By: Anna Sheldrick |

I am searching an abandoned apartment in Philadelphia, the occupant was found dead in a mansion just outside of town. I find a video that I think should provide clues as to why he died. Instead I find a video with alien slime and go crazy. I shoot my partner in the groin and call an air strike on Philadelphia.

The following week I’m trying to sneak into the lair of the Dragon Worshippers while my friend is out front causing a distraction. I master the lock but I open the door and smack a guard in the bum. He looks down at me with a frown so I wave and quietly close the door again. Within five minutes I’m standing on the roof and the house is on fire below me because my friend who I shot last week decided to hurl a fireball at the thugs who were chasing me.

These were my first two experiences with Role Playing games. The first was Delta Green: Call of Cthulhu, the second was good old Dungeons and Dragons. The world of RPGs can be a super intimidating place to start but once you find someone to wade into that world with you’ll fall in love.

When most people think of RPGs they think of Dungeons and Dragons and that’s all it entails but, like video games, there’s an RPG for everyone. There are Star Wars RPGs, you have Delta Green which is based on Lovecraft Horror, there is Legend of the Five Rings set in the world of Samurai Japan and the warring samurai tribes. What about Pathfinder, D&D and even a Dragon Age RPG. If you can’t find one that suits you then you can always make one up!! My friends and I have made up RPGs based on our favourite books and even one based on RWBY.

Can’t find anyone to play with? Then head on down to your nearest geek shops and board game cafes. Within Calgary there are loads of little groups that have regular drop in sessions for new and experienced players. Can’t be bothered to leave your house? I got you. Websites like Roll20 is a digital platform where you can play RPGs with people from around the world.

I have made the best friends from playing RPGs and it’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and get angry. It’s also been proven to be an amazing outlet for people when they aren’t sure how to express themselves or deal with an issue. As such I recommend to everyone to give any RPG a go and pretend to be another person for just a few hours a week.