All the World's a Stage is a source for roleplaying ideas, commentary, and discussions. It is published every Sunday evening.
As with many other people, my first experience of roleplaying was with a "tabletop
" roleplaying game in high school. The older kids introduced me to Vampire: The Masquerade
, and although I wasn't enthralled by the whole "bloodsucking" thing, I quickly realized that the basic activity was lots of fun, and I ended up starting my own roleplaying group with Earthdawn
, a more traditional (yet surprisingly original) fantasy setting. Those games were my some of my happiest memories from high school.
In college I couldn't find many people who were interested in playing with me, and when I came to live and work in China after graduating in 2000, I thought that my roleplaying days were over for sure. You may imagine my surprise when in late 2007, I came across another foreigner here in Nanjing, discussing Dungeons and Dragons
with his Chinese wife in one of my favorite restaurants. It turns out he needed another player for the group he has going here, and although his wife wasn't interested, I happened to appear, ready and eager to join up.
Originally I had thought that WoW
would be the only way I could continue roleplaying while living in the far East, but starting to get back into my old hobby has given me a chance to see more clearly what the differences are between tabletop roleplaying and roleplaying in a game like WoW
. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and different people have their preferences. Both have a special value which is mainly derived from connecting creatively with other people.
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