I used to play Dungeons and Dragons with some very close friends a few years ago, and I really miss the game. I was introduced to D&D when I was about 25 years old, which is pretty late in the game compared to the many who started playing in high school or university. I have to admit though that I thoroughly enjoyed getting together with close friends and having in-depth discussions not just about the technicalities of the game, but about pretty much everything else that was going on in the world at the time.
Since I moved to Burlington, it has been a lot more difficult for me to head out into Toronto to visit friends at all, let alone to commit to a schedule to play D&D for a few hours a night each week. Being married and working full-time as a software developer doesn’t really lend it self well to much D&D time, especially if that means driving across three cities to just to get to where the game is being hosted.
However, again, I do miss the game. So I figure that the only way to get involved in D&D again is if I get involved with a game happening locally here in the Burlington area.
Some people have suggested online RPG gaming such as World of Warcraft, Dungeons and Dragons Online, etc. But this isn’t for me. The purpose of playing games with friends for me is less about the game, and more about being around and interacting with intelligent, witty, and sometimes crazy people. It’s about socializing, something I fear has been lost in the translation from table-top games to the world of online gaming.
This is a shout out to any ladies and gents who have an interest in playing, and reside in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville area. Of course I wouldn’t want to jump into playing right away, because I forgot much of the rules, and would have to brush up a bit. But if you’re interested in getting a game going, please let me know via e-mail, or better yet, post a comment on this article so that others can follow along.
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