10. How has gaming changed you?
Honestly? I’ve been doing it for so long that I have no sense of what I might have been like without gaming.
My first roleplaying experience was in 1980, I was 11 years old, and some middle-schoolers ran a game for sixth graders. I think it was someone’s older sibling. I’d seen ads for D&D in, oh I don’t know, Omni probably, but my parents hadn’t yet helped me get my first game. I didn’t own any D&D; I learned it cargo-cult style as one did back in the day. The first game I actually owned wasn’t until I was in seventh grade, when I got Traveller.
That said, roleplaying has absolutely taught me a lot, and I have certainly changed a lot within gaming over the years. But I’ve never really considered the possibility of just quitting. Some days the image of me running a game in my 70s makes me smile; other times it makes me cringe.
The one thing about having had roleplaying in my life my entire life is I sometimes wonder what life might have been like without it. What could I have achieved with the time and love I’ve put into this thing? How many languages might I have spoken by now? How many degrees? What if I’d put my time and talents toward, I don’t know, the stock market or entrepreneurship?
No idea. I yam what I yam.