It was so loud in there. Tables upon tables filled with enthused gamers from all over the country, from all over the world. I could hide behind my screen no longer. I stood up and started gesturing while describing the scene to the players sitting at my table. Moving as if possessed by a tai-chi grand-master’s spirit I would lean over the table to reach out to attentive eyes and ears. Each of them, like me, had made the pilgrimage to Gen Con, the mecca of the tabletop gaming industry. Adrenaline ran through my veins, my senses were heightened, my focus unfaltering amidst the increasingly loud roar assailing me from all around. I was prepared. I had been looking forward to this for a long time. Fun was had by all. I was hooked. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.
For some gamers, playing RPGs is a private, if not intimate, social event shared between friends. We all had this group, this campaign that made a lasting impression. But life happens, groups break apart and we spend the rest of our career Chasing Amy. Gaming takes us back to that special place but the older you get; the harder it becomes to get your gaming fix.
From October 17th to 19th, I will get to experience the thrill of participating in gaming convention again. I won’t have to leave my house. I will not spend anything on travelling expenses and I will meet fellow gamers from all over the world. New friendships will be born.
This is OUR wild party and everybody is invited. You won’t see me gesturing and I won’t have to yell to be heard. Rest assured though, I will be ready. I will be ready to meet you and for a few hours your character will have to survive being chased by mutants and find out what happened to Mark’s roommate. For a few hours we’ll forget about our bills. All this thanks to Fantasy Grounds and FG Con V. Dare try something new. Isn’t it the reason how you got to experience this wonderful hobby to begin with?
Written by: Eric Lamoureux aka mask_of_winter. Eric is a long time user of Fantasy Grounds and whilst he now lives in the US he gets to game with players all over the world. Eric usually GMs and plays Savage Worlds.