Okay, there, I said it.
The funny thing is that I wasn’t a dork when I was younger. I really don’t know what happened.
When I was younger I played sports. I played tennis, basketball, soccer, volleyball and baseball. I was also a swimmer, diver, body surfer and motorcycle enthusiast.
So what happened?
I honestly don’t know. Somehow, somewhere I missed a serious turn in the road. I zigged when I should have zagged. I missed that left turn at Albuquerque.
I mean, yeah, I enjoyed an occasional comic book but I never collected them. I was really into books but that was okay because there were no video games back then and everyone I knew enjoyed books.
I also liked playing board games (and still do) but that was also something most people liked, even my parents. We had wonderful family nights filled with different board games. Maybe that’s it. Maybe these little seeds were in me all along just waiting for the right catalyst. And I think I know what that catalyst was.
Yep, when I discovered computers everything changed. I remember being in awe of them. They were so cool. They were so… Powerful. I loved everything you could do with them. I loved programming and seeing my work pay off with a cool little program. And then came the games. Wow. They were beyond cool. They just took me away to a different place. And they kept getting better. And cooler. And then I found Zork. And it was so different. It was so challenging. It totally made me think. And that led to role playing games. And THEY just BLEW my mind. They really stretched my creativity and made reading even more fun.
I have been hooked ever since.
And that got me to where I am today. An IT person who plays games on weekends, usually RPG’s.
And my boys are right there with me.
And you know what?
I couldn’t be happier.