I spend my professional life studying genocide; which is to say, I spend my life in a world of academics and presenting papers and publishing obscure journal articles. Even though it’s an instant conversation killer at dinner parties, I still find it immensely rewarding. Unfortunately, the scholarly skew of my current writing, combined with the fact-based models I work with, have collectively subdued that part of my brain that feeds on imagination.
I still have moments of glory but they’re far fewer than they used to be when I was in my twenties (or a teenager). If I compare the campaign building I do now with what I created fifteen or twenty years ago, you can see an obvious trend away from fantastic and towards realism. See, I can’t even talk about it without using academic expressions!
Anyway, my question is: for all you gamers-of-a-certain-age, how do you combat Adult Onset Imagination Disease?