Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving tradition: Play a RPG with the family!

So this Thanksgiving I have a new obsession.  I remember the old days of going to grandma's house for Thanksgiving and after we ate the "men" collapsed on the couch to watch football and the "women" sat and talked in the kitchen.  The "kids" played ancient board games in the den, ones like these  These old days of the turkey, leather and cigarette smoke have me thinking about how cool it would be to have a tradition for my kids at Thanksgiving.

Truthfully, my entire family does not care about football in the least.  The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and following Dog Show have much more appeal.  But those old days?  How about the card table in the den or basement with a large grid map on it?  Dice and character sheets littering the table and the sound of people having fun accompanying the smell of turkey?  I write this, but my day was making the mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes then sitting to eat the turkey followed by everyone sitting and watching television together with a common feeling of illness due to too much food.

Wanting something more seems to come after the fact because at the moment my mind was on deciding if I was too full for pumpkin pie.  I was not thinking of "Thanksgiving 2010" and the memories I'd make.  I was missing an alternate past I had wanted to exist, but not at the time.

Next year?  I'd like to say I'd have room in my life to pull out a AD&D book with the kids on a card table and folding chairs.  Maybe it is something I will do when I am a grandpa and the grandkids come to our house.


  1. A Thanksgiving RPG tradition... awesome idea... back when I was a "kid," my brother, my cousin, and I would bring Magic: The Gathering cards to Thanksgiving dinner and play cards all afternoon after we ate. Man, I miss those days! I don't know if I could generate enough interest in a family D&D game after Thanksgiving next year, but you have inspired me... I'm going to give it a shot.

  2. Good luck Josh! I am just obsessed with the idea..

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