Stationary Motivation – The Race for a Cure

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Did you know Ben often suffers from Stationary Motivation – a rare form of terrain disease found in D&D hobbyists? The symptoms are obvious. Hundreds of brilliant game board ideas swirl through the victim’s head. The patient’s ass inexplicably becomes immobile. Its eyes become fixated on the TV all weekend long. Maybe you’re infected too?! Is there a cure? Fear not. The doctor will see you now.

Too Many Ideas, So Little Time
Ben love, loves to read RPG forums, peruse assorted blog posts, join in on the Facebook game group chatter and watch tutorials on the Tube. Consequently, he has an abundance of unorganized photos and scribbled notes. Alas this content consumption approach is getting him nowhere.

What Ben really needs is a set manageable, organized build options. A series of terrain that’s in arm’s reach the moment he becomes unproductively idol in his weekend gaming den. Even our monthly Terrain Saturday gatherings get a little frazzled at times.

See the problem is Ben is a huge baseball fan. He’ll be watching multiple games in his office with all sorts of projects just a few feet away from joining the Pile. He wants to work on them but the thinking and preparation can be rather overwhelming, especially after a long work week. What to do…what to do.

Small Plan, Big Payout
Ben decided to do a spinoff of Sly Flourish’s D&D article on Twyla Tharp’s idea box. Ben would make a can-do box – a collection of small terrain projects that he could pick through at a moment’s notice.

There’s a great side effect here – reaching for a smaller set of projects will allow Ben to keep his crafty hands moving while other terrain project steps take hold. Ideally, a terrain hobbyist wants to have three or four D&D pieces going simultaneously so no downtime/excuses settle in. Example: You can do a paint step on Project A while you wait for the glue to dry on Project B.

Contain the Project, Release the Creativity
An oversized sandwich bag serves as the container. Don’t get a flimsy or small bag though. Get a tougher brand. So what’s inside?

  • Photo: Cut out a pic of your inspiration
  • Notes: Keep notes on the back (original author, source, etc)
  • Pieces: Gather all the appropriate pieces

Remember, you don’t have to complete a bag’s entire project in one sitting. Instead, maybe you’ll just do one or two of the steps in that bag in a sitting…such as gluing and/or priming the pieces. The goal here is to just be able to reach for something quickly and that has a clear next step to its build.

Short Start, Long Life
Fill that can-do box with a half a dozen-ish initial terrain ideas. Try to add a couple more to the box each month. Consider having two sets in each terrain bag so a friend or family member can build along with you.

So here’s what Ben has in his own can-do box for starters:

No blog post next week as it’s finally time for Ben and the Fam’s annual summer vacation. Good thing you got something to do now, right? It’s the perfect time to start your own can-do box. Snag a few of these ideas or hunt and gather some more!

Questions to Ponder: Do you suffer from Stationary Motivation? How do you combat this lack of hobbying languish? Got any organization tips to share? How many projects do you try to do simultaneously? What are you working at now? What are some candidates for your own terrain can-do box? Share your inspirations so we can help each other out with new ideas.

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One Response to “Stationary Motivation – The Race for a Cure”

  1. Brigitte Says:

    I can so releate to this Ben. When I started out with Shadowfell for both my groups. The terrain was all 2D with either premade tiles or drawn on an eraseable mat. I started adding some 3D stuff like altars, tables chairs etc. Then you introduced me to HirstArts and the rest is history. My Friday group zoomed way ahead of my Saturday group and they have finished Thunderspire while the Saturday just started. I have so many terrain ideas and side scenario ideas that I feel overwhelmed. My workshop is filling up with materials and terrain pieces in all sorts of stages. It’s fun but daunting.

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