Sunday, November 9, 2008

Music That Inspires: Highwayman, and Thoughts On Legacy

A lot of gamers have songs that speak to them about their gaming experiences, that bring back fond memories of games and get them amped for games to come. I love the Two Towers theme, the opening music to Conan the Barbarian, and "Promontory" from Last of the Mohicans. I imagine many gamers share a fondness for those tracks. I also imagine that we each have a few songs that mean something to us as well in regards to our chosen hobby. I have one that may be considered a little unorthodox:

If you can, just listen to the words.

I tell you, when Johnny Cash starts in on that last verse, it ties in a common thread every great fantasy character to every beloved Traveller character played, and every one in between. There is that invisible bond to our own history in gaming; the similiarities and differences in characters, the different games we've played, and a dozens of roguish endings, bitter defeats, undeserved failures, improbable victories, and everything in between. Gaming for me is a lifelong odyssey, one that circles and comes back in funny and unexpected ways, that still manages to continually surprise, with the thought that in these shared worlds, in the universe of imagination, what we do does live on in some aspect, so long as we remember it and cherish it, or are lucky enough to have good friends that do as well.

We never know when sharing what bit of our world or common experience, when running a game at a convention, when writing an article for no gain but joy, we will also be unknowingly enriching the future gaming of someone else, our ideas living on at their tabletop and through their cycle of adventures and fellowship. If that is as far towards immortality as any of us journey, let us be happy in that.


wyattsalazar said...

Hmm, songs that speak to me about my gaming experience.

"The World Has Spoken And Blowing Things Up Is Good" by Spark, from the album "30 Days".

"Gaiking Skydragon Rap" by 7L & Esoteric, from the album "Esoteric vs Japan".

"The Winds of War" by Jedi Mind Tricks, from the album "Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological and Eletro-Magnetic Manipulation of the Human Consciousness".

And probably "Die Winnipeg Die Die Die Fuckers Die" by Venetian Snares, from the album "Winnipeg is a Frozen Shithole".

...What? My gaming experience has been weird.

Zachary The First said...


I wanna play in your group...I think...