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In kicking off Speak Out With Your Geek Out week, I should start off with the reason behind it all- why I do what I do. Why I have been playing RPGs for over a decade and why I have jumped head-first into the world of independent game design. What is it that makes me spend hours pondering turn actions, crunching numbers to figure out how well a mechanic works, and spinning the cogs and wheels of the nitty gritty side of imagination?

For me the world of indie RPGs is much like a geeky, spontaneous parallel universe to theater. It’s improv with rules. It’s method acting without having to spend hours upon hours of prep. But the reason I indulge and work (and sometimes work quite hard!) in this world is that when it comes down to that moment- that magical, organic moment where an entire table of people is doubled over in laughter, or stark silent from a sudden turn of events, or perhaps sniffling from a heart-touching moment developed by their own devices… That moment where the essence of human connection and emotion is nearly tangible… THAT. That is what I do it for.

People may see gamers as introverted, antisocial types who rarely leave the basement more much else than a bag of Doritos and a two-liter of Mountain Dew, but that’s not true. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve gathered with a group of friends to sit down to artisan beers or good wine, a gourmet meal prepared by myself or another, and a night of intrigue and adventure awaiting us. Gaming for me has proved to be rewarding, both socially and emotionally. I’ve gotten to know my friends on a deeper and in some ways more intimate level. Through gaming with varied groups, I learn more about people, society, and humanity as a whole. It’s a beautiful world of imagination, creation, collaboration, and trust.

So that’s that. That’s why I game and have no intention of leaving the lifestyle anytime soon.

If you’re new to the idea of independent RPGs or to gaming in general, I highly recommend you check out the Story Games forum. It’s a pretty cool group of people with a lot of great advice on where to look for great ideas and gameplay!

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I’m sorry I have been so out of touch on this thing. It has been an insanely busy month for me, with hardly any real free time. Whew!

Anyway, I’m gearing up for one of the greatest weeks of the year. This is a week where awesome ladies all over the geek spectrum post about their nerdery. There are some really fantastic women in the RPG/writing/design fields, and I’m greatly looking forward to hearing from them. You can bet I’ll be posting right along.

Hooray, solidarity!

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