Geek Fail

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-multi-colored-role-play-dice-sitting-wooden-table-top-taken-low-angle-side-lighting-depth-field-used-to-add-drama-to-photo-image29922640The other day I came across an article in one of my video gaming magazines (yes, I’m an avid gamer—if you haven’t picked up on that yet) praising the goodness of the original Dungeons & Dragons game, and how it served as an inspiration to so many folks in the gaming industry.  After reading the article, I felt a bit bummed because (confession time), I’ve never played D&D.  I never knew anyone who played.  Heck, I didn’t even hear of the game until I was in my twenties.  Considering my interests (writer, fantasy junkie), I think of this as a childhood failing.  And sadly, it’s not my only one.

I’ve seen very few episodes of the original Star Trek.  In my defense, I grew up in house with only three TV stations, and three younger sisters who shared none of my geeky leanings.  Dad was lord of the TV (I would have said remote, but we didn’t have one of those either), and he wasn’t into SciFi.  Although, he and I did watch The Greatest American Hero while it was on.   Looking back now, I smile.  Those were special times.  I wonder…

*heads over to Amazon*

Oh wow, I can get the ENTIRE series for under $20!  Guess what Dad’s getting for his birthday?

I probably shouldn’t bury myself any deeper, but…I didn’t see Star Wars when it was originally released either.  (And yes, I was a kid at the time.)  I did make my husband take me to watch it on the big screen when they re-released the original three movies.  My sister and her husband went with us.  He was a fan; she wasn’t.  My husband and my sister actually fell asleep during the movie.  *sigh*  It’s hard to be a geek when you’re surrounded by non-geeks.

Band014Sadly, I had great potential.  I was in the band and chorus, and ran with the academic crowd in high school.  I went on to major in chemistry and math, with a minor in computer programming.  I love video games, fantasy and scifi.  Yet sadly, I occasionally miss a pop culture reference on The Big Bang Theory.

But all is not lost.  The other day, I picked up a D&D starter set.  My son and I are going to play.  (That poor kid is me made over.  He even plays the same instrument in the band.)  One of these evenings we’re going to invite over some of his friends and work on correcting my childhood shortcomings.

It’s a start.

8 comments

  1. TheSFReader

    If you take to RPGs, http://corerpg.com/ is a (successfully kickstarted) basic RPG rules set, with many different “settings” (mostly from Indie published authors).

  2. I haven’t thought about The Greatest American Hero in years! It had a great theme song.

    I was lucky. We had SIX tv stations in OKC before cable and one of them ran the original series in syndication. I haven’t seen them all, but I did have some exposure to it before the movies came out.

    Now I need to dig up an old band pic of me…scary.

    • Six stations? Wow! That was big time, at the time. 😉

      And yes, the old band picture needs to make an appearance.

  3. I watched greatest American hero as a youth. Great show. I was upset William Katt left perry mason show to make this show. I remember the Star Wars movies. Bad date but great movies. You would think I would have chosen better dates. Oh well. Also I still have friends who play D&D. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    • No problem! Sounds like you have some great memories. Well, except for the bad date part. 😉

  4. I’m a big gamer myself but never played D&D due to it’s status of uncoolness during high school. I did watch tons of original Star Treks though!

    • Awesome on being a gamer! Console or computer? I did get to watch some original Star Trek at my grandmother’s house. She lived closer to town and had cable TV looong before we did.

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