Role-playing and how to get into it?


Hello folks, today I thought I’d do an update on my favourite past time and hobby: namely Role-playing games. Not the naughty kind (though I do like those too!), but the kind you play with your friends during a Saturday night with pizza and soda on the side. It can be quite therapeutic and a great way to pass the time.

Now there’s been a lot of backlash on RPG’s mostly due to an overblown story about players being satanists in the 80s after some fundamentalist noticed that their sons gaming books had… TEH DEHVUL on its cover. It only went downhill from there with a few comics, but I won’t get into that today. Today my topic is on how to get started with the hobby.

Here are the things you need:

  • Friends.
  • Dice.
  • Pen and paper.
  • A rulebook.

A pretty short list, and everything can be gotten from your nearest gaming store. Friends too probably if you are a nice enough guy that showers daily and aren’t afraid to get into a conversation with strangers looking at the same bookshelf you are. A good thing to remember with gamers is the same rule that applies to animals: They are probably more afraid of you than you are of them! Hence as long as you’ve got the confidence to talk to them and make your case you should be okay. Don’t be discouraged if you get turned down a few times as gamers are also very pack oriented and unlikely to want new players into established groups or games. Eventually you will get lucky though.

From there the rest is all about learning your system of choice. Dungeons&Dragons is the number one favourite of all time for most, whilst others swear by World of Darkness or even some less known systems. Whatever system it is you choose, you’ve quite an adventure ahead of you.

Good luck!