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RagingBoner
Jan 10, 2006

Real Wood Pencil

I went to the local tabletop gaming store the other day for the first time in over a decade (the last time was during my D&D nerd phase). I was trying to pick up a copy of One Night: Ultimate Werewolf (a quick-playing Mafia-type game that I played at a party and really liked). The last time I was in this store, it was full of Warhammer and D&D pieces, was run by a friendly older fat guy, and had a room in the back for local gaming groups.

It had changed. A lot.

By the entrance was a rack of overpriced snacks: cheetos, energy drinks, pocky, all sorts of dork fuel. The clerk was a goateed gentleman who didn't greet me or ask what I was looking for, as he was too busy hitting his e-cig like a futuristic bounty hunter. There was a huddled group of nerds at the center of the store discussing what I could only parse as Yugioh strategies. The collective reeked of cat piss and looked like it was 11 months out from its yearly shower.

Another guy in the shop was using the store's free wifi on his laptop to play some MMO I wasn't familiar with that I have later come to find out is called Scarlet Blade. Don't google that name at work. It's basically a porn game. This guy was playing this in front of the whole store, with no shame at all.

And then, right as I was giving up on finding the game among the untidy racks of randomly arranged games, one of the cat pee group members unrolled his My Little Pony poster to the excitement of the entire troll collective.

I left and bought the game on Amazon.

This trip confirmed that these kind of people are actually out there, in the wild, and do sometimes leave their houses.

Scarlet Blade Screenshots

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Yaldabaoth
Oct 9, 2012
Who do I have to piss off to get a red title?

This is what happens when we shame people who have nerd hobbies, we scare away all the normal people and leave only those incapable of feeling shame

Bleusilences
Jun 23, 2004

Be careful for what you wish for.


More or less, sometime it`s the contrary, it is the one who smell like cat piss that scare away people.

Dump_Stat
Aug 12, 2007

The glue trap works perfectly!

Game shops have pretty much been like this for 35+ years.

Gross Dude
Feb 5, 2007

Gross Dude

I work in a game shop on the weekends. I confirm it all. The owner's of the shop I work at are actually really outgoing and nice, and about 20 percent of the player base is just normal people. 50 percent are nerds that I'd never want to hang out with outside of the store, but are fine in small doses.

But there is a 20 to 30 percent of people who are just messed up. Huge guys in their 40s who have never and will never touch a girl. The weird 30 something that plays yu-gi-oh with 12 year olds. Lots of pony stuff, there are quite a few magic players who come in with pony play mats, pony sleeves, pony everything.

I was running a tournament the other week and this guy in a fedora was keeping his deck under his hat between rounds, and made a point to make a show of pulling it out to each of his opponents.

Oh, the worst, though. The worst are the people who have prepubescent anime girls on everything. Their clothes, their playmat, their sleeves. I really wish we would just ban scantily clad anime girl stuff. One guy literally calls his stuff "jail bait stuff", and is so proud of himself about it.

Snowy
Oct 6, 2010

A man whose blood
Is very snow-broth;
One who never feels
The wanton stings and
Motions of the sense.


Please tell me that game is f2p.

nutranurse
Oct 22, 2012

Unlikeliest of Slash Fics

Yaldabaoth posted:

This is what happens when we shame people who have nerd hobbies, we scare away all the normal people and leave only those incapable of feeling shame

i've always wanted to try out a tabletop rpg b/c i love reading sourcebooks and poo poo and it looks genuinely interesting, but gently caress me, no way am i playing a tabletop rpg b/c have you seen/heard/smelled the type of people who play them

FordPRefectLL
Dec 29, 2007
LL

nutranurse posted:

i've always wanted to try out a tabletop rpg b/c i love reading sourcebooks and poo poo and it looks genuinely interesting, but gently caress me, no way am i playing a tabletop rpg b/c have you seen/heard/smelled the type of people who play them

yes basically this is why i don't play tabletop games despite being really really interested in them

Bored
Jul 26, 2007
Probation
Can't post for 5 days!


Man. The two game shops I've been to for D&D are awesome I guess. Everybody there looks pretty much normal. The worst has been one gigantic lady in a loli-type dress and a dude wearing a homestuck necklace. But none of them have brought up anything inappropriate or anything while playing. I'm pretty sure on boardgame night, they've started playing the Ultimate werewolf game, since the DM was raving about how fun it was.

So, yeah. If you're in Nashville, TN, and want to play tabletop rpg's, go to the game keep. It's still a bunch of nerds, but nobody's stinky, wears a fedora, or talks about gross cartoons/mlp. And they look well-stocked to me.

Bored fucked around with this message at Jun 8, 2014 around 15:19

Full Metal Jackass
Jan 22, 2001



Gross Dude posted:


I was running a tournament the other week and this guy in a fedora was keeping his deck under his hat between rounds, and made a point to make a show of pulling it out to each of his opponents.

