This thread takes place in the future. Write as if it's 2014 and things have changed by some amount.
So, 2013 came to a close, and the folks who did 2013 Gaming Goals had a little introspective on what they achieved and what surprised them about their year in gaming. And now we're a couple months into 2014, and I feel like it's an interesting time to ask:
What are you playing these days? Tell me a bit about the social space you play in, the way the games are shaping up, all those juicy details. As much as possible, leave the "insider jargon" out of this conversation. Write it so that someone who's been out of the story games loop for a couple years would still be able to follow along.
On my end, I've been introducing people to Between Dead Oaks, the new hard sitch game by Vincent Baker and Wendy Emerson. It's got some of the same tone as Murderous Ghosts (the first hard sitch game, though predating the phrase), but builds on the mechanical ideas of Untenable. These games are becoming one of my favourite gaming experiences, because I can rock a rewarding game session while sitting in a coffee shop with a cutie. Ideal.
On the more involved end, I've been playing Cloud Cycle, which has got to be the weirdest play experience I've encountered in a while. I'm constantly surprised that the asynchronous digital parts and the sit-down table sessions interact as well and as consistently as they do. I keep on expecting the game to collapse, and it keeps on delivering engrossing fiction. For anyone who spent last year under a rock, know: you play scientists who've discovered heaven, and who're engaged in an ongoing research mission to learn about angels and the afterlife. Luke Crane and Elizabeth Shoemaker really hit it out of the park, wrt both slick design and pioneering new platform frontiers. Before playing, I thought the global digital exploration part of the game was going to be a boring faux-social-media experiment, yet another Facebook or Nametag to have to keep up with. It's not. It's linked into the table sessions in really emergent and surprising ways.
Thoughts? I know there are a million interesting things going on right now for our community, and I want to hear which ones you've been playing around with!