I got off work early (for once) a few days ago and I decided to go somewhere that I had not been in a long time. It had probably been somewhere between 5-10 years since I last stepped foot in the place. As it is less than a mile away from where I work, and I pass it every day on my way home, I wondered why I hadn’t stopped in there sooner.
I paid a visit to the comic book store. Well, one of the two in my area anyway. The one I used to visit more often is a little further out of my way, so I went to this one instead.
Stepping inside again was slightly strange. It took me back a little bit. In addition to the new comics that lined the walls, there were rows of boxes containing back issues. I had to stop myself from rummaging through them by reminding myself that the reason I hadn’t been there in years was because I don’t have the room to store physical copies of comic books anymore. That’s why all my comic reading is done digitally now.
So, instead of going through the comics, I walked around to look at everything else they had to offer, like collectibles and gaming accessories. While I was perusing, I came across a book for a tabletop RPG that I didn’t know existed. It was a Dresden Files RPG.
As a fan of the Dresden Files novels, I was intrigued by this. I went to pick it up, but I stopped myself again. It would have been pointless to look at it. I don’t have the time to play tabletop RPGs anymore. Even if I did, I only know of one other person that’s a fan of the book series who might’ve even had the slightest interest in playing it with me, and I haven’t talked to him since I left my old job a year ago.
It got me thinking again about how much I miss playing those tabletop games. I miss being with a group of people, getting away from reality for a little while.
Who knows? Maybe someday life will calm down and I can get back into it, even if it’s just an every once in a while kind of thing. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.