Proud Member of the Original “Geek-Squad”

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  1. I’ve always wondered if I would have liked D&D. It was pretty new when I was in college and when I did hear of it, it seemed to have rather dark and, well……dorky, associations : ) I believe my husband played it a couple times with some fellow seminarians and a couple of professors. I agree that it seems an amazing testing ground for budding storytellers.

    I think I would have had a hard time getting into the spirit of D&D when I was younger. I did my best to live in an imaginary world when I was a kid (I had about 40 imaginary friends that I knew by name), but it was fairly private. I always found that the ecology of my little community was messed up when I opened it up to others – either that, or they thought I was a bit weird and were not interested in returning.

    1. I think more people would actually enjoy it also if the dispersions on it that are cast by people (like so many other things that are not understood) were not present…

      It was an amazing period of growth for me…you would not believe that amount of factual information you learn when playing these games because of the research…the desire to make the settings as real as possible…the characters lively and fresh…etc.

      I am a firm believer that this “gaming” really helped to shape who I am today…and that it is better in a lot of ways than computer gaming because of that social element that is just not the same as an online experience…

  2. I can trace my desire to write back to my third grade year with Miss Benwell. She assigned us a 5-page pice of fiction and I wrote 12…double-sided. It was a story about murder and intrigue…I think. I remember a body in a forest creek, and I’m sure it freaked my teacher out. I’m not really morbid, and I don’t know where that story came from, but in seventh grade, my teacher (who also played a huge role in my writing development) commented that I had a rare gift to write about what I DIDN’T know, which is the cardinal rule of writing. Funny how both of our initial writing inspirations are tied to educational experiences…and yet are so different.

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