Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Purpose of D&D
I really enjoy reading the Tao of D&D blog. I fully recognize that Alexis comes across as an asshole and may in fact be exactly that, although I would certainly not presume to judge a man's character by the content he posts on a blog. I enjoy the blog because it makes me think; I enjoy thinking. The vast majority of the posts on D&D blogs that I read do not make me think. It is an almost vanishingly small minority of Alexis' posts that do not make me think. I could care less if the man is an asshole - mine is a utilitarian liking, a purely selfish acknowledgement of the pleasure it gives me to read someone's point of view which is simultaneously utterly alien to me, very intelligent, and quite thought provoking.
Today Alexis tossed out a line while responding to a comment on his blog that I think is worthy of taking out of context and presenting here on my blog for my own readers, many of whom might not have the required temperament to navigate the treacherous shoals of Alexis' blog. Alexis succinctly states the Purpose of D&D, and I think he nailed it:
"My perception of the purpose of D&D is that is should be so interesting you perceive it as one of the three fundamental activities of your life. "
How frickin' awesome is that? Say what you will about the man, that is a powerful summation of what keeps people addicted to this hobby. It made me think, as usual, and while eating and fucking would definitely top D&D for me, right after those two D&D joins making music as one of the most fundamental activities of my life. I am constantly whistling or singing, melodies erupting unprompted from unknown quarters, and likewise I am constantly viewing the world with the eyes of a DM, appropriating cool bits of real life, imagining cool bits of unreal life, rehashing the events of the last game, imagining the actions of all the NPC players in the game, frantically scribbling down the places and people and events that burst forth unbeckoned from the burbling morass of my subconscious brain. Despite working full time and having a wife who demands and deserves attention and time and an under-the-table second job, I consistently make time in my life for D&D. I make a lot of time for it. It is clearly one of the fundamental activities of my life. And I think that is awesome, and I thank Alexis for making me realize it more clearly.