This post original ran on Friar Jay’s personal blog, eckSermonator, back in March 2014.
I’ve played tabletop role-playing games for years…probably something like 20 years. In all that time I’ve never got into Dungeons & Dragons (mostly for lack of interest); instead I was predominately exposed to horror role-playing via Call of Cthulhu. A game based on the works of the American author H.P. Lovecraft.
Sitting around with friends, and family, rolling various polyhedrals (aka dice) is a cherished memory. As a child nothing beat eating junk food (Little Debbie Fudge Rounds and Star Crunches) as my mind would paint the picture that was being verbally presented to me by the game master (storyteller, director). Truth be told as an adult I continue to enjoy tabletop role-playing games…the social interaction, the creative thinking, not to mention the thrill of the dice roll are quite stimulating. Personally I feel the benefits reaped from role-playing games is valuable enough that I’ve made it a point to make it a part of my children’s life. With my brother’s assistance, and great patience, they’ve fought against Clone Troopers, super-powered villains, orcs, and even dragons over the years. Additionally during all this time they’ve also been forced to grow in various skills…math, communication, creative thinking, and troubleshooting to name a few. Something which will have long lasting life application. Read more