le 3 janvier, 2017
“Just Jot It January” – The spectacular-anyone-can-join-fantabulous-month-of-blogging created by the Super Hero Linda G Hill! If you click on the link below or the picture at the bottom of the post, you’ll find the proper link to learn all the rules !
The Just Jot It January 3rd prompt, brought to you by Dan Antion, of the blog “No Facilities,” is: “Warning.” Use it any way you’re inspired to. And make sure you stop by and say hi to Dan as well! Here’s his blog: https://nofacilities.com/
Well, so far I am 3 for 3 as far as JusJoJan goes! So there is that.
WARNING: geek alert. If you were “cool” in school, you might want to stop here. Reading any further might not make much sense to you…
I will also warn you that I’m kind of tired, so who knows how much sense this will make, but I want to say that I have been “jotting” a lot today! In fact, I have written something akin to fiction, which I may or may not eventually share here. Ok, I probably will. At that time you may mercilessly critique it. I’m really not too much of a fiction writer (but I am huge fiction reader!!) However, recent events have inspired me.
For various reasons and through various contacts, my husband and I have been enticed into a bit of time travel. That is, we shall pretend to be 20 years younger than we are and participate in a nice game of D & D. (Dungeons and Dragons, for any of you who are not actually nerds) I think you could say that we practically met at a D & D gaming table back in…well, when we met! At that time we played Role-Playing games for escape from the stresses of college. There were no “i-things” , there was no PS4, and “online” games were text-based things using the college mainframe. (Yes, I said “mainframe.” Yikes.). It was fairly limited. No Google, no FB, no WP… My husband had a pretty fancy top-of-the-line computer running Windows 3.1! I believe it was the super-impressive “386” machine. In fact, even cell phones in general were pretty rare at the time. I didn’t have a cell phone until after I got married.
Anyway, RPG’s were a good way to “get away” from it all while being social (yes, maybe in a sad way, but social nonetheless!) They were the nerd’s way of “partying.” Because we weren’t really cool enough to “party”, we would spend an evening once a week or so pretending to be a fantasy character, exploring, fighting monsters, looting dungeons, etc. I always liked the “role-playing” part of the game the best. It was an opportunity to pretend to be someone that you weren’t.
I think that these days, playing D & D is probably a way to “disconnect” from the tech that permeates our society. To be a good D&D player you actually have to engage with the people in your group and pretend to be a character in a story you build together (with the guidance of the Dungeon Master, who pretty much writes the world and the obstacles you’ll face there). So our DM asked for a “back-story” for our characters, in order that he might devise a way for us to all meet up and join together in some sort of quest. I admire that in a DM…he wants us to actually do the role-playing part of the game. This takes a lot of work on his part, but I think it’s so much better than just sitting around a table, rolling dice and building statistics to see how many monsters you can “Kill” in an evening. It really is writing a story together. If it turns out to be really cool and interesting, maybe I’ll write it from my character’s point of view and let you all in on the game.
Good night, all.
* means “farewell” in Sindarin, the constructed Elvish language of JRR Tolkien. You can’t say I didn’t warn you about how nerdy this post was going to get…