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Game on!
2020.07.23

While I was growing up, what was normal childhood fun and entertainment for some was a careful pondered decision penned in a letter to Santa Claus at Christmas time. My parents not being able to afford a bicycle or a Nintendo video game console did not mean I had a deprived childhood or that it was any less exciting than those who could afford luxurious toys. Instead, it forged in me a new character that was able to childishly roughhouse with the neighbourhood boys and get quite good at contact sports like football, cricket, basketball and so on.

In this day and age, technology is the Pied Piper and we are the rats who follow its tune. Through reading and the media, I learnt about new terms in the gaming world like, RPG (role playing games) and avatars etcetera but actually becoming part of that world never interested me. In my current job, being creative is a must and games are a big plus to get through the day. Sometimes it's easy but sometimes it's really difficult to come up with a suitable concept. It just is not natural.

Since moving to the sharehouse, I have willingly participated in board games and video games in order to make friendship bonds and socialise with my housemates. As gaming has never been something that I am passionate about, I do not often understand the rules well (too many rules confuse me) and I am usually at the bottom of the winners' ranking. While this may seem negative and to some demotivating, I continue to enjoy learning about card games, campaigns and video game characters. It's fun to be part of a chat group where we can organise a game night and have fun while drinking and hanging out.

Before one of our housemates relocated, he officiated over a campaign that lasted several weeks; it was something called, 'Blackstone Fortress' that was pretty cool. It came with figurines, dice, power cards, a playing stage and a mysterious envelope that was the final prize once all villains and levels had been conquered.

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At the same time, another housemate who has also since moved out was always willing to spread joy with his Nintendo Switch and we usually turned, 'Mario Party', into a house party.

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Next came Werewolf, which prompted my housemate to create and illustrate a set of playing cards by hand so we could enjoy hours of deceit and mayhem as villagers were slaughtered by unknown forces during the night.

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It's not the end. People love games where I live and we often spend some nights playing until the wee hours of the morning. It's competitive but fun and you learn a lot, not only about the game but about the people you live with as well. 
Date posted :
2020.07.23
Poster :
Hair Monster

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I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.

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