Monday, August 1, 2022

#RPGaDAY2022 - Day 1: Who would you like to introduce to RPGs?


Oh good lord, the graphics are horrible this year. I'm sorry. I just didn't really have the time for it...

Anyway, it's August again, so it's time for the NINTH #RPGaDAY!! Thank you for joining us on this journey through tabletop gaming and spreading a little positivity out in the world, showing off just how cool tabletop roleplaying games can be.

Thanks again this year to Anthony Boyd who came up with most of the questions, and I have to say, this is a first - the first day and I'm almost stumped.

DAY ONE: Who would you like to introduce to RPGs?

That one is really tricky, as most of the people I know are aware of RPGs, even if they don't play them. They know what I do, and get the basics of it, and a lot of that is thanks to tabletop gaming appearing more and more in general media (thank you again Stranger Things, for presenting gaming as something that isn't negative - and correctly depicting the hate and panic that it got all those years ago).

Back in the 80s, we desperately tried to introduce RPGs to new people at school, but I don't think it went down very well with most of them - probably due to the way it was introduced. Now it's a whole different matter. You can get people inspired by suggesting cool streams like Critical Role or Titansgrave, that way they can see what a game is like, even if it's done by professional gamers and actors.

Does make me wonder - did the cast of the new Dungeons & Dragons movie actually play D&D as research? 

This isn't answering the question. Who would I like to introduce to RPGs? I guess, if I could go back in time, I'd introduce my parents to it. They were supportive of me playing, and were happy I was hanging around with friends and rolling dice in a game rather than lurking on streets or getting drunk. But I don't think they really 'got' what we were doing. My dad was super-proud when the first RPG book arrived with my name in the front, and when I told my mum I was writing Doctor Who she kept watching the episodes expecting my name to come up on screen.

Of course, that's impossible now, they're both long gone and I miss them still. But it would have been cool if they knew what we were doing, and how those games formed friendships that would last 40+ years. 


If you want to take part in #RPGaDAY, all you have to do is download the infographic (as hideous as it is) from here or the Facebook page, look at the questions, and get involved. Blog, vlog, podcast, tweet, or anything you like. Just tag it #RPGaDAY2022 or #RPGaDay2022

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1 comment:

Smileymiler said...

Yo Frankie!
My mum and dad were of the same opinion as yours. My mum said she loved the sound of us all in the next room shouting and arguing and laughing. They only had a vague idea of what it was all about but liked the fact we were there and enjoying something together. The getting drunk on street corners happened too but later on, mainly. Your m&d were particularly lovely people and I remember them both fondly. I always think of your mum when I here a TIE fighter noise...