So many different things to respond to in that last post. Cracks knuckles.
I just read that piece you wrote, I think I may have come across it before now, but my memory being what it is (Utterly useless), I read it again to refresh me. I feel the same way if I’m honest. It’s hard to put into words just how much a game can mean to a person, especially a game like go.
Go is by far the most expressive game I play. It’s not only a reflection of what you know, but it’s also a reflection of the way you think, and feel in many cases I think. And there is a level of intimacy when playing the game. And no matter how terrible my memory may well be when I return to a game after months or even years, it never takes too long for me to remember that game.
Another reason to love Go… and linking back to memory… is that when you have a finished game, you have an image, a picture of black and white that is unique, different and brilliant, no matter if it is a won or lost game, sort of like a polaroid picture.
Why do I like DnD so much? several reasons…
I like to read Fantasy books (Currently reading the Eragon books again), DnD gives you the chance to either be a creator or a player in the game. Either way, you are consuming a story that is completely different than any other story ever played. What’s brilliant about it is that even in a single group of five people, there are five different stories unraveling, the player’s plot, and the DM plot. But… more than that, there is the perception of each of these stories, so its something closer to 25 stories unraveling all at once.
Then there is the pure mentality of it as well, the watching the fight, or story or conversations unravel in your head as it’s happening, the canvas of this story is your mind itself.
And then there is the while being your character. The escapism, the utter joy of being a different, possibly magical person, living out your dreams in a way that is more real than the pencil and paper makes it. The challenges you face in a game of DnD change you as a person. And it most certainly helps you get to know yourself better as a person. Especially when there are complex ethical situations that you are thrown in to.
But I also love DnD as a writer myself. I’m not a particularly clever or good writer, but a writer none the less, and there is a craving in me to both create and consume good stories avariciously. DnD is sort of like being a writer and a reader of a story at the same time, and that experience alone is powerful I think. I just wish I could DM for my group more often, because while I’m totally new t being a DM, its a most wonderful experience.
I like Go related art too, but seldom I find anything good. I do take the occasional photo of a pro game I have put on to one of my boards, but I don’t do that nearly as often as I should, because really there should be more art and photos out there for go related anything to be perfectly honest.
Also, I was a noob player for faaaar too long as well. I more or less taught myself, and found my way through to where I am now. The two things I wish i could do retroactively is: 1) start playing go from a far younger age. 2) introduce the game to my friends at a far younger age too.
Another thing I like about teaching is that because I never had a teacher of my own, I know the bits I personally struggled getting my head around, and have become a minor expert in those areas just for the purpose of passing that on. I have taught a couple of friends to play, one of them being the intelligent and wonderful person she is, skipped from like 25 kyu up to around 14kyu, in a matter of weeks as opposed to the years I put in to get to that point. Having a person show you the ropes of go, and show you the basics and explain them to you is an invaluable thing I think. I could have saved litterally years of frustration had I had a teacher, so helping and knowing that I am helping is an incredibly rewarding experience.
I think I covered all of the points you made?!!?! perhaps?