What I (actually) do in my free time
Hello everyone! It's Laurel again with another blog post! Before I begin, I just want to say that I hope everyone is doing well--in school, at work, or in your day-to-day lives!
Onto today's topic! So, I've been asked a lot about what I like to do in my spare time. My answers are usually boring, maybe, or quite typical; while it's true that I do like reading and writing, and watching movies and listening to music, and look forward to exploring Sendai and Japan as a whole more, my interests are also a little bit more specific than I usually say.
You see, I'm what some might call a nerd. I call myself a nerd! I love history (both ancient and contemporary, and the mythology that surrounds both); I love comic books and comic book movies; I grew up watching Star Trek and Star Wars; Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the X-Files; the X-Men and Hey, Arnold! I've always loved things that spark my imagination. Video games and board games and roleplaying games, too.
When I was a little girl, my first experience with RPGs was when I would watch my dad play Final Fantasy 3 for the Super Nintendo. I tried playing it, too, only to discover that it was far harder than my dad made it look! (Later, in High School, I played Final Fantasy X, X-2, and XII countless times.) Then, in Junior High School, I began to play Tabletop Roleplaying Games with my dad and our friends (from our local Star Trek club, of course).
It was so much fun! We would create and tell stories together, playing heroes and fools--often the same characters. Slowly, we stopped; people got busy, and then eventually people stopped making plans for our weekly games. By the time I was halfway through High School, I stopped playing altogether. I hadn't played again until about 3 years ago.
For fun--and because we had been listening to a popular podcast--my best friend and I found a group of other players and started playing again. It was even more fun than it had been before; characters more complex and interesting, difficult situations that forced us to think creatively. .I've been playing with the same group ever since, even now that I live in Japan. We play on weekends, despite having very different time zones now! Our group is all over the map; from Kentucky to California, Utah to Mexico, Austria to Japan. Every week, we gather online, and do one of my favorite things to do:
Create adventures and stories with my group of friends.