I wrote this a long time ago..
for some friends of mine, in my late high school and college years…
you all know I am a geek and a nerd and into all things that have the suffix of “game”.
Being a writer, I know you will not find it hard to believe that I enjoy role playing games a lot!
(some of you may be thinking of another kind….that’s ok…i think about it too…but that’s not what I mean. 😉 )
So the most easily recognizable one is, of course, “Dungeons and Dragons”. Which is a “Fantasy setting” those not familiar with genre titles can understand that “Fantasy” means swords, wizards, dragons, magic, unicorns….You get the idea.
(some of you may be thinking of another kind…that’s ok…I think about it too..but that’s not what I mean. 😉 )
In Dungeon and Dragons I play, “Therrin” He’s a half-orc (human and orc halfbreed) Rogue (used to be called Thief but modern day PC language has changed it). He’s very big…very strong….An anti-Hero’s anti-hero. Think, Han Solo + Indiana Jones + Common street Thug. But for 3 hours…every wednesday…I get to be him. I get to grab villians by the throat and throw them off of balconies into garden fountains…I get to fight with a Rapier while ducking and dodging magic spells being hurled at me….I get to talk back to Kings and Dukes and wipe my fingers off on their table cloths….( he has terrible table manners). I often think if everyone could do this at least once a week it would go a long way to helping relieve stress. To get to be someone else for several hours just has a way of settling my nerves down.
a HUGE part of playing in a successful role playing game is the group you play with. Having other people there…who are willing to immerse themselves into being their characters just as much as you, makes all the difference. With the right group of people, you can actually BE in that Fantasy world. and with the right GM (game master – the person in charge of creating and telling the story you are taking part in) the outside world of 2016 simply disappears.
I wrote this as a tribute to all the great groups of friends I’ve made over the years playing these games…and as a statement of just how awesome it is to be part of that group..
Pencils, books and papers stained by
condensating drinks and ice.
Bits of crumbled potato chips
scattered amongst the dice.
Standing back to back we fight,
while seated on floors or chairs.
Consulting tomes of rules which tell,
If the battle is Ours or Theirs.
And after the fight we’ll make our way
To the place where brave deeds are said!
And smile as our laughter shakes the rafters,
Of the Tavern inside our heads!