Sometimes we want to get lost. The noise of every day life and that all the things competing for attention can be difficult to drown out. Sometimes the cacophony in our own heads needs a volume knob and we can’t seem to find it.
The word immersion gets tossed around quite a bit. It’s difficult to talk about because you have to talk about what you’re actually immersed in. But whatever this metaphorical immersive fluid might be, when we are fully engaged in our RPG experience we can get lost very easily. We can literally lose ourselves, lose track of time, and be fully in the moment.
Bias and preference will lead us to different things, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if we are losing ourselves in the fiction, the characters, strategic gameplay, exploring a premise, or whatever floats our boat. All of the other things competing for our attention get blocked out and we can get ourselves lost in a place that we don’t mind being. In fact, it’s exactly where we want to be.
Who needs directions?