Sunday, August 7, 2016

#RPGaDAY: Day 7

I am participating in the #RPGaDAY2016 blog marathon hosted by BrigadeCon

What aspect of Roleplaying Games has had the biggest effect on you? It's taught me that no roleplaying is better than bad roleplaying and I am at least 50% of any conflict that I am a part of.
Sadly, my early days of gaming, as a college student and young adult all the way through my mid-30's was filled with feuds and drama, where I would often focus on the group and the struggles more than the having fun part. I was socially immature and not used to a large group of people, I considered friends. I wasn't very good at the whole "social food chain" thing and there were a lot of hurt feeling on my part because many of the people I role-played with were only looking for "gaming buddies" and I didn't see that. The group changed, but my expectations didn't, until the drama got to be too much and I stepped back for 3 or 4 years. That's where I learned that I was happier with no gaming drama than gaming with drama. It's also where I did quite a bit of soul searching and realized that if I allowed my hobby to be filled with conflict, no matter what I thought, I was part of that conflict, at least 50%.

Since returning to role playing, I've had a small bit of drama, but have learned quickly to recognize it and communicate through it, which is much healthier for me and my groups.

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