We’ve reached the end of 31 days of #RPGaDay2015. I’m pleased that I managed to stay in the habit of getting regular content up on this blog (even if it required writing in batches and scheduling posts in advance). The final topic is: Favorite Non-RPG Thing To Come Out oF RPGing.
This one is going to be pretty easy for me, as the far-and-away favorite non-RPG thing to come out of my RPGing is, without a doubt, my career.
I write and design games for a living, and in recent years, I’ve added “teaching others to design games” to my career mix as well. And all because I started playing Top Secret and Dungeons & Dragons during the latter half of 1980.
It’s more than that, though — most of my friends have been met as a result of gaming (whether recreationally, or as industry colleagues), and I met my wife, Laura, when we were members of the Kansas University Gamers and Roleplayers club (KUGAR).
This question used to be a bigger deal than it is now. If you’ll excuse a bit of old-man-cane-shaking-“back-in-MY-day”-ism, for most of my gaming life, we had no idea if any celebrities played, and would eagerly share even the slightest rumor that somebody famous shared our hobby.
Today, though, when people like Vin Diesel posts pictures of the D&D-themed cake he had for his 48th birthday, and Oscar-winners like Anne Hathaway gives a shout-out to Cards Against Humanity in a red carpet interview, well, we’re in a Brave New World, kids.
I have to say, though, that the celebrity gamer that I’ve loved the most, since the earliest rumors of his involvement, has to be the late Robin Williams, who was a big-time Warhammer player (pictured here at a store in the Bay Area).
I don’t really go to many. The long-time RPG forum sites have an unfortunate toxicity which turns me off, and the only blogs that I visit tend to be personal blogs of friends which occasionally feature RPG content. For the sake of this question, though, I’ll count the latter category.
I’ve found that my favorite RPG content on blogs comes from Steve Kenson’s site, which often features wonderful material for super-hero gaming (as you might expect from the designer of Mutants & Masterminds and Icons). His “Re:Animated” series (click the tag on his site), where he examines episodes of superhero animated series with an eye toward what lessons can be learned for superhero gaming, is especially worth digging into.