Learning the Rules



As some of you are doubtless aware, for one of my day-jobs, I work as an Editor for a small publishing company that specializes in tabletop games.

As fewer of you may be aware, my experience with Tabletop Roleplaying Games is extremely limited, to put it lightly. In fact, I have been somewhat biased against them, owing to some not-so-positive first experiences. (These experiences generally boil down to: I don't like feeling unintelligent/uninformed & I'm easily bored by slow-moving stories.)

My current project for the publisher is editing the 2nd Ed core rulebook for their eponymous Tabletop RPG: Of Dreams and Magic. When I started this, I knew little to nothing about game development and only slightly more about how to roll dice and gave fun at the same time.

As I read through the rules (and translate them into something like understandable words) I'm slowly learning more about this game and the vision behind it. It sort of... snuck up on me, and I'm not sure how, since I knew at the beginning that I would be editing a rulebook. I was bound to learn something!

And now that I know a bit more about the rules, I'm actually enjoying my job more (which is really saying something, since at the beginning I was enjoying myself quite a lot, just by being an Editor (for reals)!

So now I'm curious - what was your first experience with tabletop gaming, if you've had one? How did it turn out for you, Inklings? Do you love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below!

#Games #Rules #Learning #Work

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