Thursday Thirteen: The Ultimate Reward.


(Wanda getting her Chaos on.  Artwork by Brian Stelfreeze from Upper Deck’s Vs. System.)

The ultimate culmination of any inspirational activity?  Seeing a group of other people engaged in the creative pursuit that you were trying to expose the world to.  In other words, the writer is most satisfied when the readers take the ball and run to places way beyond anything previously imagined.

In a similar way, our local Miami Hobby League got me glowing last night.  I had missed the week before, and I could only stop in to touch base, since this election year is cause for major partying with wife and friends.  When I got there, I discovered that they were playing a bizarre and beautiful format that took my dreams for the game and made them more real than I could have ever done by myself.

1. They put 50 character cards in a hat.

2. All the cards had different printed team affiliations.

3. Each person picked three cards at random.

4. They chose one affiliation from the three.

5. They spent the week building mono-team decks with the single affiliation.

6. They used Random Punks rules.

7. They invited me to play, even though I only had my traditional decks that did not fit the format, and would have therefore had a huge advantage.

8. They wished me well when I declined in order to attend our election party instead.

9. They helped me brainstorm for the upcoming BigSpooky challenge before I left.

10. They filled my heart with an unusual sense of satisfaction, seeing my ideals for the game actually being incarnated on real life tables in my very own city.

11. They gave me mad hope for the future of our game.

12. They made me realize that the sky is not falling.

13. They inspired me to keep toiling on, no matter what.

Now you.  Make a list of 13 inspirational somethings.  Anythings.  Then link your list here: It will start a small movement, and you never know what will come of it.  It might even bring you the ultimate reward.



Filed under Rambles, Thursday Thirteen., Vs. System

33 responses to “Thursday Thirteen: The Ultimate Reward.

  1. Well, mad hope for the future is good for any cause, right! Good luck with the toiling and happy TT 🙂 (mine’s up)

  2. pyrahmancy

    Dude it’s Wednesday!

  3. Yep. The Thursday Thirteen site posts the new week’s thread on Wednesday at 5:00 pm Eastern.

    The degenerate among us shoot to get the first post every week. 38 minutes and counting…

  4. Sounds like they had fun. I’m talking about music and books this time.

  5. susiej

    Interesting… And, why do we do it on Thursday?!

  6. I have my 11th Edition of my Thursday 13.

    It’s 13 Rides/Attractions I love at Disney World.

    Drop by – I’m glad to see you and will visit you.



  7. I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. I’m glad you had fun though. Have a great TT. 🙂

  8. I made my list of ways my friend inspired me. I am with comedy plus, I have no idea what you are talking about, but sounds like fun.

  9. cricket51

    I am with Comedy Plus – I have no clue! Happy TT though.

  10. Ehm… no clue either, sorry!
    My TT is about 13 people that inspire(d) / influence(d) me on my path.

  11. Happy TT I hope You are having a good week.

  12. Being a Brit, I’m not sure I’m with you here. But as long as you had fun 🙂

  13. Now that sounds fun. Good for you for going for it. Are you bummed at the death of the Dungeons and Dragons guy? (I don’t know if you play that….)

    13 inspirational things? I will contemplate. Maybe we should try that for next week – get a group to do it. How fun!!

  14. That really is the ultimate satisfaction of creative efforts. Nothing like seeing it as part of the air other people breathe! You have a great thing going there.

  15. Sounds like you had a rewarding night. It must have felt so good. Awesome for you!!!

    I did the opposite of inspiration…I went with annoyance. 😉

  16. I’m so psyched for you! Seeing the game you worked on played right in front of you must be amazing.

    I keep thinking about what it’ll be like to sit down in a cafe or get on a bus and see someone reading one of my books, and how that will spur me on to write more. Having read your experience makes me even more excited about that moment. I can’t wait to hear more as it continues to unfold.

    And I’ve made a note for next week to be 13 inspiring things. This week I’ve put up an excerpt from BloodSprite.

    Happy TT and Congrats on that moment and the moments to come!


  17. I know what you are talking about but have never played. I had to go through a 12 step program to get off the cardboard crack known as Magic the Gathering. I am clean and sane as far as CCGs. But I like watching people who are passionate about their art.

    My 70th Thursday 13 is up. 13 Childrens Books That Were Never Written Stop by if you get a chance.

  18. marnini

    13 Inspiring things, Hmmm. That’s something to put up in my think box for an upcoming TT. Stop by mine for some home remedies.

    Happy Thursday 🙂

  19. Isn’t it great to see other people experiencing your game/story/music/whatever-other-creative-outlet-you-insert-here?

    Mine’s not necessarily inspirational, but they’re 13 great movies from Studio Ghibli… inspiring in their own way.

    Happy TT!

  20. Sounds like real inspiration. I’m glad you got to experience that!

  21. Inspiring? Whoops. Ah, well. I stink at following directions. Mine’s about books, instead. But I think a couple of them were inspiring, so maybe that counts.

  22. Yup … I wait for Thursday’s morning inspiration to create mine each week … and this week is a Wordless version some might view as ‘inspiring’ … created before I read your T-13 however.
    Hugs and blessings,

  23. Inspirational…Well maybe next time I will try to come up with something like that 😀

    Happy TT!!

  24. Really cool to read that everything is going well with the changes. I’m starting to think more and more about trying to get into this game!

  25. Can’t do inspirational…well, maybe mine was today. Great TT.

  26. my husband is the gamer in our home… this is greek to me ;0)

    Happy T13!


  27. Good list! It’s always nice to be inspired. Happy TT!

  28. I’d like to think that I’m always talking about things that inspire me… I’m just not as poetic as you are. But, “What’s wrong with being ‘moved to snark’?” I ask thee? 😉

    This week I’m only at CQ — and as the other columnists do not get to play (Thursday’s my day) I’m showing off some of their posts. You could say they inspire me… And then I’d be following your directions — but in a psychic I-had-no-idea way! WoooOOOoooo000

  29. Chris

    Sounds like fun. Great artwork btw. Happy TT!

  30. Wow. They really took the ball and ran with it. Cool.

    I’ll have to work on the inspiration thing later. This week I have Shakespeare, though.

    Happy TT!

  31. You love your game like I love Scrabble. A game where everyone plays well is inspiring.

  32. I love the picture of Wanda getting her chaos on. I feel like she looks this week.

    Are you sick of standardized testing? I’ve posted 13 Anti-NCLB Sentiments to mark the end of a stressful testing week.

    Happy TT!

  33. Sounds like fun! My kids and I like to play board games and work puzzles together.

    Happy TT!

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