Believe it or not, I dreamed up a computer system that could assist tabletop role-playing games like this back in roughly 1983, back when it was still D&D First Edition. Of course, back then my design sketches looked suspiciously like a table-top Pac-Mac console, and required lots and lots of floppy disks.
But this is an amazing use of technology for an old hobby I remember very fondly. Now that I've gotten over most of my ashamed-to-be-a-geek issues (geek has worked out rather well for me, thanks), I'd game again in a second. But when? The main impediment to me tabletop roleplaying — like the main impediment to me playing epic board games like Twilight Imperium or Advanced Civilization — is not that I've outgrown it. It's that I just don't have huge chunks of free time without interruptions lying around any more. Maybe when the kids are in college. There should be a good group of long-time gamers in the old-folks home, annoying everyone with the 30th retelling of GenCon 1981.
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