Confessions of a Dice Roller

Polyhedral DiceIt’s not often that I’m completely candid. Even here on this site, I edit myself. I bite my tongue. I hold back. Even with you, little web-crawler bots that are likely my sole audience, I don’t share everything. I keep some bits of data to myself.

But today will be a bit different. Today, I’m going to break with that tendency and be a little more candid. Today, I’m going to talk about a hobby of mine.

I play tabletop role-playing games.

To anyone generally familiar with me, this may not be very surprising. And to anyone who knew me as a kid, this is probably old news. Nonetheless, there it is. Boom — blatant candidity.

It’s apparently in vogue to play RPGs these days. I’m curious if this truly represents a change in our collective perspective, or if it’s more a trending blip on the cultural radar that will fade with time, rendering tabletop gaming once again a fringe pursuit for the unpopular and the unmutual.

I’ve tried many of the “big names” in RPGs over the span of my years. Dungeons & Dragons (1st and 2nd ed.), Call of Cthulhu (4th ed.), Shadowrun (1st ed.), and Classic World of Darkness were staples during elementary and high school. Then I didn’t play at all for almost two decades. A few years ago, a friend started a D&D campaign and invited me to join, which kicked off a personal hobby renaissance of sorts. These recent forays into gaming have been D&D and Call of Cthulhu campaigns.

In retrospect, I’m disappointed that I had turned away from and lost sight of RPGs in college. They’re the perfect pairing of interior imagination and exterior social interaction; collaborative storytelling and world-building that reward with a fantastic sense of joy and camaraderie.

And on top of all that: the vast options in gaming dice style.

[Image: by Scott Akerman from Raleigh, NC, USA (Gaming Dice) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

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