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Giving Thanks

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 24, 2011

My apologies for all my readers (approximately half) for whom today is simply “Thursday.”

Here in the U.S., it’s a holiday where we count our blessings, feast, and watch football. (Er, American Football, for the entire rest of the world who play a sport by a similar name which we in the U.S. call “Soccer.”)  Or in my case, hang out with friends (and family) for a four-day weekend of food and games.

We started the tradition in college when several of us lived too far away to drive home for the holiday, and were too poor to afford plane tickets to make a quick visit – especially with the winter break coming up so soon. After one incredibly disastrous weekend with my roommates’ uncle & family, on subsequent years we decided to celebrate the holiday our own way – with lots of board games and Dungeons & Dragons.  The first one proved to be the Best Thanksgiving Ever, and we’ve continued the tradition. Now that we’re older and have our own families and extended families nearby, we do spend Thanksgiving itself with family (and some friends), but Friday and Saturday are spent slinging dice and raising hell.

It’s kinda funny that to me, Thanksgiving really equates to a “D&D Holiday” in my mind. But hey, that’s not a bad thing, is it?

So what am I thankful for? A lot of things, really. I’m a lucky guy.

But here, publicly, I’m just gonna express my gratitude for still having friends to play RPGs with. We’ve managed to keep the tradition alive for many years, and as much as I love my CRPGs, they are apples and oranges in comparison to getting around the living room with friends and slinging dice and bad jokes. (Yeah, where exactly did the inspiration for Frayed Knights come from, again?)

Now I have to get back to finishing up the pre-gens for tomorrow’s one-shot…

Filed Under: Geek Life - Comments: 5 Comments to Read

  • 10Kan said,

    Happy Thanksgiving, Rampant Coyote! May all your dice come up 20s!

  • WhineAboutGames said,

    Happy Thanksgiving! (I should go see if I can rustle up some gingerbread…)

  • Karry said,

    “Er, American Football”

    Er, USian football, since USA doesnt own Americas, no matter how much it wants to, casually calling itself “America”, with implicit meaning that both continents are its property. Get your grubby bloody hands away from Brazil and Chile, USians, and call your own nation properly.

  • Xenovore said,

    @Karry: Wow, really? Here?

    Sure there’s North America and South America (and Central America, but since we’re being technical, that’s really North America); but the United States is The America, and will continue to be The America, until some other country (like Brazil or Chile? Hmm.) gets their shit together and steps up, but how likely is that???

  • Robyrt said,

    Excellent idea. My family had our first board game Thanksgiving (in lieu of the post-meal nap) and it was a rousing success!