Day 27: Unusual locale I have gamed in?

I have gamed in a lot of places.  Mainly they are places like bedrooms and peoples houses, the library, schools and the like.  There is one place that I find the most unusual that I have ever gamed in and there is another spot that used to be my regular spot that people normally find the most unusual so first to mine.

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Tasmanian Rain Forest

Being a Tasmanian this is not all that unusual for me – but role playing in this environment is.  I was young (around 18) when we took a week off life to go stay in a hut that was in a ravine accessible only via a muddy little track at the time.  It is now a lot more accessible (the hut was built by a scout group and they have improved it over time).  We had planned to do a lot of role playing and some LARPing down there.  we got to role play a lot but no real LARPing was done.

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Tasmanian rain forest

I look back at this trip now and realise that it is more than likely the most unusual or enriching place that I have ever gamed in.  The privilege of being that environment was so totally lost on me at the time though.  It was more about just having a laugh with friends and I think it came at the end of a school year so we were just blowing off steam.  Good fun.

Service Station Lube Bay

Most of my players prior to the start of this year worked in a service station and so we used to play there.  It was a thing for ease of the game as it meant the worker who finished at 7 could just shut up and then we could start gaming straight away.  I have taken a few photos of the inside of the lube bay and it is probably this environment that I get the most comments from over time. So it may be unusual to play in a lube bay – but to us it was just a good space to sit down and play.

Honestly, I would love to play in a supposedly haunted house.  I do not believe in ghosts or spirituality in anyway but I am Mulder – I want to believe.  Holding a horror game (Dread most likely) in a haunted house by candle light would be the most awesome thing that I could think of doing!  Keep rolling.

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  1. I used to play in the basement of a Revolutionary War Fort, Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY every Sunday morning.

    I also have an observation tower on my property built by the Dept. of Environmental Conservation to observe eagles in the Montezuma Swamp Water Basin. It’s 200′ tall with a platform that is 15×15 with a roof. We still game there a few times a year. It’s a long hike up the stairs though and I’m older and out of shape lol

    Use to game in a tent outside Pine Gap when I was in the service. The guys and I would escape for two day roll playing benders often.

    Now we just game at my shop (like you) or the custom built gaming barn I had built in my back yard. Not as adventurous as I once was…

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  2. Well, when the game involved has only scattered pieces of paper at most, and requires few (if any) dice, you can get away with a lot more.

    Let’s see… Places I have gamed: At school during class or at lunch, at the bus stop, on the bus, restaurants and cafes, public parks, the sidewalk (while walking somewhere), someone’s house, during a party, at the hospital while waiting for someone, in line at the Department of Licensing, at a clinic while waiting for someone’s doctor…

    Really, a game is just a conversation with rules and imagination. Scenarios can be started anywhere you are, with anyone you like.

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