Same web address. New title.
Perhaps I have some explaining to do:
In a practical sense, there are plenty of other websites, blogs, and Youtube videos which comment on the tabletop gamer lifestyle.
Tips. Advice. Suggestions. Gossip about the industry. Gamism versus narrativism versus simulationism.
Why you should support the hobby.
How to be a GM. How to be a good player. How do handle troublesome players. How to paint miniatures. How to tell a story. How to… how to…
Criticize game X. Complain about publisher Y. Editions wars.
Contemplate the deeper meaning behind these games.
Are you aware of the subtext in tabletop gaming? That you’re supposed to dedicate a significant portion of your life to it?
Play multiple times per week. Buy the latest rulebook. Read the latest official tweet. Watch online videos about gaming. Keep up on the latest news. Watch those celebrity game masters. Read the fiction based on the game. Build another miniature army.
When did playing these games go beyond being a mere hobby? Beyond part-time dedication?
When I first started playing Dungeons & Dragons, I never thought RPGs would become an obsession. I never thought I’d get into tabletop wargames.
I never thought I’d spent so much online reading message boards and blogs to find out what others had to say about these hobbies. This is on top of the time I’d spend perusing a rulebook, a module, or collecting and painting miniatures.
It became a lifestyle, and an unhealthy one at that.
It took up too much headspace, too much time. It was time to cut back. Reassess things.
And can a person, once they’ve been involved in the lifestyle for most of their life, break these lifestyle habits and make tabletop gaming a hobby once more?
That’s what I aim to answer in future posts.