• December 21, 2014

Tabletop role-playing games go hand in hand with books

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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 4:30 am

Not only am I a self-proclaimed bookworm, I’m also a lover of anything Boston sports and fantasy tabletop role-playing games. I know ... I’m a 27-year-old kid.

Well, not exactly.

See, books and fantasy gaming just go hand in hand if you are into the fantasy world ideal.

For example, look at some of the top-grossing U.S. movies: “Harry Potter” (also a book series), “Twilight” (a book series), and my favorite of all-time, “Star Wars” which is now also a tabletop role-playing game. All of these movies are based on fantasy fiction books or writings.

Now for those who are confused about what exactly fantasy tabletop role-playing gaming is, I will give a brief description:

Tabletop role-playing gaming began in the 1970s and is still going strong. From “Dungeons and Dragons,” the original RPG, to newer arrivals like “Fate Core,” these games cover every imaginable genre, from fantasy to science fiction, horror to superheroes, and everything in between.

In a tabletop role-playing game, you and your friends take on the roles of adventurers. Whenever there is conflict or the characters are attempting to do something difficult, the rules and dice are used to decide the outcome.

As events unfold everyone in the game contributes to an exciting, unique narrative.

If you can imagine it, you can play it.

Sounds exciting? Well, it’s one word: Awesome.

Now, trying to find gaming session group is pretty tough when you work a full-time job or are a full-time student and rarely have time on the weekends to travel far just to engage in some RPGs among friends.

Luckily, Cove library’s director Kevin Marsh implemented a monthly gaming session at the library.

“This gives patrons at the library a refreshing event that we have here including other activities,” Marsh said.

This month’s gaming session is from 10 a.m. from 2 p.m. Saturday. Library patrons ages 10 and older can attend.

Featured games are the classic “Dungeons and Dragons,” “Pathfinder” and “Magic.”

For more information, visit the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday or call 254-547-3826.

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