On the second Sunday of each month, Save vs. Me highlights a different Player by sharing their stories and thoughts on tabletop gaming. This month, we chat with anime/manga blogger and podcaster Kate about her experiences as a new gamer!
Who are you? Introduce yourself!
Hello. My name is Kate, I’m 30-years-old, and I’m a role-playing n00b.
How long have you gamed and how did you get into gaming?
I tried playing one time a long while ago but it was a terrible experience. I had put a lot of thought into my character but had no idea what to do or how to play and the guy running the game took no pity on me whatsoever. So after doing everything wrong, and breaking into tears in the bathroom, I was really put off.
The idea of role-playing had always appealed to me, but I feel really self-conscious about acting, and that first experience only made it worse.
But 2 years ago or so a group of my close friends and I started discussing how many of us were curious about playing a campaign but didn’t have enough people around and no one who was really into running the campaign instead of being a player. Then we realized, the internet is our friend. So despite some of us being 700 miles apart we could role-play together. And since one of our friends, Al, was totally up for GM-ing it took shape from there.
I still felt (and still feel!) self-conscious while playing. I’m not sure I could do it at all if it weren’t Al being our GM. We are all new players but he is a veteran. And he has made it a really great experience.
What was your first game?
D&D 3.5 (although we call it “Al edition”)
D&D: Al Edition sounds intriguing! Are there any house/special rules that you particularly enjoy as a part of that campaign?
Well, to be honest I don’t even know many of the regular rules. We just depend on Al to guide us. I can say that Al has the fights be much more role-play and less technical or based on a grid or whatever. I remember the first time we played we had a map for the fight but it just slowed down our gameplay a lot so it was abandoned. He’s also worked with each of us individually to create classes and skills based on our character’s stories.
Do you have a favorite game or favorite genre of game? If so, what about it appeals to you?
I have really only played two game lines, D&D and World of Darkness (original) so I don’t feel like I have a favorite game.
But I did originally want to role-play because of fantasy books, like a lot of people I guess, so that genre definitely appeals to me. I am interested in exploring many worlds so that is what grabs my attention.
Is there a particular aspect of tabletop role playing that appeals to you like creating a shared narrative, or solving puzzles, or just generally kicking ass?
All of those things appeal to me! I also love playing co-op games instead of being in competition with one another or at the very least a group against another group. It is like MMORPGs before MMORPGs!
What games have you not tried, but would like to?
I desperately want to play the Mouse Guard RPG. Otherwise, I’m not really familiar with a lot of the games out there, but I’m sure I’d want to play them, too!
What was your first character?
Aranel in our current D&D campaign. She is an Elven Ranger with extra detective skills and a ghost direwolf animal companion!
That character sounds awesome! I bet you’d be interested in the Investigator class from the Pathfinder RPG if you ever get the chance to play it. You get MIND PALACES! I’m tripping out just writing about it.
Like Sherlock! I love it!
What do you use for inspiration for your characters?
So far, my characters have really just been the fictional characters I love combined with myself. I think this helps with my self-consciousness, since I’m essentially me (except way more awesome of course) it isn’t as hard for me to “act” like my character which is the part that really makes me nervous.
Do you have a favorite kind of character to play? (Could be race, class, archtype, personality, etc.)
As I said, I haven’t yet stepped out from basically being me yet. Maybe in the future.
What would you say to people who are curious about gaming but have never tried it?
I find it really cool to be able to build a story with my friends. It is really fun to have something creative like that going on at the same time as playing a game.
Anything else you’d like to say about gaming that we haven’t covered?
I feel like I said it, but it is worth saying again, who you play with and the person running the game can really affect your enjoyment. So if it doesn’t go well one time, try again with others, like I did.
Promote yourself and/or your stuff! Tell us where we can find you online, please?
Whoo! Reverse Thieves blog and podcast! www.reversethieves.com. Find me on Twitter @narutakirt.