It took a while, but I slowly learned that I am not a winter person. I grew up in NYC, where, although winters were cold, big snowstorms were rare and usually melted quickly. Spring came in March too, not at the end of May. I think not caring or noticing winter so much when I was younger also has a lot to do with the fact that kids are just crazy awesome and rarely care about the things that adults concern themselves with. After all, winter for me as a kid meant holiday gifts and any snowstorm meant that I had a quick easy way to make some pocket cash by shoveling snow.
Each winter, gaming and RPGs have more than helped to get me from November to April. Each and every year I have so much fun gaming I swear I'll not slow down once it warms up. Then, like clockwork, as soon as it warms up my gaming slows, my blog posts wain, and I'm outside doing landscaping, taking walks, wandering around, skating, and camping. Dinner on the back deck, outdoor movie nights, and hanging in our shed all become part of the daily routines when the weather warms up.
I did not game every second this winter, but I was focused on it a lot. I posted a lot here, too. I went to D&D Encounters—actually leaving the house to game at a local store once a week. I also read and read and read. I read rule books, adventures, and just soaked in lots of game-centric stuff all winter. I painted minis and worked on my Land of the Lost miniatures. The year before it was Blade Runner miniatures. These things kept me from going nuts. Kept the cabin fever at bay.
I hope this spring/summer/fall will be different. I hope I can stick with some level of momentum. Surely I will not be going strong like I did when going outside in -5° was madness. I'm going to make an effort. I'd like to do some gaming with the kids on the back deck. Maybe short games in tents while camping after the sun sets. Something.
I'll document what I do. I'll post when I can.
D&D Next, launching this July and August, should help. I'm also going to continue to attend D&D Encounters for the next session too.
If and when I ever move to a warm climate—it will happen one day—I'll hopefully achieve some happy medium between the feast or famine gaming extremes the ultra cold winters up here have elicited from me.
|Lake ice from our "Spring Break" trip even farther up north.|