1st reason for role play gaming: RPGs for self-development and for psychotherapy
1. How I found RPGs and why (and how) I played them
From the time when I was a child (before middle school in 1994), I somehow saw a special system for tabletop RPG (TTRPG) which was similar to DnD which I learned far later (04/2021). Its name can be translated as „Dragon´s lair“ (you can Google translate wiki. about it https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra%C4%8D%C3%AD_doup%C4%9B). From start, I can play just with my younger brother, but then I found other players and we were able to set up at least a small group from time to time. But as the asking and organizing one, I was nearly forced to be GM – I was NEVER before now (04/2021) a player!;( But I was enjoying even the harder side of that game – preparing plots, NPC, monsters, traps, dungeons, etc. When I was GMing I was able to see much more from my friends‘ psyche, which interested me and it was one of the reasons why I selected psychology for further study. I got into university in 1998 and finished it with PhD. in Development psychology and ThD in Oriental philosophies and religions (2005). So in that time of the such study, I had nearly no time to play, resp GM. Then some serious jobs took time for me too.
2. How (and which) knowledge about the fact that RPGs are good for self-development and as psychotherapy tools I got
Even in university RPGs were nearly not taught as psychotherapy tools nor as self-development:(. But at least I got some intel about that topic. Mainly the hopefully famous FACTOR S, which means that what was even just SIMULATED (theatre play but also just a computer game) has the tendency to have influence in REAL LIFE. This is at least for me answer NO to the question if kids may even just see violent movies…
3. What (and how) I am playing now – 2021 (online beginning in the 4th month)
Finally, I found low paid but nearly no work JOYFUL JOB as just a security (and bit of receptionist) worker – so from now (04/2021). My psychotherapy is now just on a charity basis which together with this just security job means, that I can have just a low lifestyle. I have huge time to play online even at my job. But it was hard to find games that I like to play. Finally (from 04/2021) I am playing in a few play-by-post games as a player and I am GMing my game – see https://www.rolegate.com/eldorado-apocalypse-world-but-more-friendly. In 05/2021 I even booked PAID adventure as a player – one play-by-post (PBP). See https://startplaying.games/upcoming-adventures/627879a0bf3cfd3543b3a157?session=627879c3de66fb5733b87dbf (PBP, Apocalypse World – http://apocalypse-world.com). After finish, I will share my experiences!:) EDIT (new – 05/2021)…: I got a recommendation for GROK?! (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/395261) game (very low-level rules:)) which looks better as a therapy tool. After a least some time of playing it (PBP, in Rolegate.com) I will share my experiences with it! Also, I saw „10 secrets how to be a better player“ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVjcZMkfoDY) and 10 for GMs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVko-Jl91M8), which both I am recommending.
4. What do I want or at least hope to achieve
Play (including GMing) for fun – why not? But also to find how to use my favorite (best-known) RPGs as psychotherapy tools. Maybe I have a „bad choice“ with AW, because one of the game makers, Meguey posted (mainly for me), that such a system is even against therapy usage. I at least partially agree. EDIT: I mostly agree. But it is still tempting for me – I hope, that I can find a way how to use ať least the Moves philosophy… For example, I imagine using some tempting scenario but rather without MISDIRECT or even RESPOND WITH FUCKERY to test my client´‘ s inner strength or at least how strong he is against alcohol – after normal talk therapy and even one month in a psychiatric hospital (detoxication house) where I recommended one my friend and client together to go.
5. WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN ME as a player or invite me as GM. And why you should become my (Yoga) Student.
For fun – why not? For pure interest how good GM a psychotherapist can be – hopefully GOoD!:) But best would be serious interest in self Development!:)
You can CONTACT ME HERE. Grandmaster Radan Chrobok – Sri Satguru Tatrawadarsi (= Noble Grandmaster „Lord of Liberating“).
En tiempos de pandemia cualquier metodo de entretenimiento vale, como crear un historia ficticia, es como escribir un libro pero sin las limitaciones de escritura. Chido 🤑
In times of pandemic, any entertainment method is valid, such as creating a fictional story, it is like writing a book but without the limitations of writing. Cool
Some really interesting ideas here!