Hey all! If you have been wondering where I’ve been…so have I. I have been so engrossed in research papers and studying that I haven’t been aware of my whereabouts for quite some time, but I’m back with a cool story! That makes my hiatus all better, right?
Have you ever played an RPG (role-playing game)? I’m not talking about one of them newfangled, fancy vidjama games; I’m talking about an imaginative journey into the body of another character, in a realm far, far away. I’m talking about things like Dungeons and Dragons and, in the case of this blog, Shadowrun. You can learn more about Shadowrun here: http://www.shadowrun.com/shadowrun-tabletop/about/. Basically, Shadowrunners are a group of people, in the year 2050, that are hired by large corporations to do jobs (steal intel, deliver packages, etc.) This means that each Shadowrun team needs a motley crew.
The Dork Club (we’re the guys who get together to game with actual board/card games) has recently split into contingents of people that want to play different RPGs. I joined the Shadowrun contingent, and boy am I glad I did. Preparation for Shadowrun is quite extensive, especially if, like me, you’ve never played. It consists of creating an entirely fictional character from your imagination (what a novel concept nowadays, right?), making up a back-story, picking an archetype, and gearing up. I spent man hours pouring over the various Shadowrun user guides that I could get my grubby hands on creating my ideal character. My character’s name is Seamus O’Toole (brother of Patrick Stroud, who goes by the name of Gershwin O’Toole in Shadowrun). I am a “decker”, which is the Shadowrun equivalent of a hacker. I hack into what Shadowrun calls “The Matrix” (this was “The Matrix” 10 years before the Watchowskis got their hands on it) and I get people inside of buildings and keep bad stuff from happening at the technological level (alarms, cameras, etc.).
To be blunt, I loved the game. I thought it was entertaining, and I got to let my inner thespian loose. I am excited for more.