I’m not what you would call an avid player of tabletop RPGS. This isn’t too say I’m not interested. Years ago, in the long, long away times, I picked up the Red box D&D set, filled in the numbers on the dice with the included white crayon and imagined that I would soon be on my way to amazing adventures, treasure beyond belief and gaming memories that would last a lifetime.
That didn’t exactly happen.
There were two issues, one was that there was the stigma of D&D being a “nerds game”, and the other, perhaps more relevant in my situation (being a nerd was already sort of my thing) was that there wasn’t anyone else to play with. At least I didn’t know of anyone else to play with. Playing with myself wasn’t an option. You there in the back, stop snickering!
Fast forward approximately 30 years and I’ve finally found a group to party up with. The ironic thing of course is that I’ve known these people for almost 15 years and had no idea they were into it until about 12 months ago. Things being what they are, our gaming sessions are sporadic at best. Most of the group are married and have young children so on top of the usual weekly 9-5 responsibilities there are other commitments such as birthday parties, illness, play dates, karate, soccer, PTA, and the occasional PTPD ( Post Traumatic Patenting Disorder). Scheduling is a nightmare thus in the last year we have had maybe five sessions.
Now, now, I know what you must be saying. You must be saying, “But Stu, there are online options like Fantasy Fantasygrounds and Roll20.” You would be right in saying this and it is sort of important that you do say this as it enables me to go forward with this post.
The online options don’t really solve the scheduling problem. Granted, i could try to find another group online. The issue there is that socially I’m a bit of a mixed bag. I think of it as being a sack of rocks that has been rattling around for years. Most of me is jagged and rough but some parts been worn into smooth, pleasant bits that feel good in your hand. I’m warning you, if you don’t stop laughing you can go to the Principles office! What I mean to say is that it takes me a bit to go outside my comfort zone. So while those other options are available, I approach them very, very hesitantly.
“Stu, I’ve just read over five paragraphs of crap and I have zero idea what this has to do with painting and dude, you’re making me a little uncomfortable.”
Fair enough. I’m just trying to develop a rapport with you, dear reader by being open and honest. See if I do that again…
Anyway, part of tabletop role playing are the miniatures. I have long been fascinated with the diminutive marvels and how amazingly detailed they can be. Taking a look at some of incredible paint jobs out there and there is little surprise that a hand painted miniature can help you fully realize the character you are playing. It is for this reason I picked up a starter kit and gave it a whirl with the following results:
It’s not quite finished, there is still a little work that needs to be done, the bow needs some highlights and the eyes need to be filled in, but I’m going to call it a win.
So there you have it. a long, drawn out post mainly to pat myself on the back. I encourage you to do the same.
Until next time,
(PS- I’m looking to join an online campaign)