On Thanksgiving, it’s part of our family tradition to talk about what we’re thankful for. Of course, I am thankful for so many aspects of my regular life, but I thought it would be nice to talk about what I’m thankful for in my hobbies, as well.
Especially my wife, who plays games with me, who lets me keep an entire closet for nothing but games and gaming supplies, who allows a painting table in the bedroom, and who finds the strength each week to wrangle my two boys solo while I go play games (even though she would like to be playing, too). But I’m also thankful for my boys. Ollie’s a little young to be interested in games for much of anything besides shiny colors and oral fixations, but Sebastian is a burgeoning gamer. He’ll one day be my chess buddy, and now he’s interested in whatever I do–paint, play, read, watch, etc. He already plays “minis” with his toys, and finds joy in watching me play with my toys.
There are so many wonderful things on the ‘net for gaming–from computer games (Thanks, Steam) to RPGs (Thanks, Drive-thru-rpg) to boardgames (Thanks, BGG) to blogs to geek humor to sites to keep my games organized. I remember when being able to find the occasional issue of Dragon was the best I could hope for in gaming news. The ‘net is something to truly be thankful for.
My closet of board games, my piles of unpainted minis, my smaller pile of painted minis, my shelves of RPG materials, my hard drive of computer games and PDFs, t-shirts, toys, paints, etc. I’m truly lucky to have the means to buy such luxury items.
My Gaming Pedigree
The list of people I’ve played with is pretty long. They’ve all taught me something about the games I play. In the best chronological order I can remember: Derek, Erik, David, Walt, Richard, Kai-ping, Saumil, Stephen, Chester, Robert, Andy, Suggs, Britt, that football player whose name eludes me, Greg, Glisson, Craig, Sheryl, Denise, Paul, Adam, B-Staff, Justin, Ross, that “Pure Speed” dude, Lute, Dirk, Billy, Robert, Jon, Richard, and probably a number of others I can’t recall.
My Current Group
The Rotgut Manglers, whose name makes them sound far worse than they are: Paul–my longest continuous gaming buddy, whom I admire for his dedication to the game and to a love of randomness; he’s taught me a lot about how to roll with the dice and laugh loudly through it all. Billy–whom I admire for his imagination when it comes to character creation (although I admit to loving it more when I’m not the GM) and his love of combat; he’s taught me a lot about keeping my eye on the rules. Robert–whom I admire for his sagacity in understanding what makes a good game; he’s taught me a lot about GMing and introduced me to two worlds of gaming I was once only tangentially aware of (indie RPGs and minis wargaming). These are a great bunch of guys, at the table and away from it, and I’m glad to know them all, and to get to sling dice with them every week.