Monday, December 12, 2005

Letter from America

We got our first piece of prison mail today. A chap wrote to us to say thanks for the new edition and request a catalogue of what’s coming out next.

You might be thinking ‘Jail mail? what the hell?’ but stop and think about it for a moment.

If you’re banged up, and you’ve got time on your hands, what better to do that spend it roleplaying? We roleplay for different reasons- fun, social enjoyment, habit, achievement, boredom- to name but a few- but primarily it’s a great form of escapism. It’s a chance to get away from the everyday, the ordinary, the boring and persue a different life for a couple of hours. Whether we’re at school ignoring essay deadlines, or hanging out in the garage with our collegemates (or even escaping the kids and the ironing for a few hours at the local gaming club) we use games to have a mental holiday, a laugh, a break from the norm.

It’s certainly not uncommon for games companies to get letters from prison- pretty much any RPG you can think of has a jail fan base. If you consider roleplaying as a past time its not a bad fit for anywhere there’s limited space and plenty of spare time- from prison, to oil rigs to the military to university dorms. It’s pretty cheap, only requires a few books (which can easily be mailed to you) a couple of dice and some pencils.

Yep, RPG’s certainly get further than the back rooms of hobby stores and the sticky corners of University bars.

We’ve yet to get a letter from someone who’s played Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay in space…but it can only be a matter of time.

-The BI Dev Team

Btw: Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever roleplayed?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Dennis said...

The strangest place I've ever played Warhammer? Afghanistan. Hey, when you're not on a mission, there ain't much else to do.

10:30 pm  
Anonymous Vonbloodbath said...

Strangest place? On a bus to Gamesday. :)

As to playing in space...dice rolling *could* be an issue...

VB

8:37 pm  
Blogger Gaute said...

Onboard a tallship during a storm. Great fun but the dice kept rolling off the table all the time as the ship tossed storm.

11:04 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The strangest place i've ever gamed is outside a hospital by text. My mates were involved in a game when I was ill, so I snuck passed the "switch off phones here" sign. And gamed. Had to get the gm to roll the dice on my behalf

3:42 pm  

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