Ethan Gilsdorf looks back on four decades of pen-and-paper role-playing tradition:
The tools of D&D gave me permission to imagine a better me, and a better story for myself. They gave me the courage to imagine a different future. And taught me how to change myself. Not happy with lowly Level 1 Ethan, I worked hard to level up to my better, stronger, faster level 17 version today.
The period of playing role playing games in the 1980’s and up until the early 1990’s (when I met my wife) was really a fantastic time and I agree that we all learned a lot by playing RPGs. Before and during the university years I was heavily involved in both playing and writing RPG scenarios for our local gaming event Gothcon. I even met Gary Gygax once at Games Fair in Reading, UK in the mid 1980’s.
For me I think one of the key learnings was how to think hypothetically about the society and it’s mechanisms, a way of thinking that together with a fair amount of science fiction novels and studies in philosophy has brought me into the futures field,