Gate Campers, where art thou?
Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:56 PM
Surprisingly it wasn't due to drama (for a change). Essentially I had lost control of my own creation (Tropis) and the beast had become too large and vicious for me to handle. Recordings became a drag and while the Gate Campers were fantastic people to game with I simply didn't have it in me any more. I could say I was burned out, but I suspect disillusioned would perhaps be closer to the mark. In the end I did the only right thing I could in that situation, I decided to halt recordings, step outside and discover the real world for a while.
This did me the world of good.
I explored science fiction for a time. Took up BattleTech and MechWarrior: Online. Delved into the sordid world of EVE: Online. The most important event, however, was going to college. I am now well on my way to attending University to put my experienced to good use and study (probably clinical) psychology. Leaving Tropis had embracing the real world was exactly what I needed to save me from myself, essentially: finally allowing me to defeat the depression that always caused me (and my friends) so much strife.
So that is where I have been for the past year and why The Gate Campers and Saturnine Snows came to an abrupt end. For those who enjoyed listening to the Gate Campers and miss them, I can only hope that you accept my apologies and understand my reasons.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:25 PM
All the best for the future, especially what with going to uni!
Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:28 PM
.... study (probably clinical) psychology....
Best of luck in your degree quest. If the program at your university is like the one I did, you'll probably be forced to take a smattering of courses in developmental, biopsych, and social in addition to your chosen concentration. The only two pieces of advice I'd offer are a) keep an open mind about the angle you take toward planning your courses, I started toward developmental/child psych and quickly got out because I couldn't tolerate the various outdated theories on developmental stages; and b) pester the faculty for opportunities to get involved in their research, I found it to be a better way to find out about the state of understanding and investigation than any course I took.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 04:28 PM
For old times sake I listened to some of the older Tropis stuff and I'm quite taken aback at just how much my style has changed. A lot of the usual tropes are there - the dramatic (almost Kirk-eske) pauses in my dialogue. But the over-reliance on 'big-words' and 'grim dark' for the sake of 'grim dark' has faded. The work as a whole seems to have benefit from my more stable mental state.
Having Jess (of the PGers) and Alex (of the same) back in Tropis is something I never thought I would see again. Them, combined with my 13yo brother, Regan, has given this campaign a sense of familiarity; yet also freshness.
Tropis too has changed. It is no longer a tool for self-therapy, instead it is a stimulus for group enjoyment. Its actually really fun to run - something else I didn't think I would see again.
Recording the next session in a couple of days and I have to say, I'm really looking forward to it.
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