On one level, roleplaying games are a pastime whose role is to provide frivolity and an opportunity to “shoot the breeze” with friends. They are focused on interaction and discovery with others. These games are a vehicle for friendship.
During my life, these games have also provided another role: a pastime which allows me space from people and distance from work. As a young teen, the escape was from school and the bullying I experienced daily. As an adult, it’s release from the pressure of a high stakes career in which, at times, the work is simply too much to process.
Play has always been the means by which I roam free to discover new ideas, places, and people. I have found adventure vicariously through the lives of countless player characters, both of my own creation and those run by other people. These games have opened up points of connection…
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