Detroit was a whole new world for me. Other than the family I had living up there, I knew absolutely nobody. This did not bode well for me as I wanted to continue playing D&D. I went out and met some new people, but none of them shared my geekdom. If I even mentioned D&D to them, they’d look at me as if I suddenly sprouted 5 heads.
In the end, there were only 2 people I was able to convince to play: my younger brother and one of my cousins, and even with those two it took a lot of pleading before they agreed to it. I was a little nervous before we played. It would be the first time I was going to be the DM. The DM I had played under before I moved was amazing. He always seemed to be able to weave his stories in ways that kept everyone interested and into it. I hoped I’d be able to do that too.
We only ended up playing 2 or 3 sessions together. Either I didn’t do a very good job as a DM, or they just didn’t like the game. I guess I could ask them, but it’s been so long now that it doesn’t even matter anymore. Because of this, my geekdom went into hibernation while I lived in Detroit. I had started to get into comic books before I moved up there, as well, but because the cost of living was higher than in Kentucky, I couldn’t afford to get them while I was there.
It all started to come back when I moved back down here. I ended up moving in with the guy who had attacked my character from the previous story. I still considered him a friend and felt that this was a good way for us to reconnect. It turned out to be a disaster. First of all, he was a slob (I’m not the neatest person out there, but I do have some cleanliness standards). Secondly, he held it against me that I moved to Detroit. Apparently, in his mind, I moved away just to spite him (or at least that’s how he made it seem to me). I put up with his attitude for a little while and then I got the hell out of there. I couldn’t really afford it anyways.
Moving out was the beginning of my transition period. I was phasing out of D&D and phasing back into comic books and Star Wars. KOTOR came out and I was instantly hooked (and still am). I had a few friends, who were into comics, that let me catch up on their collections, so I was able to find out what had happened while I was away from them. That led me into buying comics again. Buying comics again led me to the Star Wars RPG.
The comic book store in our area is also where you go to get all of your role-playing game supplies. I was looking through the store and noticed that there was a Star Wars RPG (I didn’t know that until then). I immediately went to get ahold of Twindaddy. He was a little skeptical at first. I told him it was a Star Wars version of D&D. He didn’t like D&D, so he was unsure. He asked what it was like. I told him it was like KOTOR (which is true. KOTOR’s game mechanics are run off the D20 system, just like the tabletop RPG) except we got to make up our own stories. He was in (or at least willing to give it a shot).
To fill up the game, we enlisted his then-wife (the twins’ mother), her brother and his wife, and our younger brother. I had a gaming group again…..