Gaming can be a place to show that you understand complex things and can implement your plan towards success inside a framework or against these complex rules (things) toward success. For some, this is the ultimate feeling. Power, excellence, pride for yourself and your team. Satisfaction.
Games provide a place for companionship, camaraderie and competition, often all together in one time and place. These games are my favorite, the ones that happen with multiple people in one place at the same time. For me, many of the best moments of my life were spent ‘in game.’ Not just RPGs and board games, which I do enjoy the absolute most, but backyard football, volleyball and many, many hours spent building MtG decks and playing them against friends.
Now, as I have finally, and with much backsliding and resistance moved into adulthood. I would like gaming to provide me an income. Gaming and writing. But, not for nothing, I want to provide people with quality games as I have seen them throughout my life. I want to give people the chance to connect to others in one of the few ways I know how, through games and stories. In the next few days I’m going to post a couple products here. A game, and a story. The game I made for a friend. Because that is what gaming has always been to me, a friend. The story was going to be a game, but became a novella.
I consider games to be sacred. First, because they bring us together. Even solo games bring people together to discuss rules and strategy etc. That makes games good, and of course this is what makes stories good too. And to me a story is a game too. A game of, can I surprise you, can I put you in suspense, or bring forth an emotion in you. Can you relate to this series of events, people and places that I have described? Second, games are sacred because for a short time at least, games and stories give us purpose. Purpose is why we are here. What purpose? Well, it depends on the game.