The Nerd Adventure Begins…
A few posts back, I stepped into a little bit of my past concerning my hometown and my terrible gaming habit. It was a quite a landmark moment for me. It produced over two pages of content with little effort as it spilled out of me. I was amazed by the end of second page that I was still going. However, I did not want to bore anyone including myself into a stupor. So, I wrapped up my thoughts and placed it out there for all to read.
It was at this point that I realized just how much my words had opened doors and made connections. The second part of this landmark was the fact that it doubled my record hits for the day. I was shocked and I accounted that it was a topic that more people could relate to. I was quite excited at the potential. I made note of the topic and put it on my list for future posts. I have come to a time in my life when I realized that my experiences in this world might interest more than my family or a few friends.
This brought me to a couple of paths for future writing. One, which I will address in the coming weeks, was the idea that my life has been divided into twenty year blocks. I am eager to explore and explain what all that entails. Another was to turn back the clock and reminisce about my gaming experiences. This will be done in the same sense that I have tried to keep this blog in. It is a sense that the opinions and experiences in my head need to be expressed. This helps to release some of the built up energies.
With this idea, I will be adding a new category to my blog for these particular topics. It is likely that I will add to it when the thoughts strike. This gives me a chance to break out of the cycle that all I write about is opinions and debates. Setting all of this in motion, I look forward to hearing thoughts.
To begin, I am a Nerd. I like to play games for many reasons, but mostly it is my chance of fellowship with those that share my passions for games. I don’t find the time too often these days, but it is there when I can find it. I have played numerous board games, dice games, console games, and role-playing games. Mostly, I lean toward the role-playing games known as RPGs in the gaming community. It is the source of my desires to read everything that I can get my hands on. There is always a story behind these activities and a story while these games are played.
We all have found that as a child games were the greatest form of entertainment. Some may have started with Tic-Tac-Toe or Tiddly-Winks, while others began later and learned to play chess or Risk. It is a defining moment in our gamer lives. It is the first question that comes to mind and usually asked during interviews for gamer magazines of celebrities or famed game designers. Where did you start? What was the first game that you ever played? For me, it was a game that my grandmother introduced me to called Wahoo. It was a game that I would describe as being similar to Trouble! or Sorry!. Each player had the four pieces to take around the board and into the base area. I remember playing it for long hours and hearing my grandmother laugh and cackle when she would make a good move or win.
This was my first game, but it was just the tip of the iceberg. It was board games for a few years until I turned ten. I was introduced by a neighborhood friend to a new game labeled role-playing. In this game, which was Dungeons and Dragons, the players created characters with certain skills that allowed them to take on the challenges of the fantasy world created by a selected player who ran the scenarios. It was a bright red box set with all the rules and dice needed. We just had to use paper and pencil to write down the appropriate notes.
The experience was mind-boggling even if it was a simple scenario for us. I was lost most of the session, but when we ended, I was immediately addicted to it. I needed more, but there was little more after that for another four years. My family had moved and I was left with the ache of the game. It still impresses me that such a game could wrap itself around my mind in a few hours and cause me many years of longing. For the most part, I place the blame on the wellspring of my imagination which needed a release.
So, it was here that I felt the first tastes of something that would come to play a great influence over my life. I could feel that I was on the edge of something extraordinary.
I will continue this thread in future posts as I attempt to understand some of the events of my life surrounding the gaming culture that was about to enter and have lived in for nearly thirty years. It should be a remarkable adventure.