Monday, March 7, 2011
So I was recently asked to join in a good ol' role playing game. The last time I had gamed was before I moved from Orlando. So at least 3 or so years now. The system is White Wolf's new World of Darkness, a setting I know very little about. Back when I was a nerdling in high school I played the hell out of the original World of Darkness setting. I know way more than anyone should about that setting. Werewolf: The Apocalypse being my favorite.
Yep I played a Fianna more often than not. Although that did not stop me from reading every book I could get my hands on, and subsequently learning pretty much all you could about the world this game was set in. Why bring this up? Am I just going on a quest down memory lane? Yes. But mainly I am going to talk obsession.
Us nerds have the ability to go crazy over minutia of our current obsession. Toy collectors must know about every little variant made of the line of the moment. Most Star Wars superfans know the back story to every alien you see in the cantina scene in A New Hope, most of whom you only see for a few frames of film. Ask a baseball nerd how many home runs Damon Berryhill (thank you Google) had in whatever season he played.
Personally I have to know the background of whatever I am into this week. I HAVE to know. When I started playing Warhammer 40k I read a metric shit ton of information that was just leading up to the 41st millenium. Now I am trying to get my head around this new World of Darkness thing.
By that I mean I am reading every thing I can get my grubby paws on. I am also trying to forget everything I know about the old WOD, which as I said, is considerable. No longer is there a True Black Hand that I had to search through dusty tomes for any glimmer of information (young internet friends, it was hard to find anything except porn of course). I am honestly not sure if the easy availability of info is a good thing or if I enjoyed hunting for which book I could find stuff on the Shadow Crusaders (those who hunted and destroyed the users of the discipline of visisitude).
So what do you obsess over? Do you enjoy the hunt or would you rather just have it as quick as you can type it into Google? Let your F'ing voice be heard!
Also I am now going to end each of my weekly posts with what book I am reading that week.
Reading this week: Gotrek and Felix - Dragonslayer by William King