Thursday, November 24, 2011
But it's also a time for us to reflect on the things for which we're grateful. In addition to the usual--food, shelter, family, no one shooting at me or any of my loved ones--I'm thankful for the many gaming opportunities I've had in recent years.
My teen years were the golden age of my gaming; time grew scarce as I got older, and my playing time slowly dwindled as I went to college and then out into the real world. Although I kept all my game materials (and occasionally found new items in secondhand bookstores and game shops), I stopped playing in the 1990s, dabbling in computer versions of AD&D to feed my habit. It wasn't till a decade later, thanks to the internet, that I returned to the gaming world. Since then, I've had a chance to play RPGs and minis games, attend cons, and made new friends through my gaming.
While living in San Antonio, I started wargaming on a regular basis with the Lone Star Historical Miniatures gang. I also started playing in the Hill Cantons campaign--and I even got my wife to come along with me. I've run games at conventions and even helped organize a small con myself. Not only that, but I've had a chance to give back a little to the community with this blog. So this Thanksgiving, I wanted to share my gratitude for all the gaming opportunities I currently have. It may be a frivolous pastime, but I enjoy it.
On a related note, when I was younger we'd all go to my aunt's or my cousins' house for dinner, and one of the post-meal traditions we had was playing the boardgame Risk. Nothing like grinding your relatives' armies into the ground while conquering the world! Does anyone else have a similar holiday gaming tradition?
Happy Turkey Day everyone!