RPGaDay 2020 Day 1 – “Beginning” #RPGADAY2020

So, I’ve seen this challenge for a few years now and I always mean to dive in, but time gets away from me.  So, even though I’m a bit late starting, I’m going to take a crack at this challenge this year.

So, the first prompt is “Beginning”…

My first thought was talking about my introduction to RPGs, but my first two times being introduced to the hobby were disasters that I struggled with… one because of an abysmal GM and the second because I loathed the system (looking at you Palladium…).  I think my first real beginning was when I was introduced to Shadowrun.  I was in university… second or third year when a friend of mine convinced me to try Shadowrun.  Conceptually, it seemed insane, so I didn’t really take it seriously.  It was back in the days of Second Edition, so some pretty big in-game events were going on.  Bug City, Universal Brotherhood… my character started off as a joke, but it quickly became serious.  I wanted to dive further into this crazy world and learn everything about it.

I didn’t get to game much in my latter years, but after I graduated my ex-wife bought me the core book for Third Edition and I dove in headlong.  There were no local groups, so I created one and did a crash course in GMing.  It was a brutal road, but my players were forgiving and helped me to refine my gaming style.  All of the people I used to game with are no longer gaming with me (that whole real life thing), but my group and my style has evolved.  I went from note-heavy to almost entirely improv.  I went from being an introverted wallflower who only gamed with trusted friends, to a happy extrovert who has run games at Gen Con and most local conventions here in Ontario.  My hobby has changed who I am… for the better, I believe.  And it all began in a university common room back in the nineties.

J.

~ by 1nsomniac on August 4, 2020.

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