“For I have always been a seeker, a dreamer, and a ponderer on seeking and dreaming…” ~ H.P. Lovecraft
I like dreaming. The stranger the better. Sometimes my dreams are quite vivid and quite bizarre. When I am lucky I can recall them in great detail. Just recently I’ve been able to recall my dreams again after a long period of being unable to. This makes me happy. I had missed them so.
I suppose I’ve always been a dreamer. Ever since I can remember I was always imagining something. What it was varied, but one thing remained constant. I was there. I never really imagined anything without placing myself in it. But then again, that’s not really true. Very often I imagined being somebody else. That person was there. But somehow, I was them.
Looking at this phenomenon from a different angle, once again I can say that ever since I was young, any time I read a book that I found compelling, fiction or nonfiction, I always wished that I could be part of the action. Sometimes I wished I could be there as myself, but very often I wished I could be somebody else. What would be like to be them? What was it like to be in that place and in that situation? What if I could be somebody with the power to act and try to shape events rather than a helpless observer?
Speaking of books, every book has to end. After I would put the book away or switch off the movie and think about what might happen next. It was a shame that it had to end and there was nothing I could do about it.
Possibly the most compelling part of RPGs for me is the ability to act on those dreams. Role playing games grant us not just the right to dream, but the ability to walk the dreamlands with the authority and rights of full citizens. We are free to become whomever we want, wherever we want, and participate in situations that we otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience. We are set free from the mundane & the substantial mists of dreams become hard reality. We enter that new world and everything changes…
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~ Arthur O’Shaunessy