Have you ever heard of a renown wizard named Gary Gygax? Or, perhaps you've heard about the magnificent Elminster who took down a great lich with his flaring spells. No? Yes? Maybe? Either way, this is part of the world in which I live. Tabletop Role-Playing games.
While being a star child of a deep set compassion for fantasy genre books, I've also been influenced the most by tabletop role playing games. I absolutely love the fantasy genre, and have been playing Dungeons & Dragons for nearly ten years.
Tabletop role-playing games have such an immersive atmosphere in which creativity is the pinnacle, and king, of the round table. Outsiders may look at us and see dice flying around everywhere on the table, books scattered on various chapters, soda cans and bags of chips piled high, and don't forget about the pizza. Sure, this might be what is seen black and white, but there is more to it than you'd imagine.
Tabletop role-playing allows a person to create whatever world they want to create. It allows for magic to exist at our fingertips. Adventure lurking around every corner. Horrors lurking in the dark. A mighty dragon rampaging on the city. So many different imaginations go into this type of gaming. To some it is just fun and games. To the more indulgent fans it is a lifestyle. To me.. it is a writer's dream come true.
Every time my friends and I get together for a game I'm able to delve into my creative roots and whip out a story in which they can enjoy too. When one story ends it doesn't really end entirely. Another story could just be around the corner full of adventure in store for the player's characters.
This type of gaming is a storytellers stronghold. It is a sanctuary in which a writer could test a new story that they want to write. It is a place where a writer can do what they love the most. Not to mention this type of gaming stimulates the creative part of a person's brain a lot more than any book could. This is because the players involved are part of the world in which the story is being told. The direct involvement in a story relates more to a person than a book can. Every step a person's character takes could further the adventure or change the world entirely.
For more information on how tabletop role-playing games can spruce up your creative juices, check out this article at Terribleminds by Chuck Wendig, click below: