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So years ago in my first year of Univeristy when I told her I had started playing real life role play games (I had been an avid computer role player for years before) she struggled a smile and asked, "This isn't a sex thing is it honey?"
There was no time to think of those things now, I needed to explain to my mom what I was doing. "It is like Dungeons and Dragons!" Ughhhhh..... not a good start, my mom is a well traveled upstate NYC pseudo-hippy she has no friggen clue what D&D is and I used the word dungeon *facepalm*. I then went into, what I can only assume was, a three hour tirade about how awesome role play is and what it was about. I think in the end my mom was very confused, but sure it was no longer about sex.
To this day, I don't think my mom has any clue about what a TTRPG is. She knows I am making WITCH she knows I wrote some stuff for WoTC, and while she supports me and even has the URL of WITCH in her email signature so everyone knows about my game (it literally reads: Or are you a gamer? Then visit: http://angryhamsterpublishing.
com/) I still don't think she really knows what I do.
How do you explain to people what a TTRPG is without showing them? I am curious to know and funny stories are always welcome :D!