Today is Samantha’s first birthday, and for some reason, that made me reflect a bit on my life and, by extension, my gaming life.
What I realized is that I’ve been playing “hobby games” for 25 years now. I was 9 years old when I starting “role playing” with some of my friends, using my older brother Tony’s old blue-cover basic D&D book. He soon bought me the Red Box D&D Basic Set, followed by all the other boxed sets all the way up through “Immortal” level as they came out (although I don’t think that we ever actually played up that high a level) . I’ve never looked back, and while I’ve gone through many different phases including a multitude of RPG’s, CCG’s, CMG’s, and all kinds of boardgames, almost 3/4 of my life has been made richer by this incredible and diverse hobby.
It just makes me so thankful both to Tony (since he’s “responsible” for making me this way) and to all of the opportunities I’ve had to make gaming a big part of my life. We should all be thankful for the blessing we have to be able to spend time and energy on the gaming hobby that enriches our lives so much, and I look forward to what it will bring me over the next 25 or more years, especially in having the chance to introduce gaming to my lovely little girl.