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D&D Blog Hop: Day 27

Written by Darkwarren - Published on March 11, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 27: If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything different when you first started gaming?

As I’m pretty happy with my roleplaying and am still enjoying the hobby my immediate response is no. I was so young when I started I’m not really sure how I could have really done anything differently so nothing in particular really stands out that I regret.

There are a few things on my personal gamer bucket list though. We wrote about the “RPG Bucket List” a while back if you haven’t read it, check it out and add your two coppers.

  • Worked harder and earlier on getting published. In my last post I wrote about an experience I had trying to get one of my adventures published. I liked the challenge and I would still like to be published with my name on the byline of an adventure or sourcebook. But if I had tried earlier and more often I’d have even more experience under my belt.
  •  Attended more conventions, especially the big ones. My local (and little) convention experiences have been fun. But the sheer scale of GenCon Indy or Origens would have allowed me even more experience with new games and game designers.
  •  Met more gaming celebrities. My one gaming celebrity experience that I’ve had was being invited to a private one-shot adventure DM’ed by Keith Baker, the creator of the Eberron campaign setting, and kind of a big deal in the modern gaming world. It was a great experience and it fundamentally changed how I view myself as a DM and my relationship with the players at my table. (It was at UBCon at the University of Buffalo so this connects to me wishing I went to more conventions.) But Mythic Party met Gary Gygax. Yep. Gary F***ING Gygax. As we celebrate the 40th year of the game he helped create I would have loved to say thank you. Since he’s been dead almost 5 years (March 4, 2008) that’s never going to happen. The same goes for Dave Arneson. I really would have liked to shake these two gentlemen’s hands and said, “Thanks.”

This whole Blog Hop experience has been pretty nostalgic and if you’ve been reading along you’ve read my reflections and seen how I’ve come to understand my growth as a roleplaying gamer. On further reflection, the one thing I wish I could have done differently is to have more self confidence in my choice to play Dungeons & Dragons. I wish that I wasn’t embarrassed or uncomfortable with how other people viewed me as a D&D geek. I’m fine with it now, of course. But I wish that maturity had come earlier.

How about you? Any regrets?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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One Response to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 27”
  1. Peter says:

    No regrets. Just miss some of my players that have moved on. We had some great adventures. New players now and the adventures continue.

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