So I have a particular obsession with gaming systems. I don’t really mean videogames, though I enjoy those as much as anybody. I mean the mechanics behind the games, the things that make the game fun and interesting. I don’t know where I picked it up, but that interest has been with me as far back as I can remember. I was always the weird kid who would read through the instruction manuals for books, study the bestiaries for RPGs, that kind of thing.
Eventually, I found a friend who introduced me to Dungeons and Dragons. I played it for about fifteen minutes and decided I didn’t like how it worked. After that I started a habit of making up my own games. Another friend and I started out making simple pen and paper games, and eventually worked our way up to making our own role playing games. It was something that lasted part of the way through high school, and provided me with a lot of material for my earlier stories.
Nowadays, I still tend to get…distracted… whenever I find a system that interests me. I study it until I understand it, more or less, and then move on. It’s strange sometimes that I know so much about these games without ever having played them. I have the perfect Tau army and fleet planned out for Warhammer 40k, and I’ve never considered buying a model. I’ve planned out the character progress and ships I would use in Eve Online, and yet the closest I came to an MMORPG was a free to play thing that I gave up on. It’s that kind of a thing.
Does anyone else do this, or am I just weird. I guess one explanation is as good as another, but for some reason it is a habit I can’t seem to shake. Perhaps it is linked in with my own worldbuilding mindset, or at least the urge I have to find settings that I could use to tell stories. Oh well. I guess it is one more oddity that is part of my already strange life. :)