Sometimes I wonder if my hobbies really do somehow complement each other.
On one hand, I am a huge fan of RPGs. For me, I not only enjoy playing them, but there are few things better than flipping through and randomly reading old articles in Dragon Magazine or old fan publications. I love the legacy of the hobby, the living legacies (Lou Zocchi, Frank Mentzer, Erol Otus), but also the new breed (Clash Bowley [yes, Clash, compared to some, you’re new], Chad Underkoffler, and all the DIY people exploding with creativity this past year). I treasure every minute of walking the floor at Gen Con each year, thinking of all the community and history that's there.
I even enjoy the parts outsiders might consider silly, such as getting excited at Gen Con Indy every year when I see the first gamer walking around downtown (we know our own).
On the other hand, I am also a huge fan of IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500. For me, I enjoy not only visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but there are few things better than listening to The Most Knowledgeable & Interesting Man Ever, Donald Davidson, recount minutiae every May on the “The Talk Of Gasoline Alley” and remembering old races and trivia. I love the legacy of the 500, the living legacies (the Andretti family, A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones), but also the new breed (Sarah Fisher, Tomas Scheckter, and the awesomely-named Will Power). I treasure every moment I get to spend at the Speedway, thinking of all the community and history that's there.
I even enjoy the parts outsiders might consider silly, such as getting excited to hear Jim Nabors belt out “Back Home Again In Indiana” before the race every year.
Both are considered relatively niche compared to a larger hobby (tabletop RPGs to MMOs, IndyCar to soap opera—er, NASCAR).
One of these days, I’m going to create an RPG to go along with a version of the boardgame Formula De modified for Indy. It’d be fun to play out some of the controversies, debacles, and great rivalries in RPG form. Am I perhaps the only person on earth for which these two hobbies converge? All too likely. But give me 3-4 players, and we’re off!
I’m an Indianapolis native, and two of my most favorite events in the world reside in the city I returned to after 8 years away. Am I lucky? I would say so, yes.
What about you? Do you have any hobbies people might not expect from the traditional idea of a gamer?