So with all the material out there about table top RPG’s and the number of them that are out there stumbling into a blog like this you may just have to wonder who the hell am I to talk about games? Why the heck should you care what I have to say?
Well I have been playing RPG’s since 1978. I was really young and my parents had taken me to one of their friends homes. Their eldest was playing D&D with some friends in the basement and my parents and his decided that I needed to spend time with him. I don’t know how I wheedled my way into the game but there I was, six years old, being told that I was now a dwarf, and they were going after a dragon. I wanted to know what a dwarf could do and one of the guys at the table said something about dwarves having heat vision, and I gasped and wanted to know if that was like Superman. They laughed and someone said yes and I was all excited to be playing someone as short as I was with the power to burn things with my eyes. Needless to say I got a bit out of control announced that I was zapping the dragon dead with my heat eyes, and would be the hero. To be honest I don’t remember anything else about that game session. Save for the fact that it made me feel like I had done something impossible, and that I was with a bunch of people who thought it was cool. Needless to say I am sure they laughed it off and got back to playing the game after I had that moment in the sun, but the moment itself and the feeling stuck with me. 1979 I got my first copy of Dungeons and Dragons in a red box set that had rules and an adventure and dice along with a crayon. And with that the, well yeah lets call it an addiction, was born.
Since then I have played dozens of games (and if you think that’s over stating it just check out the page that has a list of what I have played, its not a joke), built a few game engines of my own (and they all have sucked, at least the RPG ones have, some of the dice games and tactical stuff has worked ok) built worlds full of strange and unique stuff, and had a lot of fun doing it (save for the few times I have been with groups that really suck, but that has happened to all of us). I have been a Game Master (DM, Story Teller, Guide, or whatever else you want to call them) and a player.
And all of that is fine and dandy, but in the end, what I have to say should mater very little. If I give you an idea, great. Run with it and make up your own mind about a game though, have fun, tell stories, build and break worlds. RPG’s are there to build your imagination, spur your creativity, give you a reason to deal with other crazy, creative and willful people, and take the time to make some awesome memories. Don’t let me slow you down.