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No Time to Play

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So I’m really beginning to bang my head against a wall. I’m kind of almost even managing a budget, so that I can drive to places besides work once a week (new car with 50% better gas mileage helps). I don’t mind driving in the least, so one and a half hours round trip to/from the game store doesn’t really irk me that much, but I’m facing a much bigger problem that has no identifiable solution.

As you may have gathered, I work full-time at a big box store that’s open 6a-10p, 7 days a week. In order to be full time, I have to maintain “full flex” availability, meaning that I could be scheduled pretty much any shift, any day, with a schedule that changes every week. Normal working humans have free time at night, but while I might have one day off, I could be opening the next day (meaning a 4am wakeup). That, or I’m too exhausted to run a game after work (and, more importantly, prep beforehand), so even though I get home at 3pm on some days I’m usually wiped. I could play after working 8 hours, but nobody in my area runs games, besides from me.

Trying to work around six-twelve people’s schedules and my own responsibilities/exhaustion pretty much killed Marrakesh, and I have no desire to do that again (not least of all, because the cancellations/switches really fucked with other people’s lives/schedules).

Two games I’d really like to play right now are the AD&D re-release slated for this April and Houses of the Blooded or some such. Does this mean I only really have time for one-shots? Are there any other gamers out there who have faced or are facing a similar dilemma? How did you and your group find time to play?

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