This has turned out to be a thought provoking question for me. I wasn't ready to think this early.
Let's try this...
I'd go back to my parents' basement any of those bajillion times we played Talisman instead of an RPG. Two reasons.
First, while we had fun with Talisman back in the day (take a drink), it's a pretty terrible game. Sure, sure... hindsight is awesome.
Second, those were my opportunities to run something. My bad habits formed early. I would lose confidence in the games I was running and would bail. If, instead, I had forged ahead and run more stuff, well, with practice comes confidence.
I'd go back to my parents' basement any of those bajillion times we played Talisman instead of an RPG.
Yeah, my immediate thought was to go back and run something for my younger self. Like a lot of folks, I kind of learned how to play RPGs in tandem with my friends, and we didn't have anyone else to model what other possibilities there were for that kind of play. There's value to that, too, but it would have been nice to see what a focused and, uh, socially functional game looked like.
I have a nostalgia for a time before I was old enough to experience things (I'm 31). I'd like to go back to the early days of DND and experience it in that form. That pure dungeon exploration, no frills state without the knowledge or want for the full story. To see what it was like firsthand.
To take it a step further, playing in a game with Gygax and Arneson would be wild. Especially to get to explore these places we've heard about but that never made it to press as a fully compiled adventure/map.
So stop your cheap comment, 'Cause we know what we feel...
Probably on the wide deck of the Ark after it'd stopped raining. All the jerks were dead (hence, not in the game). Probably a nice, glassy sea. Nothing to do but float around for a long time - no distractions - do the game. Probably a good breeze to keep the animal stink wafted away.
"that's a smith and wesson, and you've had your six"
In a quiet smokey bar in Cuba surrounded by tables of old men playing dominoes. I just finished my novel and am reminiscing with old friends from School after a full day fishing for drum. I light a Cohiba, and down my second shot of Añejo, pull out paper, pencils, rule book, and a leather bag of dice and exclaim..."Gentlemen, it's time to get our mental juices stirring with a session of Call of Cthulhu. The place, Cairo, 1924. You are all mulling over a small papyrus that little Hadyid delivered to you from the latest dig. One of you notice the symbol of Krang. Impossible, you think...and go.". Your fiends smile and I order another round. It's going to be a good evening.
I've been Banished to Oregon... Gaming in Corvallis, living in Alsea... Need gamers willing to try new things...
The Splattered Imperium
I'd love to play an RPG with HG Wells. I think 1889 would be right up his alley thematically. So might Star Wars; I know the idea of dice shaping a story isn't entirely outside his phronema based upon how he relates the results of playing miniatures games.
...124 to run fleeing from the mountain. ...125 to use a rope to climb the cliff. ...126 to quickly cast "summon stairs." ...127 to dodge under the falling rocks.
I don't think I would change history just for the sake of playing an RPG in an "authentic" setting (depending on the game)... I mean, wouldn't going back in time to say, ancient Egypt, basically be a high-stakes LARP where you can't speak because you'd give yourself away? As thrilling as that sounds, I'm a fan of modern medicine, not to mention I have no idea how we'd get back from the past...
I like the current amount of gaming I've been doing - though I would like work to be slightly less busy so I have more time to post during the day (I'm at work right now, sadly).