My husband is a gamer.
As in, my husband spends large quantities of time pretending to kill imaginary fantastical creatures. This is not simply a hobby, it is an obsession.
Nearly every Wednesday night my husband disappears for hours on end. When he returns he is desperate to share his "adventures" with me. I try very hard to be an attentive listener when he regals me with his tales of bravery and misfortunes...most of the time I fail miserably.
Today is a very big day for my husband and his buddies. I'm not positive that I have this precisely right, but I think that this is the scoop...today for the first time in a significant number of years a new version of D&D is being released. The apparently long-awaited 4th Edition (cue the dramatic music). I wish that I could explain the significance of this major event, but the truth is that I actually have absolutely no idea what the big deal is all about.
What I do know is that my husband is very excited and wants very badly for me to be excited as well. At some point in the last couple of weeks he and one of his buddies decided that it would be a good idea to teach their wives to play. There is a "quick setup" version of the new edition (at least I think that's what it is) that was seemingly a perfect fit for newcomers. In the spirit of being a good wife to my husband, I agreed to give it a shot.
Long story short, I just spent the last several hours immersed in total geekdom. My husband and his friend tried really hard to explain the rules and nuances of the game while his wife and I giggled, rolled our eyes at each other, and bandied about sarcastic comments. We did get into the spirit of things a bit as our little adventure rolled on...but for the most part we played with the pretty dice and tried to keep our daughters from going out of their minds with boredom while the boys ran the game.
It was an enjoyable evening for the most part and I'm not totally opposed to playing again at some point in time...but I can't say that the experience has helped me to understand his obsession. After 3 or so hours of play we had accomplished almost nothing. We had two encounters with packs of hostile creatures. In the end we managed to kill all foes, but took some pretty serious hits ourselves. What did the fighting earn us? Not a whole heck of a lot as far as I could tell. I believe that the final result of our evening was that we retrieved some sort of amulet which let us know that we were headed in the right direction to find the army of evil demons that we were looking for. It could take several more rounds of play before we even see one of these evil creatures, and who knows what we're supposed to do once we have disposed of them (assuming that we don't all die trying). I just can't see committing that much of my time to the game.
My husband however packed up his materials, gave our daughter a kiss, and went off to spend the rest of the night exploring The 4th Edition (dramatic music again). He doesn't expect to be home until well after sunrise tomorrow.
Whatever floats your boat I suppose.