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I was very similar when I first started DMing as far as workload. Tell him he doesn't have to come up with everything himself. Finding out that it was okay to "steal" things and that even the best DM's steal was much needed for my sanity when gaming as an adult.
For example, I made an inn in a frontier town based on Quark's Place from DS9, only instead of Ferengi the Quark and Rom analogs were dwarves. The players enjoyed it and even the hardcore Trekkers didn't pick up on the source material. I also frequently swipe plot hooks, story beats and even dungeons and NPCs from published adventures before tweaking them to fit the story I'm telling.
Tell him he doesn't have to come up with everything himself. Finding out that it was okay to "steal" things and that even the best DM's steal was much needed for my sanity when gaming as an adult.
I'll relay that! But not on Tuesday because that's gaming night and he will accept no calls.
Have you seen this yet?
"The Evolution of Trust" [link]
Neither the topic nor the conclusions might be new to you, but I enjoyed the presentation.
I'm really enjoying Horizon: Forbidden West (HZD is easily on my top 5 all time favorite games list) but man the increased difficultly and loss of all my cool gear from the first game is rough. Just wish I was able to play on a PS5 so the post-death reloads were shorter.
I'm about 28 hours in and have probably died more on Normal than I did in my entire NG+ Ultra Hard run to get the Platinum trophy for it.
The writing and acting is still great and I'm enjoying the follow-up to the phenomenal story of the first game. I had some suspicions confirmed but I'm sure they're going to throw more twists our way as well.
Nearing the end of the game and my wife is fully invested in the storyline just from watching me play. She has requested I don't advance the plot if I play when she's not around.
I've been working my way through the Wordle Archive site, and I just hit one that seems relevant:
Wordle 47 4/6
The word turned out to be SPIKE.
This Reddit thread on representation in Horizon: Forbidden West is just lovely. (Major spoilers for both games, obviously.) [link]
I absolutely love the world-building in these games. All these aspects of the human condition that are acknowledged and shape the world around them organically.
Started listening to the Children of Earte podcast which is a live-play D&D campaign set in modern times. Never considering doing that with D&D, but it's very cool and creative.
This "Origin of the Beholder" video had me in tears from laughing. This guy has decent GM advice, but some of his skits are absolutely top notch. [link]
I'm kind of burned out on D&D and am working on putting together a 1930s Pulp-style game using the Savage Worlds system. (I looked at Pulp Cthulhu first, but decided I really don't like %-based systems. I also looked at Hollow Earth Expedition, which I really liked, but also seems to be out of print and it doesn't have Foundry VTT support that I can find.)
I haven't decided if I'm going serial or episodic with the story, yet, though the idea of "Break a supervillain out of Alcatraz" just popped in my head as an adventure idea and I'm going to have to find a way to incorporate it, now. (Even better if I can have the heroes put him away in the first place earlier in the campaign.)