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Getting Back Into RPGs: An Introduction

Rishi A.
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So, I've had several aborted attempts at blogging in my life. I've created at least three personal blogs as well as a movie criticism blog, many of which had moderate success.

What is different this time is that I'm not creating this blog for the purpose of recognition but because I feel like I have something to say.

I've recently found my interest in RPGs reawakened recently. Although I've played D&D consistently for the past eight years (starting with Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition) and then converting to Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition)), I had gotten in a rut where I would still play D&D, but lacked curiosity about other game systems.

I credit my exploration of other RPGs on a couple factors. First of all, I was experiencing general burnout with D&D, perhaps because I've played it too much. But I think the big problem was that I always said what I liked about role-playing was the balance of story-telling and tactical play. And I felt like, in my campaign at least, the tactical play had started to overshadow the story-telling aspect. Secondly, feeling this burnout, I posted here on RPG Geek asking for RPG recommendations. I received many wonderful suggestions, opening my eyes to a world beyond D&D.

Like many in my generation, I started off by playing Basic Dungeons & Dragons (more popularly known as "The Red Box"). However, in elementary school I don't know how much dice-rolling we actually did. I was the DM and I think I looked at it as more of a collaborative storytelling project. In junior high, a friend introduced me to GURPS (3rd Edition). Again, I don't have a strong memory of playing the game, though I do remember that we would get together for sessions and that we would create characters.

It wasn't long before my life was entirely consumed by chess and I had forgotten about RPGs for a little while.

Then, one day when I was in graduate school, I was at my parents' house for Christmas break - this was probably 1999. I was going through some old stuff and found my old RPG books. I wondered if I would still enjoy it. Having fonder (or at least more recent) memories of GURPS, I found a GURPS group in my area and I was hooked. Since that time, I don't think there has been a gap for more than a month or two without RPGs. It was also in this group that I discovered my love for being the Game Master.

I got back into D&D mostly because I had trouble finding GURPS players after moving to a new area. I was at Gen Con 2003 (which was practically in my backyard in Indianapolis) and found D&D games aplenty! Also, 3.5 had just been released and so there was a lot of buzz about it. I took the plunge into D&D and didn't look back until earlier this year.

I also would love to get back into RPG design. Anyone who regularly acts as a Game Master probably has a passing interest in RPG design. And it's an interest I always wish I pursued. I have written two adventures that were published by the RPGA, but never pursued things beyond that. I am hoping that this blog will provide me a place to explore ideas and hopefully finally write something.

So I want this blog to explore my journey deeper into the world of RPGs and into new experiences.
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