7-Day Countdown to G+ Shutdown: Featuring Everyday Enthusiast Jay Mac Bride, Gamer & Group Owner: Saturday Night Space Opera —
"When I was about 9 I received the AD&D Monster Manual as a gift and it blew me away that there was a book that had every kind of creature you could imagine! By the time I actually got to PLAY a role-playing game, I was primed to already love it. All the books, movies, and comics I'd consumed had prepared me for a future as an imaginary character! A tabletop game is a social event. You're with friends — or at least, like-minded folks with the same interests. You could be exploring a cave on a distant planet somewhere, but having the best time because you're all laughing together, making jokes back and forth, and wincing at the same bad rolls of the dice. It's a blast!"