Wait, so this guy wears his hat and keeps a deck on his head under the hat?

FordPRefectLL
Dec 29, 2007
LL

Full Metal Jackass posted:

Wait, so this guy wears his hat and keeps a deck on his head under the hat?

i bet he keeps the hat forced down as hard as he can too

Gross Dude
Feb 5, 2007

Gross Dude

Full Metal Jackass posted:

Wait, so this guy wears his hat and keeps a deck on his head under the hat?

Yeah, between rounds, it was stupid. And, even if he didn't do that, I'd still have hated that kid. Everything he said had to be prefaced with, "I would like to....", he sounded robotic or as if he was following some "This is how to speak to people" guide.

ArbitraryC
Jan 28, 2009
Pick a number, any number.

nutranurse posted:

i've always wanted to try out a tabletop rpg b/c i love reading sourcebooks and poo poo and it looks genuinely interesting, but gently caress me, no way am i playing a tabletop rpg b/c have you seen/heard/smelled the type of people who play them
Really depends on who you play with, but really not all people are like that. I played a lot of tabletop games in middleschool/high school/college. In high school it was mainly magic, the friends I played with were normal looking guys who all bathed regularly, couple were on the ultimate frisbee team so they were actually in decent shape from all the running. I remember there being the fat smelly dudes at gameshops or tournaments when we went to them, but everyone I knew who played magic was a bit asocial but not like unattractive or unsanitary.

College I got invited into a DnD group by a comp science friend but only showed up to play a couple times because the entire group was full of walking talking stereotypes. The nerdy nasally voice guy, the guy who looked like someone just dumped a bucket of oil on him his forehead shined like a greasy streetlight (he also clearly cheated constantly), everyone was really overweight except my friend and I. Perhaps best/worst of all is the DM was a girl that you could tall the entire group wanted to get with and made really creepy jokes to constantly.

Later in college after I had started smoking/drinking a lot one of the people I bought from invited me to play in their 2nd edition campaign they had weekly at Grindhouse. Grindhouse was a known partyhouse so I was surprised that my stoner friends a: played the game, b: played it in the place you'd go to if you were looking to do lines, and perhaps most surprising of all c: were playing 2nd edition. But yeah apparently all sorts love this game and even the people who spend their weekends pretty much entirely not sober like to light up and kill orcs and poo poo. I will say it's pretty surreal just playing DnD while the cops show up to break up a party going on in their back yard.

I think one of the things about nerd games is there's basically two kind of people who play them: people who just like the game, and people who define their personality/themselves based on their hobbies. The ladder stands out far more for obvious and tends to be where all the bad stereotypes come from, but there's plenty of people who enjoyed the game but weren't using it as a way to fit in with nerd peers.

nutranurse
Oct 22, 2012

Unlikeliest of Slash Fics

ArbitraryC posted:

I think one of the things about nerd games is there's basically two kind of people who play them: people who just like the game... there's plenty of people who enjoyed the game but weren't using it as a way to fit in with nerd peers.

I get that these people exist, but, like, I've never found them and have just long since stopped looking. vv

Also when I was attending college the groups that played tabletop stuff were also known to be the groups to host orgies, so, ugh

Fandyien
Feb 10, 2012

Delicious


the people i play D&D with are very normal people and you'd generally never guess they were massive nerds at all. its nice.

WYA
Jan 4, 2012



I wish there was a bang-with-friends style app, or maybe a tinder, for finding people to play dungeons and dragons with

Dely Apple
Apr 22, 2006

Sing Me Spanish Techno

Was this Game Empire in Pasadena

I have been twice and it is like that kind of

Faux-Ass Nonsense
Feb 9, 2013


jesus christ

N. Senada
May 17, 2011



WYA posted:

I wish there was a bang-with-friends style app, or maybe a tinder, for finding people to play dungeons and dragons with

i would likely trust strangers that app would throw at me then some of the people I've met that do play it

Race Hate Kramer
Sep 4, 2011
Probation
Can't post for 47 hours!


Scarlet Blade looks really cool op

I think I'll give it a try

Bustycops
Mar 3, 2010


What is it about about tabletop gaming that attracts the crazies?

On deployment in the military some people in my unit started a D&D group during the evenings, what started as a fun get-together to goof off, game and unwind, ended with "breeders" (their own words, used as an excuse for why things turned sexual) co-opting the sessions to attempt to play out weird fantasies that involved them trying to have sexual intercourse with the rest of our characters.

Bustycops fucked around with this message at Jun 8, 2014 around 16:33

Haverchuck
May 6, 2005

the coolest

Fandyien posted:

the people i play D&D with are very normal people and you'd generally never guess they were massive nerds at all. its nice.

