Recently a friend of mine asked me to participate in a role-playing game via email. I was hesitant at first as I had never done anything like that before and was not sure about how it would work and then there was the matter of time, or rather, lack of. Yes, I am just like everyone else in the world–I have a lot to do and just not enough time to get it done. And I was sure that a RPG by email set up would eat a lot of time, what with all the reading and typing that would be required. Still, it had been years since I’d role played anything other than a video game character and the idea sounded interesting so I figured I would give it a shot.
I will not bore you with the details of the game as I understand how off-putting it can be when some nerd starts to talk about the sweet ass campaign their Marshal is running for them, but I will say this–my friend the Marshal is running one hell of a sweet ass campaign right now.
Well, I was right that it is taking up a lot of time. I am not complaining, however because the other players know what they are doing (I kind of do, but I am still learning and I’m probably annoying some people, but hey, it would be like that if we were in the same room talking trash and slinging dice–learning and annoying other players are all an essential part of any rpg. ) and it has been quite enjoyable thus far, and if it means I spend less time watching stupid Youtube videos or reading about the San Jose Sharks online, then that is okay. The chances of me being at my computer and online are quite high. In fact, I am glad that it is taking up some time because that means the story and character interactions intrigue me, and I am eager to see where everything is headed. Time commitment and my enjoyment of events in the game thus far aside, the element of the game which has really struck me is the format, or how the game is played.
The format, different and new as it is to mean, lends itself to creativity and the honing of expression through writing. We play via email which means that we have to be able to paint a picture with words so that the others in the group can understand just what the hell is going on, but at the same time, too much text or description muddles the page and makes things and events sometimes hard to follow. A delicate balance must be struck between too much description and too little. Plus there is the matter of the Marshal and what he allows/disallows. But, it has started to tickle the writing part of my brain, and I have found myself writing more. Just not here on the blog. I’ve been working on something somewhere else. That piece is progressing nicely now, but probably would not even exist if I my friend had not invited me to play in his group.
So Slash, if you’re reading this, thanks again for the invite and to any others in the group who might read this I’m looking at one of you, but I leave it up to you to identify yourself, reveal your not so secret identity as a comics and games nerd, sorry, connoisseur.
And to everyone else, thanks for reading and commenting if you did. I hope you found this somewhat entertaining or interesting. And if you didn’t, why the hell did you read to the end? This is the internet, there’s always porn you could be watching.