RPG-a-Day 2018RPG-a-Day 2018 Day 29: Share a friendship you have because of RPGs…

The majority of my friendships have a root in RPGs, through the early Wargames club to GEAS and beyond, I have found that I can get to know someone better at the table than I do in more conventional social atmospheres. I’ve always felt you can learn more about a person when they are at the table, playing an RPG and how they act in the game. When people make a character for an RPG, theres always a seed of the player in there mixed with a bit of wish fulfilment, it’s a window into someone’s personality you can’t get from regular socialising.

My favourite story of making friends while roleplaying was at the Student Nationals when I first met Scott Lewis. We were in the same group, hadn’t met beyond him having drank heavily with others from my team the night before so when we sat down at the table we were strangers. By the end of the weekend we’d bonded over playing meathead fighter types that avoided a fireball trap by playing Rock Scissors Paper, meatball marinara subs and abandoning a disfunctional group during a game with a difficult GM. Scott would go on to be one of the groomsmen at me wedding, all because of a connection made during a couple of games over a weekend.

Tomorrow I’ll be talking about something I learned about playing my character for day 30…

Until then, please share friendships you made while playing RPGs in the comments below. As ever, you can find all the previous RPG-a-Day articles here, you can follow me @bargtheogre on Twitter, or check out the Inside the Ogre’s Cavern podcast at @itocpodcast