Playing the Parts

A D&D game session in progress

A D&D game session in progress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time I promised to not be all heavy all the time with this blog. While I think I do a pretty good job of  keeping a positive attitude I haven’t had a post about the things in life I find fun in a long time. I owe it to my wonderful readers, and to myself, to take things down a few notches once in a while, so for today I will be discussing an activity that many who know me would say is one of the most defining characteristics of my personality: my love of role-playing games.I’m not talking Final Fantasy, Zelda or any of the other computer or console games. I’m talking old school. I’m talking Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve been playing almost as long as there has been a D+D. I played elf as a class (that, by the way, is establishing some serious OG gamer cred right there.)

There is so much to love about these games. Oh, yeah, D+D is not the only game in town, if you’ll pardon the pun. There is the World of Darkness, Savage Worlds, Cyberpunk, Delirium, several iterations of Star Wars, and even a Doctor Who rpg. They can be enjoyed on so many levels. They can be enjoyed in the traditional, purely competitive, manner of a game as you pit yourself against the antagonists the game master pits you against. You can immerse yourself in the story, wrapping yourself up in the part you play in it. If you are the GM there is the thrill of creation.
When you boil it down to its essence, role-playing is make-believe time for grown ups, with rules. For a few hours every so often you get to pretend you are someone else. This is probably why I’ve seen people come together to play across economic, racial, gender and religious barriers. For a little while you get to come together and be heroes. Somewhere deep inside me I am still a bit Eldit, Rousay, Tristan of Thornwall, Euryale, Tianna Lan or Stheno Maeve, and that’s kind of cool.
I know I probably won’t convert too many people to my favorite pastime here. That’s all well and good. I do hope some of you take the time to check it out though. It is always a good idea to sample new things. I even tried brussels sprouts a few different ways and eventually found one  I liked. You never now you may just find yourself going on an adventure.

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