I stumbled across a very interesting article in which a certified behavior analyst (basically a clinical psychologist) takes an interesting look at why roleplaying gamers love their weird hobby so much.
Read it and tell me what you think.
If you hadn’t played before and never saw the appeal, would this help you see why someone might want to spend their precious free time huddled around a table with a handful of other people and figurines and maps and dice?
If I hadn’t played before, this article would’ve made me want to try it. It’s a bit of a nerdy/sciency/esoteric take on the subject, but I like that kind of thing. And anyway, it didn’t take much to make me want to try it back in the day. I thought “Well, this sounds weird” for less than a minute before my skepticism melted away, and the first time I played a game I was hooked.
I don’t play nearly as often as I used to. As I get older (and brain surgery didn’t help), it gets harder to be an effective Gamemaster, from a sustained-energy standpoint if nothing else. And unfortunately, nobody else in my immediate circle can run a game or wants to try.
But even when several weeks elapse between games, I’m always thinking about either running a game or making one. It’s funny how this thing grabs hold of some of us and just doesn’t let go.