After 3 grueling years wasting away in an oil town that is devoid of any semblance that can remind me of any gaming activity, I'm finally back in my hometown and ready to game again.
Ever since I've been back, some of my group mates are already bugging me to get a campaign going but I've decided to squeeze a one-shot session this coming weekend (saturday or sunday) instead. That's right, after one year, I finally get my first taste of 4E!
But then panic attack strikes. I'm afraid of how the session would turn out to be and it makes my knees jerk. I haven't been DMing for 3 years and 4E is a completely new system for me. Even though I've learned the basic ropes and tricks, I'm not sure if I'm ready to run it yet. Other than my lack of knowledge (and confidence), I'm also ill-equipped. No power cards, no miniatures, no battle grids and other gaming supplies. Speaking of which, where's my dice?
I'm already having nightmares that this first session is going to turn into a complete disaster because of boring grinds and a waste of time due to plenty of book flipping.
I don't even know which adventure do I want to run. It has to be able to fit into a single evening session (4 hours?) so I'm not going for H1 Keep on the Shadowfell this time. I'm thinking of just picking up the level 1 dungeon from Dungeon Delves but I don't want to turn it into a grind fest where my first taste of 4E is simply 3 combat encounters rolled together.
In between being excited that I get to organize a game after so long, reading up on the rules to ensure that I don't make mistakes, selecting and prepping the adventure and looking for impromptu gaming supplies, I'm in a messy situation right now.
Ahh! The perfectionist in me wants to get everything right the first time!
I'll keep you posted on what happens next week (if everything goes well).
What about you? Have you ever felt this way when you are getting back in gaming after a long hiatus?
I don't mind taking suggestions on what I should do too, if you have any good ideas.