Table Top RPGs: The Next Level of Nerdom

If you've read my blog at all, you know that I'm into a lot of geeky things. I love sci-fi/fantasy series, video games, cosplay, conventions, renaissance faires, and my car is a VW Autobot.

My fiance, Mike, and I actually met at a comic book convention, so he's very much a geek too. Although we are both into costuming, he is more of a hardcore gamer (video gaming and table top). I will admit, I liked video games before, but I play them a lot more now than I did before we got together.

When we first started dating, I knew Mike was into D&D (Dungeons & Dragons), but I wasn't interested in learning about it. To me that was a whole different level of geek that I was too cool for (this coming from someone who frequently wears spandex costumes in public).

He never pushed me into learning about it, but I always knew it was something he wished he could share with me. He had a group of friends back in Michigan that he would play D&D or Pathfinder sessions with on Sundays. It was just a part of his life that he enjoyed that I didn't understand, and I was just happy he was doing something that was fun for him.

When Mike moved out here to Illinois, I could tell he was missing the weekly D&D sessions, and he didn't have friends in the area who played. Even though I still had no desire to learn about table top gaming, I was more than willing to play video games with him.

Dragon Quest IX is one of my all time favorite co-op RPGs (cooperative role playing game). My fiance and I could play that game together, and completely customize our characters appearances and skills. He's usually the spell caster, and I focus on physical attacks. It got to the point where we were playing this game every night after work...I was hooked (who am I kidding? I'm still hooked)!

I noticed Mike would make some D&D references when we would be playing Dragon Quest, when it hit me...If table top gaming is anything like Dragon Quest, I could quickly become addicted to it too!

I don't remember ever verbalizing these thoughts, but my fiance must have been reading my mind. When we went to Chicago Comic Con this year, he picked up a Pathfinder Beginner Box. The Beginner Box has everything you need to introduce new players to the Pathfinder RPG world. He asked if I would be interested in learning to play, and I said yes!

Since this had the potential of being something we would spend a lot of time on, we agreed that we wouldn't actually play until after our wedding (which is just a mere one and a half months away).

In the meantime, I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos about Pathfinder, and reading all the instructions in the Hero's Handbook for building a new character. And you know what?...I haven't actually played Pathfinder and I'm already addicted to it.

I did some internet research and found an awesome gaming store in our area, Games Plus in Mt. Prospect. It was there that I bought my first set of gaming dice! The store is pretty awesome. For a first timer like myself, the store was a bit overwhelming, but the staff was super cool, and answered all my questions.

It wasn't long before I was in the store again buying my second set of dice and a slick little dice bag (you can never have too many dice).

I created my first Pathfinder character, she's a Rogue, but I haven't thought of a cool name yet. I picked out a miniature I want to use to represent my character. I downloaded all the extra mini adventures, and additional player content that can be used with the Pathfinder Beginner Box. So once I get the hang of the basics and the main adventure that comes inside the box, we can continue playing with all the extended content. I've also been listening to D&D podcasts to give me an idea of how the game play goes for these sort of RPGs.

Mike is so excited that I'm finally getting into a hobby that he has loved for so long, I thought he was going to propose to me all over again!

These type of games are like a combination of a board game, problem solving strategy game, with a bit of magic, and a touch of dinner theater where your characters' actions are only limited to your imagination (and the boundaries created in the reality of the game). I can't believe I've been missing out all these years. Table top RPGs are actually not as lame as I originally thought they were, and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play Pathfinder after our wedding.



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