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Gaming: It Brings People Together

Gaming: It Brings People Together

I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember. I remember late nights playing Monopoly with my siblings, playing Uno at the dining room table with the whole family, and challenging my brother to Mortal Combat. My childhood was filled with my brother or sister teaching me how to play games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario and more. It has always been my experience that gaming brings people together.

This is my experience even now that I’ve graduated to playing MMOs and Tabletop RPGs. All types of gaming are designed to cultivate friendships. Friday Night Magic and L5R events help players meet people of like minds who challenge them at something they love. LARPing events create an environment where you feel safe doing what you love with people who have similar passions. MMOs and programs such as Xbox Live allow gamers to connect with people across the world. This is a beautiful medium that encourages teamwork as well as challenges that can help us grow as people.

More recently, I’ve started gaming with a friend I’ve known for several years. This friend and I met online through a Facebook group and only spoke through comments and the occasional message. Last week, we decided to play Lord of the Rings Online together. This has given us the chance to get to know each other outside of Facebook, which will help our friendship grow into more than just liking each other’s posts.

A love of gaming helped to cultivate the friendship I have with Crymson Pleasure. It’s helped me meet new people and become closer with those I already knew. If it wasn’t for Dungeons & Dragons, I wouldn’t have some of the friends I have today. If it wasn’t for World of Warcraft and LOTRO, I would still think of some people as just Facebook friends I never talk to. Gaming is a way that I can stay close to my best friends, even though I live across the country. It’s a way for me to meet new people, both near and far, and create new connections across the globe.

I know that gamers get a bad wrap. We’re called nerds and geeks and losers who have no friends. We’re told that there’s something wrong with us because we have a passion for video games or card games or tabletop RPGs, which will result in a lonely existence. Well, I’m here to tell you that those people who put us down, they have no idea what they’re talking about. They don’t have access to the vast network of gaming friends around the world that we do. They don’t understand that gaming is an amazing connection to the rest of the world.

So, let’s ignore the haters and continue being a close-knit community of like-minded individuals. Let’s continue having fun and showing the world that we’re happy with who we are. Let’s continue making new friends and coming together to make sure everyone’s having a good time doing what they love.

And, while we’re at it, tell me about some of your experiences with how gaming has brought you closer to the people you love in the comments below!

-Vanri the Rogue

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+2 Comedy Podcast

plus2logoRinshi and I had the honor of being on the +2 Comedy Podcast *clears throat* severalweeksagoI’msosorry *clears throat* and had an amazing time with Noah and Will. Aside from the fact that we were both extremely nervous and awkward, good times were had by all. But that’s kind of our modus operandi so, really, it was like home. I sucked at the chosen IMDB game (I tried REALLY REALLY HARD), and a fan walked away with a pasta boat, 3 versions of love letter, a deck of steampunk playing cards and a map from the Prototype video game. We had a blast and hope to get invited back right after Will drops those stalking charges (just kidding, charges were never filed). Plus, we are excited that we will be seeing Noah again at You’re Not Alone on July 18th.

In case you haven’t heard it click below:
Rinshi and Crymson Pleasure on +2 Comedy

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Sitting down with Daniel Dineen

Sitting down with Daniel Dineen

I want to thank Daniel Dineen for being my very first audio interview and making my first time entertaining, informative and with great feelings about one of the many communities I participate in.

 

I hope you enjoy us talking as much as we did.

Kisses

~Crymson Pleasure~

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A Lesson in Legends

A Lesson in Legends

DC Kotei 2014

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Crymson Pleasure and Hubby

There is a bit of explaining to do so, you’re not completely lost in all of this. Legend of the Five Rings is a Trading Card Game much like Magic: The Gathering or Pokemon, but much cooler because I play it.

Kotei Season

The Kotei Season generally runs from February through June of each year, where regional tournaments occur around the world. Each season incorporates a major event currently occurring in the Emerald Empire, with each event determining at least one factor of the larger story. Kotei winners are pre-qualified into major events such as Gen Con and the European Championships, allowing them to skip the qualifying rounds.

(Please visit Wikipedia for a detailed explanation and feel free to ask me any questions)

Kotei is our tournament to better put a name on it.

We just entered a new arch. Ivory Edition brought about a lot of changes to how the game is played. Changes mean new story lines, new rules and new cards. Now, as much as I love L5R, this horrible thing I have called a ‘Day Job’ has prevented me from being able to play as avidly as I’d like to. I didn’t get my deck together in time, some because of money, but mostly I didn’t have time to master the deck, or at least have an idea about what my cards said before the event.

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Crymson Pleasure and Daniel Dineen

I arrived with the hubby and was thrilled to see so many of my friends, who I’ve met through playing. I’d missed them terribly. Specially my Mel. Anyway, after registration, we noticed we were a couple of people short. There was a call for anyone else who could play to sign up as we stood in a circle listening to the announcement. My wonderful, adoring, loving friends all shoved me into that open circle of people as if I were some sacrifice to a long forgotten L5R God.

There was one big issue: I didn’t have a deck. I was offered many, many decks and it took every ounce of my heart not to say ‘Scorpion Clan, Bitches,’ but I didn’t. My loud mouth did, however, announce to an entire room (60+) that I was in need of a Scorpion Dishonored deck. Because that’s how I roll.

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