I worked with a dude who you'd never guess to be a tabletop gamer, he was a normal, working class guy probably in his late 30s, wife and kids, pretty unassuming. DnD came up in conversation one day and he invited me to his monthly DnD night, which was like a casual social gathering with other old school nerd men. I never went but I should have, and its cool that there are 'on the DL' carlos the dwarf type guys walking around in broad daylight.

Minorkos
Feb 20, 2010

very high player looking for a small son to coach - m4m - 41


whats with all the "see i went to the nerd store but IM NOT A NERD NOPE"

are you insecure about your nerdiness op?

nutranurse
Oct 22, 2012

Unlikeliest of Slash Fics

Minorkos posted:

whats with all the "see i went to the nerd store but IM NOT A NERD NOPE"

are you insecure about your nerdiness op?

have you seen nerd culture

who in their right mind wouldnt be ashamed of it

Fandyien
Feb 10, 2012

Delicious


Haverchuck posted:

I worked with a dude who you'd never guess to be a tabletop gamer, he was a normal, working class guy probably in his late 30s, wife and kids, pretty unassuming. DnD came up in conversation one day and he invited me to his monthly DnD night, which was like a casual social gathering with other old school nerd men. I never went but I should have, and its cool that there are 'on the DL' carlos the dwarf type guys walking around in broad daylight.

this sounds a lot like the people i play with. they all have legit jobs and are low-key dorks. i think theres a lot of regular nerd people like taht out there they just dont go to tabeltop gaming stores because they dont want to be associated with that clientele and are therefore a lot less visible

Wicker Man
Sep 5, 2007

Just like Columbus...

The fat nerds always have really weird shaped bodies than a normal fat person.

Effectronica
May 31, 2011


Leave it to Michel to take care of the job! Uuurh, I'm the best around!


Bustycops posted:

What is it about about tabletop gaming that attracts the crazies?

On deployment in the military some people in my unit started a D&D group during the evenings, what started as a fun get-together to goof off, game and unwind, ended with "breeders" (their own words, used as an excuse for why things turned sexual) co-opting the sessions to attempt to play out weird fantasies that involved them trying to have sexual intercourse with the rest of our characters.

it's all about letting your imagination run free, and unfortunately, a lot of perverse folks don't understand their perverse status

Haverchuck
May 6, 2005

the coolest

Wicker Man posted:

The fat nerds always have really weird shaped bodies than a normal fat person.

the type that freaks me out the most is the people that have normal looking "skinny person" type heads and faces, but then there's an insane 500lb body heaving around beneath it

Sancho
Jul 18, 2003



Minorkos posted:

whats with all the "see i went to the nerd store but IM NOT A NERD NOPE"

are you insecure about your nerdiness op?

It's like how every goon thinks they're just some lofty outsider that paid $10 and is not a true goon.

Fandyien
Feb 10, 2012

Delicious


its actually possible to be into nerdy stuff and also shower regularly. hth

nutranurse
Oct 22, 2012

Unlikeliest of Slash Fics

Sancho posted:

It's like how every goon thinks they're just some lofty outsider that paid $10 and is not a true goon.

I just want to have my cake and eat it too

Fagmaster
Aug 21, 2004



werewolves are pretty scary but tabletop gaming stores are much more scarier

Philthy
Jan 28, 2003

Oh yeah.

nutranurse posted:

I just want to have my cake and eat it too

im eatign the cake as i post this

Faux-Ass Nonsense
Feb 9, 2013


are these games really that good?is it worth associating yourself with all the horrible stuff that seems to invariably come with the whole experience?

guess these are the sort of questions people ask about hard/risky drugs as well actually

Haverchuck
May 6, 2005

the coolest

Fandyien posted:

its actually possible to be into nerdy stuff and also shower regularly. hth

regular grooming and healthy diet work wonders on the mental and physical wellbeing of your average dork, not that I'd know about those things

Arian_Samurai
Jan 21, 2004

third place is still pretty damn good

Never play magic with strangers

Michaellaneous
Oct 30, 2013

The great white shitposter


The misstake you made is that you went to buy a loving stupid nerd game in the first place.

Playing such games will associate you with people you just described. And then...then you will turn into on of them as well.

Elukka
Feb 17, 2011



nutranurse posted:

i've always wanted to try out a tabletop rpg b/c i love reading sourcebooks and poo poo and it looks genuinely interesting, but gently caress me, no way am i playing a tabletop rpg b/c have you seen/heard/smelled the type of people who play them
The trick is to find out which of your real life friends would be interested in trying and never go near the game store types

Trixie Hardcore
Jul 1, 2006



Nice try OP but there's no such thing as a Tabletop Gaming Store.

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Lumpy the Cook
Feb 4, 2011



loving nerds. It's a good thing we're not nerds!

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