It Could Have Happened about 25 Years Ago, But It’ll be Tonight, Instead…

How’s it going? Sometimes life goes in interesting directions or things get put off, in a way. For me, tonight is about one of those things, but first I’ll have to explain.

Let’s get to it.

I think I was about 7 or 8 or so. My class and I had gone to an old folk’s home to visit, well, you know. Just to cheer up the older people and play cards with them, or what-have-ya.

If memory serves, we got to bring something that we liked to do (and I don’t remember bringing anything, which was weird, because I loved playing cards at the time–still do).

I do remember what Tim Botts (I’m pretty sure that’s the spelling) and his mom (who was along for this trip) brought with them, or parts of it. Anyway…

He’d brought a board game with him. I don’t remember if he said what it was–I thought he had to have told me, based on what I’ll tell you next.

He took the board out, and I thought…

It was the dumbest-looking thing I had ever seen.

It was a board with tan squares on it, and nothing else. I thought he had a couple strange-looking little people-shaped figures he put on the board too, in preparation to play…something, I wasn’t too sure at the time. We had to pack up before we’d gotten things officially laid out. He’d made it sound like the game was extremely fun, and extremely complicated, at the same time.

I didn’t really see the point of it. But if I’m not mistaken, this was my first sorta intro to…

Dungeons and Dragons.

And I didn’t have a clue.

Fast-forward those years to arrive at today, and my brother’s invited me to a live stream of a game that’s happening tonight. He tried to get me prepped with a character sheet, showed me what to study, and what-have-ya, and I’m still trying to get the hang of it. (I’m ashamed to say that prepping started days ago.)

Trying new things can be hard–like weaving a backstory to a character in somebody else’s game, or meeting people over the internet you may never meet in real life. It’s different this time, maybe because it’s connected to something I’ve never done before.

I think it’s necessary for personal growth to do this kind of untried stuff in writing–but for some reason in my personal life I find it a bit harder to try new things.

It’ll be interesting to see how things go. As long as I don’t get my own character or any other player characters lost or bumped off, I’ll consider it a success.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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