2/14/13

Domesticated Gamers: A Valentine Post

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"You are about to get bitchslapped!" an unfamiliar feminine voice exclaimed during our most recent Monday Night Gaming Group session (via Skype). And it was true, one of the PCs was about to experience a beat down at the hands of an angry king. This is the usual way we meet a gamer spouse...an unexpected and wickedly funny comment floating in through our headphones.

One of the best parts of our Monday night group is the audio window we each get into each other's lives...a window that gives us a glimpse beyond the virtual gaming table. We get funny comments, interruptions for homework questions, LEGOs being put together, the occasional "brb" for refereeing sibling squabbles or tucking kiddoes into bed, and Tim's dog, Bug, grunting and growling at his feet.

Our gaming group is amazingly committed to our Monday night sessions. Getting seven married guys with responsible jobs to make that commitment is remarkable. But the sounds coming through Skype of wives, kids, and dogs are reminders that gaming is just one part of our lives...and not the most important part. It is also reminder that we each have very tolerant people around us who give us the time and space to get together on a regular basis to do something we enjoy. It is a gift to me that my wife laughs with me (and often at me) while I game. How could she not laugh when she sees a stack of books, each prominently labeled with the word "GURPS?" My guess is that not everyone has that sort of support to play a dwarf and roll dice on a weekly basis.

8 comments:

  1. Don't forgot Ivy, "What is wrong with Rob? Every time I come into the room he's getting his character naked." I just shrug, "What can I say, Rob's a gaming perv."

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  2. @Tim: I wasn't sure if I should include that. It seems like it is either unfortunate timing on Ivy's part or a lifestyle choice on Rob's part ("not that there's anything wrong with that").

    I was going to comment that it seems like Ivy is always feeding you during our gaming sessions.

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  3. I know, I'm sorry about all the food. I can't help myself. I'm genetically programed to feed the Monster when he comes home.

    As for Bug, she's more trouble than me.

    As for Roberto always being naked when I walk by. I dunno what that's about.

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  4. PS: This was a very nice post. I bet it scored you lots and lots of brownie points.

    As it well should.

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  5. I'm a female painter who would love to game. However, I'm a wife and as such am expected to cook, clean, give birth and care for the house. I'm trying to picture my husband letting me spend hours and hours each week with a bunch of men-no , I just can't picture it. :)

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  6. Anne, get your husband to join you. My spouse and I game once a week, usually at our home. we get take out on game night and we have a ball. P.S. I am the only female currently playing in our campaign. It's no big deal.

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  7. Anne, get your husband to join you. My spouse and I game once a week, usually at our home. we get take out on game night and we have a ball. P.S. I am the only female currently playing in our campaign. It's no big deal.

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