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8-16-2009 @ 10:35PM
David - I've been a longtime reader of this column and of this site and have yet to post. I want you to know that I, like many others, was moved to reply. I started playing MMOs back in 99 and doing tabletop before that, but I don't think I really got into roleplaying until after my grandfather died and my own mother became nearly disabled with chronic pain. I'll very openly admit my primary motivation for WoW and for roleplaying is escapism. But somehow real life always manages to creep in. I know I have included the loss of my grandfather as a propulsion for the emotion behind in-character losses, and I know it has strengthened my roleplay. I also know it has helped me deal with things I would otherwise not talk about.Thank you for reminding me that while some may view this as a 'worthless waste of time', it is both what we get out of it and what we put into it.Best regards and my condolences for your loss.
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