Ok, so when I hear of this game, I instinctively think about nerdy guys sitting around a table all dressed up playing some fantasy role playing game in a school library during their lunch or free period.
A few weeks ago, the organizer of my book club messaged me on Facebook and asked if I would be interested in playing the game. She had never played before and was trying to get a group together for a game.
Now I would normally have scoffed silently to myself as I read the message and replied that I couldn’t, I do have a rep to keep up. But being in a different country is strange, and sometimes lonely so I decided to accept her invitation. I am always interested in meeting new people and making friends. I was sure to warn her that my only exposure to the game was from watching The Big Bang Theory. This didn’t seem to be a problem since she had never played before either – but from the few book club sessions that I have gone to, I have observed that the other members are heavy into that “scene”. Like I can’t even talk about old school pokemon or Sailor Moon – I am completely out of the loop on all things like that. From the entire night tonight, I only got one reference to this gaming world, and it was from Lord of the Rings, you know “you don’t throw dwarfs” or whatever.
I knew in advance that it was going to be like 5 hours long and left early enough to find the coffee shop before our meeting time of 5pm. I was the first one there and got a nice big table for us.
I have to admit, sitting there waiting for the others to arrive I was a little concerned about how I was going to like the game. Like I said, I am not a gaming person. I suck at playing mid-1990’s super mario bros on the grey nintendo station with the cartridges that you had to blow on to make them work. Like this picture – which has duck hunt in it. We had the gun for this game and I even sucked at shooting the stupid ducks!
The first guy shows up, the one who is going to be teaching all of us about this game – you know “the game master”. He said he’s been playing for like 20 years and was excited to share his hobby with us. He did a lot of prep before hand too, with pre-selected players that we could choose from. He also had a pre-planned quest for us that would last like 8-10 sessions if we decided we were digging it.
It started, and after a little bit, I started to get more comfortable. It was actually fun guys! Like really fun! I can totally understand now why people get really into this game! My character was a rogue elf, and although the paper said that I would protect my life above all else, I was also totally loyal. As a thief and a charlatan, I was also good at stealthy things, so I was used as a scout.
Guys I got SO into this game! I don’t even know where it came from! I HAVE NO IDEA! So I was scouting out this trail and I come across a circle in the dirt. It was a trap. I followed the rope and found out that it was attached to a sapling, just waiting for someone to step in it and trigger it. Since we were trying to be all quiet, I asked if I could disarm the trap and let the sapling up without making noise to give away our position. Apparently I was really thinking because that gave me a bonus something or other.
Then we were in some cave, and there was a bridge with a goblin on it. He had his back to me and this other player, and I said the following:
“Can we just neutralize him?” as I pulled my left index finger across my throat and then turned my left hand into a gun and “shot” the air twice….
Neutralize him?!?! What am I in black ops or something?! WHO IS THIS PERSON AND WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO ME!? Guys my life isn’t cupcakes and rainbows anymore…I’ve seen too much….
The bridge was too high to get onto but I asked if someone could hop on another’s shoulders to sneak up on this goblin. Apparently we could. Since I was stealthy I took out my sword to kill this goblin. I roll the dice and I got a number three times what I needed to kill this guy. So I was told by the game master that I chopped off his head, his arm and cut out his heart (ya gotta be sure he’s dead amiright?)
So 4 hours passed and it felt like 1. It was such a great time! The guy running it was great, we all meshed really well together, and since we all bought at least two drinks from the coffee shop we were in, no one asked us to leave even though we were there for 4 hours.
We are meeting again next month to continue on with our story and I have been completely converted. I didn’t know that all that violence and strategic planning was living inside of me. I think I have become possessed or something.
Can we all still be friends? I don’t even know! Have I passed into some sort of nerd land where I have to sever ties with my current friends to make up for this conversion?!
For the first time in months I am sad that I will be leaving in November. I won’t get to finish the entire quest but as of right now, I am a level 2 rogue elf.
I don’t know who I am anymore…..