I’ve played D&D for years, starting back when it was not the popular thing to do. I’ve always found it a very pleasant pastime and a good way to express creativity. Sure, there are rules (more guidelines really) and getting a handle on the complexities of the system can be daunting, but if you are a creative type, it is definitely worth giving gaming a chance.
So, you may be asking, what does gaming have to do with writing? Well, for many, when you play D&D, you are telling a story. Sure, there are stats and numbers and random dice rolls to make decisions, but for most, it is less about the stats and more about the adventure that unfolds.
The Dungeon Master
For most of my gaming life, I have been the Dungeon Master (or DM). For those not familiar with D&D, this is the person who acts somewhat as a narrator that sets the scenes and guides the players on their journeys as well as an arbitrator of the rules. However, the best DMs ignore the rules (or dice rolls) when doing so tells a better story. After all, the DM’s goal is not to kill the players, but to challenge them and help them create an interesting experience.
Last week I told some people the story of when my wife was in high school and she divorced her husband because he refused to buy her a dishwasher. I enjoy watching people react to that leading line, and the best part is, my statement is completely true.
However, as in life, characters in stories don’t have to be truthful. They can be deceitful and manipulative and try and influence people to do what they want, or react in a certain way, as I had intended by my high school divorce statement. In fact, a story is often better when it includes that kind of behavior because telling lies mirrors real life. Unfortunately, this aspect of storytelling is too often overlooked.
Kansas City, Missouri’s Historic West Bottoms includes a lot of different shops and activities. They have a First Festival Weekend event the first Friday of the month. In February, I will be taking part in the Second Annual Books in the Bottoms Event. with a lot of other Great Authors.
The event takes place at a number of the West Bottoms’ shops and restaurants on Friday and Saturday. Authors will be located at different shops during the event, so check the schedule in the press release below. Come out and visit some of the unique shops, get a bite to eat, and have fun!
If you will be looking for me, I’ll be at the following locations:
Since 2013, during the summer, Hutchinson Kansas renames itself to Smallville Kansas. It lasts only for a day or two, but during that time, you have a chance to visit Clark Kent’s boyhood town. And if you go to the Smallville ComicCon, you can even get your mail postmarked from Smallville Kansas by the post office.
I had a wonderful time at Smallville last year and I’ve been looking forward to another great event!
It was a real pleasure to meet so many new people as well as connecting with existing fans who wanted to get the next book in the series. As this was my first big event of the year, it also allowed me to catch up with fellow authors and creators.