As the history of this here geek blog shows, I’m not generally big on theories, or musings, or other existential nerditude when it comes to RPGs. I’m much more about the content. But lately I’ve found myself in something not dissimilar to a rut and I just thought I’d ask the folks out there a little question (yeah, I kinda gave that away with the title of this post)…
Why do you play RPGs?
What do you get out of this hobby that you don’t get from some other activity? What does it do for you that reading, writing, listening to (or making) music, painting, watching baseball, drinking a nice adult beverage and shooting the breeze with your friends, cooking, or spending good time with your spouse/partner/kids/other family members doesn’t?
What makes rolling dice and pretending to be someone else (or many someone elses, if you’re the GM) compelling? Why have you kept at it for all these years even when so many other folks walk away from it? What (if anything) would make you walk away from it now?
Are there even answers to these questions? Or are we few, we happy few, we band of brothers just effing wired to play pretend in this manner? I know I don’t have any answers right now. That’s why I’m asking 🙂
So sound off if you want to sound off. Be silent if you want to be silent. Shake your head solemnly at my confusion if you want to shake your head solemnly. Dowhutchalike.
And, just so you know, I’m not exactly pondering giving it all up and taking up knitting or anything. I don’t think I could if I wanted to. I’m just curious about why I keep doing this stuff.