The Old Gamer Curse

I am an old gamer. Old gamers are, as defined by me, gamers who have other responsibilities that interfere with gaming. I am not strictly talking about chronological age, but amount of responsibilities. So, a 50 year old hermit is not an “old” gamer. Conversely, a 22-year old with a wife, 3 kids and two jobs is an “old gamer.”

I am trying to put together a regular game with a few friends and scheduling it is a nightmare. Between children, jobs, wives, location and a hundred other things, it is tough to pull together a four hour slot of gaming.  Does anyone remember being 18 and gaming all weekend? Gaming until your mind stopped functioning and even caffeine failed you. Gaming during a weekday! It has been so long I have forgotten such a thing was possible.

Life is a series of trade-offs. I was once young and very poor, but had oceans of free time to game. Now I am comfortably middle-class, but have to work 40 hours a week.  At least I can now afford all the cool gaming stuff my younger, poorer self could only dream about. Sadly, I have less opportunities to use said gaming material.

Argh! Life is unfair.

The guys over at the Penny Arcade comic  have a solution. Maybe I should give it a try.

The Penny- Arcade Solution

I was just curious if this is common among old gamers, or is it just my group?

Trask, the Last Tyromancer



Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.