genre preferences between the members.
First of all, depending on what point you are in your life and what responsibilities you have (school/career/family/etc), you may have only a small portion of your week to actually devote to gaming, or you may have lots of free time that lets you explore all sorts of games. And as an off-shoot of that concept, many people don’t have the time, attention span, or desire to play longer story-driven games like RPGs.
Because of this, we have had a handful of debates about how quick the pace should be for Together Retro and how many RPGs should be included. After these discussions, we have decided to try having to different Together Retro paths. The main one, which is most similar to the way we have been arranging it so far, will consist mostly of shorter games that are easy to play every now and each game will jump around between genres. The second path will focus on longer games such as RPG, and possibly some more involved action/adventure games.
The beauty of this setup is that you don’t necessarily have to choose one or the other. If you have a lot of free time and want to get the most of the club, you can play both the longer games and sprinkle in the shorter games for variety. However, if you are more limited on free time, like myself, you can just stick with the shorter games. And of course, if you a just a lover of story-driven games, you’re free to stick with that path.
I’m hoping this concept works out well and the discussions for each game will still be strong and helpful to those involved. Of course, if you have any suggestions along the way, feel free to start bring something up in the General Together Retro discussion thread.
Anyway, to kick off this story-based path with a good RPG, I want to let everyone vote for the game they would most like to play first. As usual, keep in mind that we are not necessarily voting for which game is the best out of the bunch, but which one you think that most of us haven’t already played recently, but would enjoy diving into.