Games, Family and Games with Family

I am a gamer. There are just a few moments a day when I’m not thinking about something game related. I play video games, board games, role-playing games and I play with family, friends, and sometimes solo.

Family is an important part of my life as well. I’ve been happily married for nearly 15 years. I am the father of 3 wonderful girls. I pastor a small church. These facets of my life represent my family.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to appreciate my time, and realize that it is more and more fleeting. My children age imperceptibly. I’m reminded of this each time someone sees them for the first time in a while and they say, “Look how much they’ve grown!” I see it now, more and more.

I’ve decided to devote more of my time to gaming with my family. Specifically, I want to do more tabletop gaming with them. Video games are slowly but surely losing their luster to me. I’m sure I’ll always play them one some level, but few things are more satisfying that tabletop gaming with family and friends.

With the new devotion, I want to write about those experiences. I also want to write more about family in general. Sure, there are many blogs about family out there, but I hope this one will be more pleasing to the gamers mind. I see much of life as a game, and raising my children and nurturing my marriage are no different. There are good strategies and bad, mistakes and successes, and certain paths to victory and defeat. It’s a long game, and you get to play once. Perhaps this blog may help others sharpen their game.

Lastly, as I reboot this blog, I will spend some of the time charting my progress in a game design venture. I’m designing a game that is about my homeland – southeast Missouri, and its surrounding areas. It’s a game about family too, in an odd way. Since it is the first design I’ve prototyped (at any level) I’m going to see it through to completion, and this blog will serve to journal that process as well.

I hope to post twice a week. I look forward to sharing my gaming and family experiences and hearing about yours.

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