Since announcing Adventure Begins at Bedtime, I’ve had a lot of people ask me a lot of questions. So, I thought I’d spend a few minutes over my morning coffee talking a little about it.
I’ve wanted, for a long time, to make a different kind of role playing book. I love settings. I love games. I love fluff. I love crunch. I love it all. I love our whole hobby… and that’s kind of what I wanted to capture in a single book. I want something that is for US. Something that reflections how we became gamers… and why we’re still gamers.
One of the things I hear most often when I say I’m into RPGs is, “Oh, isn’t that for kids?” Yeah, it is. But it’s also for grownups. It’s a thing that grows with you. The stories you tell change and mature as you do and, in that, it’s a pretty tremendous activity. There’s not a lot of hobbies that do this.
And so, I started thinking about how a lot of people got their start gaming as kids. I thought about how, as a mother, I’m planting those seeds now with my son. And I thought about how, as I’m planting seeds for him, I’m also seeing ideas and games and stories grow in my own mind. How reading something like Dr Seuss or the Brothers Grimm captures my son’s imagination while simultaneously inspiring me.
And, maybe more than anything, I’ve been searching for the right project to work on with this community. With my community. My friends. My family. And all because my experiences in this hobby are entirely linked to the community of gamers I’ve met online since the late 90s.
With you guys, I’ve discovered new games, traveled to conventions, made new friends, and even met my best friends – the kind of friends that are as important as your family (if not more). And it’s powerful. With you guys, I’ve created RPGchat and been driven to think about things in ways I never would have if it were just me and my game group. And it’s inspiring. With you guys, I’ve found the courage to go on my own adventure, moving across an ocean knowing that our connections and conversations would maybe be a little time-displaced, but they’d still be there. And it’s awesome.
All these factors combined to create a real desire to do something – to make something – that’s a different kind of role playing book. As I watch your pitches roll in (and I’ve gotten almost 30 at this point!), I feel like I’m onto something. And I can’t wait to share it.
So, with that said, keep the pitches rolling in! You’ve got a week or so left and I want as many amazing ideas within the pages of ADVENTURE BEGINS AT BEDTIME as possible.