Recently the Wookie and I went out for International Tabletop Day, a wonderful event held by local gaming stores and encouraged by the likes of Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day – a chance to try out and enjoy games that you might not usually try and hopefully buy. We went down to
to a faboo gaming store, the Four
Horsemen in Morgantown Mall. If you're in the area, I highly recommend them for
all your gaming and comic needs! Morgantown
Anyway we found two new games – Smallworld and the X-Wing Miniature game. Both very different from each other but I came away from the day re-invigorated and ready to leap back into my current work-in-progress with plenty of ideas of how to make the story better.
Now I hear you saying – what? How can playing a fantasy game along the lines of Risk and a shoot-em-up dogfighting game help encourage the muse?
As most writers will say – it's the story, stupid. Not only was I playing these games and making up stories in my mind about this and that I was watching others play Warhammer and WarMachine and Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon and… well, you get the idea. So many stories waiting to be told and so many different universes all colliding in one store and in my wee widdle mind.
So we came back with more games for our already over-stuffed game room, myself with a heedful of new ideas and thoughts and the thrill of finding new games to play. The next time you find yourself searching for inspiration consider digging out that old copy of Scrabble or better yet, get thee hence to your local game store and check out all the wonderful games waiting to suck you into their reality.
Good luck and keep on having fun!