Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dungeons and Dragons and Self Awareness

Read a post on Lifehack.org yesterday that resonated with me. I must confess that I am a gamer. I have been a gamer since I can remember. I will be a gamer when I die. All kinds of games. Role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, strategic games like Risk, card games like Crazy-8s that I play with my 5-year old. I had an Atari. I play computer games. I have a modded PS2 where I log hours playing Madden. I find games immensely cathartic. They are a way to clear my head. They are a way to help me process the big stuff in the background while I decide to blitz with the outside linebacker on 3rd down or go on a magic item hunt in Diablo 2.

I also find that games help me stay creative. I find myself dipping into my old dungeon mastering skill set when I am trying to come up with a new story for my aforementioned 5-year old. Creativity is a critical skill to possess in today's world. Sometimes you need that +5 Godly sword to tackle a particularly tricky business situation.

The lifehack post takes a quick look at applying role-playing game methodology to understanding your own skill sets and determining what you need to develop.
How would you characterize your capabilities? ...What kind of character are you? How do you stack up against other people in the same game? What capabilities, skills, or equipment could you further develop to build your success rate with your current game?

Think about who and where you are. Determine where you want to go. Build your skills and find the equipment to help you get there.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Somehow, I *knew* I'd be able to call out some of the D&D set with this. : )

--Chris...