News & Tidbits: Pinball, D&D

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I just wanted to post two things quick that I received via email. The first is The Pinball Blog, which looks pretty interesting (I know you pinball fans will want to check it out). The next is a web show called Gold: The Series, which is about a bunch of tabletop RPG fans preparing for a world championship. It reminded me a bit of MST3000 (the intermission bits) and perhaps a bit of a Kevin Smith film. I liked the dialog at the beginning of the 2nd episode, which is about how D&D fans are suffering from the massive appeal and "convenience" of MMOs. Worth a look, for sure.

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Mark Vergeer
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Gold - the series

These guys are so serious about the game. Quite funny actually if not hilarious at some points.

But it also brought back some weird memories. Back in High school this huge (6 foot) asian kid called
Tommy used to play Dungeons and Dragons all the time, he also wanted me and my friends to participate. Never could quite get into it. For Tommy the D&D was very serious - even more serious than real life. He sort of lived his life within the game which made the game eerie. Me and my friends actually bailed out on Tommy and his game because it actually got scary.

Years later I found out Tommy was suffering from Schizophrenia with paranoid delusions and the D&D world was all around him in real life. It still is actually as he is quite resistant to inti-psychotic drugs/therapy. We can at least choose to be in this world and treat it as a game. Tommy can't, he suffers his inner demons without the choice to bail out. No game over for him.

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Inner demons

Thanks for the link, Matt! Some "table-toppers" I know will be amused!
Especially the part in the prolog with the two daggers sounds like a classic! ;-)

Mark Vergeer wrote:

Years later I found out Tommy was suffering from Schizophrenia with paranoid delusions and the D&D world was all around him in real life. It still is actually as he is quite resistant to inti-psychotic drugs/therapy. We can at least choose to be in this world and treat it as a game. Tommy can't, he suffers his inner demons without the choice to bail out. No game over for him.

And very sad story, too.

A nice DM could actually make his life easier, couldn't he?
("Tim the paladin escapes the trap easily and unharmed!")

But what hell he would experience if the DM hates him...

take care,
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