Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The World Turned Upside Down
Amongst my game club mates, I am well known for having particularly poor results at die rolling. In real life (RL), out in the harsh and unforgiving world, my luck pretty much parallels my gaming luck. Don't stop reading here, the important bit is below.
This is not a sob story or a "pity me" post, but rather a public acknowledgement that whenever life presents me with two outcomes, the worst one is what I am typically left with. Just today, in fact, a very promising voice mail was dashed to bits when I discovered that it was from two weeks ago and I only today received the incoming voice mail from my cell carrier. A great chance for employment vanished in the time it took for someone to say "I am sorry, but I left that message almost three weeks ago, the position has been filled."
Yes, the rising level of frustration is very much like that of a volcano just prior to an eruption.
So, as a bit of therapy I took myself to the local game store, looking for some old friends in print. Having recently sold of some more of the remainder of my Games Workshop miniatures collection (yes, the parts that weren't stolen last summer), I had enough dosh to make a small purchase.
I don't know about you, but I have been an avid gamer since before I was a teen. I was severely bullied as a child (for some reason, intelligence is viewed as a BAD thing in public school) and my escape was through gaming with other "outcasts" from the various social groupings that are usually found in school. My time in the Marine Corps pretty much put paid to any attempts to bully me, but when adult life throws yet another brick at my head (there is another true story there) I fall back to memories of roleplaying with my mates over 30 years ago.
Which is where the important bit of this post enters. If you have not read Knights of the Dinner Table (aka KODT), then run, don't walk...or simply click THIS link here: Knights of the Dinner Table and take a gander at a bit of what is offered. If you are even remotely amused or if you laugh out loud at any part of it (like I am wont to do), then do yourself (and possibly your mates) a favor and buy some issues of this magical, mystical, and therapeutic treasure.
The publisher, Kenzer & Co. is a great company. A few years back, before my divorce induced poverty, I subscribed to the monthly offering of KODT and enjoyed the hell out of it. I also bought of few of their roleplaying supplements and two of their RPG core rules (which have since been replaced by new editions that I have yet to acquire). Today, I was fortunate enough to pick up three back issues, which have served (as expected) to pick me up a bit following the bad news I mentioned above.
Essentially, KODT is a comic relating situations and storylines that roleplayers and miniature gamers (and boardgamers) would be familiar with and find humorous. The characters and the comic has a long history, found elsewhere on the net (go to the links above and poke around for it) and some of the bits from the stories go back almost two decades. Sometimes, I am inspired by the contents and I always feel a bit better after reading it (on several occasions, I laughed out loud for extended periods of time as I could place myself exactly in the storyline).
So, my point is, even it feels like the GM/DM of life is doing everything He can to screw with your character (you!), there are still escape routes and paths to riches and treasures to be found. When I don't have extra spending money (which is the usual condition), I spend an hour or two reading other gaming blogs, and wish and dream and plan. Hell, one can always plan for a brighter future and what one would do with it should it arrive.
If you would, please repost this, or an edited version of it, on your own blog, if you have one, providing a link back here. I am sure there are gamers out there who are in even worse situations than my own and who just need a mate, a blog post, or even a silly comic book to give them a bright spark to hold on to. Hope is a good thing. It is what makes the unendurable a bit more bearable.
Also, if you happen to like KODT or any of the Kenzer & Co products, after you follow the links above, let the publisher know about my little post here, which hopefully inspired you to read KODT each month for the long term. I am just a small fish in a very large pond, so I don't expect anything, but having someone, somewhere, know that they help others cope with the crap that life brings is a GOOD thing.
Wouldn't you agree?