One day my boyfriend (now husband) sat me down for a very serious conversation. He was using the tone of voice one generally uses to inform a loved one that you have cancer, but instead he told me that he was a Gamer and that he needed me to understand that he was not one of the 'cheese people'. Wait, what?
After further explanation that included promises to continue showering on a regular basis and not trying to live on a diet of cheezies and Dr. Pepper I had my first glimpse in to the world of gaming and those who loved it. And an invitation to play.
I gave it a halfhearted shot at first because the whole thing really didn't make much sense to me. It was weird. And complicated. And really didn't seem like a game half the time when players had to keep checking and discussing the rules. But after awhile I got the hang of it and have now been gaming with my husband and his friends (now my friends too) for several years.
What got my attention is that in that same time I've seen lots of other full-throttle gamers whose family, friends, or significant other were not only NOT interested in trying, but really kind of harsh when the subject of gaming came up. And that made me sad. I'm a professional team builder by trade and I know that playing together is one of the most powerful things we as human beings can do to build strong and life-giving relationships. And it's really hard when you're truly excited about something and the significant people in your life don't want to play with you.
So I thought I'd put my team building expertise to use and try creating a gaming system that leveraged foundational team building principles to get more people who are significant to a Gamer off the sidelines and playing with their Gamer. Once they get past the it's-weird-and-complicated barrier there's a lot of fun that every family, group of friends, or couple can have gaming together.
Gamers who are already familiar with RPGs don't always make the best teachers only because what's easy and obvious to you often doesn't make a lick of sense to new gamers (stop asking me what my armor class is! I have NO idea what you're talking about!!!). So as someone who regularly develops curriculum to take people from beginner to pro in various skills I looked at what key foundational knowledge and skills your friends/family/significant other would need to get their brain in the door of RPGing and ready to consider trying the systems you enjoy playing.
I've run the game and got a great response and would be happy to turn my binder of notes in to a formatted text PDF package that you can use to get the people most important to you playing with you.
Risks and challenges
I think the challenges are minimal to non-existent. I've got all the notes, characters, and plot points which simply need to be typed up. I'm not an artist so there's no beautiful fantasy art to go along with (sorry), but all the content will be there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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