2017 Will Be The Worst Year!

Yes, because of all that other stuff, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Hello, everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and I apologize for that. Hopefully, now that things have settled down in my non-gamer life the posting here will be more regular. Not better, mind you, but regular. Since it’s January, I wanted to take a look ahead at what I’m looking forward to in 2017.

Kickstarter Games

I find a lot of great new games by supporting Kickstarter projects. However, backing these projects means that I have to wait to actually get the games. There are a handful of game projects that I backed in 2016 that I am super excited to get my hands on in 2017.

One game that I am excited for, but one that may also be a dark horse for 2017 delivery, is Red Markets the game of horror capitalism. This game finds the players trying to survive a zombie apocalypse while still trying to make a decent living. I was able to play Red Markets at WashingCon this past fall and it was a blast. Unfortunately, the makers of Red Markets are currently projecting a December 2017 delivery of the game. My fingers are crossed for an earlier delivery.

Two other Kickstarter games that I am excited to get are Tiny Frontiers: Mecha and Monsters and Open Legend. If I’m being honest, I already have the PDF version of Mecha and Monsters, but I’m still looking forward to getting the physical book and custom dice. But, especially the dice!  The involvement of incredibly talented folks like Ed Greenwood and Deven Rue brought Open Legend more than ten times their funding goal and peaked my interest in this project. I am really looking forward to receiving this game.

New and Current Campaigns

In 2017 our D&D group will be continuing their pirate adventures through Spelljammer 5e. The realm of Mainspace keeps expanding, adding new enemies, potential allies and plot threads for the party to explore.

Our group also managed to play a session of Shadow of the Demon Lord this year. The low prep nature of this system made it perfect as a short notice fill in game when one of the players got sick. I will be doing a write up of this game soon for RPG Backlog, but I can give you a spoiler alert here; it’s great. Shadow of the Demon Lord will definitely be revisited in 2017.

I am also going to insist that we run a few sessions of Numenera this year. The group has danced around playing this game for years now. However, 2017 is when I finally just run the game for them.

The biggest 2017 gaming news for me personally is the start of a Star Wars: Age of Rebellion game. I will be running this game for a group of players that includes my daughter, the mini-nerd. I am very excited to be introducing her to the fantastic world of role playing games. I’m also very excited to be running an in-person game again. It will force me to up my GMing game a bit.


As many of you know, 2016 was the first year that I attended GenCon. I had so much fun and awkwardly met so many cool people there last year that it was an easy decision to plan a trip back in 2017. I’m hoping to play even more games this year and maybe not embarrass myself when meeting people. Probably setting that last bar a little high.

Another convention that I will definitely be attending in 2017 is WashingCon. This year is only the third year this convention is being held. This makes it a more intimate event that still offers great gaming options and even some famous faces. If you live in the greater D.C. area I highly recommend this event.

My one regret over the last two years is not being able to attend AcadeCon, the convention put on by the RPG Academy in Ohio. Hopefully, 2017 will be the year I can reverse this trend.

This Blog

2016 was a great year for this blog even though I didn’t put as much effort into it as I would have liked. This year has the potential to be just as good or even better. I have a whole bunch of games to cover for the RPG Backlog along with some ideas for GMing advice articles and new campaign ideas.  2017 will also feature new crafting articles. Maybe how to make a dice tower from a human skull. How many unicorns will that be, Gilbert?

If you have any ideas for things you would like to see on the blog drop me a line on Twitter or shoot me an email at WorstDM@gmail.com. As always, thanks for reading and commenting and let’s make 2017 the Worst year ever!

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