I missed a roleplaying game session with friends last Friday night. I don't regret it; I had a nice date night with Kim. But it's one of the few game nights I have missed.
I have been playing RPGs with the same core group of friends for years. Some people have dropped out and new people have joined, but we've had what I consider the same gaming group since about 1988. The newest member of our group has been with us for 15 years.
I lived half way across the country for 2 ½ years, and of course missed out on our game nights then. Except for that period of time, I think I have missed only six or seven game nights over the past 26 years.
That track record isn't as impressive if you consider that our gaming is actually fairly intermittent. When we started, we played every 1-2 weeks, but that has declined. Over the past decade we have probably averaged about once every six weeks, not counting the occasional hiatuses from gaming that spanned months as game masters got tired and took a break.
I have a few old photos of our game nights…someplace. I have been trying to find my trove of old photos for a while now.
I'd also like to compile a list of all the people who have gamed with us; there have been quite a few people who played with us for a while and moved on.