CoH Personal Update — Recreation and Responsibility

As noted here, it was a pretty active weekend on CoH. Hang Time dinged 33, as did Shock about a day later. Hyperthermian dinged 11, Rose hit 19, and Strat dinged both 20 and 21.
All of which occured on Friday and Saturday, actually. Not a lot going on on Sunday.
The murder plot thing in the Freedom Phalanx has gone well enough, I think — certainly it’s a type of play that most of the other players haven’t seen on there, and they’ve really digged the immersion. It’s cool that I was put in charge of it, since I’ve been wanting to do somehting like that for awhile, but in retrospect, I had a LOT of people involved in that thing, and it made it a lot harder.
I have some thoughts on a smaller, simpler, and I think more light-hearted storyline to run in a bit. Just call me Mr. Responsiblity. Lee does.
And on the one hand yeah, I can see why people look at me oddly for wanting to use my free time and a little money each month in order to be in charge of stuff instead of just playing. I’ve given it some thought, and there’s really two parts to that:
a) Why do I like multi-player online games like MUDs, MUSHes, and CoH, at all? Why so much? What’s my payoff?
That’s a bigger questions that I’m still thinking about — there may be an essay there at some point.
b) Why, when I’m involved in such games, do I take on roles of responsibility and game-mastering-type stuff?
Two answers:
One — engaging surroundings make me think of stories that I’d like to see played out so, lacking anyone else likely to do it, I run them myself. That’s the GM part. Honestly, it’s one of the reasons I run as many face-to-face games as I do.
Two — well, taking on responsibility and admin type stuff seems like a self-sacrificing thing, but really it’s just selfishness. When I get into a position of some influence within a group on a game like CoH, I have more ability to make the experience into one that I’ll enjoy: if someone in a supergroup I’m in is continually annoying I have the influence and ability to get them to change their behavior or boot them, if a candidate is really rubbing me the wrong way I can veto their admittance, if a supergroup in a larger alliance is ruining everyone’s fun I can do more about it than just bitch.
So yeah, it’s a control thing — I’m spending the money on the game and the way I see it I have the right to make the game enjoyable for myself and those around me as much as I’m able, provided I’m not ruining someone else’s fun.

One comment

  1. Well, you do it well and you keep the rest of us entertained, so no complaints from this quarter. 🙂

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