I feel another Adept Play post simmering, I just don’t know quite how to say it. We are six sessions into our Sorcerer & Sword game now, and every session feels like the best role-playing I’ve had the good fortune to be part of in years.
With our recent Freebooters game which spanned 58 sessions, I had that feeling maybe once or twice in ten sessions. I was consistently having a lot of fun, and I guess I thought that was the best it could be.
There are some external factors which contribute: As I get older and keep practicing, role-playing in general keeps getting richer. And this specific group has been playing together and developing good creative rapport for a while—that practice together is no doubt part of it.
But that doesn’t account for the sea change, or maybe a phase change, since we got started with Sorcerer specifically.
It’s not that Sorcerer is inherently easier for us. Our first complex conflict that included three player characters and several NPCs felt a little like trying to learn how to play a clarinet in the middle of a symphony. And that’s not all. I think each session has probably revealed at least one misunderstanding or mismatched expectation.
I guess I have a lot of patience with the learning curve: My past experience with Sorcerer tells me it’s worth it. And it pays off more and more as each of us develop more skill with the instrument.
But there’s something about it that fills me with unexpected electricity every single session, like a gift. And I can’t put my finger on it.